Local News
7:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

TARC Route Changes Go Into Effect

Credit TARC

Six TARC routes changed Sunday as the public transit agency attempts to improve service and  save an estimated $1.8 million.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes

Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes today, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont winner in six years, and vindicated the trainer's support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one win.

Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour.

Local News
6:54 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

College Baseball: Louisville Cardinals Play Sunday for World Series Spot

Matt Helms delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single to lead the University of Louisville baseball team to a 5-3 victory over No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional opener Saturday.

The Cards need one more victory to advance to the College World Series.

Helms had driven in only three runs all season. But with the bases loaded in the seventh, the senior stepped in and hit a 1-2 pitch from Vanderbilt closer Brian Miller down the third-base line.

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Strange Fruit
12:23 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Strange Fruit: ACLU Says African Americans Disproportionately Arrested for Marijuana Possession

A report by the ACLU this week confirmed what many of us already suspected: Although marijuana usage is similar between black and white folks, black people are more likely to be arrested for possession (in some counties, much more likely). 

In the nation as a whole, black people are, on average, 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for pot than white people. Zoom in to Kentucky, and you're six times more likely to be arrested for possession if you're a person of color (Kentucky's disparity is among the largest; only four states and the District of Columbia were worse).

To help make sense of these numbers, we spoke this week with Amber Duke from the Kentucky ACLU. She says the disparity largely has to do with larger police presence in certain parts of town - usually African-American neighborhoods. So although crime rates may be similar, there are more cops around to see them.

Plus, when someone is found with a small amount of marijuana, it's up to the officer's discretion whether to issue a citation or take the person to jail. Any time you have discretion of this kind, officers' own prejudices can come into play.

Given the staggering amount of resources we pour into the "war" on marijuana (Kentucky spent $19.5 million in 2010 on marijuana enforcement) it's fair to wonder whether this is money well spent or money spent on racially biased law enforcement activity. 

Also this week on our Juicy Fruit segment, we talked about the heckler and Michelle Obama, and why a white lady was so "taken aback" when the first lady politely but firmly asked her to stop yelling while Mrs. Obama tried to give a speech at a fundraiser about children. 

And we learned about Louisville's first-ever Derby City Black Pride Weekend, going on this weekend, and co-founded by our very own Jaison Gardner!

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It's All Politics
6:58 am
Sat June 8, 2013

United States Of Outrage: NSA, IRS Overreaches Spark Bipartisan Ire

President Obama speaks at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, N.C., on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 8:14 pm

Even in an era of stark political polarization, there are still some issues that can draw Americans together and scramble the normal ideological fault lines.

Recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency are among them.

Unlike the debates over Obamacare or President Obama himself, which tend to be more litmus tests for party affiliation than anything else, the reactions to reports about overreach by the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency have brought normally warring partisans together.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Wal-Mart Meeting Spurs Protests Over Low Pay, Safety Issues

Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon speaks to shareholders at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., during this week's shareholders' meeting. The company is coping with a bribery scandal, as well as demands from workers.
Gareth Patterson AP

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 3:23 pm

Retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores' annual shareholders' meeting this week showed signs of the company's recent turbulence, as protesters assembled at corporate headquarters to shout slogans and demands.

Despite a court-issued restraining order, the protesters, including workers who are on strike, decried low wages and called for better safety procedures for supply-chain workers. And some of their views were heard inside the meeting, as well.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

A Field of 14 Set for Belmont Stakes in Rain-Soaked New York

A wet track is expected for tomorrow’s running of the Belmont Stakes in New York.  The area has been getting soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea.

A field of 14 is entered for the final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

It’s the largest Belmont field since 1996,and as was the case that year, there is no triple crown on the line.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb was set as the early favorite at 3-1.     Preakness champ Oxbow will compete with early odds of 5-1.

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4:44 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Barbara Bichelmeyer to be Interim Chancellor of IU Southeast

Barbara Bichelmeyer
Credit Indiana University

The next leader of Indiana University Southeast is an IU system administrator whose job has included working with regional campuses.

Barbara Bichelmeyer (pronouced Bickle-myer) will on July 1 replace IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles, who is retiring after an 11 period period that saw enrollment growth and the erection of dorms on the New Albany campus.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Byline | City Budget; Morrison Talks; Marijuana Arrests Skewed; Hometown Hero

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):

At the top -  Hearings have begun into Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, and concerns are being raised about cuts proposed for some agencies, or about previous cuts that have not been restored.  WFPL's Phillip Bailey fills in the details.

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3:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flutie Effect? U of L Stops Accepting First Year Student Applications Earlier Than Ever

The University of Louisville has stopped accepting applications for first year students after seeing an 11-percent increase in submissions from the previous year.

This is the earliest U of L has maxed out the number of applicants its accepted—which is around 10,000— and officials say the success of the Cards men’s and women’s basketball teams are only part of the reason.

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