Politics
10:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mitch McConnell Ad Spotlights FBI Probe, al-Qaeda Comparison

Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell launched a new TV ad Thursday, which continues to pummel liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky and other groups for their attacks.

Asking "how dirty" will Democrats get, the narrator says McConnell is President Obama's number one target while highlighting the FBI investigation into a secret recording of a McConnell campaign strategy meeting.  WFPL broke the story that a local Democratic official alleged two activists involved with Progress were behind the recording.

The ad also digs at Americans United for Change, which launched a commercial which said McConnell's position against gun background checks put him in agreement with the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

"The far left is desperate to hurt Senator McConnell and have resorted to some of the dirtiest tactics in memory," McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a release. "Whether it be the left's racist attacks, their spying and illegal recording of our office meetings or comparing Mitch to mass-murderers and Al Qaeda terrorists, Kentuckians are appalled and will not stand for it."

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:04 pm

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Boston Marathon Explosions: Thursday's Developments

The FBI released this photograph of a man they are calling a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
FBI

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:11 am

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Brendan McCarthy to Lead Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Brendan McCarthy

Former New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Brendan McCarthy will lead the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the new in-depth journalism wing of Louisville Public Media.

McCarthy becomes the center's managing editor on June 17. He's currently an investigative reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, a post he took last year.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Big Break: The Grand Finale

The first season of our audio diary series “The Big Break,” comes to a close this week. Since last fall, understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. 

We'll launch the next season of The Big Break with a new class of up-and-coming artists in the early fall. 

For their final diaries, actor Samantha Beach and dancer Claire Horrocks reflect on their time in Louisville and shaer what lies ahead now that the season is over. 

Politics
6:26 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Obama Uses And Loses Political Capital On Gun Control

Mark Barden, the father of a young Newtown, Conn., shooting victim, speaks at a White House news conference on Wednesday, with President Obama and former Rep. Gabby Giffords. Obama denounced the Senate's defeat of a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers. "This was a pretty shameful day in Washington," he said.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:53 pm

The Senate's rejection of more robust gun purchase background checks was a stinging blow to President Obama that raised questions about his second-term agenda.

Expanding background checks had become a key part of Obama's post-Newtown push for tougher federal gun control laws. And in recent weeks, the president had campaigned for overall gun control legislation — especially the bipartisan background-check compromise — with a sense of urgency.

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explodes; Unknown Number Killed

A vehicle is seen near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco. The explosion ripped through the fertilizer plant late Wednesday.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 4:26 am

Two-Way coverage of the explosion resumes Thursday morning. For more information, please click on the latest AP report.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety says an unknown number of people were killed in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco Wednesday night.

KWTX TV reports that the explosion at West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, was reported around 7:50 p.m. The station reports:

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Education
5:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

JCPS School Board Freshmen Reflect on First Three Months

Three new school board members were elected last November.

It’s been three months since Jefferson County’s newly elected school board members took their seats to serve the district. WFPL caught up with the three board members to ask about challenges, surprises and first impressions since taking the oath in January.

District 2's David Jones Jr. says he was impressed with how far along JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens was in her restructuring plan.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pop-Up Art: Welcome to the Smoketown Social Club

C. Ryan Patterson shows off the sign designed and painted by one of his Kentucky School of Art students outside the Smoketown Social Club.
Erin Keane WFPL News

A visiting teaching artist at the Kentucky School of Art and his students moved off-campus to learn about collaborative art-making inside communities. 

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Local News
4:43 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Stage Safety Bill

Indiana lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the a deadly state fair stage collapse.

The proposal would keep in place until 2016 the temporary rules that were approved last summer by Indiana's building safety commission.

Bill sponsor Rep. Robert Cherry says that would give the commission time to hold hearings and take other steps needed to adopt permanent rules.

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