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8:30 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Republican Senate Contender Matt Bevin 'Called of God,' Says Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Republican Matt Bevin is a Heaven-sent choice for Kentucky voters in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary election.

That's according to conservative radio show host Glenn Beck, who gave a rousing speech at a rally for conservative grassroots  activists over the weekend.

Beck was the keynote speaker at FreePAC Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

The event that was organized by FreedomWorks and featured a number of tea party activists and candidates from across the country and state, including Bevin, who spoke on a variety of issues.

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Arts and Humanities
7:54 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival Celebrates 'Weird' Music

Adam Sliwinski shows off a chordstick.
Daniel Gilliam WFPL News

After a four-year hiatus, Big Ears Festival returned to Knoxville last weekend. The festival is produced by AC Entertainment, the same folks that put on the annual Bonnaroo and Forecastle music festivals. In this family, Big Ears plays the role of red-headed stepchild (albeit one loved enormously by its father/founder, Ashley Capps).

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Local News
11:42 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title

Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to advance to the national championship game.

The Harrison twins and all those Kentucky freshmen aren't one and done just yet.  

They will be playing for the Wildcats' ninth national championship Monday night in an unexpected title matchup.

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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Complaint Filed Against Louisville Metro Planning Commission

A complaint filed Friday by an attorney representing several members of the Tucker Station neighborhood against Louisville Metro Government stems from a recent Planning Commission decision to allow development of multiple distribution centers in southeast Jefferson County.

The plaintiffs say the structure of the Planning Commission is in violation of state law, rendering the commission’s approval “null and void.”

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Local News
4:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Judge: Ohio Must Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

A federal judge says he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.   

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 ordering Ohio officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry there.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents

Gov. Beshear with state officials and ecoPower executives at bill signing ceremony.
ecoPower press release

Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it.     

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Local News
2:19 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kentucky Public Schoolteachers' Pension System Still Underfunded in New State Budget

An attorney with Kentucky’s public schoolteachers’ pensions says that the fund could run out in about 20 years if lawmakers don’t act.         

In the recently passed $20 billion state budget, lawmakers gave only half of  the requested amount to the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, which provides pensions for the state’s public school teachers.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.

The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky.    The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night.      

The venue, AT&T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.

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Local News
1:28 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Documentary Focuses on Prison Culture in Kentucky

Credit FRONTLINE

A PBS documentary scheduled for broadcast in late April dissects the pattern of incarceration in America by turning the lens on prison culture in Kentucky.

Produced by "Frontline," the documentary features several members of the Louisville community, including Jayjuan Taylor, the 14-year-old that has been a voice in the recent concerns of teenage violence.

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