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4:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

College Basketball: UK at North Carolina; U of L Faces WKU; IU vs Irish

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College basketball action this weekend has the Kentucky Wildcats facing North Carolina.

With two losses this season, UK has dropped to 11th in the latest Associated Press poll.    The Tar Heels are 6-2 and ranked 18th, with victories over Louisville and Michigan State.

Saturday's tipoff at Chapel Hill is at 5:15pm.

The Louisville Cards take on Western Kentucky tomorrow  at the KFC Yum Center.

U of L coach Rick Pitino says he’s generally pleased with his players’ performance so far this season, but it’s difficult to evaluate a team in December.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company

Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a test to state education leaders across the country.

A spokesman for ACT says Bennett will help the testing company pitch its exam called Aspire.

ACT is more widely known for its college-entry tests administered throughout the Midwest. But it is also one of many testing companies looking to sell their products to states that have adopted Common Core standards.

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Education
12:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Local Kentucky School Tax Revenue and Results, A Complicated Matter

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As we reported Thursday, the amount of local revenue that school districts could potentially generate by raising taxes varies widely. Some of the richer areas can raise hundreds of dollars more per student than others. Some say that's created another type of inequity in school funding over the past few years while per-pupil spending at the state level has deceased.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

News Special 1 PM Today - WFPL Reviews Public Education Stories, Challenges Over Past Year

The Next Louisville was a year-long education reporting and community participation project.

A lot can happen in a year of public education. Test scores across the district can increase. They did. The graduation rate can improve. It did.

Also, school and city leaders have pushed for more community participation, saying Jefferson County Public Schools can’t do it alone.

At the same time there are more homeless students in Jefferson County than ever before. A majority of our students are now minorities: African Americans, Hispanics and English language learners.

And every student needs something different. But they’re not all are being reached in time.

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Local News
7:14 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Map: Where Criminal Homicides Happened in Louisville in 2013 to Date

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The data is preliminary, but overall crime has declined slightly (about .5 percent) in Louisville Metro Police's jurisdiction this year through November, compared to the same time period last year, Chief Steve Conrad said.

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Politics
8:01 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Majority of Kentucky Congressional Delegation Favor Budget Compromise

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The majority of Kentucky's congressional delegates approved of a two-year budget agreement Thursday that will avoid a federal government shutdown.

In a bipartisan 332-94 vote, House members favored a deal brokered by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Forecastle Festival Pre-Sale Begins Friday

Jim James puts on an impromptu set for fans at the 2012 Forecastle Festival.
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Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $119 three-day general admission passes will be available through the Forecastle website, starting at noon. (That's a $19 increase over last year's pre-sale pass price.) 

All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, go on sale at a later date.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold

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FRANKFORT—After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Arts and Humanities
3:34 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Downtown Trolley Hop Rescheduled for This Friday

Ross Gordon's photography show, "Transformistas," opens Friday at The Green Building Gallery during the make-up Downtown Trolley Hop.
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Last week, snow and ice caused hazardous road conditions, leading the Louisville Downtown Partnership and TARC to cancel the monthly trolley hop. Many galleries along the route that had scheduled exhibit opening receptions closed as well.

Downtown and Nulu gallery districts will have a second chance at a December opening.  

The free trolleys will run the Market and Main Street and South Fourth Street routes Friday evening, 5-11 p.m. Here's a map.

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