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8:47 am
Wed August 21, 2013

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 7 Students To Hospital, Some With 'Minor Pains'

UPDATE, 9:47 am: Jefferson County Public Schools officials now say that there were only seven students aboard school bus 0157 that was involved in an accident this morning. All seven were taken to an area hospital, but only five reported minor pains.

Original story:

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say five elementary school students were sent to an area hospital following an accident with bus number 0157.

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Politics
7:30 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Louisville Councilman Brent Ackerson Unveils Drastic Changes to Discretionary Spending

Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26
Credit Louisville Metro Council

After an hour long deliberation of the Louisville Metro Council's ethics committee Democrat Brent Ackerson unveiled a 19-page draft of broad changes to discretionary spending rules on Tuesday.

The committee discussed a number of possible reforms including tighter rules for neighborhood grants and a resolution asking the General Assembly for a change in state law that would give the Metro Ethics Commission subpoena powers.

But the proposals Ackerson is outlining call for a drastic shift in policy such as blocking the use of neighborhood grant funding for community picnics and festivals unless there is a public purpose such as a health fair.

"At the end of the day I hope it will be equally offensive to all of us because that’s what it’s going to take here. This can’t be a situation where we say don’t touch my project or this or that," says Ackerson. "Let’s just vomit the ideas out there and flush through. If we’re going to bring out real change then let’s really do it."

He says it's important lawmakers put bold ideas out for the public to debate in the wake of Barbara Shanklin’s expulsion trial, which in part centered on the use of discretionary funds.

The plan also would forbid a single council member from spending over $15,000 on a single event. It would effectively stop the funding district events such as Newburg Day, which has received grants over $20,000 from Shanklin's office in years past.

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Education
4:02 am
Wed August 21, 2013

ACT Releases Kentucky Test Results, Education Officials Also Release Their Version

The ACT released results according to its new scoring metrics, which are different than Kentucky's.
Courtesy of the ACT report

The ACT testing company has released its annual college and career readiness report and it shows a drop in reading scores for Kentucky’s 2013 graduating class. But state education officials say that’s because the ACT has changed the way it measures reading and the state is not using the same benchmark system.

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Education
8:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

JCPS Officials: All Students Bused Home by 7 p.m.

Credit File photo

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say the last student was delivered home by 6:58 Tuesday night.

The previous two years JCPS has reduced the time buses cleared on the first day of school. Last year, the final bus cleared at 6:38 pm. The year before it was 7:20 pm.

Busing on the first day of school has been closely watched, in large part due to the infamous 2010 school year when the final students weren't delivered home until after 9 p.m. on the first day of class.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Louisville's Stonybrook Theater Under New Ownership Following Cinemark-Rave Deal

The Stonybrook movie theater complex in the Jeffersontown area is under new ownership as a result of  Cinemark USA buying out Rave Cinemas.

The $220 million Cinemark/Rave deal was first announced in November, but was delayed by an antitrust suit filed by the Department of Justice and the State of Texas.

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Local News
3:50 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Eating Healthfully and Crazily at the Kentucky State Fair

The doughnut sloppy Joe.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The Kentucky State Fair is famous for crazy food. Burgers with doughnuts replacing the bun, giant heaps of meat and fried candy bars join the typical fair foods like elephant ears and cotton candy.

But can you eat healthfully? And, if you want to live it up, how do you feel after eating the craziest state fair foods.

We decided to find out.

Listen below to our experiences eating healthfully/crazily at the Kentucky State Fair.  

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Politics
2:12 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Donald Trump to Matt Bevin: 'You're Fired!'

Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
Credit File photos

The campaigns representing Kentucky Republicans Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin have been trading barbs over Twitter in the wake of a McConnell attack ad questioning Bevin's ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I wonder what McConnell has on his LinkedIn page. Oh, wait, he's never had a job in the private sector so why would he need one," Bevin's Twitter page jabbed in response.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Councilman Brent Ackerson Promises to Introduce 'Major Reforms' to Discretionary Spending

Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26
Credit Louisville Metro Council

A Louisville Metro Council committee is set to review a series of so-called "sweeping changes" covering discretionary spending introduced by city Republicans, but one Democrat argues they don't go far enough.

The council GOP outlined a number of amendments to the neighborhood and capital accounts last week to funds that lawmakers receive annually.

Among the more drastic changes are putting a $15,000 cap on the $75,000 neighborhood funds that go towards non-profit groups.

Republicans argue those taxpayer funds would be better spent towards infrastructure needs, but Democrats say their poorer district rely on social service and other groups programming.

Other proposed changes would  tighten the definition of family members prohibited from benefiting from taxpayer-funded programs and bar the use of discretionary funds for constituent meals, cash incentives and employee bonuses.

But Democratic Councilman Brent Ackerson compared those reforms to "putting lipstick on a pig," in an effort to grab headlines in the wake of the Barbara Shanklin expulsion trial.

"Everyone’s talking about the need for sweeping reforms and if we’re going to do sweeping reforms then let’s do some real ones not just some little feel good, rah-rah put the (public) back at ease when we’re really not doing anything," he says. "If this were a car engine we’re talking about a complete tune-up and overhaul. And what I’ve heard from a number of other folks, I call it an oil change and a kick in the tires."

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Photos | First Day of School at Shelby Elementary

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
Credit Amber Sigman

The first day of school can be trying for students. In the past several days, several Jefferson County Public schools have been preparing Kindergarteners for Tuesday's first day of class. Photographer Amber Sigman headed to Shelby Elementary School near Shelby Street to capture the scenes of Kindergarteners and other students heading off to school.

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Local News
12:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Redistricting Bill Approved by Kentucky House Panel

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A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a Kentucky House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track.

The plan under consideration in the Democratic-led House is drawing criticism from a prominent Republican in the GOP-led Senate.

Sen. Damon Thayer spoke out against the measure today  in a floor speech.

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