Education
7:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Its Second Year, the JCPS Elementary School Assignment System Got More Kindergarten Applications

Credit Amber Sigman/WFPL News

Jefferson County Public Schools had a slight increase in kindergarten applications before its "initial" school choice deadline, but overall elementary school applications declined, according to data provided by the school district.

JCPS administrators took steps to increase the number of applications before that "initial" January deadline, because those applications are given first priority in student assignment.

This year, 4,970 applications were sent for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 class of kindergartners, 4,860 applications were sent.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is reportedly in hospice care in Topeka, Kan. Members of the church protest outside the gates at Fort Campbell, Ky., in this 2006 photo.
Christopher Berkey AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:16 am

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., that became famous for its controversial protests at funerals, is ill and in hospice care, family members and church officials confirmed today.

Phelps' estranged son, Nathan, first announced his father's condition Saturday night.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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Local News
7:23 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kentucky Comes Up Short in SEC Basketball Tournament Final, 61-60

Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.

Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane.

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Local News
7:06 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Pairings Set For 2014 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals are a No. 4 seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament pairings and will open play Thursday against Manhattan.

Many thought U of L would earn a higher tournament seed after winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Manhattan is coached by Steve Masiello, a protégé of Cards’ coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville and Manhattan will face off in the Midwest Region Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.,
Credit Wikimedia Commons and U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.

First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland
Security committees.

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Education
10:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition?

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For the four School of Innovation finalists, the next few months will focus on shaping their concepts into more concrete proposals.

For Jefferson County Public Schools, the work over the next 17 months or so includes helping those teams develop their plans, looking to the board to make a decision and decide on funding, and then working to get the school open in the 2015-16 academic year.

To the point: Opening a School of Innovation will mean an allocation of resources amid parallel reviews of facilities and magnet school programs.

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Sports
8:38 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket

Florida's Will Yeguete shoots over Missouri's Keanau Post in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament on Friday in Atlanta. Investor Warren Buffett is betting $1 billion that no one can pick all 63 winners of the NCAA college basketball tournament that begins next week.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 1:19 pm

The men's NCAA college basketball tournament starts next week.

In a twist on the familiar March Madness bracket, a mortgage company and a world-famous investor are offering a billion dollars to anyone who picks the winner of all 63 games in the NCAA college basketball tournament.

It's a contest, and it may also be the perfect publicity stunt.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

No, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman Didn't Plan the March to the Sea in Louisville

Credit Steve Wiser (used with permission)

At the corner of Second and Main streets in downtown Louisville, there's a historical marker honoring the old Galt House hotel* and its famous guests, among them, Union Army Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman (played here by Brian Cranston).

The plaque says "Sherman and Grant met here March, 1864 to plan invasion that led to the 'March to the Sea.'"

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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