Arts and Humanities
8:28 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Extreme Sports: Lila Neugebauer on Directing, Devising, and the World of Living Playwrights

Lila Neugebauer

Lila Neugebauer has been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Theater Fellowship Award. The awards are given for excellence and promise to emerging artists in theater, dance and film.

The former Actors Theatre of Louisville directing intern (2008-09)  returned to Louisville last season to direct Mallery Avidon's "O guru guru guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you" for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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Local News
7:07 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Led Nation in 2012-13 Men's Basketball Attendance

John Calipari
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The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team did not have a great 2012-13 season. Fresh off a national championship, they finished 21-12 and had a disappointing run in the National Invitational Tournament.

The Louisville Cardinals, on the other hand, finished 35-5 and won the national title.

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6:35 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Egypt's Ominous Developments

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clash with the Egyptian security forces Wednesday in Cairo. In addition to the fighting, the interim government imposed a state of emergency.
Mosaab El-Shamy AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 6:03 pm

Egypt suffered a day of terrible violence Wednesday, and the bloodshed was compounded by several developments that suggest more confrontations are ahead.

Egypt's security forces reasserted their authority on a number of fronts and gave every appearance that they would press ahead with a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups.

Here are several examples:

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5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'


Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

NTSB: Flight Recorder from Crashed UPS Plane Not Yet Retrieved

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

National Transportation Safety Board officials say they are not yet able to gather the flight recorder as part of the UPS plane that crashed Wednesday morning was still burning into the evening. Further, it's not expected that the NTSB will determine the cause of the crash for some time.

The A300 cargo plane crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama, and was en route from Louisville. Both crew members have been reported dead.

(Related: WFPL's previous coverage of the plane crash)

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4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

Donna Hargens
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Name New State Auditor Thursday

Tim Berry stepped down as Indiana's State Auditor this week to become chair of the state Republican Party
Indiana state government

Indiana’s new state auditor will be announced Thursday. 

Governor Mike Pence is naming a replacement for Tim Berry, who resigned this week to become the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.   

Pence appointed Berry to that post last month.

The new auditor will serve the remainder of Berry’s term through 2014, but Pence has said he wants Berry’s replacement to seek a full, four-year term.

Pence will announce his choice tomorrow morning at the Indiana Statehouse.  He has interviewed at least six people for the job.

3:47 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.

The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce they are launching a 50-state project aimed at reviving a historic law after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of it this year.

Many proponents argue a recent voter ID law in North Carolina is an example of legislation that wouldn’t have passed if the full Voting Rights Act was intact. Both the ACLU and NAACP have filed a pair of lawsuits alleging the state law is aimed at suppressing minority voters in upcoming elections.

Paul says there was once a time for the Voting Rights Act and there is still justification for the federal government to intervene if an individual's civil rights are violated.

But Kentucky's junior senator says any new provisions shouldn’t focus on southern states based on past cases of discrimination.

"The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government," he says. "So really, I don't think there is objective evidence that we're precluding African-Americans from voting any longer."

In 2012, census figures showed black voter turnout was around 66 percent compared 64 percent among whites.

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Arts and Humanities
3:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience

Jordan Price as composer Gordon with Jason Cooper as children's television show character Mr. Bungee in CenterStage's "A New Brain."
Ben Goldenberg CenterStage

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center opens a musical about creativity, legacy and brain surgery this week. "A New Brain," by the Tony Award-winning creative team behind "Falsettos," chronicles the creative struggles of a composer diagnosed with a terminal brain disorder.

“It is an obscure musical," says artistic director John Leffert, who also directs. "I think the subject matter scares people away.” 

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2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)


In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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