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7:00 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features

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More than half of Kentuckians contacted for a new survey released this week say they’re undecided on whether the state’s public education system would improve with charter schools.

But a majority of the 501 voting households surveyed support more school options and certain characteristics that set charter schools apart from traditional public schools.

“It cuts across all regions and party lines in the state,” says Joe Burgan, spokesman for the Kentucky Charter School Association—the group that commissioned the survey conducted by Glover Park Group.

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Local News
5:54 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Second Round of Winter Weather Exits Louisville Area, NWS Says

Winter weather on Friday in the Germantown area.
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Update 6:45 a.m. Monday: No Snow, Sleet in Monday Forecast

On Monday Morning, the National Weather Service forecasts cold (a high temperature of 34 degrees) but no precipitation through the day Monday. The weather service still forecasts a possibility of snow early Tuesday.

Update: 7 p.m. Just Cold Now

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Byline | Six-Time Felon Kills; Electronic Toll Collection Issues; Chris Matthews

Here are the stories we discussed today on Byline (full audio below):

At the top - The murder of Indiana teenager Tara Rose Willenborg. R.G. Dunlop from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting tells us how her accused killer was out of jail despite a history of violent crime and six felony convictions.

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Tonight's Downtown Trolley Hop Canceled, Weather Concerns Cited

Louisville Downtown Partnership has called off the monthly Downtown First Friday Trolley Hop event tonight. No additional trolleys will run downtown, 5-11 p.m., tonight.

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Local News
2:32 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

U of L Player Who Collapsed Diagnosed With Blood Clot

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University of Louisville basketball player Antonita Slaughter will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung.

Coach Jeff Walz says doctors determined the senior had a cardiac event when she collapsed while on the bench early in Tuesday night's victory against Missouri State. The clot was discovered during hospital testing.

Slaughter will immediately begin taking blood thinners that will end her season. Walz says "we're very fortunate this was discovered through testing."

Arts and Humanities
2:30 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Medora, Indiana, Basketball Team Documentary Screens in Louisville

The 2010-11 Medora Hornets.
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A little over an hour north-west of Louisville is a town called Medora, Indiana. Population less than one-thousand. And little Medora High School, with only 33 male students, fields the worst basketball team in the league, the Medora Hornets. As of the start of the 2010-11 season, they were in the middle of a years-long losing streak. Filmmakers Davy Rothbart ("FOUND" magazine) and Andrew Cohn moved to Medora and filmed the season.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FEC Says Facebook PAC Gave Mitch McConnell Too Much Money

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The political action committee tied to Facebook has apparently given Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign an excessive amount in contributions.

This is the second letter from the Federal Election Commission this week questioning if the McConnell campaign received more than the legal limit in donations from various individuals and groups.

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Education
1:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

JCPS Has Received 15 Commitment Letters From 'School of Innovation' Designers So Far

School of the future according to the hit show The Jetsons.
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Officials say they’ve received 15 letters of intent so far from groups or individuals who want to design the next Jefferson County public school.

The district announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month, which allows anyone to submit ideas that JCPS staff could potentially help become a reality.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh Won't Seek New Term

Tina Ward-Pugh
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The Louisville Metro Council is losing one of its most outspoken progressive voices. Democrat Tina Ward-Pugh won't seek re-election next year.

Ward-Pugh served on the old city Board of Alderman, and was an inaugural member of the Metro Council since 2002. She represents District 9, which includes the Crescent Hill and Clifton neighborhoods.

While serving on the council, Ward-Pugh sponsored and co-sponsored several proposals for increased ethics and more transparency and accountability in government, including the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Local News
11:32 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Byline Today: 'The Man With Many Chances,' MSNBC's Chris Matthews, College Football and More

On Byline today, we'll hear about an investigation into the Indiana justice system's handling of a repeat offender—and an eventual murder—plus an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, and a consideration of college football as the regular season winds down.

First up, our colleagues from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looked into the case of Richard Hooten. Investigative reporter R.G. Dunlop writes:

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