Politics
11:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Poll: Donnelly Takes 11-Point Lead Over Mourdock

With four days until the general election a new independent poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly with a double-digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

The survey conducted by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University has Donnelly up by 11 points, which is a significant jump from the 2-point lead that the Democratic congressman held in the same poll two months ago.

Observers point to Mourdock's controversial comments on rape pregnancies as the culprit for his plummeting polls numbers.

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Business
9:24 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent

How many signs like this were there in October? We got a clue today.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:37 am

The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

But private and public employers added 171,000 jobs to their payrolls — nearly 50,000 more than economists had expected.

So the news is somewhat mixed: While the jobless rate remained stuck near 8 percent, job growth was better than forecast.

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Local News
9:08 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Train Derailment: Crews May Address Hydrogen Fluoride Cars Saturday

Update 9:45 p.m. Crews may attempt to stabilize and level two cars containing the dangerous gas hydrogen fluoride on Saturday afternoon -- work that would require another shelter-in-place warning for a five-mile radius of the train derailment site near Dixie Highway and Katherine Station Road, said Doug Hamilton, executive director of Louisville-Jefferson County EMA/MetroSafe.

On Friday night, crews were still moving cars at the derailment site to make way to the cars containing hydrogen fluoride, Hamilton said. They intended to work until midnight. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Illegal Dump Numbers Decreasing in Kentucky

Kentucky Division of Waste Management

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management's efforts to clean up illegal dumps are showing positive results.

From the Department of Environmental Protection's Naturally Connected blog:

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Environment
8:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference Looks for Innovation Solutions to Environmental Problems

Louisville’s fourth annual Bluegrass Bioneers conference begins today.

Bioneers is a conference held annually in California, then streamed to groups around the country. It’s meant to present innovative, pioneering solutions to some of the world’s most serious environmental issues.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

100 Years of "Tarzan" Gives U of L Cause for Celebration

Denny Miller as Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)
  • Rick Howlett covers U of L's "birthday" celebration of Tarzan.

In October of 1912, a pulp magazine called The All Story published a story called “Tarzan of the Apes, a Romance of the Jungle.”

The tale of an orphaned child of British aristocracy who was raised by apes in the African jungle was the first of many adventures of the hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

A hundred years later, the University of Louisville has taken a prominent role in the centennial celebration and the preservation  of Tarzan's legacy.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

First Friday Five: November

Bob Thompson's "The Entombment"

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Education
12:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

JCPS Ranks In Bottom Quarter in New Kentucky Accountability Measure

Credit File photo

Jefferson County Public Schools are performing worse than nearly 75 percent of Kentucky public school students outside the district, according to new state accountability measures -- including tests, graduation rates and other indicators -- released Friday. 

JCPS is ranked in the 23 percentile in Kentucky under the new "Unbridled Learning" school accountability model -- part of the state's most sweeping education reforms of the past two decades.

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Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Did Each Jefferson County Public School Do?

Here are the rankings for all Jefferson County Public Schools, including labels as determined by Kentucky's new accountability system.

Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Jefferson County Public Schools Did, by Subject, Grade Levels

How Jefferson County Public Schools performed on new state tests, by grade and subject matter:

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