Local News
7:24 am
Sun January 27, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.27.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Environment
7:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Rubbertown and Health: The Whole Series

During the month of January, WFPL aired nine features on the issues posed in regulating toxic air emissions in Rubbertown—and the past, present and potential health concerns of residents. Here's a collection of those stories.

Louisville's Air Program Marks Successes, But Health Concerns Linger

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

As Louisville Ponders the NBA, Agency Offers Ideas for Team Logo. Because, Why Not?

One of seven logo concepts for a Louisville NBA team's logo from Current360.
Credit Current360

The concept of an NBA team bears all sorts of opportunities for academic exercises. The most fun, likely, is what a team would be called and how it would be branded.

This is woefully premature, but the marketing agency Current360 has offered seven ideas for logos of a prospective pro basketball team in Louisville. They range from plausible to, uh, interesting.

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It's All Politics
11:19 am
Sat January 26, 2013

For GOP Comeback, Leaders Urge Stepped-Up Outreach

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, has been re-elected to another two-year term.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 5:36 pm

In their first big party gathering since Election Day, Republican leaders from around the country met in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

The GOP is promising a great deal of change in advance of the next election, but one area where there will be no change for the party is in its leadership. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was elected to another two-year term.

In his acceptance speech, he cited a simple reason why Republicans failed to win the White House and lost seats in the House and Senate in November.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Strange Fruit: Gone to Atlanta, BRB (Also, More with Fairness Campaign's Chris Hartman)

Our fearless hosts, Jaison and Kaila, are in Atlanta this week for the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. So instead of a full show this week, here's part two of the conversation we started last week, with Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman. Last week, we talked about Vicco. This week we broaden the scope a bit, and talk about fairness gains across the Commonwealth, and the country.

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Food and Dining
8:31 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Opposing Views Voiced on Taco Punk's Kickstarter Campaign

The decision by Taco Punk's owner to use Kickstarter to support his business has led to some heated discussion on social media in Louisville. We've asked the principal of the matter, restaurant owner Gabe Sowder, to expand on his decision. We've also asked Rae Hodge, who wrote a stinging critique of the restaurant in the Louisville Cardinal (and who is a Kentucky Public Radio intern), for her opinion, too.

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Around the Nation
8:11 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Help Slow To Come For Returning U.S. Veterans

Hundreds of veterans and military spouses meet with prospective employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., in December. Veterans say they're still having trouble finding jobs and getting other types of assistance.
Larry French AP/National Chamber Foundation

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 5:36 pm

As thousands of troops are set to return from Afghanistan over the next two years, veterans on the homefront say they want to see increased reintegration support this year.

The latest jobs report — and the first of the new year — shows a dismal picture for the nation's newest veterans. Unemployment among those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan stands at 10.8 percent — far higher than the national rate of 7.8 percent.

It's a number that has veterans and their advocates concerned.

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It's All Politics
8:09 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Court Ruling Upsets Conventional Wisdom On Recess Appointments

President Obama "strongly but respectfully disagrees with the ruling" on recess appointments by a federal appeals court, says White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:51 pm

In a bombshell decision on the limits of executive power, a federal appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., has invalidated President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Legal experts say the court's reasoning upends decades of conventional wisdom and deals a big victory to Senate Republicans in an era of congressional gridlock.

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Food and Dining
8:02 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: For Taco Punk, Let the Market Run Its Course

What a miserable shank in the ribs it is to have to ask to borrow money from friends. It forces you to choose between pride and survival. It instills an immediate sense of gratitude and obligation towards those who lend. The borrower has to consider whether they’ve been spending wisely in the first place.

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Op-Ed
8:01 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: Kickstarter Campaign Can Allow Taco Punk to Ethically Compete with Chains

When I chose to locate Taco Punk in NuLu, my business plan accounted for windfall revenue from large events like the NCAA Tournament, Thunder over Louisville and the Derby Marathon. None of these events produced any significant income. Furthermore, the casual nature of Taco Punk makes it challenging for us to attract significant numbers of customers at night. I knew that we had to change our business model or we were not going to be able to make it. As I have a METCO loan, I contacted the Economic Development council for advice. After presenting my ideas I was urged to create a Kickstarter project to finance developing the side lot into an alfresco dining area and launch a catering program.

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