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1:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sound on Film: 'Desolation of Smaug,' 'Nebraska'

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Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

On this week’s episode, our thoughts on "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," as well as "Nebraska," the latest from “The Descendents” and “Sideways” director Alexander Payne.

But first it’s news from around the filmosphere, with a discussion of the recently announced Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild nominations, a new project bringing together three of 2013’s best young actors, and surprisingly, a little Childish Gambino.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Task Force Releases Ideas For Reform

A group of lawmakers and youth stakeholders has made recommendations for how to improve Kentucky’s juvenile justice system to address low-level youth offenders who cost tax payers millions of dollars while receiving preventative services too late.

A 2012 report shows that one out of every six incarcerated minors is put away for low-level offenses. And the new findings show that misdemeanants and violators make up a majority of youth in out of home placements.

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Education
12:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F'

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal has dropped from an "A'' to an "F'' in newly released school grades.

The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.

The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.

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Local News
11:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Byline Today: New Poll Numbers on Kentucky Legislature, Media Criticism and More

A new revelation in the sexual harassment allegations against former state Rep. John Arnold, a poll shows potential issues for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a new film podcast launches—we'll discuss these stories and more today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador reported on allegations that Arnold inappropriately touched a House colleague. He'll discuss the issues with host Rick Howlett.

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years

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A panel of nonpartisan economists reports that Kentucky’s General Fund is expected to grow by just over 2.5 percent over the next two fiscal years.

That'll bring in about half a billion dollars. But in next year's budget, half of that will likely go toward pension payments, inflation on medical care costs and paying down nearly $160 million of a structural budget deficit.

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Podcast
7:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Sound on Film: 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Prince Avalanche'

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On this episode of Sound on Film we offer our thoughts on director Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” followup “Out of the Furnace”, starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, as well as “Prince Avalanche," a refreshingly minimalist indie comedy from raunchy-com director David Gordon Green (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express).

But first, it’s Around the Filmosphere, with word of a second FX series for comedian Louis C.K., “Spectacular Now” director James Ponsoldt’s push for a Hillary Clinton biopic at Lionsgate, and a new segment of micro-stories called Gut Check (insert echo, echo, echo).

Listen to the podcast below:

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Local News
6:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hundreds of Workers Turn Louisville's CafePress Facility Into 'Santa's Workshop'

Retail companies typically hire extra employees for the holiday season to meet  shoppers’ demand for their products.

At Louisville’s CaféPress, the normal workforce of about 250 has been nearly quadrupled so the company can fill thousands of online orders coming in from around the world each hour to its Riverport faciilty. 

On a mid-December morning, Keith Pataluna is running on very little sleep, but it comes with the territory.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

WFPL Launching Film Podcast: Sound on Film

Starting this week, WFPL will bring you a new program: Sound on Film.

It's a weekly podcast hosted by Chris Ritter and Robert Kahne. It's news and reviews, with the occasional special guest from the local or national film scene. Chris and Robert have been hosting the show in some form since they were in college, and we're excited to have their expertise and energy on display for WFPL.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

TARC Announces Changes to a Handful of Routes

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TARC announced Thursday changes to several of its bus routes that will start next month. The changes include the extension of the Fourth Street trolley south of Broadway to service the Louisville Free Public Library and schools in the area.

The changes go into effect Jan. 26. 

TARC previously announced a new shuttle between Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Here's a rundown from TARC:

Route #1-Fourth Street Trolley

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

Prichard is an education think-tank that worked for over a year on the recommendations, which include finding ways to recruit new teachers to replace aging Baby Boomers and supporting equitable disbursement of new teachers among poor and better performing schools.

Kentucky also needs to do a better job supporting new teachers and those in training, says Prichard Committee Executive Director Stu Silberman.

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