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7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses

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Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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Environment
10:29 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Judge Rules Against Environmental Groups in Case Involving Coal Mining's Health Effects

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A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups in a case involving a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Byline | Arnold Harrassment Case; Liquor Sales; Discretionary Funds; KY BBQ

Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):

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Politics
5:11 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Lawmakers Expected in January

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State Rep. Joni Jenkins plans to introduce a formal bill during the next meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers.

But state Sen. Katie Stine is questioning whether such a bill would be a "placebo."

The House on Friday unanimously approved a resolution calling for mandatory sexual harassment training—but it doesn't carry the weight of law.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat

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Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is running for a newly drawn state House district seat in next year's election.

District 36 is an open seat that was created during the special legislative session as part of the long-delayed redistricting plan based on the 2010 census.

According to the map, District 36 covers parts of east Louisville such the Eastwood, Fisherville and Lake Forest areas, and extends to south Pewee Valley in Oldham County.

Miller says he will serve out the remainder of his council term, but wants to take his advocacy for more fiscal responsibility and lower taxes to the General Assembly.

"I really felt that the issues that I cared most deeply about, which are pension reform, education, ethics. And particularly if we move down the path toward the local option sales tax it’s got to go through Frankfort before it can happen. So I want to be there," he says.

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Local News
3:02 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

University of Louisville Blasts Planned Collaboration Between Children's Hospitals

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The University of Louisville is blasting a plan for Kosair Children's Hospital and the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington to "join forces."

Kosair Children's—run by Norton Healthcare—and the UK HealthCare-operated Kentucky Children's Hospital announced late Thursday that their leaders had signed a letter of intent to be jointly operated but remain independent through a new collaboration.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky Railroad Company Founder R.J. Corman Dies at 58

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A well-known Kentucky businessman has died after a long battle with cancer.

R.J. “Rick” Corman died this morning at his home in Nicholasville.   He was 58.

Corman ran a multimillion dollar railroad and construction company that employs more than one thousand people in 22 states.

He was diagnosed in 2001 with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

Corman was the founder and sole owner of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, which became one of only two major companies offering 24-hour emergency derailment cleanup for railways.

Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers

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Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" (University of Georgia Press) is a collection of persona poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago this summer. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, and he was instrumental in the desegregation campaign at the University of Mississippi and the efforts to bring murdered Chicago teen Emmett Till's killers to justice. 

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Environment
2:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Farmers from Louisville, Berea, Russellville Named 'Local Food Heroes'

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Three farmers from around the state have been named Kentucky’s “Local Food Heroes.” They are Mike Lewis of Berea, Clay Turner of Russellville and Ramsi Kamar of Louisville.

The contest was sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Louisville Metro Government and Seed Capital Kentucky, and encouraged residents around the state to go online and vote for their favorite farmer. More than 2,500 votes were cast on the Seed Capital Kentucky website.

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