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4:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Has Slim Lead in Kentucky Senate Race

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Alison Lundergan Grimes leads Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Kentucky Senate Race, according to a new poll released by a pair of liberal groups.

The results—compiled by Public Policy Polling—state that Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, tops McConnell 45-44 among Kentucky voters.

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Education
3:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

U of L Partners With Westport Middle School For Teacher Training Program

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A program that teams higher education with primary schools is coming this fall to another public school in Jefferson County. 

Several University of Louisville student teachers will be at Westport Middle School working side-by-side with veteran educators.

“We have a designated classroom at those schools, and it’s actually called the University of Louisville classroom, so that our students here in the program will actually take classes on site," says U of L’s program director Harrie Buecker.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Steve Beshear's Son Representing Bluegrass Pipeline Company

Courtesy Williams

Governor Steve Beshear's son is representing the company that has proposed building a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The Bluegrass Pipeline is a joint venture between two companies—Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Williams—and if it's built, it'll transport the byproducts of natural gas drilling from the northeast to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Arts and Humanities
2:33 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Land of Tomorrow's Summer of Liberation

Martynka Wawrzyniak, "Chocolate," video, 2010.

Land of Tomorrow gallery opens the second installment of its summer El Campo de Mañana series tonight with an appearance by noted rock groupie Cynthia Plastercaster to open an exhibit of her work. The artist, who has been casting in plaster the (Not Safe For Work) body parts of rock stars for decades, will host a storytelling evening with a Q&A to follow at the Broadway gallery.

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Education
10:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure

Tony Bennett
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INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has asked the state's inspector general to investigate the Department of Education's actions during his tenure after resigning as Florida's education commissioner.

Tony Bennett's request Thursday followed an Associated Press story showing that Bennett and his staff scrambled to overhaul Indiana's school accountability formula after learning a charter school founded by a top Republican donor had received a C.

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Local News
9:43 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Kentucky Preteen Skyler Hornback Sets Jeopardy Record

Skyler Hornback
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Skyler Hornback, a 12-year-old from Sonora, Kentucky, won $66,600 on the game show Jeopardy on Wednesday.

This was part of the show's Kids Week, but there's nothing childish about that total.

It's the third-highest one-day total in the show's history (behind $77,000 and $75,000) and far ahead of the previous single-day Kids Week total of $49,000, according to the show.

What's more, Hornback won with a question about Abraham Lincoln. (Kentucky!)

Check it out:

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Local News
6:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

WFPL Media Critic Discusses Recent Column on Coverage of HIV-Positive Jail Inmate

James Miller
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Knowing what facts to add or emit information from a piece of journalism is among the most complex parts of the craft. WFPL’s Media Critic, James Miller, considered this point when several Louisville media outlets ran with a story concerning  an HIV-positive inmate in Louisville. Miller considers the relevancy of the inmate's HIV-positive status in the story.

He explained the issue to WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian. Listen below:

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Education
6:31 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'You’re Still Somewhat Limited'

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WFPL has been exploring the idea of "Brain Drain" and Louisville's ability to keep talented young professionals in the city. What challenges does the city face? What do young workers think about staying in the River City?

In this fourth installment, we meet Evan Shepherd, a University of Louisville McConnell Scholar from Madisonville, Ky. who says he’s decided to leave Louisville after graduating next May.

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Local News
3:27 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Barbara Shanklin to Stay on Louisville Metro Council, Opposition Calls Decision ‘Embarrassing'

Council members that supported Shanklin's removal address the media following deliberations.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, will keep her job despite a majority of her peers saying that she showed misconduct while performing her public duties. Those council members who supported her removal now say the integrity of the local government has been compromised.

Shanklin’s removal trial challenged whether she showed misconduct or willful neglect by her involvement in an ex-offender program she helped set up and by directing public funds to a neighborhood group she was involved with. 

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EKU's Doug Whitlock Retires

Doug Whitlock
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A man with more than four decades of service to Eastern Kentucky University steps retires today.

President Doug Whitlock concludes almost six years at the helm of the public university. Whitlock’s long history with EKU began as a student worker, helping with the university’s public relations. His first full-time position came in 1968, when he took over as director of publications. Whitlock remembers studying the management styles of other EKU presidents—educators like Bob Martin, J.C. Powell, and Hanly Funderburk.

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