Environment
5:28 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Regulators Present Plan to Clean Up Homes Near Black Leaf Site

Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky environmental regulators hope to begin removing contaminated soil from homes near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical plant by early August.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Police: Suspect in Gardiner Lane Shootings Appears to be Among the 3 Dead

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Update 8:30: The person suspected in the fatal shootings in an apartment on Gardiner Lane on Wednesday afternoon appears to be among the three dead, Louisville Metro Police say.

Three people died in the shooting; one was at University Hospital in critical condition, police say.

The dead are a juvenile girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, says Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured person is a woman in her 60s.

Police believe it's a "domestic-related shooting," Mitchell says.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Four Indiana Republican Party Leaders Moving On

Eric Holcomb
Indiana Republican Party

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb leads a number of high-level departures from the state party half a year after the 2012 elections.

Holcomb announced today that he’s leaving to take a job outside politics. Former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston and Executive Director Justin Garrett also are leaving their posts within the party.

The departing group had worked closely with former Gov. Mitch Daniels over the last eight years in building the party into a dominant force in state politics. Gov. Mike Pence had asked Holcomb to stay on.

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Please Silence Your Phones: Theatre [502] Opens Season with "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

Susan Brooks as Jean and Robert McFarland as Gordon in "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Theatre [502]

It happens every day. You're sitting in a café, and you hear a cell phone ringing and ringing. Why won't someone answer that phone? 

In Sarah Ruhl's dark comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," there's a legitimate (and obvious, given the title) reason why, but Jean, a stranger, walks over and answers it anyway. Gordon, as it turns out, is not available. Not now, not ever again. But Jean embarks on a strange journey, attending the dead man's funeral and trying to discover who he was. 

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Parallels
4:22 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

U.S. Wants Global Trafficking Report To Hit Home

Prostitutes arrested in Guatemala City in 2012, as part of an operation against human trafficking.
Johan Ordonez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 4:42 pm

The U.S. State Department releases its report on human trafficking every year, naming the countries it believes aren't doing enough to combat modern-day slavery.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

More News! WFPL's Midday Changes Begin July 1

As you may know, Talk of the Nation is ending on July 1st. In its place, NPR is working with WBUR in Boston on a two-hour version of Here and Now.

WFPL has aired Here and Now for two years at 1:00 on weekdays. Talk of the Nation currently airs from 2:00-4:00. The announcement that Talk of the Nation was going away left us with some choices for our middays. We've made some decisions, and we'd like your thoughts.

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Education
3:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Visit Louisville to Spotlight Child Care Resources

UPDATE: The following is the response WFPL received from Gov. Steve Beshear: 

“Yes, we support the President’s efforts to improve access and availability of early childhood education. Experts say that every dollar spent on preschool programs carries a return on investment that ranges from $2 to $17.

The PEW Center on the States found that the positive effect of high-quality preschool “generates significant savings because children need fewer higher-priced interventions such as special education and grade retention.”

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Local News
2:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lexington Doctor Sworn In as AMA President

American Medical Association

A Lexington doctor has begun her term as the new president of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Ardis Lee Hoven was sworn in as the 168th president of the physicians  group at the AMA’s annual meeting this week in Chicago.

Hoven, who is an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, will spend much of the year traveling on behalf of the AMA.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Louisville's First High Ozone Day of 2013 Could Be Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the first air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Going Behind Bars for Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

Last night, I visited Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange to see this year's Shakespeare Behind Bars production. I've followed the work of the company for years, but this was my first time visiting the prison for an actual production.

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