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6:51 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Louisville's Suzy Post: At the Gates of Freedom

Suzy Post
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Not long ago, we marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, that seminal moment when the eyes of the nation focused on 250,000 demonstrators in Washington, D.C., and where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech. It was the moment when civil rights in America moved to center stage, not to budge again until major changes occurred in the law, and in time, in the way we live in America.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Suggests Seeking LRC Staff Testimony in Sexual Harassment Inquiry

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FRANKFORT — Members of the state House select committee investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker disagree about the methods and scope of the investigation.

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, a Lexington Republican and former inspector general for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, suggested that the committee “should issue a letter of invitation to be sent to all members of the LRC informing them of the committee’s purpose and function, inviting them to provide testimony to the committee” either publicly or in private.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky's Health Exchange is a 'National Model,' Gov. Steve Beshear Says

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Kentucky's health exchange—part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare—has become a "national model," Gov. Steve Beshear said on Wednesday in Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

'The Mountaintop' Portrays the Man Behind the Civil Rights Legend

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It's Memphis, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just delivered his now-famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in support of the city's Black sanitation workers, who are striking for higher pay and workplace treatment equal to their white counterparts. The civil rights leader would be shot on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray the next day.

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Local News
3:14 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Audubon Park Improperly Fired a Police Sergeant Who Complained About Gay Slurs, Commission Says

Kile Nave (foreground) with Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign.
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A suburban Louisville police department  improperly fired a police sergeant after he complained about derogatory statements made by his supervisor about his being gay, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission said in finding presented to attorneys.

Former Audubon Park Police Sgt. Kile Nave claims that his supervisor, Ronald W. Jones, repeatedly made disparaging remarks about  Nave's sexual orientation from the time he joined Audubon Park Police in 2009 to his firing in August 2012. 

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Local News
2:28 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Aubrey Williams, David Tachau Talk Future of Metro Government Ethics at Louisville Forum

Attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Louisville's Ethics Commission.

Today, WFPL's Phillip Bailey moderated a discussion hosted by the Louisville Forum on "What is Next For Metro Ethics and Neighborhood Funds."

The discussion follows allegations over the past two years that two council members misused taxpayer money and violated the cities ethics code.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

There Is No 'Ban' On Handshakes After Kentucky High School Games, Official Says

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The commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association tells WFPL that there is no ban on students wishing to handshakes with the opposing team after middle and high school athletics.

Media reports surfaced yesterday, following directives from Commissioner Julian Tackett saying if students want to shake hands it must be supervised by school staff or coaches.

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Education
10:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Students Taking More 'Advanced Placement' Tests, Seeing Higher Scores

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Kentucky students are taking more advanced placement tests and scoring higher on those exams, according to data released this week.

This trend has continued since 2008 when the state began its Advanced Kentucky initiative that helps local school districts grow participation.

Advanced Kentucky trains teachers and helps students prevent the need for remediation courses once they reach college.

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Local News
8:21 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Up Front TV: What can America Learn from the Roman Empire?

What's the fate of the American Empire? Is the country in decline and destined to fall? And if so, to what extent is America mirroring the story of the Roman Empire? This week I caught up with Vanity Fair editor-at-large, Cullen Murphy, who has written extensively about the subject. The similarities are shocking — but the story is more complicated than that. Murphy presented at the 2013 IdeaFestival in Louisville.

Local News
7:06 am
Wed October 9, 2013

No More Postgame Handshakes, Says Kentucky High School Sports Authority

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LEXINGTON — Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.

Tuesday's directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its web site didn't mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents. The organization says it's "disappointing" to take such action but that it became necessary because of occurrences statewide and nationally.

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