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10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

JCPS Recognized For Improving Advanced Placement Passing Rates For Black Students

Courtesy of the Broad Foundation

Jefferson County Public Schools has been recognized for the number of African-American students passing Advanced Placement exams.

The gains are slight, but nationwide more black students are being tested in AP but "maintaining the status quo or losing ground" passing rates and/or participation, according to the educational Broad Foundation that release a report this week.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth: Immigration Talks Will 'Move Forward' Despite GOP Members Exit

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth downplayed the exit of Republican Raul Labrador from a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on immigration reform.

The House "Gang of 8" was made up of four Republicans and four Democrats, including Yarmuth.

Lawmakers had been meeting in secret negotiations for months, but Labrador's departure came down to whether undocumented immigrants should be required to pay for their own health care on their pathway towards citizenship.

From Politico:

The problem, Labrador said, was an impasse over how the pending legislation would address the issue of health care for undocumented immigrants. That issue had recently emerged as a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans, and the negotiations had teetered on the edge of collapse at least three times in the last several weeks before drawing closer to an agreement again.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

ACLU's Ezekiel Edwards: Scrapping Marijuana Laws the Way to Fix Racial Arrest Disparity

Ezekiel Edwards
Credit ACLU

The results from the ACLU's report saying that African-Americans are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession surprised the authors. 

They figured that a disparity would exist in the findings. And they were right. What they didn't expect to find is that the disparity existed across the country in many types of community—urban and rural areas, places with large and small African-American populations.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Decries Lack of Pay Equity for Women

Speaking on the House floor, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called on Congress to update the 1963 Equal Pay Act and guarantee pay equity for women in the workplace.

The law was first enacted by President John F. Kennedy and is aimed at abolishing wage disparities between the sexes.

Fifty years ago, women made 59 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Recent studies show women are growing as the chief breadwinners in U.S. households, but still make just 77 centers compared to their male counterparts.

Yarmuth says that fact women have made only 18 cents worth of progress in half a century shows the need for lawmakers to close loopholes in the law.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Orb the Early Favorite in Crowded Belmont Stakes Field

Kentucky Derby winner Orb has been made the morning-line favorite in a field of 14 horses entered for the Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes.

Preakness winner Oxbow is the third choice in the largest Belmont field since 1996.

Orb is the 3-1 favorite and drew the No. 5 post for trainer Shug McGaughey.   Oxbow is 5-1 after drawing the No. 7 post for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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Arts and Humanities
4:46 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Portland Honors Neighborhood Preservation Work

Portland's Squire Earick House, currently under renovation.
Wikimedia Commons

As artists and real estate investors turn their attention to Louisville’s historic Portland neighborhood, local preservationists who have worked to keep the historic integrity of the neighborhood intact are being honored for their efforts. The Portland Museum and the Portland Preservation Alliance team up to recognize members of the community who have contributed significantly to preserving the architectural heritage of the historic Portland neighborhood.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Be A 'District Of Innovation'

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Jefferson County Public Schools is among the four school districts that were recommended and approved to become Kentucky’s first "Districts of Innovation."

Under state law, school districts can apply for exemption from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations. These districts are called Districts of Innovation.

Sixteen school districts applied this year, but only four were recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education and then approved by the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Louisville Boxer Rudell Stitch Honored With Downtown Mural

Rick Howlett

A Louisville boxer who died trying to save another man from drowning 53 years ago has been  honored with a “hometown hero” mural on Fifth Street.

Rudell Stitch was a welterweight who by 1960 had risen to number two in the world rankings.   Among his many admirers was young Olympic hopeful and sometime sparring partner Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali. 

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Education
3:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What Kentucky Teachers Think Of Their Schools, Education Department Releases Survey Results

The above graph is just one of several questions posed in the 2013 TELL Survey.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released results of the voluntary anonymous teacher survey—known as the TELL Survey—which was conducted this spring.

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky teachers responded to the survey, which officials says is phenomenal. And over 90 percent of Kentucky schools are eligible to use the survey data to improve working conditions for teachers in schools. To be eligible a school needed at least half of its teachers to take the survey (and at least five teachers for smaller schools).

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Environment
1:17 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Will the EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules 'Ban' New Coal Plants?

Erica Peterson/WFPL

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed regulations on greenhouse gases emitted from power plants.

Beshear sent a letter to acting EPA administrator Bob Perciasepe last week. In the letter, Beshear says the agency’s proposed rules to limit emissions would effectively ban new coal-burning plants and raise electricity rates. He wrote:

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