Environment
11:44 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Work to Begin this Weekend on Community Garden at 28th and Dumesnil

A community garden in Atlanta.
Daniel Lobo Wikimedia Commons

Volunteers will gather in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood on Saturday to begin construction of a community garden.

Right now, the future community garden is just a vacant lot at the corner of 28th and Dumesnil Streets…only blocks from where a shooting last spring killed three people. But after a day of work Saturday, organizers hope it’ll be well on its way to being a place for the community to gather and grow food.

The garden will have about 40 raised beds, six of which are designed for people with physical disabilities.

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Local News
11:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Byline Today: The Mitch McConnell Taping, David Sedaris and More

The latest on the Mitch McConnell tape incident, an interview with David Sedaris and state tax credits are approved for Kentucky Kingdom—these stories and more, today on Byline.

Members of the Progress Kentucky super PAC are now at the center of the controversy over the taping of a Mitch McConnell strategy session. WFPL broke the story Thursday. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss.

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Politics
10:15 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Metro Call Launches on Twitter

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday the city's information hotline is now on Twitter for citizens to better interact with Metro Government.

Metro Call can be followed at the Twitter handle @LouMetro311.

Residents can now tweet their questions or concerns via the social networking site rather than having to call 311 to verbally report issues.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Kerry Warns North Korea, But Holds Out Hope For Diplomacy

A North Korean soldier on the bank of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, along the Chinese border.
Jacky Chen Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 1:00 pm

Walking a line meant to show both resolve and willingness to trust in diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday not to engage in more warmongering — but also said the U.S. is willing to talk with that communist state if it's serious about discussing denuclearization.

"No one is going to talk for the sake of talking," Kerry said, but the U.S. does want to see a peaceful resolution of the latest crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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Local News
6:46 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Basketball Teams to be Pegasus Parade Grand Marshals

Credit University of Louisville athletics

The Louisville Cardinals men's and women's basketball teams will be grand marshals for the 2013 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 

The Kentucky Derby Festival began a social media campaign earlier this week to attract the teams—as the men's team won the NCAA national championship and the women's team played in the title game.

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Planet Money
6:24 am
Fri April 12, 2013

The Tax Code, Translated Into Plain English

Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

The tax code is full of complicated loopholes and deductions that require professional translation. So I called a bunch of accountants and tax lawyers and asked them: What are your favorite, most confusingly named deductions — and what do they actually mean?

Intangible Drilling Costs

"The government will pay you to dig a hole in the ground," says Howard Rosen, a CPA in St. Louis. "You can write it all off immediately."

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Politics
8:58 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mitch McConnell Tape Fallout: FBI Digs In, How Progress Kentucky Helps the GOP, Was it Illegal?

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

With the news broken that Progress Kentucky was behind the secret recording of a strategy meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff, there are a few questions that remain.

What happens to the people who made the tape?

Jacob Conway with the Jefferson County Democratic Party says Progress Kentucky founder Shawn Reilly and then-volunteer Curtis Morrison made the recording. 

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

North Korea May Have A Nuclear Warhead To Put On A Missile, Says Pentagon

A South Korean soldier stands at a military checkpoint connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge last week in Paju, South Korea.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:13 am

The Pentagon's intelligence arm has "moderate confidence" that North Korea may have developed the technology to create nuclear weapons that are small enough to fit on a long-range missile.

NPR's Larry Abramson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Defense Intelligence Agency assessment says such a weapon would probably not be very reliable. This is the first time the U.S. has concluded that Pyongyang's nuclear efforts have reached this point.

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The Salt
5:02 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Cows wait to be milked at a California dairy farm.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:38 pm

For years, undercover videos documenting animal cruelty at farms and slaughterhouses have cast the nation's meat and dairy farmers in a grim light.

In response, the livestock industry supported legislative efforts in multiple states designed to keep cameras from recording without permission in livestock plants. The Salt reported on these efforts, which activists call "ag gag" bills, last year.

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Shots - Health News
3:52 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Seniors In The South Are More Apt To Be Prescribed Risky Drugs

Seniors in the Southeast were much more likely to be prescribed more than one high-risk medications in 2009.
Danya Qato and Amal Trivedi Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 2:53 pm

Health care types have spent years trying to make the point that seniors are being prescribed medications that are unnecessary and dangerous. But the message hasn't really sunk in.

More than 20 percent of people with Medicare Advantage coverage are taking at least one high-risk medication, a new study finds.

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