Local News
5:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Fourth Street Retailers, Streetscape Unveiled

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Louisville officials are touting new retailers on Fourth Street as a return to the city's heritage, when the corridor was a center of retail.

Mayor Greg Fischer cut the ribbon Monday on the Fourth Street block between Chestnut Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, where a streetscape project was recently undertaken. Adding retail downtown has been a goal of Fischer's administration.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Two Explosions Rock Boston Marathon Finish Line; At Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 5:20 am

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports.

The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the race, the world's oldest and one of the most prestigious road races in the world. At that point, the majority of 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

John Yarmuth Donates Congressional Salary to Local Charities

Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

For the sixth consecutive year, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Ky-3, is giving away his entire congressional salary to almost two dozen non-profit groups in Louisville.

Since taking office, Yarmuth has donated nearly $750,000 to local charities since an initial 2006 campaign pledge to do so. This year's salary is being distributed at various amount among 21 different organizations including the Louisville NAACP, Metro United Way and the Louisville Zoo.

"These remarkable organizations, their staffs and volunteers enrich the Louisville community, and I am fortunate to be in a position to offer some assistance," Yarmuth said in a news release. "With drastic cuts to federal funding for essential community services, it is more critical than ever to do what we can to support the organizations that provide so much for Louisville."

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Local News
2:47 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Stripped-Down School Safety Bill Clears Indiana House

The Indiana House of Representatives has approved the creation of a state grant program to help school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

Lawmakers removed a provision that would have required all public schools to have a gun-carrying employee on site during school hours.

That amendment from Republican Rep. Jim Lucas was taken out after concerns were raised about training standards and the safety of having non-police officers carrying guns in schools.

The bill now calls for the issue to be taken up by a study committee this summer.  

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Poll: Vast Majority Of Undocumented Immigrants Have Connection To Citizens

Maglena Gomez waves an American flag as she and others participate in a march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:22 pm

A vast majority of undocumented Latino immigrants (85 percent) have family connections to U.S. citizens, a new poll finds.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Will Gun Bill Pass Or Fail? Conflicting Signals Yet Again

Left to right: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as they unveiled their plan on background checks of gun purchasers.
Molly Riley UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:53 am

Here's a fresh headline that may be welcome to those who oppose the bipartisan plan to extend background checks of gun purchasers to sales made at gun shows and over the Internet:

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Politics
1:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund

Curtis Morrison
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, is starting a legal defense fund. 

Morrison tweeted out a link to the gofundme.com page Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.

Morrison does not say whether he was behind the recording.

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon April 15, 2013

WFPL Wants You! For Environmental Testing

It’s no secret that Louisville has issues with air pollution. But it’s difficult to determine which pollutants are present, how present they are and whether some areas of town are disproportionately affected by pollution.

Over the next few months, WFPL is partnering with community members to conduct small-scale environmental testing. Interested participants just have to be willing to host a small monitor in their homes for three days, and be interviewed for any stories that result from the testing. It’ll be easy, fun and informative.

Politics
11:27 am
Mon April 15, 2013

'The Fund' Will Help Support Innovation in Kentucky Education

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Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education.

The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Billy Harper, a Paducah businessman and the Fund's chairman,  says the new group won't replace traditional funding, but will be around to help fund innovative ideas or collect grants for them.

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Arts and Humanities
10:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Catching Fire'

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Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:47 am

After the huge success of The Hunger Games, both movie and book, it seems like a foregone conclusion that there's enormous pent-up demand for the next chapter of the film adaptation, Catching Fire. This is the book where Katniss' story becomes much more explicitly political, and her status as a revolutionary and a warrior is more fully realized.

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