Local News
9:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Community Groundbreaking for Downtown Bridge to be Held Tuesday

Federal, state and local officials are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking this week for a new downtown Louisville bridge.

The downtown crossing is part of the larger Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes the redesign of the Spaghetti Junction interchange and new bridge in eastern Jefferson County.

Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says if all goes according to schedule, traffic should be moving on a new downtown bridge in less than three years.

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Environment
6:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Environmental Justice Rally Scheduled for Thursday

Organizers are hoping a march and rally this Thursday will be one of the biggest environmental justice events ever held in Kentucky.

The event is organized by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which is also happening in Louisville this week. It’s meant to raise awareness of the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels—like coal—for energy, and the ways it affects nearby residents.

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Environment
6:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Tar Sands Mining to Begin This Summer in Logan County, Kentucky

A tar sands operation in Alberta, Canada
Howlcollective Flickr

Later this summer, a company plans to open a surface mine in southern Kentucky. But the operation won’t be mining for coal. Instead, they’re seeking to extract a new natural resource in the commonwealth: tar sands.

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Arts and Humanities
6:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

JCC Exhibit Pairs Local Artists Across Generational Lines

Linda Erzinger and Brandon Harder collaborated on this mixed media piece that combines collage with plexiglass etching.
Erin Keane WFPL News

A new exhibit is open at the Jewish Community Center Patio Gallery featuring an art exchange between established and emerging local artists. The show is called Pairallels – emphasis on the pair.

Curator Stacey Reason asked members of the Artists' Breakfast Group, a group of Louisville artists who have been working together for nearly twenty years,  to begin a piece of art that focuses on global and local perspectives. Members of the Louisville Artists Syndicate, a group of younger visual artists, did the same. The exhibit includes sculpture, collage, paintings and mixed media work.

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National Security
5:51 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Privacy Past And Present: A Saga Of American Ambivalence

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to rally against the National Security Agency's recently detailed surveillance programs.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 6:17 pm

America's privacy concerns go back to the origins of the country itself.

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

NSA Leaks Caused Terrorists To Change Tactics, Senator Says

Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speak to the media about the controversial National Security Agency programs.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 1:22 pm

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss tells NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday that information leaked to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has caused terrorists to change their tactics to thwart detection.

Asked if Snowden, believed to be in hiding in Hong Kong, qualified as a "traitor" who should face U.S. justice, Chambliss, R-Ga., replied, "If he's not a traitor, then he's pretty darn close to it.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

Credit National Weather Service

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued Sunday afternoon for parts of Jefferson County in Kentucky and Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana.

The storm may bring wind gusts as strong as 60 miles per hour, the National Weather Service says.

The severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 5:35 p.m.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.16.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Politics
7:18 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Why Both Sides Want Gay Marriage Settled By The States

Anti-gay marriage protesters (left) try to persuade same-sex marriage supporters to get out of the way of their march in front of the Supreme Court.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 5:05 am

The Supreme Court may rule on gay marriage this week. Advocates both for and against are glad the issue didn't reach the court any sooner.

They didn't want a repeat of the abortion issue. With its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the high court stepped in and guaranteed a right to abortion but also triggered a backlash that has lasted for 40 years.

With same-sex marriage, by contrast, legislators and voters in nearly every state had the chance to make their feelings known before the Supreme Court weighs in.

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Local News
7:17 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Louisville's Burrito Riders Deliver Hundreds of Breakfasts (and More) to Homeless

Credit Courtesy of the Burrito Riders

It was cold and rainy the morning that a quartet of bicyclists rode out, covering 12 miles across Louisville and carting more than 200 pounds of homemade breakfast burritos.

They began at 8:30 a.m., working their way through all the homeless shelters in downtown Louisville, stopping to talk to anyone they met.

On this morning, Louisville' Burrito Riders are delivering breakfast to the city's homeless community—and, they hope, much more than mere sustenance.

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