Local News
7:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

NBA Report Renews Pros, Cons Discussion of Pro Hoops in Louisville

The New York Times Magazine cover, featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last week, The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy story that can be summarized in a sentence: The NBA is doing well in Oklahoma City.

The piece discusses the Oklahoma City Thunder's surprising on-court successes, the city's embrace of star Kevin Durant and how a middle-sized Midwestern city landed a pro basketball team in the first place. And there's this discussion with Oklahoma City's police chief, Bill Citty:

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Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk. He covers the news throughout the Northwest, with an emphasis on technology and privacy stories.

In addition to general assignment reporting throughout the region, Kaste has contributed to NPR News coverage of major world events, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 uprising in Libya.

Focusing on technology and privacy issues, Kaste has reported on the government's wireless wiretapping practices as well as the data-collection and analysis that goes on behind the scenes in social media and other new media. His privacy reporting was cited in a US Supreme Court opinion concerning GPS tracking.

Arts and Humanities
8:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

A Christmas Story's Jessica Wortham Tackles Perennial Holiday Question: "How Does a Piggy Eat?"

The holiday season is a time when our thoughts turn to how thankful we are for family and friends, peace and goodwill, and the Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle (with a compass and this thing that tells time built right into the stock).

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Environment
3:55 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Report Quantifies Uneven Effects of Coal Plants on Minority, Low-Income Communities

The Rockport Generating Station in Rockport, Indiana.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The NAACP and several other groups released a report yesterday that chronicles the undue burden low-income and minority communities bear from coal-fired power plants.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

It's the Home Finale for Joker Phillips, 19 Seniors as UK Faces Samford

Joker Phillips will coach the final home game of his University of Kentucky football head coaching tenure tomorrow as the Wildcats host Samford.

Phillips is being let go after three years on the job. He’ll coach UK’s two final games of the season.

He told reporters this week that he hopes his successor will be given plenty of time to build the program into a national contender.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hospital Partnership; Claiming Lincoln; Springsteen Bio; Sports Talk: Today on Byline

Here is the rundown for today's edition of Byline:

At the top - Analysis of the new health care partnership announced this week between the University of Louisville and Kentucky One Health. WFPL's Devin Katayama speaks with Dr. David Dunn, U of L vice president for health affairs.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Indiana Names WVB East End Partners Likely Recipient of Bridges Project Contract

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Indiana officials have announced the tentative contractor group that will build an East End Bridge in the Louisville region and it includes a Chicago-based business that was conditionally chosen this week by Kentucky to construct its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

Walsh Construction is part of WVB East End Partners, one of four groups that entered proposals to build the East End Bridge. 

Its $763 million bid received the best score overall to design, build and manage the project after its open, making it Indiana’s best option.

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Arts and Humanities
11:39 am
Fri November 16, 2012

REVIEW | 'True West' Tests Bounds of Brotherly Love, Civilization

William Apps and Nate Miller in "True West" at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opened Sam Shepard’s “True West” last night. Directed by Obie Award-winning playwright and director Adam Rapp (“Finer Noble Gases,” “The Edge of Our Bodies,”), “True West” is a viciously funny and tragic portrayal of two brothers testing the boundaries of love, resentment and civilization.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Both Sides 'Ready To Escalate' As Israel And Hamas Fire Away

Israeli tanks on the border with the Gaza Strip earlier today. Israeli officials have said they are prepared to mount a ground offensive.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:26 am

  • NPR's Anthony Kuhn talks with Steve Inskeep

Even though there were talks of a ceasefire to coincide with the visit of the Egyptian prime minister to Gaza, today, the fighting has instead escalated.

Avital Leibovich, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that for the first time, rockets fired from Gaza hit an area outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who leads the West Bank, said that the "escalation is at its peak," both in Gaza and out of Gaza.

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Education
10:51 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Four Kentucky Universities Agree to Use "Shopping Sheets"

This is an example of what students will receive from a university/college where they're enrolled or where they're applying.

Four Kentucky universities will begin using a standardized financial aid letter aimed at helping students and parents better understand the costs of higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Louisville's University of Phoenix campus have agreed to use the “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.”

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