Local News
8:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Constables Can Play a 'Significant' Law Enforcement Role, Association Prez Says

Jason Rector
Credit Kentucky Constable Association

Constables provide extra law enforcement officers and can be a significant help to law enforcement, despite a state report that calls the office "irrelevant," argues the president of the Kentucky Constable Association.

Constables are elected officials in Kentucky. Every county has a few, depending on the county's number of magisterial districts. Jefferson County has three.

Upon taking office, constables are given law enforcement powers akin to sheriffs. They can make arrests, perform traffic stops. But, the report notes, they do not have specific duties outlined in the constitution. The report also said that constables perform about .02 percent of recorded law enforcement activities in the state.

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Education
7:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Boehm Appointed U of L Graduate School Dean

Beth Boehm
Credit University of Louisville

Beth Boehm has been appointed the new dean of the University of Louisville's School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies -- a role she's filled on an interim basis since September 2009, the university announced.

She's the first permanent dean of the school, which in 2008 replaced the old Graduate School.

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Politics
6:18 am
Fri November 9, 2012

For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster'

Attendees pray during The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.

"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stephen Tobolowsky's New Series Is on WFPL

Actor, storyteller and friend of Byline Stephen Tobolowsky is on the air this month with four all-new, hour-long storytelling radio specials modeled around his new book, The Dangerous Animals Club. 

WFPL was one of the first stations in the country to broadcast The Tobolowsky Files, and we'll bring this new four-part series every Thursday at nine pm, beginning November 8th.

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Local News
4:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Volunteer Helping With W. Va. Blizzard Cleanup

Photo of snow accumulation in Elkins, W. Va. by John Schmidt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flikr

A Red Cross volunteer from Kentucky has been helping residents of northeastern West Virginia recover from the massive snowfall caused by superstorm Sandy last week.

Ron Shipman has been preparing food at shelters in the communities of Beverly and Kingwood. Sandy dropped two feet of snow on Beverly. Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity and some residents chose to spend money on fuel over food.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Beam Announces New Global Center in Fourth Street Live

A major whiskey company has relocated its new global services center in downtown Louisville. 

Beam Incorporated announced Thursday it has already employed 30 regional employees and begun training for the new center that will conduct the company's financial and human resources services.

In the next 12 months, there will be around 60 employees working in the new Fourth Street Live space, which is located above the Gordon Biersch restaurant.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

With Giffords In Courtroom, Jared Loughner Sentenced To Life In Prison

In this artist rendering, Jared Lee Loughner, right, makes a court appearance with his lawyer, Judy Clarke, at the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz. in January.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:02 pm

Update at 2:13 p.m. ET. Life In Prison:

Jared Loughner, the 24-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others during a shooting spree at a congressional meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz., will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Loughner was sentenced today as a U.S. District Court in Tucson, Ariz.

Before the judge handed down his punishment, victims and their families addressed Loughner and the court.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coin Toss May Decide Northern Ky. Council Race

The winner of a northern Kentucky city council seat may be decided by the flip of a coin.

One of the six seats for the Walton City Council is undetermined after two people on the ballot tied for sixth place.

Robert McDonald and Olivia Ballou both received 669 votes. McDonald tells the Kentucky Enquirer that one person who feels bad about the outcome is his wife, who didn’t vote Tuesday.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Barbara Shanklin Answers Some Questions in Ethics Hearing, But Again Walks Out

Credit Louisville Metro Council

The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has closed with another dramatic exit by the embattled lawmaker.

Unlike yesterday, today Shanklin answered some questions from prosecutors. She told the ethics commission she was unaware her grandson was incarcerated at the time she signed his timesheet.

But when questions were directed toward her about discretionary spending practices, she—again—walked out at the request of her attorney Aubrey Williams.

Shanklin cites her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

LG&E Cost Savings Means Rates Won't Rise As Much As Predicted

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric says it doesn’t expect customer bills to increase as much as the company predicted last year.

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