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11:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Rural Kentucky Education Co-op Wins $30 Million 'Race to the Top' Grant

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A co-op that includes 17 eastern Kentucky rural school districts has won $30 million in federal grant money.

“We were ecstatic. I don’t think words can express how important we believe this is for the region’s schools and for the communities in the region," says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, which serves over 100 schools and 40,000 students.

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cane Run Power Plant Neighbors Sue LG&E Over Coal Ash

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
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Several  of the residents living near the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville filed a lawsuit on Monday against Louisville Gas & Electric and parent company PPL over persistent coal ash issues in the neighborhood.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government

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A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.

The results are a good sign for the GOP as prospective contenders for the 2015 gubernatorial contest and as the Democratic majority narrows in the House.

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Business
8:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

JCPS, Kentucky Among National Leaders in Adding National Board Certified Teachers

Jefferson County Public Schools added the fourth most National Board-certified teachers last school year out of all districts nationwide.

And Kentucky added the sixth most board certified teachers out of all the states.

The advanced certification is a rigorous performance-based process that can take up to three years to complete. It’s a voluntary credential that compliments degrees and other standards that are required by individual states.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll look at expanded gaming and tax reform to shore up budget shortfalls and to help pay for reinvestments in education.

In a sit-down interview with reporters in his Capitol office, Beshear said he would try to find money to put toward school safety and textbooks.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Houston Barber Named the Academy at Shawnee's New Principal

The Academy at Shawnee's new principal will be Houston Barber who currently serves as principal of Fern Creek High School.

Fern Creek was one of Jefferson County Public Schools' success stories this year when the state released its accountability data.

Fern Creek had the highest gains of any JCPS high school and its state percentile ranking went from 26 to 60. Both graduation rates and college and career readiness rates saw significant improvements too.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky Democrats Join Effort Urging Obama to Include Coal in Nation's Energy Future

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Several prominent Kentucky Democrats have signed a letter asking President Barack Obama to work to develop technologies that will allow coal to continue to play a prominent role in America's energy mix.

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Education
12:21 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky Releases Data Showing College Results For 'Advance Kentucky' Students

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Students who benefit from the state’s Advanced Placement initiative—called Advance Kentucky—have larger test score gains, take fewer remedial courses in college and earn better GPAs during the first semester.

That’s the takeaway from data released by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics this week.

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

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After days of speculation on where Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stood, the GOP leader says he will vote against the two-year budget agreement forged by Democrats and Republicans.

The Ryan-Murray plan seeks to relieve around $63 billion of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration while continuing to slash the nation's deficit by a projected $23 billion over the next decade.

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Local News
9:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky's Next Budget May Have $450 Million Shortfall

Greg Stumbo
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New revenue in Kentucky’s upcoming biennial budget will not be enough to account for an estimated $450 million shortfall.

Lawmakers expect about $230 million in new revenue to be available for the budget. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders that more than half of that money will be used to pay down the state’s pension debt.

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