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Education
9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability to Hire Second Employee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer plans to double the size of the city’s Office of Sustainability, from one to two employees.

A year-and-a-half ago, Fischer hired Maria Koetter to run the city’s nascent office …and to be its only employee. But the recently-approved Metro budget included funding for an additional position. So now the mayor's office is looking for a sustainability project coordinator.

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Arts and Humanities
6:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Pirates! Still Trendy After All These Years

Irresistible pop culture pirates predate Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow by more than a century. W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s enduring comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” debuted in 1879, and it’s in no danger of fading from the stage.

Two different productions open in Louisville this season. The first, produced by Metro Parks, opens Thursday. It's part of the Iroquois Amphitheatre’s 75th anniversary year. (Chicago's The Hypocrites bring their version to Actors Theatre of Louisville in January.)

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

State, Federal Groups Want More Public Input on Floyds Fork Pollution Measures

Several state and federal agencies tasked with improving the water quality in the Floyds Fork watershed will hold meetings in the next month to gather more public input.

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Politics
1:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor

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Hal Heiner lost a close election in 2010 for Louisville mayor. He hasn't sought political office since then, and his most prominent public role has been as an advocate for charter schools. During Saturday's Republican breakfast before the Fancy Farm Picnic, Heiner acknowledged that he may try another election—this time, the 2015 race for Kentucky.

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Commentary
6:48 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

A Fancy Farm First-Timer: Notes from a Morning Edition Host

Fancy Farm, years ago
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Fancy Farm Picnic. Let's just start with the name. 

The first time I heard it, with no event description, my mind drifted towards whimsy and fluff: Martha Stewart convention? Petting zoo? Dressage? Antebellum actors? 

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.4.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: Google Glass is behind some of the best hand-wringing, paranoia, fantasy and apologia in writing today. Two pieces out now highlight that. The first is Gary Shteyngart's first-person account of his time with Glass in the New Yorker. It includes this description of meeting another person with Glass.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Starts Quest on Monday for Temp Workers

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The Kentucky State Fair will begin hiring temporary employees on Monday for this month’s festivities. 

The Fair needs 750 employees to work from mid-August to the end of the month. Some employees will need to work after the Fair closes on Aug. 25 for clean-up.

 The jobs will pay about $7.25 per hour, said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for the fair.

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Politics
7:02 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Matt Bevin Trade Barbs at Fancy Farm

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FANCY FARM, Ky. — Here's how the 2014 Senate race would look if the candidates were defined solely on how their opponents described them at the 133rd annual St. Jerome Fancy Farm political picnic:

Alison Lundergan Grimes? In the pocket of President Obama.

Mitch McConnell? An obstructionist who manages to also be too compromising.

Matt Bevin? He doesn't even exist.

Under an uncharacteristically cloudy sky and fits of drizzling rain, thousands flocked to the political picnic in search of political theater and pulled-pork sandwiches amid a backdrop dominated by one of the most anticipated races in the nation.

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