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9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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Local News
4:34 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Byline | JCPS Teacher Negotiations; Immigration Issues; Theater Director Lucas Adams

Here is our Byline rundown for 6/21/13 (full audio link below):

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Politics
3:46 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

U.S. Attorney Recused from McConnell Secret Taping

Curtis Morrison
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The top federal prosecutor in Louisville has been recused from an ongoing investigation into the secret taping of a private campaign recording between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides earlier this year.

U.S. Attorney David Hale says was recused from the case by the Justice Department after his name had been mentioned publicly as a possible federal judicial nominee. McConnell has a vote on judicial nominations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night'

Peter Riopelle as Feste and Jonathan Visser as Malvolio (caged) in Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's "Twelfth Night."
Melissa Donald Productions Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opened its 54th season last night with a winsome Celtic-styled “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, this gender-switching, mistaken identity romantic comedy is sweet enough to serve as a date-night destination but sufficiently silly for a night out with friends, too.

A storm wrecks a ship off the coast of Illyria, separating spirited Viola (Madison Dunaway) from her twin brother, Sebastian (Kyle Curry), whom she assumes dead. These are dangerous times for a lady unaccompanied, so she dons men’s clothing and transforms into “Cesario” to enter into service with the local duke, Orsino (the quite funny John Pasha), a preening, love-sick goof mooning over his neighbor, Olivia (Rosie Ward).

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Local News
11:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Byline Today: JCPS Teacher Contract Negotiations, Immigration and More

A group of African American ministers this week called on Jefferson County Public Schools to open up its labor negotiations with teachers, the U.S. secretary of education was in town and putting focus on immigrants while the reform debate rages on in Congress. These topics and more will be discussed today on Byline.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri June 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Hires Former GOP Party Chair as State Chief of Staff

Eric Holcomb
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U.S. Senator Dan Coats has hired former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb to serve as his chief of staff overseeing all operations in state.

Earlier this week Holcomb was among a number of high-level GOP party officials who stepped down despite pleas from Gov. Mike Pence.

Indiana Republicans held the governor's office in the 2012 elections and added to their majority state House.

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Local News
9:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Beyond the Music: Forecastle Foundation Raises Awareness of Pine Mountain

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Forecastle Festival organizers expect roughly 75,000 patrons next month for a weekend of music, art and activism at Waterfront Park. This year the festival will take place on July 12-14 and feature acts such as The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips.

But Forecastle extends beyond the festival experience with the creation of the Forecastle Foundation, which is designed to help preserve the world’s most diverse natural places. These preservation efforts take place both internationally and locally. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Unbound: Roxane Gay and Alex Taylor on 'Crime and Punishment'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today's episode is about crime and punishment. In our first story, a woman survives an unthinkable crime, but she doesn't get a happily-ever-after ending in Roxane Gay's "Things I Know About Fairy Tales." Then, we'll travel to the wilds of Western Kentucky to learn how you can punish a man for his crimes after he's dead. Two men in search of a body pack a camera, a violin, and a case of beer and head out on the open water in Alex Taylor's “The Name of the Nearest River.” 

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Environment
8:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Faith, Environmental Groups Rally for Renewable Energy in Louisville

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Environmental and faith groups are coming together to advocate for an end to fossil fuels, and the resulting pollution that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. The groups held a march and a rally Thursday  in Louisville.

The event was held in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which was in town this week. Local environmental groups joined in too, and brought in buses of people from around the state.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville: Early Childhood Expansion Would Solve Problems

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Louisville on Thursday to push a proposed expansion of early childhood programs that, he argues, would have a wide-ranging effect on the nation's economy and even crime rates.

The idea is pretty straight forward: Children who enter Kindergarten with basic skills are more likely to do well in school and become productive members of society.

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