Local News
4:25 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Byline | Bridge Tolls; Richie Farmer Plea; Officer Ellis 3 Months Later; Lee Hamilton on Syria

Here's the rundown for today's episode of Byline (full audio link below):

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

REVIEW | 'Noises Off' Opens Actors' 50th Season with Laughs

Jeremy Lawrence playing Selsdon Mowbray playing a burglar in Actors Theatre's production of "Noises Off."
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville launched its 50th anniversary season last night with a rowdy champagne cork pop. Opening night of Michael Frayn’s crowd-pleasing backstage comedy “Noises Off” truly felt like a celebration of all that is fun about live theater.

With gently bawdy wit and some impressive feats of physical comedy, the play offers an insider’s laugh at the theater world, but its broad humor and endearing characters also make the show accessible to a general audience.  “Noises Off” runs in the Pamela Brown Auditorium through September 22.

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3:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky 's Interim Joint Education Committee Hears Charter Schools Issue

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A Kentucky legislative panel will hear testimony from charter school advocates next Monday ahead of next year’s legislative session.

The request came from the recently created Kentucky Charter Schools Association and its chairman, Hal Heiner, who says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature.

Specifically, Heiner takes aim at House Democrats on the education committee who have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

How Does the Kentucky Derby's New Logo Stack Up Against Recent Versions?

We're just shy of eight months away from that season when Louisville becomes a mash-up of a Kid Rock concert and a "Great Gatsby" cosplay party—but you can't really escape the Kentucky Derby in this town no matter the date.

So Churchill Downs has revealed the new logos for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Here they are:

The firm SME designed the logos, as it has for the past six years. They were trying to pay "homage to both the traditions and pedigree of these iconic brands," Churchill Downs said in a news release.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Feds Asked Yahoo For Data 12,444 Times In First Half Of Year

Yahoo's new logo.

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:38 pm

Adding its experience to those of other major browsers and social media sites, Yahoo said Friday that it received 29,470 requests from governments around the world for user data in the first six months of 2013.

Of that total, 12,744 — 42 percent — came from the U.S. government, Yahoo says.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Byline Today: Ohio River Bridges Tolls, Bardstown 3 Months After Officer Jason Ellis' Death and More

Ohio River bridges tolls, the on-going University of Louisville-Norton Healthcare dispute and the ongoing search for Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' murderer will be discussed today on Byline.

Indiana officials surprised many on Thursday when they pulled from a meeting agenda an item to set toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project. WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss.

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12:02 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Congressman Hal Rogers Wants 'Precise' Details Before Favoring Syria Strike

Kentucky Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers

Kentucky's longest serving member of Congress wants more details from President Obama before supporting the administration's resolution seeking military action against the Syrian government.

"The ongoing civil war in Syria is heartbreaking, but I have great reservations about intervening in Syria," says Congressman Hal Rogers, who was first elected in 1980.

Speaking at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, the president announced he will address the nation from the White House next week to make his case for intervention before the American public.

For the most part, Kentucky's federal delegates in the House and Senate are leaning against the mission. 

Congressman John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat, says he remains unconvinced by the Obama administration's argument.

Republican congressmen Andy Barr and Ed Whitfield have both voiced opposition while Brett Guthrie said via Facebook he would "listen carefully" as the administration makes its case.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been noticeably absent from the debate. But in a recent public appearance, McConnell said he would announce his position in "the coming days."

While Rogers, who chairs the powerful appropriations committee, told WFPL he has serious doubts about the mission, the GOP lawmaker also indicated he is open to being persuaded by Obama's argument.

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Local News
11:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett Resigns Under Scrutiny

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The head of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has resigned the position he has held since 2005.

The chairman of the department's commission says Jonathan W. Gassett submitted a letter of resignation Thursday evening.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray says Gassett is resigning to pursue outside interests.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Norton Healthcare Sues University of Louisville in Kosair Children's Hospital Dispute

Kosair Children's Hospital
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Norton Healthcare is challenging in court the University of Louisville's legal right to evict the healthcare system from the Kosair Children's Hospital property.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Obama Has No 'Intention' To Strike Syria If Congress Says No

President Obama on Friday at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 11:22 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': White House adviser Tony Blinken talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

"The president of course has the authority to act" even if Congress does not support his plan for a military strike on Syria, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.

But Blinken also said of the president that it is "neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him."

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