Defining Fairness: Walter W. Walker II

Walter W. Walker II has lived in Louisville since his family moved here in 1986. Here’s how he describes himself: “Honestly, I would say I’m Walter. I think that everyone is different, everyone has their own identity, everyone’s unique, and I think that I’m a unique person. I do consider myself an African American, a… Continue reading Defining Fairness: Walter W. Walker II

Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

Each of the Triple Crown events—the Kentucky Derby, Maryland’s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York—is run on a dirt track. Some in the horse racing industry want to end that tradition and lay down potentially-safer synthetic tracks. But with grandstands increasingly empty, critics say track owners are putting profits over safety. As part… Continue reading Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

According to the New York Times, 3,600 race horses have died at the nation’s tracks over the last three years. Modern technology might have saved some of those animals, but, in an industry that must worry about the bottom line, healing a horse is often too expensive. As part of our “Track Tech” series, WEKU’s… Continue reading Costly Care for Racehorses Must Be Weighed Against Profits

Changing Gambling Laws Affect Track Attendance in New York

Attendance at horse racing tracks has declined, and many blame the availability of online betting. Why deal with parking, unpredictable weather, and expensive concession stand food when all you care about is handicapping the race and winning money? As part of our “Track Tech” series, Ryan Delaney examines the implications of changing gambling laws in… Continue reading Changing Gambling Laws Affect Track Attendance in New York

KPR’s Kenny Colston on State Budget and This Week in the General Assembly

On Friday’s State of the News, KPR Capital Bureau Chief Kenny Colston brought us up to date on the activities of the week in Frankfort, including news on the state budget, the status of the prescription pill bill, the road plan, the dropout bill, and the chances of casino gaming legislation being revived next session.

Sports Writers Predict Outcome of Dream Game and Its Effect on City

Tonight, men’s basketball teams from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky will meet in a Final Four game. On Friday’s State of the News, we were joined by sports journalists Bill Doolittle and Eric Crawford (the latter joining us from UofL’s warm-up session in New Orleans), who talked about how the rest… Continue reading Sports Writers Predict Outcome of Dream Game and Its Effect on City

Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll talk about the week’s metro news with WFPL staff. Segment B: KPR’s Kenny Colston recaps the week in Frankfort, then the C-J’s Marcus Green joins us to talk about disappointing profits for the KFC Yum Center and the latest on the Ohio River Bridges Project. Segment C: Are you battening down the… Continue reading Today on State of the News