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5:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Louisville Considers Extending Brownsboro Road Diet to Hillcrest Avenue

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is considering extending the project that reduced part of Brownsboro Road to three lanes.

The original Brownsboro Road Diet was completed last year. It modified a half-mile stretch of the road in the city’s Clifton neighborhood...changing it from four lanes to two, with a middle turning lane and a sidewalk. Now, the city is considering expanding the project to Hillcrest Avenue.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Senate Committee Discusses Value of Addressing Climate Change

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Last month, President Obama released details of his plan to reduce carbon pollution, echoing 98 percent of scientists who say there’s overwhelming evidence that climate change is real, and it’s being influenced by human activities. But at a Senate committee hearing today, the debate shifted from whether climate change is real to whether it’s worth addressing.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Potential Indiana Auditor Appointee Asks to be Removed From Consideration

LaPorte, Indiana Mayor Blair Milo
City of LaPorte, Indiana

One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s candidates for the post of state auditor has asked Pence to remove her name from consideration.

The Times of Munster says Blair Milo is one of at least six Republicans whom Pence has interviewed for the post.    She’s the mayor of Laporte, in northwestern Indiana.

Milo says she can best fill her commitments to serving the people of LaPorte by remaining as mayor.  Her first term in that office runs through 2015.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says the governor is grateful Milo was willing to consider serving.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Education Commissioner Acknowledges Focus On Student Learning in New JCPS Teachers Union Contract

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at a forum this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he appreciates the focus on student learning in the new Jefferson County Teachers Association contract, and the state will monitor its impact on low-performing schools in the district.

Holliday was critical of the union contract prior to negotiations, which began in early June. He previously said there were instances where teachers at low-performing schools would not follow certain turnaround efforts because of the contract provisions. 

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Local News
12:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'There's This Hospitality' in Louisville

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This month and next, WFPL is 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 second installment, we meet Brett Jeffreys, digital program manager of North American Whiskies at Brown-Forman.

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Education
11:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

What Else Is Included In The Jefferson County Teachers Association Contract?

The Jefferson County school board and teachers union have both approved the new five-year bargaining agreement that will give schools more options when hiring teachers. 

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Politics
9:53 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Jerry Abramson May Decide Around Fancy Farm Whether He'll Run for Governor

Jerry Abramson
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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says he may announce his intentions regarding a run for governor before or shortly after the Fancy Farm Picnic on Aug. 3.

“I’m going through this yes, no, up down," Abramson said. “If you’re going to spend a year and a half hour to raise $15 million and once you win the question becomes can you really be a transformational public servant and make a significant difference in the future of Kentucky? That’s what I’m thinking through.”

He says polling shows he could win a race for governor, but he’s undecided on seeking the office.

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Local News
7:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Apartments, Lower-Prices Could Boost Downtown Louisville Residency Rate

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Downtown Louisville lags behind similar cities in the number of housing units added since 2000.

If it wants to catch up, the cost to rent or buy downtown housing space must decrease.

Louisville could realistically add 2,500 residential units to downtown in the next 10 years—but the thinking has changed on who's the most interested buyer, according to a draft study released this week by the Downtown Development Corp.

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Media Critic
7:02 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Louisville Media Focus Too Much on Lurid Details of Tragedy Over Big-Picture Issues

Most Americans are familiar with the caricature of bloodthirsty reporters swarming in packs around the recently bereaved: “You just witnessed the death of your entire family. Tell us how you feel!”

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Education
8:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

JCPS Approves New Teachers Union Contract; Board Member Questions Paying Union President

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a new five-year bargaining agreement with the teachers union, but the vote was not unanimous.  

The contract was approved 5-1—board member David Jones Jr. was absent—and will mean more flexibility for principals and schools when hiring new teachers and no cost-of-living increases.

Click here to read the contract.

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