Jacob Ryan http://wfpl.org en Update: Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Presbyterian Community Center Purchase http://wfpl.org/post/update-jefferson-county-board-education-oks-presbyterian-community-center-purchase <p><strong>Update 8 p.m.: Board OKs Purchase</strong></p><p>The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday evening unanimously approved &nbsp;the purchase of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Presbyterian Community Center.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:41 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9858 at http://wfpl.org Update: Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Presbyterian Community Center Purchase Louisville Metro Events Offer Free School Supplies, Health Screenings http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-events-offer-free-school-supplies-health-screenings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Free school supplies and health screenings will be &nbsp;available starting this week for Louisville families to help prepare students for the start of the school year.</span></p><p>Community centers, schools and Neighborhood Places around the city are working with the city’s Department of Community Services to provide the resources to residents at events beginning July 31 and continuing through August 9.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:27:57 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9856 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Events Offer Free School Supplies, Health Screenings Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty? http://wfpl.org/post/why-do-27-percent-kentuckys-kids-live-poverty <p>On Tuesday, we examined a report that said <a href="/post/27-percent-kentucky-children-live-poverty-report-says">27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty.&nbsp;</a></p><p>The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:31:16 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9825 at http://wfpl.org Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty? Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-red-cross-chapter-hosting-blood-drives-help-national-shortage <p>It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.&nbsp; What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.</p><p>But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.</p><p>“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said. &nbsp;“If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”</p><p>And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:37:46 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9853 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.) http://wfpl.org/post/heres-jcps-list-school-supplies-families-should-hold-buying-bit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville families now have an idea of what supplies kids need for public school.</span></p><p>Jefferson County Public School on Friday released a much-anticipated list of fundamental school supplies for the 2014-15 academic year.</p><p>Most students go back to school on Aug. 13.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:25:19 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9847 at http://wfpl.org Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.) 15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools http://wfpl.org/post/15-mental-health-counselors-will-be-based-jcps-schools <p>For the first time, Jefferson County Public Schools will have mental health counselors based in schools.</p><p>Fifteen will be added to school buildings in the upcoming academic year.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:54:29 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9842 at http://wfpl.org 15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/listen-breaking-daily-fast-during-ramadan-louisville <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a </span>daylong<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.</span></div><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:45:40 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9836 at http://wfpl.org Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tech-students-earn-scholarships-national-skills-competition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.</span></p><p>More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9839 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/espn-takes-look-street-ball-louisville-and-around-us <p></p><p>Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.</p><p>That is according to an article published today on<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying"> ESPN.com</a> that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.</p><p>Here's<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;the article.</strong></a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9833 at http://wfpl.org ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/ultra-high-speed-internet-plan-headed-louisville-metro-council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9828 at http://wfpl.org Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council