Local News
4:11 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes Buying Colonial Gardens to Boost South End

Colonial Gardens, now and then

For the second time, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office hopes to buy land to encourage development. 

Fischer is asking the council to approve $430,000 in general fund spending to buy Colonial Gardens in the South End.

The former beer garden was the site of Louisville's first zoo, and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.

The outside ownership and a recent landmarks declaration have been cited as reasons why the building has remained undeveloped and empty for nearly a decade.* 

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Local News
3:27 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: Don't Shoot Guns if the Louisville Cardinals Win Championship

Louisville Cardinals fans celebrating Saturday night near the UofL campus.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Louisville Metro Police are urging people to refrain from shooting guns in the air if the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team wins tonight's NCAA national championship game.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Non-Profit Team Receives $100,000 to Develop Civic Engagement Plan

The ACLU of Kentucky is leading a group of non-profit organizations to develop a plan to improve civic engagement and equity in Louisville. 

Open Society Foundations is giving $100,000 to eight cities or regions, which will all compete for a chance to win longer-term investment to implement their plans. The teams must develop a unique proposal for their area that demonstrates how they would improve disparities in their communities.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello, 'America's Sweet Heart', Has Died

Headshot portrait of American actor and singer Annette Funicello.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:23 pm

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Local News
12:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

It's Official: Pitino to be Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

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Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game tonight, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The list of inductees was formally announced today.      

Joining Pitino in the class of 2013 are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley. 

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September. 

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Politics
11:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Yarmuth, Michigan Counterpart Bet Bourbon, Chicken on NCAA Championship Game

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and his counterpart from Michigan have wagered bourbon, beer, fried chicken and a deli lunch on the winner of the NCAA national title game between the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.

Yarmuth (D-Ky.) put up a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon and a bucket of KFC against a wager by U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) of Ann Arbor's Arbor Brewing Company beer and lunch from Zingerman's Deli, a Michigan institution.

The Wolverines and Cardinals face off Monday night in Atlanta, with the winner being crowned national champion.

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Politics
10:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mitch McConnell: Margaret Thatcher an Iconic Symbol of Conservatism

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is praising the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as an icon of conservatism during the end of the Cold War period.

The 'Iron Lady' died at age 87 on Monday and is being remembered by many as a part of a triumvirate—along with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II—who stood against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Thatcher's reign is considered a controversial and successful tenure, which also brought Anlgo-American relations closer.

As the Seante's GOP leader, McConnell says it was Thatcher's conservative ideas that helped Britain socially and economically.

From McConnell's office:

"Americans and all freedom-loving people around the world mourn the passing today of The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher. A shopkeeper’s daughter from Lincolnshire, Margaret Thatcher rose through the force of her will and the power of her arguments to become the first and only female Prime Minister Great Britain has ever had.

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Shots - Health News
10:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids

Composer Richard Einhorn lost most of his hearing several years ago, but that hasn't held him back, thanks to state-of-the-art digital hearing aids.
Kevin Rivoli AP

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:17 am

One day in the fall of 2010, composer Richard Einhorn woke up and realized there was something horribly wrong with his hearing.

"There was an enormous, violent buzzing in my ears," he says. "And I realized that my right ear had gone completely deaf."

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Blocked Or Breaking Through? Mixed Signals On Gun Bills

This AR-15 style weapon was on display in March at the 7th annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. It's among the type of weapons that advocates of new gun laws want to see banned.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 8:05 am

If this is President Obama's "make-or-break week on guns," as Politico declares, then it starts with considerable confusion about where things stand regarding the likelihood of passing new gun control laws.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Thatcher Dies

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981. She died Monday, at the age of 87.
PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:12 pm

Margaret Thatcher, who as British prime minister in the 1980s became known as the "Iron Lady" for her tough economic policies, her partnership with President Reagan in standing up to communism and the short war with Argentina over the Falklands, has died.

Her spokesman, Lord Bell, tells the British Press Association that Baroness Thatcher died Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

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