Local News
12:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Was Brrr Arrested?

The Brrr shirt at Regalo
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Update: The comments on the story have raised a few questions about the t-shirts and copyright of graffiti. We talked about that with an intellectual property lawyer. Here you go. 

You've seen Brrr's work. It's pervasive. The round face with eyes half-closed accompanied by the letters "BRRR" is drawn on walls, trash cans, overpasses and even portable toilets all over Louisville.

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11:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Washington Post's Special Ties to Kentucky

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Katharine Graham and The Washington Post hold a special place and in my own “Personal History” (as she titled her Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography).

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Local News
10:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Brain Drain: Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight on the Power of Culture for Louisville

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This month, WFPL is exploring Brain Drain in Louisville: What does it take for this city to attract and retain talented young professionals?

We continue our series this week with J.K. McKnight, founder of the Forecastle Festival. What began as a small event in the Highlands in 2002 now attracts upwards of 60,000 people to Waterfront Park. This year's acts included the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Jim James and many others.

The role festivals and cultural institutions play in attracting new workers and businesses to a city is something that McKnight has seen firsthand.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
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Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:50 am

"The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials," The New York Times reported Thursday.

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6:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear: Abramson Would've Made a 'Great Governor'

Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson
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Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson have been friends and allies for three decades. The friendship culminated with Gov. Beshear choosing the former Louisville mayor to be his running mate for the 2011 election.

But on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Abramson announced that he won't seek the governor's office in 2015—he instead wants to focus on advocating for education.

Speaking Wednesday in Louisville, Beshear said he and Abramson will “keep working for the next two and a half years to create jobs, to invest in education.

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6:25 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The History — And Future — Of Cable's Bundling

Though you'd never see it listed on your monthly cable bill, nearly every channel you get has a secret price.

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:13 pm

For Time Warner Cable customers in major cities, the battle for the future of television is playing out before their eyes.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Fischer Orders Review of Air Pollution Control District Following Audit of Monitoring Program

Louisville Air Pollution Control District officials are awaiting the EPA’s response to a state audit that found serious problems with the district’s program for monitoring soot pollution.

The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found flaws with the district’s handling of data and other procedures going back as many as 10 years.  

The findings could potentially affect the Louisville area’s compliance with federal air quality standards.

District spokesman Tom Nord said the agency had no immediate public comment on the audit this afternoon.  

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4:53 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Bluegrass Pipeline Opponents Rally in Frankfort

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Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline in Kentucky have taken their fight to Frankfort.

They say the project will damage the environment and cause safety concerns for those living nearby. About 80 people from across the state gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to ask Gov. Steve Beshear to put several pipeline-related issues on the agenda for this month's special legislative session.

(Related: Past coverage of the Bluegrass Pipeline issue)

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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Indiana Education Officials: Evidence of 'Manipulation' in Grade-Changing Probe

Tony Bennett
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Indiana officials say they have found evidence of "manipulation" in the state's school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Department of Education staffers are reviewing the grading formula after e-mails were published by The Associated Press showing former Superintendent Tony Bennett reworked the A-F system to elevate a charter school run by a top Republican donor.

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4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing


Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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