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Sports
3:18 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

On Oaks Friday, WFPL's State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of brisnet.com.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby-Themed Demonstration Aims to Draw Attention to Climate Change

Environmental activists are planning an event in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Names New Associate Curator

Louisville gallery director Joey Yates is joining the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft artistic staff. As associate curator, Yates will help manage exhibitions, organize public events and contribute to educational outreach.

The associate curatorial role will be significant. Executive director Aldy Milliken says going forward, the museum’s exhibitions will inform everything from programming events to what’s in stock at the museum store.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

May: Five Can’t-Miss First Friday Art Events

Exit Velocity Faster than the Speed of Light (2011) by Awkward x 2

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we’ll take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

University of Kentucky, Indiana University Basketball Rivalry Ends

 

Indiana University is ending a decades-long basketball rivalry with the University of Kentucky after a disagreement about where future games should be played.

IU athletic director Fred Glass sent a statement Thursday saying the Hoosiers would no longer play the Wildcats during the regular season after it was suggested the two teams meet at neutral off-site locations for the games.

But UK officials said these were the terms of a verbal agreement after Indiana’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Championships.

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Sports
10:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby.

Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. 

The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first serious contender since Derby winner Barbaro in 2006.

“To think I might have a second one, it’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great feeling. It’s what we work for,” he said this week.

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Sports
10:40 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fifteen Fillies Set to Run in 138th Kentucky Oaks

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run today at Churchill Downs.

A field of 15 is entered for the fillies-only race.

Grace Hall is the early favorite and will run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices.

Last year’s Kentucky Oaks drew more than 110,000 fans to the track.

Again this year, Oaks Day will be used as a platform to raise awareness and money for cancers that affect women and their families. For the first time, Churchill Downs has a partnership with the group Stand Up to Cancer.

Politics
10:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Yarmuth: Obama Has Right to Politicize bin Laden Death

For most of the week Republicans have been critical of an attack ad by President Obama's re-election campaign highlighting the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. But Democratic Congress John Yarmuth believes its proper for the president to politicize the issue. The ad released earlier this month features former President Bill Clinton, who says Mr. Obama made a tough but important decision. The ad also suggests—without naming him—that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would had failed to go after the al-Qaeda leader. Watch it below:

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign an executive order to create a state-run exchange if the law is upheld.

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