Arts and Humanities
2:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Short Plays Long on Talent in The Bard's Town's Ten-Tucky Festival

Amy Steiger, Julie Streble, April Singer, Kelsey Thompson, and Megan Brown in Tara Anderson's "Shop at Home," Ten-Tucky Festival at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

The Bard’s Town Theatre has undergone a transformation in its short lifetime from a theater devoted primarily to new works by Kentuckians to a producer of excellent contemporary plays, period. But the annual Ten-Tucky Festival, the bill of 10-minute plays curated from open submissions by Kentucky native and resident playwrights, remains a mainstay of the theater’s season.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Rep. Anne Northup Endorses James Comer for Kentucky Governor

James Comer and Anne Northup
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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Politics
12:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentucky Election Finance Leader Retiring

Sarah M. Jackson
Credit Kentucky Registry of Election Finance

The longtime head of Kentucky’s agency overseeing state campaign finance law is stepping down later this year.

Sarah Jackson announced this week she is retiring as executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance effective Nov. 1 after serving in the position since 1999.

“Sarah has been a tremendous asset to the agency and a true professional as executive director. The agency is stronger for it,” said KREF board chairman Craig C. Dilger in a released statement.

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Local News
11:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

ReSurfaced Brings the Party To Vacant Space in Downtown Louisville

The "ReSurfaced" space.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

Starting this weekend, a vacant portion of Main Street will become an event space featuring drinks, movies, music and more.  

The organizers call the project ReSurfaced. Through “low-cost investments,” 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville has become a pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe and event space, according to the iwebsite.

ReSurfaced starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will continue every Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 25.

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Arts and Humanities
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

Earth, Wind & Fire onstage in 1979.
Ed Perlstein Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:54 pm

If you've ever been to a wedding reception in the U.S., you know there's one question that can get a whole family on the dance floor: "Do you remember the 21st night of September?"

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentucky Senators Split on Islamic State Plan as Obama Praises Congress’ Approval

Credit U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to a measure aimed at training and arming Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State.

By a 78-22 margin, senators backed a plan to combat the terrorist group, a plan that was pushed by President Obama and tucked in a larger spending bill. The House approved the same measure a day earlier by a similarly comfortable margin.

Kentucky’s Republican senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, stood on opposite sides of the debate as lawmakers cast their last votes before the mid-term elections.

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Local News
6:49 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Coders Are Creating a Virtual Louisville In 'Minecraft'

Atherton High School in "Minecraft" and in real life.
Credit "Mincraft" image Jared McNeil. Photo by Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Andrew Smith, 14, and his brother Christian, 11, wandered recently through grassy fields filled with trees, hacking away with pickaxes. Not in real life—virtually.

In reality, the brothers were in the living room of their St. Matthews home, computers before them, playing their favorite game: “Minecraft.” In that Lego-like virtual arena, they can choose from countless worlds to “mine”—that’s what’s behind the hacking—explore, build things and even battle creatures.

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Education
3:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Here's What the University of Louisville's $1 Billion Research Park Could Look Like

Credit Stengel-Hill Artchitecture

The 39-acre research park planned for University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus is beginning to take shape.

On Thursday, school officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear unveiled architectural renderings of what the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park could look like when construction is completed.

Here are some of the renderings.

Neville Pinto, dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, stressed these renderings are preliminary.  An architect has yet to be selected.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Voices Opposition to Islamic State Plan

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday she would vote against arming and training Syrian forces combating the Islamic State.

The Senate is scheduled to take up a vote on the measure this afternoon, which passed through the House on Wednesday by a 273-156 tally.

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Education
10:54 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Community College Top Job Draws 40 Applicants. (Just Don't Ask Who.)

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Sometime after Nov. 1, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System will name a new president to succeed the retiring Michael McCall. But only a group of insiders knows who’s in the running.

The application deadline passed nearly two months ago, on July 25. With the help of an outside search agency, the Association of Community College Trustees, a 16-person search committee expects to narrow the field of applicants to just a few finalists next month. KCTCS Chairman P.G. Peeples, co-chairman of the search committee, said he is pleased with the progress being made.

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