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10:23 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Education Forum Today: Who Are Louisville's At-Risk Students and How Are They Served?

Many Louisville students are labeled "at-risk"—some because of family education, health history or income levels.How are these students tracked, served and assured the opportunity to succeed?

Those questions will be explored in a public forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Iroquois Public Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Avenue.

WFPL Education Reporter Devin Katayama will be joined by the following guests:

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Education
8:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kentucky High School Best in the U.S., Says Newsweek/The Daily Beast

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast have again set out to find the best high school in the United States, based on which schools are doing the best job preparing students for college.

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Politics
7:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Rudy Giuliani's Firm Hires Former Congresswoman Anne Northup as Lobbyist

Former Republican Congresswoman Anne Northup is joining the law firm of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a lobbyist.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced this week Northup will work in the firm’s Policy Resolution Group in Washington, D.C., where she will serve as a strategist on issues such as health care, trade policy and manufacturing.

In a news release, Northup says she is excited to join the firm's lobbying arm, and will put her experience in Washington towards advocacy and strategic communications.

"PRG has one of the top consumer products advocacy and strategic communications practices in Washington. I am equally excited to contribute to the firm’s other practice areas and look forward to working with my new colleagues," she says.

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Politics
7:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

'Compassion Walk' to Commemorate Parkland Shootings Criticized

Councilwoman Attica Scott announces Compassion March joined by Connected Voices
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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and community activist Christopher 2x announced a march to commemorate the triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood last year.

But one of the family members of a victim says it's a misplaced attempt by the city lawmaker and activist to grab headlines.

The shootings at 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue occurred on May 17, 2012, resulting in the deaths of Craig Bland Jr., 22, Tyson Mimms, 24 and Makeba Lee, 24.

At least one of the shootings occurred in front of dozens of onlookers, including local media and police officers. The brazen act sparked local outrage among residents and elected officials and a mayoral task force was launched to conduct a study on how to prevent violence.

During a Monday press conference, Scott and 2X announced plans to hold a moment of silence on May 17 featuring Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad, along with a "Compassion Walk" on May 18 at the site of the three homicides.

"What I’m hoping it will do is one, to help people to reflect on the fact that we have lost way too many lives in the city of Louisville to senseless and unnecessary gun violence," says Scott. "And also to ask themselves what are they doing to make a difference in neighborhoods that are experiencing this type of violence."

But Lee's grandfather says it's disturbing neither Scott's office or 2X's group Connected Voices contacted his family about the march, adding the focus should be more about solutions than their personal tragedies.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Gun Control Groups Petition Mitch McConnell to Support Background Checks Bill

A protestor holds a sign calling on Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to support gun background checks legislation
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Gun control advocates rallied outside of Republican Mitch McConnell’s downtown Louisville office to deliver a petition asking Kentucky’s senior senator to change his position on expanded background checks.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Moms Demand Action had over 30 members demonstrating outside McConnell's office before delivering 1,200 signatures urging Congress to support "sensible" gun reforms.

Last month, the Senate rejected the Manchin-Toomey bill, which supporters argued would keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill.

Gun rights activists say the bill would only restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain guns, however.

The petition to McConnell scolds lawmakers for doing "nothing to stop gun killings." It goes on to argue any guns reforms "must include background checks for gun purchases."

Moms Demand Action member Pam Gersh spoke at the rally. She says McConnell is out of touch for voting against the bipartisan compromise, but promises more pressure in the coming weeks.

"We’re a group that is enraged and engaged," she says. "We are going to continue putting pressure on our elected representative and they’re going to continue to hear our voices whenever we have the opportunity. And there are lot of groups working on this now."

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Environment
5:20 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Regulators Investigating Second Fish Kill in Two Weeks in Harlan County Creek

For the second time in two weeks, fish have been found dead in an eastern Kentucky creek, and state regulators aren’t sure what factors are to blame for the fish kill.

This time, hundreds of dead fish were found in Catrons Creek, in Harlan County. The dead fish range from more than a foot long to minnows.

But no one knows what caused the fish kill yet. People living near the creek reported seeing black water, and the culprit could be some kind of discharge of chemicals upstream from a coal mine or other industry.

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Education
4:22 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Kentucky Students' Written Exam Responses Dropped from State Assessment

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The Kentucky Department of Education says it will drop the written portion of the state’s End-of-Course Exams—called the constructed-response questions—in its accountability system, which officials expected will save money and time.

But some are concerned the change, effective this year, is a step back from Kentucky’s recent education reforms. 

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Environment
3:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

LG&E's Falcon Chicks Are Growing Up

It's only been a little more than a week since I was down at Mill Creek, watching several fluffy white peregrine falcon chicks being banded. But already, visible on the live webcam, you can see that those fluffy feathers are nearly gone and the chicks are getting ready to learn to fly.

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Education
12:37 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Kentucky Education Department Resumes ACT Testing With Pencil and Paper

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The company contracted to provide standardized end-of-course exams in Kentucky has suspended online testing this week.

The Kentucky Department of Education halted the state’s ACT End-of-Course Exam last week after nearly 25 school districts experienced problems connecting to the test online. ACT officials initially told the department they had fixed the glitch, but later said more technical issues would prevent testing from resuming.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Funeral for Former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen is Friday

Gov. Otis Bowen in 2012
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Flags are flying at half-staff at state facilities across Indiana in honor of former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen.  

Bowen died Saturday at a northern Indiana nursing home.  He was 95.

Bowen was Indiana’s Republican governor from 1973 to 1981.

He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1985, taking charge of the federal government's response to the spread of AIDS after the Reagan administration had been criticized by activists for a slow initial response.

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