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1:27 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Manual High Students Double as Fledgling Filmmakers

Evan Sennett in 'The Executive'
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Spot Matt Rivera and Evan Sennett between classes at duPont Manual High School—it would be possible to mistake them for average.

Then catch a glimpse of the two on the set of one of their films—sporting turtlenecks and blazers, or while screening a 16 millimeter copy of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” in a basement, and the reality becomes inescapable.

The filmmaking duo are a pair of high school-aged Wes Andersons walking among us.   

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Local News
1:09 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jockey Calvin Borel Inducted Into National Hall Of Fame

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has inducted its latest jockey, Calvin Borel. 

Borel’s racing career started in 1983. Since then he’s joined 26 other jockeys with over 5,000 wins and has more than $120 million in purse earnings.

Borel, 46, is also one of only two riders with more than 1,000 wins at Churchill Downs. The other is jockey Pat Day.

In his speech at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Sarasota Springs, New York, Borel thanked his long-time agent, his wife and his late parents.

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Local News
11:19 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Byline Today: Tobacco Farmers, Kentucky's Top Emergency Management Official Resigns and More

A state audit leads to the resignation of Kentucky's top emergency management official, the state of tobacco in the 21st Century and  the statewide approach for LGBTQ protections will be discussed today on Byline.

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Education
10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Environment
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Industry Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

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Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky House Republicans Propose Redistricting Plan

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House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.

The map unveiled Thursday by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republicans and four Democratic lawmakers. Hoover says the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other but no Democrats.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next?

It’s still too early to know what exactly the fallout will be from a critical state audit that found the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s air monitoring program severely lacking.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Dick Lugar Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta Lynn
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 Which is better, four Grammy awards or the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Ask Loretta Lynn, she's earned both.

The 81-year-old native of Butcher Hollow, Ky.,  and former Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana are two locals on the latest list of recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor. Also on the list are former President Bill Clinton, newsman Ben Bradlee, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Who Owns the Brrr Tag and Were Regalo's T-Shirts OK?

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This week, Louisville police arrested a man many people suspect to be the mysterious graffiti tagger Brrr.

Philip Rodriguez, 25,  is accused of, among other things, stealing a batch of T-shirts from the downtown gift shop Regalo. The arrest warrant says Rodriguez claimed the design on the t-shirts was copyrighted.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel Resigns Amid Controversy

John Heltzel
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John Heltzel has resigned as director of Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency misused public money.

Beshear announced Heltzel's resignation in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Heltzel's agency is accused of spending more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures, plus threatening employees and altering documents. 

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