Local News
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program

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 Because of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, more low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help  them cover child care costs, state officials said.

But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.

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Education
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Struggling Myers Middle School May Be Nixed To Make Space For Growing JCPS Programs

Myers Middle School
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Myers Middle School may be a middle school no more come August.

The struggling middle school is one of the lowest performing schools in the state and has been the focus of multiple transformation models aimed at boosting the school's level of achievement.

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Arts and Humanities
9:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Louisville Underground Music Archive a Scholarly Home For City's Punk Rock Past

A few vintage show flyers from Thommy Browne's files.
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Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? At the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library, the Archives and Special Collections librarians are cataloging and preserving mementos from the bygone indie rock scene into the Louisville Underground Music Archive, a scholarly repository of local music history.

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Politics
7:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky testified last year in favor of revamping the nation's mandatory federal minimum sentencing laws.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:37 pm

For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. And he's been showing up in some unexpected — for a Republican — venues, including historically black colleges.

It's stirred an unusual degree of curiosity about the freshman Kentucky senator — and 2016 GOP presidential prospect — among the Democratic Party's most reliable voting bloc.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Indiana Panel Backs New Education Standards

A panel of Indiana business and education leaders is supporting new education benchmarks to replace the national Common Core standards.     Members of the Indiana Education Roundtable including Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz voted 21-3 Monday to approve new math standards and 21-2 with one abstention for new English benchmarks.    

The proposed guidelines on what students should learn in each grade now move to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28 on whether to adopt them for use in Indiana classrooms this fall.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason.

Rachel Semmel joined Bevin's bid to unseat GOP leader Mitch McConnell last September after leaving an Arizona GOP lawmaker’s office.

But in recent weeks Semmel had missed several campaign events and failed to respond to follow-up questions.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A Kentucky State Penitentiary Inmate Starved Himself to Death

The Kentucky State Penitentiary
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One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein. The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

Boylston Street's 26-mile marker will be a welcome sight to the thousands of runners who are in today's Boston Marathon. Today marks the 118th running of the race.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:11 pm

There is no doubt the bombings of last year cast a long shadow on the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

It was an inevitable backdrop: The signs on the buildings that line the course near the finish are usually covered in witty, encouraging posters. This year, they encouraged a greater kind of perseverance.

"Boston Strong," they exhorted.

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Local News
1:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday

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The University of Kentucky basketball program will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon  with freshman forward Julius Randle, who will announce whether he is entering the NBA draft or returning for another season.         

Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft, and the 6-foot-9 Randle has been projected as a lottery pick if he turns pro.    He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding during their NCAA title quest.

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Shots - Health News
6:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:43 am

It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.

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