Education
4:15 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Indiana Voucher Program Growing

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(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)

Indiana's school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and supporters trumpeting the program's successes.   

Some 4,800 Indiana students have signed up for vouchers to attend private schools this fall. That's up about 800 students from the program’s first year, and the voucher deadline is still months away.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Review: Typographical Dystopia a Love Letter to the Printed Word

Laurene Scalf as Professor Lorraine Wexler in Theatre [502]'s production of Jordan Harrison's"Futura."

Five years ago, when playwright Jordan Harrison began writing “Futura,” the death of print still sounded like an ominous prophecy, one that could be enlarged into the stuff dystopian fantasies are made of. Today, that dread is palpable to some, and the paperless future is almost here.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Speaker to Address Louisville's Rising Temperatures—and How to Fix the Problem

Tree lined 4th Street in Old Louisville.
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Louisville has been growing warmer. In a list of the nation’s fifty largest cities monitored by professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Louisville’s core is warming at faster rates than the surrounding areas—and it’s doing so faster than any other large city in the country.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Secular Group Plans to Open Chapter in Kentucky

The SCA's state chapter rollout map

A national group that promotes the separation of church and state is looking to establish a chapter in Kentucky. 

The decade-old Secular Coalition for America lobbies for the separation of church and state on the federal level, and officials now want to bring those efforts to statehouses across the country. The SCA already has two chapters in other states and it plans to create 10 more soon. 

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Education
1:04 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

New Website Helps Community College Students Transfer to Universities

Kentucky’s Council on Post Secondary Education will launch a website this week to help students who are transferring from community and technical colleges to four-year universities.

“They would start at community colleges and then a good deal of their course work would not transfer toward the degree," said Rep. Carl Rollins, D-56.

The called “Know How 2 Transfer” is  a result of 2010 legislation, HB 160, sponsored by Rollins. The law creates better consistency among general education courses in community and technical colleges.  This should make it easier for students to understand which credits will follow them, said Rollins.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Beshear Says Early Work Has Begun on Health Insurance Exchange

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says early work has begun on the state's health insurance exchange.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states must build online marketplaces where residents can compare insurance plans and prices. If states don't, the federal government will run the exchanges. Beshear has promised to sign an executive order implementing the exchange if the Supreme Court rules the ACA is constitutional, but he says the state is already preparing for that outcome.

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Louisville Music Entrepreneur Launches Digital Video Platform

Todd Smith has been a musician, a record producer and most recently, the owner of a record label, the now-defunct Louisville-based Label X. He says Label X did everything right – solid artists with fans, radio play, coveted television spots – but none of that translated into sustainable record sales.

“After the digital revolution and file sharing and everything, consumers began to think of recorded music as a free commodity. You saw record sales in free-fall. The revenue model that the recorded music industry was built on, for all intents and purposes, eroded,” says Smith.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Hamilton to Host Forum Over Cruising, Chickasaw Park Concerns

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is hosting  a public meeting for residents on Monday to address growing traffic concerns.

Every Sunday dozens of motorists flock to Shawnee and Chickasaw Park to take part in makeshift events, but residents are upset about the noise and cruising that takes place.

Hamilton says neighbors have complained about the increased traffic, and the forum is to discuss what steps the city will take and if common ground can be reached.

"Cruising has returned to the West End," she says. "Buses can’t get through. EMS probably could not get through. We’re not against people having a good time, but it’s gotten out of control sometime."

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Environment
6:14 am
Mon June 4, 2012

EPA to Hold Hearings This Week on Mining Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Kentucky this week for two hearings on mining permits.

The state’s Division of Water issues permits to coal mines to discharge into waterways, but the EPA has the authority to review the permits. Over the past two years, the EPA has objected to 36 Kentucky permits.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Edelen Says He'll Keep Campaign Promise to Audit Education Funding

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A busy schedule won’t keep Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen from digging into school board funding.

Edelen is currently planning audits into special taxing districts and Medicaid managed care. His office is also required to do hundreds of audits of local and state government agencies. But Edelen says he’ll keep his campaign pledge to look at school funding. And that could include a review of the state’s public universities, too.

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