Education
3:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

JCTA's Political Action Committee Endorses Four Jefferson County School Board Candidates

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Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Four candidates vying for seats on the Jefferson County board of education have the endorsement of the Better Schools Kentucky PAC, an extension of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

Brent McKim, the JCTA president, said on Tuesday the political action committee of the teacher’s union will support Diane Porter (District 1), Linda Duncan (District 5), Stephanie Horne (District 3) and Lisa Willner (District 6) during their campaigns for Jefferson County school board.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky GOP Unveils 'Handshake with Kentucky' Plan

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The Republican Party of Kentucky has a wish-list of legislative priorities ready to go if the State House were to flip and come under Republican control following this fall's elections.

The party unveiled its plan, dubbed  "Handshake with Kentucky," on Tuesday. It consists of legislative priorities for the state GOP, pending potential victories come Election Day. Currently, Democrats maintain a narrow eight-seat margin in the state's lower chamber.

In a statement, House GOP Floor Leader lambasted House Democrats over poor leadership.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Local Sierra Club Chapter Endorses Candidates, But Not in Senate or Louisville Mayoral Races

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

The local chapter of the Sierra Club has released its candidate endorsements for this fall’s elections, and has declined to make picks in two key races: U.S. Senate and Louisville mayor.

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Arts and Humanities
11:43 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Returns to Open Savage Rose Season

Sabrina Spalding, Victoria Reibel, and Tony Pike in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "The Bald Soprano."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Savage Rose Classical Theatre launches its first season without founder and artistic director J. Barrett Cooper at the helm with a remount of Eugene Ionesco's rollicking absurdist comedy "The Bald Soprano." The production, which features a new adapted translation by director Tad Chitwood, first played last August for a brief run. 

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News About WFPL
11:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ja'Nel Johnson to Cover Community Health for WFPL News

Ja'Nel Johnson
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Ja'Nel Johnson has been hired as WFPL News' community health reporter, a new position that will expand the organization's coverage of health and healthcare issues.

Johnson comes to Louisville from KVNO News in Omaha, Neb., where she's been the news director for the last 16 months. She also serves as executive producer of "The Omaha News," a student-produced television show on the Omaha PBS affiliate.

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Politics
11:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky Republicans Question Libertarian Senate Candidate’s Ballot Signatures

David Patterson
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The Republican Party of Kentucky is questioning petition signatures obtained by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson to place him on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In a letter to county clerks last week, GOP Chairman Steve Robertson asks that the signatures be reviewed and verified. Patterson obtained around 9,100 signatures for his petition to join Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell on the ballot.

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Arts and Humanities
9:08 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Flyover Film Festival Becomes IF Film, an IdeaFestival Affiliate

Jennifer Prediger and Louisville native Jess Weixler in "Trouble Dolls," screening at IF Film Sept. 30.
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It’s been a year of big changes for the Louisville Film Society. The organization moved west to the Portland neighborhood’s warehouse district back in February, where a boutique cinema is in the works. And their signature event, the annual Flyover Film Festival, has partnered with IdeaFestival to become IF Film, an affiliate event running concurrently with the main fest.

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Local News
6:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Program Prescribes Veggies Over Medicine to Combat Childhood Obesity in Louisville

Fresh produce waiting for customers at the Shawnee Fresh Stop.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A new program underway in Louisville is working to combat childhood obesity and related diseases by providing prescriptions for fresh produce, rather than medicine.

The first “Veggie Rx” class started last month, and nine families are taking part. The six-week program includes hands-on cooking classes, discussions on nutrition and food justice and physical fitness. And every participant gets six weeks of free produce.

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Local News
11:51 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Louisville Cards Win ACC Debut Over Miami, 31-13

In college football, Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth followed a big defensive performance as the Louisville Cardinals beat visiting Miami 31-13 in their season opener Monday night.    

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and for Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school. Petrino, who left the program in 2007, was hired in January to succeed Charlie Strong after he left for Texas.

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Education
2:44 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Jefferson County Teachers Union's PAC Supports District 6 Challenger

The PAC Better Schools Kentucky is endorsing Lisa Willner for the District 6 JCPS school board seat.
Credit Lisa Willner

The Jefferson County Teachers Association's political action committee—Better Schools Kentucky— has endorsed school board candidate Lisa Willner's bid to unseat District 6 incumbent Carol Haddad, according to a news release sent by Willner.

District 6 covers central Jefferson County.

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