Education
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

55,000 Degrees Seeks Help From Tech Innovation

Data from the 2011 report shows Louisville is slightly behind its goal for 2020.

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative is asking technology entrepreneurs to participate in a competition to increase the number of college degrees in the community.

The Gheens Foundation is putting up $20,000 for the best idea that will accelerate or motivate higher education attainment.

The city is not on track to meet its goal of 55,000 bachelors and associates degrees by 2020, but the city has increased its efforts and other programs to meet its 10 year goal.

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Education
10:01 am
Fri September 28, 2012

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 51 to Area Hospitals

Updated at 12:20

Officials with JCPS now say 51 students have been taken to five area hospitals as precaution following an early morning accident where a car struck a school bus headed to Frost Middle School.

JCPS Chief Operation Officer Mike Raiser told WFPL once the district learned from EMS which hospitals the students were being brought to, a response team of five to ten staff members was sent to those locations.

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Local News
8:30 am
Fri September 28, 2012

B-17 "Flying Fortress" Tour Makes Local Stop

A piece of World War II history can be spotted in the skies over the Louisville area this weekend.

It's one of the stops on a national tour by a restored B-17 Bomber.

The Boeing B-17 is better known as the Flying Fortress. More than 12,000 were produced starting in 1935. Many of them took part in missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War Two. Only a dozen are still flying today.

This one, making a stop at the Clark County Airport in Sellersburg, Indiana, was built in 1945.

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The Two-Way
10:09 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Coal Mine Company Denies Responsibility Despite Disaster Settlement

Wreaths and flowers commemorating those killed in the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse are posted at the mine entrance on Dec. 10, 2007, outside Huntington, Utah. A settlement Thursday includes mine owner Murray Energy's acceptance of four violations considered "contributory" to two fatal August 2007 mine collapses at Crandall Canyon.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:55 pm

The Labor Department says a Thursday settlement in the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine disaster clearly leaves mine owner Murray Energy with "acknowledged responsibility for the failures that led to the tragedy."

"These failures resulted in the needless deaths of nine" miners and rescuers, Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith says.

But despite company signatures on the settlement document, Murray Energy tells NPR "this settlement is not an admission of any contribution to the August 2007 accidents."

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Netanyahu Calls For 'Red Line' On Iran; Rejects Palestinian's 'Libelous' Charges

At the U.N. today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a graphic to show how far he says Iran will be by mid-2013 in a quest to develop nuclear weapons. He drew the red line to mark where he says Iran must be stopped.
Lucas Jackson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:48 am

Israeli Prime Minister laid out in some detail this afternoon his nation's case for taking stronger action against Iran and his nation's response to what he said are "libelous" accusations about how Israel treats Palestinians.

Taking to the stage just minutes after the head of the Palestinian Authority, Benjamin Netanyahu told United Nations delegates this afternoon that Israelis and Palestinians "won't solve our conflicts with libelous speeches at the U.N."

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

State Fair Board Approves Budget For Fiscal 2013

The Kentucky State Fair Board has approved its operating budget for fiscal 2013 that includes a projected deficit of more than $5.4 million.

Business First reports that the budget was approved during Thursday' monthly fair board meeting.

The budget forecasts a net income of more than 476-thousand dollars but also projects nearly $3.7 million in capital expenses and $2.3 million in construction expenses.

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Local News
3:54 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Comer Says Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected

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The drought last summer will reduce corn and soybean harvests in Kentucky, but not to the degree once feared. That’s the assessment of state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

"Yields are a little better than what we thought they were going to be, which says a lot about technology about the corn seed, because there are a lot of those counties, in Fulton County and Calloway County, that didn’t’ get any rain in May, June or July but they still yieled something. So, that was encouraging," Comer said during a visit to Frenchburg this week.

Local News
3:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Alcohol Banned At Some UK Tailgating Spots

Some tailgaters won't be allowed to imbibe before the University of Kentucky's football game against South Carolina this weekend.

UK President Eli Capilouto has imposed an alcohol ban for non-reserved tailgating spots near the stadium in Lexington.

The new rule also prohibits DJs and bands, and comes after fights broke out before and after Kentucky's loss to Western Kentucky earlier this month.

Capilouto said in a campus email Thursday that police will bolster their presence in the non-reserved tailgate area along Cooper Drive near Commonwealth Stadium.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Poll Shows Indiana Senate Race Dead Heat

Less than six weeks before Election Day, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock are in a statistical dead heat for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.

The Howey-DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll puts Donnelly ahead with 40 percent compared to Republican Richard Mourdock’s 38 percent, which is within the 3.5 percent margin of error. The survey of 800 likely voters follows many other polls that have depicted the contest as a neck-and-neck race to replace outgoing Sen. Dick Lugar.

Close to $10 million has been spent in the race thus far, and outside groups, such as the conservative  Super PAC Crossroads GPS, has spent close to $1 million this week opposing Donnelly's candidacy.

But Donnelly campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Shappell says her candidate’s two-point edge shows Hoosier voters are rejecting Mourdock’s approach and the heavy amounts being spent to defeat him.

"This is the same man who said that the highlight of politics to him inflict his opinion on others, who has questioned the constitutionality of Social Security and Medicare," she says. "Joe Donnelly is the true bipartisan, common sense candidate in this race and he has the record to prove it."

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Arts and Humanities
2:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Governor's School for the Arts Reinstates New Media Program

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which provides free studio arts education to Kentucky high school students, will reinstate its new media program for the next fiscal year. 

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