Local News
12:11 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Upset Florida Gators to Win Sugar Bowl

The Louisville Cardinals pounced early and often to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the 15-year history of the Bowl Championship Series.

The Cardinals defeated the heavily favored Florida Gators 33-23 on Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. 

Louisville scored a touchdown off a Florida interception in the first seconds of the game and never looked back, taking a two touchdown lead into halftime. The Cardinals had a 23-point lead about halfway through the fourth quarter, but the Gators managed a touchdown on a kickoff return. 

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Local News
7:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Noted | 2012 Was Hot

A coronal mass ejection on Aug. 31 on the sun.
Credit NASA

"Warmest year ever recorded at Louisville," says the National Weather Service.

Arts and Humanities
5:05 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Bard's Town Expands Programming with Third Season

Colby Ballowe, Stephanie Adams, Doug Schutte and Amy Steiger in 2012's "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
The Bard's Town Theatre

In just two seasons, The Bard’s Town Theatre has assembled a strong ensemble of regular performers—so regular, in fact, that some have taken to working in the restaurant downstairs, so on any given opening night you might order your pre-show Much Ado About Empanadas from the same actor who will have you laughing  or crying on stage upstairs.

“By and large, our audience still comes into our theater without any preconceived notions, as in, they’re not sure what they’re getting,” says executive artistic director (and restaurant co-owner) Doug Schutte with a laugh. “I think that’s a good thing.”

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Sugar Bowl | What Sportswriters Say About the Louisville Cardinals' Chances

The running theme among sportswriters for Wednesday night's Sugar Bowl goes something like this: The Florida Gators are more talented than Louisville at every position but the position that counts most — quarterback.

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples makes this a rather direct point, noting:

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Planet Money
4:26 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?

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Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 2:49 pm

Nouriel Roubini recently sent a Tweet suggesting that gun owners should have to buy liability insurance, just like car owners do:

If we had liability insurance on guns, as we do 4 cars, we will see which insurance company would insure at which price folks with arsenals

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3:21 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Kentucky Utilities to Pay Millions For Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

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Kentucky Utilities will spend $57 million to install updated pollution control equipment and pay civil penalties under the terms of a proposed consent decree.

The money will go to installing a sulfuric acid mist emission control system at the company’s Ghent power plant, replace a coal-fired boiler and pay $300,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here’s what the EPA said about the settlement in a news release:

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Local News
3:08 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Drafts Bill Abolishing Death Penalty

A Kentucky lawmaker has crafted legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the commonwealth.

Similar measures have been proposed intermittently over the past 25 years, but none have had enough support to pass. Now Democratic state representative Carl Rollins has posted a bill that has the support of anti-death penalty activists.

Rev. Patrick Delahanty with the Kentucky Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty says even though past attempts have failed, he senses growing support for the measure.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Live Thursday on WFPL

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Mayor Greg Fischer will discuss with WFPL the happenings of 2012 and what to expect in 2013 at 1 p.m. Thursday. 

Topics will include violence in Louisville, the city's prospects for landing an NBA team, the future of Kentucky Kingdom and much more. Listeners are encouraged to call with questions to 814-8255. Questions can also be left at the WFPL Facebook page or at Twitter to @WFPLNews.

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1:54 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

FTC Offers $50,000 Reward To Help Stop Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission will award $50,000 to an individual or small company that comes up with the best solution for blocking illegal robocalls.

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:53 pm

Unwanted telemarketing calls, trademarked for interrupting dinners across the nation, have become such a nuisance over the years that the Federal Trade Commission is calling for help to stop the illegal robocalls.

The agency receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about the prerecorded messages, which offer everything from credit cards to new medications.

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Local News
1:01 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Longtime Family-Run Burger's Market Closing

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Decades of Burger family tradition ends in a few months.

“For 40 years, one of us has opened the store, one of us has closed it,” Tony Burger says. 

He's talking about Burger's Market,the small, family-run grocery that stands across from the Louisville Collegiate School. It's something of a landmark for commuters on Grinstead Drive.

Burger's Market closes in March.

The Burger family has run the store since 1958, when the father of the current owners Tony and Jeff Burger  purchased it. Tony is now 65 and Jeff is 64, and Tony says it's time to retire.

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