Health
4:52 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Alternative Breast Cancer Treatment Serves Kentucky Patients

The Linear Accelerator(LINAC) is used to administer radiation to cancer patients at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Dr. Anthony Dragun said it is one of few in the region.

Weekly radiation treatment for breast cancer has proven to be just as effective as traditional, more frequent treatment, according to a clinical trial by the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Dr. Anthony Dragun, vice chair and associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Louisville, is the principal investigator of the study. 

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Local News
2:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

African American Drivers More Likely To Be Searched, Arrested by Louisville Metro Police

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said a report released Friday looking into officers' potential bias when making traffic stops “provides no definitive conclusions" on racial profiling.

But, he added that “there are areas of concern.” 

Included in those “areas of concern” is the higher rate at which African American residents stopped by police are searched, which, at 13.7 percent, is nearly double that of white drivers (7.6 percent), according to a report.

Hispanic drivers stopped by police are searched 9.2 percent of the time.

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Local News
1:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Ohio River Bridges Project Will Start Looking For a Toll Operator, Again

What the new downtown bridge will look like.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The bi-state board overseeing the Ohio River Bridges Project will restart the process for finding a toll services operator because of conflict of interest concerns.

The decision, made in a vote Friday, shouldn't affect the planned start date for tolling, according to a news release from the project. That's expected when the new bridges open to traffic in 2016, said a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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Local News
10:37 am
Fri October 24, 2014

An Early Look at the Louisville Metro Police Racial Profiling Study

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Update: Here's the full story on the report.  

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police on Friday released the long-awaited study into whether officers racially profile in making traffic stops.

WFPL's Jacob Ryan is at a news conference Friday morning where the study is being released and discussed:

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Local News
6:59 am
Fri October 24, 2014

State Rep. Jim Wayne Proposes Kentucky Pension Transparency Changes

Kentucky state Capitol building
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

In response to the Kentucky state pension plan’s willingness to pay hefty fees for billions of dollars in investments it can’t publicly disclose, one state representative said Thursday he is introducing a bill to make pensions subject to state open-access laws.

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Health
6:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mobile Kitchen Rolls Through Smoketown to Bridge the Gap to Food Access

Mai Nyugen serves squash soup at the Thorobred Nutrition Kitchen.

A new mobile farmers' market has taken root in the Smoketown neighborhood.

The Thorobred Nutrition Kitchen, officially unveiled Thursday, is a collaboration between Louisville Metro, Kentucky State University, Youthbuild Louisville and Farm Credit Mid-America.

Interim KSU President Raymond Burse said its purpose is to increase access to healthy foods and to provide cooking and nutrition instruction to Smoketown residents. It will also allow KSU's College of Agriculture to conduct research on the financial stability and efficacy of the mobile market program.

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Local News
9:14 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Here Are the Bingham Fellows' Ideas For Revitalizing West Louisville

Eric Ward (right) with a Mirror Mirror colleague.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

At a barbershop on the corner of 28th and Madison streets in west Louisville, the men inside have more on their minds than tight cuts and smooth fades.

They’re trying to extend a message that, despite the issues area residents face, success can be had by people who live in the neighborhoods west of Ninth Street—especially young people.

“We set a different tone and we, hopefully, let the kids see something positive,” said Eric Ward.

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Education
5:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

JCPS Teacher Sarah Reed Wins '2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year'

Sarah Reed is the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Credit Kentucky Department of Education

A third-grade teacher at Louisville's Field Elementary School is the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award.

The Kentucky Department of Education announced Thursday in Frankfort that Sarah M. Reed had won the honor from a pool of three finalists.

Reed received $10,000, among other perks. She will also represent the state in the 2015 National Teacher of the Year competition, according to a news release.

In August, 24 teachers were selected as 2015 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award winners. That was narrowed to nine top scorers and then whittled down to three.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Rep. Keith Hall Indicted on Bribery Charges

Keith Hall
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Update 3:47 p.m.: More Details

State Rep. Keith Hall and a former state mine inspector have been indicted on federal bribery charges, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Hall, who represents a part of Pike County in Eastern Kentucky, is a prominent Democratic legislator and coal mine operator. Federal prosecutors allege that he paid mine inspector Kelly Shortridge $46,000 between 2006 and 2011 to ignore violations at a Pikeville mine Hall owned, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

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Commentary
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Pining From Louisville to Have Seen the World's Innovations at the World's Fairs

Credit Bob Peak

It has been a half century since the last truly “great” world’s fair was held in the Flushing Meadows section of New York City near LaGuardia Airport. And for most Americans alive today, the grand international exhibitions that were popular for about a hundred or so years seems oddly quaint.

However, in the era before television, the Internet and other rapid forms of mass communications, World’s Fairs were important ways to display new inventions, new products and sometimes landmark architectural structures.

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