Local News
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Dick Lugar Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta Lynn
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 Which is better, four Grammy awards or the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Ask Loretta Lynn, she's earned both.

The 81-year-old native of Butcher Hollow, Ky.,  and former Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana are two locals on the latest list of recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor. Also on the list are former President Bill Clinton, newsman Ben Bradlee, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Who Owns the Brrr Tag and Were Regalo's T-Shirts OK?

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This week, Louisville police arrested a man many people suspect to be the mysterious graffiti tagger Brrr.

Philip Rodriguez, 25,  is accused of, among other things, stealing a batch of T-shirts from the downtown gift shop Regalo. The arrest warrant says Rodriguez claimed the design on the t-shirts was copyrighted.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel Resigns Amid Controversy

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John Heltzel has resigned as director of Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency misused public money.

Beshear announced Heltzel's resignation in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Heltzel's agency is accused of spending more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures, plus threatening employees and altering documents. 

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Politics
3:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

'Nosegate' Puts McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Under Fire

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Mitch McConnell's 2014 campaign manager is under fire this week after a series of reports, including an alleged taped phone conversation that casts doubts on his commitment to Senate Republican leader.

The Economic Policy Journal has published a telephone conversation between Dennis Fusaro, a former aide to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager.

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Local News
1:48 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

U of L: Teddy Bridgewater Has Broken No NCAA Autograph Rules

This football is one of many items signed by Teddy Bridgewater that are available for sale online
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The University of Louisville says it’s “comfortable” that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater violated no NCAA rules in the signing of memorabilia that was put up for sale online.

The statement comes amid an investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel , who’s accused of accepting money for autographs.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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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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Commentary
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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