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1:44 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky's African American Disparities Continue, U.S. Census Data Shows

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More African Americans in Kentucky are living in poverty, and their median income levels  remain below the rest of the state, according to a U.S. Census survey released Thursday.

The American Community Survey provides an annual snapshot of social, economic, demographic and housing data that's based off previous year records.

In Kentucky, around 20 percent of residents were living in poverty in 2012, which remained neutral over the previous year. But for African Americans that number went from just under 33 percent to around 36 percent.

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Local News
12:43 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Adkins: Democrats Screening Candidates for Rep. Arnold's Former Seat

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Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins is predicting that Democrats will hold onto the 7th District House seat vacated earlier this month when John Arnold resigned from the post.

Arnold stepped down as state representative for the western Kentucky district after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Adkins says while it’s a serious matter, the scandal should not be made into a campaign issue, although he expects Republicans to do so.

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Education
9:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Indiana's ISTEP+ Test Results Mapped Out

Districts in shades of green saw increases in their ISTEP scores. Districts in shades of brown saw decreases. The deeper the color, the bigger the change in the district’s pass rate.

Our friends at the State Impact project in Indiana have mapped out yesterday's ISTEP+ exam results by school district.

As WFPL reported Wednesday, ISTEP+ scores--which measures third through eighth grade students in English language arts and math--improved slightly over last year. In southern Indiana school districts, scores in English dropped but improved in math.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013

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Louisville Metro had fewer violent and property crimes committed in 2012 compared to 2011, but Police Chief Steve Conrad is still concerned.

One reason is an increase in homicides and aggravated assaults despite decreases in the other crime categories. Conrad told me earlier this week that trends from 2012 appear to be holding in 2013 through at least July.

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Commentary
7:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Painful Parallels Between Mass Shootings at Navy Yard and Standard Gravure in Louisville

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The tragic shootings in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday were for some of us a searing reminder of another mass murder, nearly a quarter century ago this month, at Louisville’s Standard Gravure printing company. On the morning of Sept. 14, 1989, an alienated Standard printer, Joseph Wesbecker, 47, entered the plant at 8:30, carrying a veritable arsenal of weapons—a semi-automatic AK-47 derivative made in China, a 9-mm pistol, and a duffel bag containing three more guns, a bayonet and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Assigned to Influential Energy and Commerce Committee

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Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth is joining the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which puts the Democratic lawmaker in the middle of key debates including implementing President Obama's health care law.

Yarmuth voted for Obamacare, and has been its lone defender in Kentucky's federal delegation, often serving fact-checker to his congressional colleagues.

He will join congressmen Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie, who are both Republicans.

The panel also has jurisdiction over environmental, energy, cyber-security and consumer protection policy.

The congressman's office points out manufacturing is also under the committee's purview, which is important to the Louisville economy.

In 2009, Ford Motor Company received a $5.9 billion loan through the federal Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, which supports the development of energy-efficient vehicles.

That allowed the company to invest $600 million to retool the assembly plant in Louisville, which has added more than 3,000 jobs recently.

"Good jobs and financial security are cornerstones of a strong society, and as a new member of the Committee, I look forward to being at the forefront of policy debates that are so critical to the future of our country," Yarmuth said.

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Local News
5:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ground Broken on Facility for Veterans in Radcliff

Construction is officially underway on a new veterans residential care center in central Kentucky.

The Radcliff facility will be just the fourth in the state.

With a planned opening in June, 2015, it will include a dozen ten-person homes.

Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers Executive Director Gilda Hill said the new facility won’t look or feel like a traditional nursing home.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

McConnell Introduces Bill to Block Carbon Standards for Power Plants

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new carbon emissions standards for power plants.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

National Right to Life Endorses Mitch McConnell for Re-Election

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Joined by leaders with its Kentucky affiliate, National Right to Life on Wednesday endorsed Republican Senator Mitch McConnell for re-election next year.

The support from the anti-abortion organization is in sharp contrast to the backing of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes last month by the pro-choice group Emily’s List.

Speaking to reporters, National Right to Life president Carol Tobias says McConnell is an "irreplaceable" voice in the Senate as a GOP leader who has consistently backed their movement.

"Senator McConnell has been a key supporter of every major pro-life initiative to come before the U.S. Senate during his tenure, including legislation to protect un-born children at 20 weeks. That's a point by which the un-born child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion techniques," she says.

Tobias adds McConnell has also helped by blocking President Obama’s judicial nominees who support abortion rights.

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Education
3:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

English Scores Drop In Southern Indiana Schools, Math Scores Improve

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English language arts test scores have dropped in southern Indiana schools as they continue lagging behind their peers, according to preliminary ISTEP+ exam results issued by the Indiana Department of Education today. 

Greater Clark County Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin says it's interesting that English scores dropped in the region and he couldn't provide a guess as to why.

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