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5:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Indiana Panel Backs New Education Standards

A panel of Indiana business and education leaders is supporting new education benchmarks to replace the national Common Core standards.     Members of the Indiana Education Roundtable including Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz voted 21-3 Monday to approve new math standards and 21-2 with one abstention for new English benchmarks.    

The proposed guidelines on what students should learn in each grade now move to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28 on whether to adopt them for use in Indiana classrooms this fall.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason.

Rachel Semmel joined Bevin's bid to unseat GOP leader Mitch McConnell last September after leaving an Arizona GOP lawmaker’s office.

But in recent weeks Semmel had missed several campaign events and failed to respond to follow-up questions.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A Kentucky State Penitentiary Inmate Starved Himself to Death

The Kentucky State Penitentiary
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One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein. The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses.

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Local News
1:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday

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The University of Kentucky basketball program will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon  with freshman forward Julius Randle, who will announce whether he is entering the NBA draft or returning for another season.         

Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft, and the 6-foot-9 Randle has been projected as a lottery pick if he turns pro.    He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding during their NCAA title quest.

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Local News
6:15 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Indiana Lawmaker's Ethics Hearing Scheduled for This Week

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The Indiana House Ethics Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this week to determine whether a powerful House Republican violated ethics rules by lobbying against a measure that would have cost him and others millions of dollars in potential profits.     

Some fellow lawmakers say House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner privately lobbied against a proposed ban on the construction of new nursing homes during the final hours of the 2014 session.    The measure was defeated.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Louis Brandeis Boyhood Home Up For Auction

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The Louisville boyhood home of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis  will be put up for auction this week.

The historic home at 310 East Broadway, was built in 1864 and the property has been expanded over the years.

It currently houses  doctors’ offices and labs.       

Bill Menish with SVN Auction Services says the sale will be held Thursday at the site.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Losers, Winners and Lost Causes of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.

All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

And with a session that began with a bang and ended with a whimper, it's what happened in between that House Speaker Greg Stumbo says lawmakers should be "proud" of.

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Education
7:32 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct

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After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district's code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval.

Composed of school administrators, teachers, parents and a student, the committee was assembled to refine the code of conduct in a way that would decrease suspension rates—keeping students in class while maintaining a safe school environment.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Byline | Kentucky Legislative Wrap-Up; Hammond Murder Trial; Matt Taibbi on Justice

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

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's

Maria Semple's comedy "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" skewers the Seattle tech industry, contemporary architecture, West Coast boho affluence and the peculiar burdens of being a genius. It's a World Book Night pick for 2014.

William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free.  

In Louisville, Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County).

“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”

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