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5:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Seven Counties Services Extends Same-Sex Benefits To Employees

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Seven Counties Services has announced it will extend health insurance to same-sex domestic partners for its employees.

Seven Counties is the state’s largest non-profit organization offering mental health and developmental services.

Vice president for Human Resources Lisa Leet says the board of directors approved the change after discussing it the past several years.

“We serve individuals who are frequently marginalized so we thought it was appropriate to extend our health insurance and dental insurance to a larger segment of the community," Leet says.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Override Gov. Pence's Veto

Indiana state lawmakers have overridden Gov. Mike Pence’s veto of a  tax measure.

The House and Senate both voted  today to override Pence’s veto of the bill that allows officials in Pulaski  and Jackson counties to retroactively implement a local income tax that had expired.      

Even though it was not reauthorized, the counties continued to collect the tax, which is used to fund local jails.

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Education
3:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KDE'sTerry Holliday and JCPS' Donna Hargens Talk Failing Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared at a community forum earlier this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says if Jefferson County Public Schools turns around its lowest-achieving schools—called "priority schools"—it would help turn around all statewide education results.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says that doesn’t go far enough, and she maintains committed to results for all students.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

WFPL's Defining Fairness Series Wins National Diversity Award

WFPL's Defining Fairness series, the project Phillip M. Bailey and I co-produced last Spring, has been awarded the Unity Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Unity Award is a national award which recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in the coverage of diversity, and will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner on Oct. 14 in New York.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Seven New Members Thursday

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members tomorrow evening.

They include three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel, former University of Louisville basketball star Pervis Ellison and tennis champion Julie Ditty.

Three outstanding high school athletes from the Class of 2013 will also be honored.   They are basketball stars Makayla Epps of Marion County High School and Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, along with Louisville Trinity High School football standout James Quick.

Local News
2:27 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Won't Collapse, Report Says. But It's 'In a Great State of Disrepair.'

Old Cardinal Stadium
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Old Cardinal Stadium is "not on the verge of collapse"—but the grandstand and storage areas under them needs to be fixed or be taken out of service.

That's the verdict of a report released Wednesday on structural stability of the the 50-plus year-old stadium at the Kentucky State Fair & Exposition Center.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Local News
11:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: 1 Person Still in Critical Condition After Seneca Golf Course Plane Crash

Panel for a random Cessna 172M.
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Four people aboard a plane that crashed overnight at Seneca Golf Course (near Bowman Field) were listed in critical condition condition Wednesday morning at University Hospital, a hospital spokesman says.

The Cessna 172  crashed while—according to preliminary reports—the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, an Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says.

The FAA will handoff its investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Arts and Humanities
11:18 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Flyover Film Festival Opens Tonight

The Louisville Film Society's fifth annual Flyover Film Festival opens tonight with two films with local connections and a poetic Western crime film that's been garnering buzz on the festival circuit. The film festival runs through Sunday, with most events happening at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.). 

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

JCPS Preps For High Speed Internet Upgrades, Kentucky Comes Up Short On Tech Support

Technology is on the minds of Kentucky education officials who say they’ve identified nearly 40 school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—that are priorities for receiving upgrades to their high speed internet soon.

Kentucky Department of Education officials say state's public education system has been a nationwide leader in cloud-based computing, but KDE is struggling to keep teachers satisfied and adequate broadband Internet service in schools.

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