Local News
9:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Beyond the Music: Forecastle Foundation Raises Awareness of Pine Mountain

Credit Forecastle Festival

Forecastle Festival organizers expect roughly 75,000 patrons next month for a weekend of music, art and activism at Waterfront Park. This year the festival will take place on July 12-14 and feature acts such as The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips.

But Forecastle extends beyond the festival experience with the creation of the Forecastle Foundation, which is designed to help preserve the world’s most diverse natural places. These preservation efforts take place both internationally and locally. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Unbound: Roxane Gay and Alex Taylor on 'Crime and Punishment'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today's episode is about crime and punishment. In our first story, a woman survives an unthinkable crime, but she doesn't get a happily-ever-after ending in Roxane Gay's "Things I Know About Fairy Tales." Then, we'll travel to the wilds of Western Kentucky to learn how you can punish a man for his crimes after he's dead. Two men in search of a body pack a camera, a violin, and a case of beer and head out on the open water in Alex Taylor's “The Name of the Nearest River.” 

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Lebron James Leads Heat To Back-To-Back NBA Titles

Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James celebrate after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 8:40 am

Lebron James, who evokes strong feelings on either side of the emotional spectrum, has led the Miami Heat to its second NBA title in a row.

After a heart-pounding, seven-game series that vacillated between teams, the Heat prevailed over the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 on Thursday. The Miami Herald explains:

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Environment
8:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Faith, Environmental Groups Rally for Renewable Energy in Louisville

Brett Marshall Kertis Creative

Environmental and faith groups are coming together to advocate for an end to fossil fuels, and the resulting pollution that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. The groups held a march and a rally Thursday  in Louisville.

The event was held in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which was in town this week. Local environmental groups joined in too, and brought in buses of people from around the state.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville: Early Childhood Expansion Would Solve Problems

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Louisville on Thursday to push a proposed expansion of early childhood programs that, he argues, would have a wide-ranging effect on the nation's economy and even crime rates.

The idea is pretty straight forward: Children who enter Kindergarten with basic skills are more likely to do well in school and become productive members of society.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Beshear Sets Special General Assembly Session for August 19

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is calling the General Assembly back to Frankfort for a special session in August.

Beshear issued the proclamation today. He’s asking state lawmakers to take on legislative and judicial redistricting during the special session, but says Congressional redistricting won’t be on the agenda.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie's Hemp Amendment Passes House (and Then the Farm Bill Fails)

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

UPDATE: The House just made Massie's amendment a moot point by rejecting the farm bill in a 234-195 bipartisan vote.

Earlier: Colleges and universities would be allowed to grow hemp for academic research under an amendment to the farm bill approved by a bipartisan vote in the House on Thursday.

The proposal was introduced by Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie along with Democrats Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado, and passed by a 225-to-200 vote. It applies only to states that have authorized the crops cultivation.

A majority of Kentucky’s congressional representatives have been vocal supporters for easing federal restrictions on hemp, which is illegal to grow in the U.S. due to its genetic relation to marijuana. Opponents against the language argued the amendment will hamper law enforcement efforts because the crop is difficult to distinguish between its cannabis cousin.

But Massie says hemp is not marijuana, adding the amendment will help move the research forward to one day allow farmers to grow the crop legally.

"People think it’s about drugs but when they get done laughing about the word hemp and realize industrial hemp is not marijuana they realize it’s a jobs bill and an opportunity for Kentucky farmers," he says. "What this amendment does is it carves out a very small exception for universities to do research without running afoul of the drug laws. And I hope it’s a precursor to allowing all of the farmers in Kentucky to grow industrial hemp."

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Local News
12:25 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Clark Memorial Bridge to Close for 30-45 Days Next Year

Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Are you planning to get into (or out of) Indiana any time next year? It'll be a little (more) difficult. To accommodate construction of a new downtown bridge, the Clark Memorial Bridge—often called the Second Street Bridge—will close for 30-45 days, likely beginning next May. Details on the closure are forthcoming.

An average of about 20,000 vehicles cross the Clark Memorial Bridge each day. By contrast, an average of more than 121,000 cross the Kennedy Bridge each day. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Ring to the Stage: Women Wrestlers Fight It Out for 'Booty of the Year'

Louisville playwright Larry Muhammad grew up watching professional wrestling in the 1960s. He loves the sport because it’s over the top and larger than life – in other words, perfect for the stage.

"I grew up watching people like Gorgeous George, who was one of the first national entertainment figures. He wasn’t that great of a wrestler but he was a fantastic showman," says Muhammad, a retired Courier-Journal reporter who writes plays under the name Cisco Montgomery.

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Politics
10:33 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Democratic-leaning Super PACs Target Mitch McConnell's Tenure

A pair of Democratic-leaning super PACs have launched an ad campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell that argues three decades is too long for Kentucky's senior senator to serve.

Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA announced the television ad and website on Thursday morning as part of a "major" effort to unseat McConnell in next year's election.

"Mitch McConnell talks one way in Kentucky and votes a different way in Washington, D.C.," says Patriot Majority USA President Craig Varoga. "He thinks this double talk will keep him in the Senate for more than 30 years, but we’re going to use his own words and his real votes to ask the question, over and over, how long is too long?"

The TV spot is a statewide buy that features McConnell saying he has "lived on a government salary for 30 years" but voted for the bank bailouts and cuts to Medicare.

Watch:

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