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10:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Brain Drain: Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight on the Power of Culture for Louisville

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This month, WFPL is exploring Brain Drain in Louisville: What does it take for this city to attract and retain talented young professionals?

We continue our series this week with J.K. McKnight, founder of the Forecastle Festival. What began as a small event in the Highlands in 2002 now attracts upwards of 60,000 people to Waterfront Park. This year's acts included the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Jim James and many others.

The role festivals and cultural institutions play in attracting new workers and businesses to a city is something that McKnight has seen firsthand.

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Politics
6:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear: Abramson Would've Made a 'Great Governor'

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Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson have been friends and allies for three decades. The friendship culminated with Gov. Beshear choosing the former Louisville mayor to be his running mate for the 2011 election.

But on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Abramson announced that he won't seek the governor's office in 2015—he instead wants to focus on advocating for education.

Speaking Wednesday in Louisville, Beshear said he and Abramson will “keep working for the next two and a half years to create jobs, to invest in education.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Fischer Orders Review of Air Pollution Control District Following Audit of Monitoring Program

Louisville Air Pollution Control District officials are awaiting the EPA’s response to a state audit that found serious problems with the district’s program for monitoring soot pollution.

The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found flaws with the district’s handling of data and other procedures going back as many as 10 years.  

The findings could potentially affect the Louisville area’s compliance with federal air quality standards.

District spokesman Tom Nord said the agency had no immediate public comment on the audit this afternoon.  

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Environment
4:53 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Bluegrass Pipeline Opponents Rally in Frankfort

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Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline in Kentucky have taken their fight to Frankfort.

They say the project will damage the environment and cause safety concerns for those living nearby. About 80 people from across the state gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to ask Gov. Steve Beshear to put several pipeline-related issues on the agenda for this month's special legislative session.

(Related: Past coverage of the Bluegrass Pipeline issue)

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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Indiana Education Officials: Evidence of 'Manipulation' in Grade-Changing Probe

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Indiana officials say they have found evidence of "manipulation" in the state's school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Department of Education staffers are reviewing the grading formula after e-mails were published by The Associated Press showing former Superintendent Tony Bennett reworked the A-F system to elevate a charter school run by a top Republican donor.

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management

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Gov. Steve Beshear said he hasn't "taken any options off the table" in dealing with Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency spent more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures.

The audit released Tuesday also found that Kentucky Emergency Management officials intimidated employees and altered documents regarding the expenditures.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Demolition of Historic Bardstown Mansion Halted Again

Anatok in May, 2013
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Anatok will remain standing for at least a few more months.

A judge has reinstated an order halting the demolition of the antebellum mansion in Bardstown.

The owner of the home, Bethlehem High School, has for years planned to deconstruct the building as part of a campus expansion project, but preservationists argue that it should be saved because of its historical significance.

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Local News
1:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License

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Kentucky drivers will soon be assessed three "penalty points" against their licenses each time they're convicted of texting while driving.

The new penalty will be enacted through administrative regulations ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear, who announced the change in Louisville on Wednesday morning.

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Education
12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Family Scholar House Opens Fourth Location, Louisville Metro 'Fast-Tracked' Approval Process

The Family Scholar House renovated this 19th Century Parkland School.

The fourth Family Scholar House has opened in the Parkland neighborhood and will help 48 more low-income single-parents earn degrees.

The program offers both residential and non-residential services to families that are struggling, and for many who have been homeless. The goal is to support families while the parent earns a degree, though success can also be measured by the 100 percent of residential participants who have transitioned into stable housing, program officials say.

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