6:46 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success. Consider the Louisville Cardinals.

Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals is adamant about recording his team's deflections. It seems to be paying off: The Cardinals have been doing well during the NCAA tournament.
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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 12:08 pm

The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.

But there's something else at work, too: deflections. The team puts a lot of stock in them, though deflections aren't an officially tracked statistic.

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Arts and Humanities
7:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Orchestra Stages Multimedia Tribute to Copland and Mexico

Composer Aaron Copland, from the CBS television/New York Philharmonic "Young Peoples' Concerts" series.

The Louisville Orchestra pays tribute to American composer Aaron Copland’s Mexican-influenced compositions this week with a multimedia program that infuses humanities content into classical music performance. Created by music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Music Unwound’s “Copland and Mexico” will span multiple events in Louisville this week, including partnerships with the Louisville Visual Art Association and the University of Louisville School of Music. 

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6:46 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Faces Removal Trial

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin
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Five members of the Louisville Metro Council are seeking to remove Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, from office over ethics violations.

Earlier this month, the Metro Ethics Commission ruled that Shanklin violated five provisions of the city's ethics code and recommended her ouster.

The Charging Committee is made up of Democrats Tina Ward-Pugh, Vicki Aubrey Welch and Madonna Flood; and Republicans Jerry Miller and James Peden.

Attorney David Tachau will represent the committee and prosecute the case.

He says because the Council Court will have subpoena powers the removal trial will reveal a number of facts and testimonies the ethics hearings could not uncover.

"I do know that Councilwoman Shanklin essentially did not testify and obviously this committee is interested in letting her have her say and address the issues that have been raised by the Ethics Commission and that are in the charging complaint. There are other family members this committee may choose to request a subpoena for," he says.

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Local News
6:37 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Read | Letters Sent to Kentucky Child Care Centers Regarding Alleged Violations

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is withholding payments to 18 child care centers for a subsidy program for low-incoming working families after a year-long investigation.

Here are 17 of the letters:


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5:22 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Ashley Judd Says on Twitter That She's Not Running for U.S. Senate

Ashley Judd
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Actress Ashley Judd is not running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year

The actress writes via Twitter:

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

IU Meets Syracuse in First NCAA Matchup Since '87 Title Game

The Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow  in the Sweet Sixteen round of the men’s NCAA tournament.

Five years after Tom Crean took over a program that had only two returning starters, he has Indiana two wins from reaching its first Final Four since 2002.

The top-seeded Hoosiers face number four seed Syracuse in the NCAA regional semifinals.

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4:45 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Indiana House Panel Approves Amended Abortion Bill

Indiana lawmakers are dropping a proposal that would require clinics offering the abortion pill perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.

A House committee removed that provision Wednesday from a broader Senate bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

The committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill to the full House.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

State Revokes Licenses for at Least 17 Louisville Day Cares, Withholds Subsidy Payments

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent letters dated Wednesday to 18 Kentucky child care centers—at least 17 in Louisville—notifying them that their state licenses to operate were being revoked.

The child care centers have 20 calendar days to appeal. The child care centers can stay open during this time period, the cabinet said.

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2:54 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Members to Call for Removal of Barbara Shanklin

Barbara Shanklin
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Louisville Metro Council members are forming a charging committee to hold a removal trial against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, sources confirmed to WFPL.

Earlier this month, the Metro Ethics Commission recommended Shanklin's ouster after finding her to have violated provisions of the city's ethics law.

An announcement is expected later Wednesday afternoon. 

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2:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Praise General Assembly for Approving Hemp Legislation

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Republican U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are lauding the Kentucky General Assembly for passing legislation to allow a regulatory framework for industrial hemp.

The so-called hemp bill was approved by state lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session, and allows licensing of future hemp farmers to the Industrial Hemp Commission should the federal government legalize the crop.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer led the initiative, and told Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston state officials are working with the federal delegation to get a federal waiver.

McConnell and Paul both said Wednesday they will work to get the crop legalized for Kentucky farmers to grow.

From McConnell's office:

I applaud Commissioner James Comer for his leadership on the issue and the Kentucky General Assembly for passing the legislation which has the potential to provide an economic boost to Kentucky, create jobs and allow Kentucky farmers to harness the economic potential that industrial hemp can provide. 

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