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1:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Adult Education Offering Free GED Testing

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Over the next few weeks, the state is offering free GED testing to eligible Kentucky residents .

The GED Testing Service hasn’t updated the high school equivalency exam in nearly a decade. Beginning in January 2014, the new test will be more closely aligned with the common core standards many states have already adopted. The testing fee will also double to $120.

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Politics
1:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience

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Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and  a website.

It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at kynect.ky.gov. A phone line will be running in August.

Kynect will be fully operational in time for October open health insurance enrollment.

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Environment
12:37 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Air Pollution Board Approves Changes to Regulations

The Louisville Air Pollution Control Board has approved a suite of regulation reforms, including fee increases for some air pollution permits.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed May 15, 2013

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Mitch McConnell 'Will Not Have a Serious Opponent' Due to IRS Scandal

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews is predicting the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservatives will benefit Republican Mitch McConnell, and could result in an easy re-election for Kentucky's senior senator.

The agency has apologized for flagging political organizations with "tea party" and "patriot" in their name, but Republicans and Democrats have jabbed the Obama administration for not responding forcefully enough.

McConnell has pounced on the IRS controversy after all but predicting the controversy when he spoke out against the IRS targeting such groups last summer. Speaking from the Senate floor Wednesday, McConnell warned the president shouldn't "stonewall" any investigation and dismissed the agency's explanation.

Speaking on Morning Joe, Matthews says the scandal will haunt President Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2014 elections, adding it will likely save McConnell from a serious challenge.

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Education
11:23 am
Wed May 15, 2013

In-State Tuition Agreement Means More Cash, Students for Indiana Colleges

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Following up with yesterday's story on the reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Kentucky, the Council on Postsecondary Education has provided estimated gross tuition comparisons for how the two states fare in the agreement.

A reciprocity agreement allows students living closer to an out-of-state institution a chance to attend that school for the in-state student cost. Colleges and universities can choose whether to participate in Kentucky.

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Local News
10:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

U of L's Julie Hermann to Become Rutgers Athletic Director

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A person familiar with the decision says Rutgers has hired Julie Hermann from the University of Louisville to be its new athletic director.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school was still working on an official announcement.

The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., first reported the hire.

Hermann has been the Cardinals' senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator.

She becomes the third female athletic director at a school among the 124 playing at college football's top tier.

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Education
9:24 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Eastern Kentucky School District Considers Arming Principals

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MCKEE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky school district is considering a proposal to deputize and arm principals for added safety.

WYMT-TV reported that Jackson County Public Schools released a statement saying officials are reviewing the proposal, consulting with the district's attorney and its insurance carrier.

The suggestion came last month from Jackson County Sheriff Denny Payman, who said he could train and deputize principals. He says if an intruder entered a school, he and his deputies couldn't get there before somebody got hurt.

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Local News
6:56 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Here Are Several Events Coming Up for the Dalai Lama's Visit to Louisville

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In anticipation for the Dalai Lama's visit next week, Louisville is offering several events centered around compassion.

Here are several events open to the public  throughout the next week. (Some require tickets.) And here are several more events hosted by the Festival of Faiths, Louisville's annual event celebrating religious diversity.

Friday—Ali Center Screens ‘Kundun’

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Local News
11:10 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Courier-Journal Publisher Wesley Jackson on the Newspaper's Digital Present, Future

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Wesley Jackson has been publisher of The Courier-Journal for 13 months. 

In that time, several veteran newsroom staffers left with buyouts and the newspaper has launched a digital strategy paired with a move to paid subscriptions for a website that for years had been free.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

NTSB Issues Findings in Eggners Ferry Bridge Crash

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  The National Transportation Safety Board says the January 2012 allision between the cargo ship the Delta Mariner and the Eggners Ferry Bridge resulted from poor bridge span lighting and crew inattention to available navigational tools. The ship sheared off a 300 foot span of the bridge. No one was injured. 

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