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12:31 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

JCPS Considers Reimagination of Several Schools With Innovation in Mind

JCPS officials have proposed changes to The Academy at Shawnee, which is a low performing school.

Officials with the Louisville school district are proposing major changes to a few of its lower performing schools that would extend the school day, shift students around and create new positions.

The JCPS school board met this week to hear proposals that would affect several schools, but are focused on Frost Middle School, Myers Middle School and The Academy at Shawnee (formerly Shawnee High), all of which are deemed priority schools (aka persistently low-achieving schools).

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

First Annual Louisville Music Awards ... Awarded

IdeaFestival's music arm, IF Music, kicked off yesterday with a series of industry panel discussions and wrapped with the first annual Louisville Music Awards ceremony at Headliner's Music Hall. 

Wax Fang took home top honors for song of the year with "The Blonde Leading the Blonde." Cheyenne Mize beat out a male-dominated field for singer/songwriter of the year, while Old Baby prevailed for rockers of the year. "Cover band of the year" might sound like the consolation prize to end all consolation prizes, but bourbon-inflected antique jazz ensemble Billy Goat Strut Revue (featuring WFPL's own Laura Ellis on vocals) set a pretty high standard with their first trophy. 

The winning acts were selected by an industry panel of 30 judges from more than 1,400 nominees submitted by the public. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

HBO Movie on Muhammad Ali's Supreme Court Fight to Have U.S. Premiere in Louisville

Credit HBO

Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, are expected in Louisville next month to attend the U.S. premiere of the HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.

The showing will be invitation only on Oct. 2 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville. Ali's daughter Laila and HBO Films President Len Amato are also scheduled to attend.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight explores the Supreme Court case the champion heavyweight/native Louisville found himself in over the draft for the Vietnam War. 

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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

TARC Starts $30-Million Project to Modernize Public Transit in Louisville

Credit WFPL File Photo

Ten new TARC buses with updated technology hit Louisville area roads on Tuesday, part of the roll out of a four-year, $30-million initiative to improve public transportation.

The new buses will service TARC's two routes crossing the Ohio River. They're replacing buses that have traveled more than 500,000 miles—and 11 more buses are expected to roll out in October, on cross-river routes and on express routes.

The 21 new buses will have free WiFi, power charging stations for mobile devices and overhead storage. TARC paid $9.5 million for them.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Keeneland Wraps Up 'Phenomenal' Yearling Sale

keeneland.com

Officials at Keeneland Race Course say the just-completed fall yearling sale was the most successful since before the recession.

Gross sales during its 12 days totalled more than $280 million, up more than 27 percent over last year.  

“After 2008, there were a lot of people thinking of getting out of the horse business.  They had lack of credit.  They had problems with their banks.  Now, all of sudden, they’ve weathered that storm and hopefully see a brighter horizon,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s Director of Sales.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Louisville Agencies Responding to a Rise in Homeless Young Adults

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless is asking for the community’s help in reducing the number of homeless young adults.

Coalition Executive Director Natalie Harris says officials began noticing a trend last year, when member agencies reported an increasing number of young people in crisis.

"Last year, 555 young adults from 18-24, lived as adults in our adult shelters here in Louisville.  And that really broke our hearts.   It made us think that we were not realizing what was going on in our own community," she said.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Phyllis Pond, Indiana's Longest Serving Female State Rep., Dies at 82

The longest-serving female state representative in Indiana's history has died after 35 years in office.

The Indiana House speaker's office announced the death of Republican Rep. Phyllis Pond of New Haven. The 82-year-old Pond had three weeks ago announced her decision to resign effective Oct. 15 after being recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis

Politics
1:11 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ed Marksberry Announces Independent Bid for Kentucky U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry of Owensboro, Ky.
Credit Hillbillyreport.org

Saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't speaking to progressives or their issues, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is dropping out of the primary to run as an independent.

Marksberry is an Owensboro building contractor who has been running a decidedly liberal campaign to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

In a telephone interview with WFPL, Marksberry—who ran for Congress in 2012—says he plans to speak to the environment, poverty and gay rights in particular.

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Environment
10:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beshear Says He Still Believes Bluegrass Pipeline Issues Can Wait Until January

Williams

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would benefit Kentucky.

If it’s built, the Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids—like butane and ethane—from drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico. Representatives from pipeline company Williams have been surveying in the state for the past several months, but the pipeline has met opposition from groups and citizens who say current regulations aren’t adequate.  

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Kentucky's Peak Colorfall Season Approaching

Kentucky Department of Travel

What is generally considered the peak viewing period for fall foliage in Kentucky is approaching.  

Dean Henson, the manager of Big Bone Lick State Park in Boone County, says that typically happens in mid to late October, and weather conditions will help determine how colorful the leaves will become.  

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