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10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Environment
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Industry Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

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Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky House Republicans Propose Redistricting Plan

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House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.

The map unveiled Thursday by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republicans and four Democratic lawmakers. Hoover says the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other but no Democrats.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next?

It’s still too early to know what exactly the fallout will be from a critical state audit that found the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s air monitoring program severely lacking.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Dick Lugar Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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 Which is better, four Grammy awards or the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Ask Loretta Lynn, she's earned both.

The 81-year-old native of Butcher Hollow, Ky.,  and former Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana are two locals on the latest list of recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor. Also on the list are former President Bill Clinton, newsman Ben Bradlee, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Who Owns the Brrr Tag and Were Regalo's T-Shirts OK?

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This week, Louisville police arrested a man many people suspect to be the mysterious graffiti tagger Brrr.

Philip Rodriguez, 25,  is accused of, among other things, stealing a batch of T-shirts from the downtown gift shop Regalo. The arrest warrant says Rodriguez claimed the design on the t-shirts was copyrighted.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel Resigns Amid Controversy

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John Heltzel has resigned as director of Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency misused public money.

Beshear announced Heltzel's resignation in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Heltzel's agency is accused of spending more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures, plus threatening employees and altering documents. 

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Politics
3:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

'Nosegate' Puts McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Under Fire

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Mitch McConnell's 2014 campaign manager is under fire this week after a series of reports, including an alleged taped phone conversation that casts doubts on his commitment to Senate Republican leader.

The Economic Policy Journal has published a telephone conversation between Dennis Fusaro, a former aide to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager.

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Local News
1:48 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

U of L: Teddy Bridgewater Has Broken No NCAA Autograph Rules

This football is one of many items signed by Teddy Bridgewater that are available for sale online
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The University of Louisville says it’s “comfortable” that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater violated no NCAA rules in the signing of memorabilia that was put up for sale online.

The statement comes amid an investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel , who’s accused of accepting money for autographs.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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