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5:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Judge Rules Patriot Coal Can Scrap Union Contracts

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A judge has ruled that Patriot Coal can cut health care and pension benefits that were promised to coal miners through collective bargaining agreements with the union.

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Education
5:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

University of Kentucky Targets High School Students With Online Chemistry Classes

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An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. 

Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Jockey Rosie Napravnik Likely to Make History Again

Rosie Napravnik is set to become the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races in the same year, and the first to try and win one of the races aboard a filly.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says Napravnik is "very, very likely" to be his rider for the filly Unlimited Budget in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

Pletcher says a final decision on whether Unlimited Budget takes on the boys in the Belmont will be made after a scheduled workout over the weekend.

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Local News
2:43 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Watch | Neighborhood Leader Confronts LMPD, David James on Victory Park Crackdown

Metro Councilman David James and LMPD Maj. Bill Kristofeck listen to California neighborhood leader Mike Ballard.
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Louisville Metro Councilman David James announced on Wednesday a crime crackdown in and around Victory Park in west Louisville. 

As WFPL's Phillip Bailey reported, Louisville Metro Police were using support from James to tackle issues including drugs, firearms and gambling. The councilman was providing $11,000 in neighborhood discretionary funds to pay the overtime costs for officers in the area.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Political Ads Supporting and Against Immigration Reform Hit Kentucky

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Dueling political advertisements regarding the Senate bill to reform the U.S. immigration system are airing across Kentucky this week.

The Democratic-controlled Senate will begin debating legislation that offers a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure, which also creates new work Visa programs and seeks to tighten border security.

Louisville pastor Russell Moore is featured in the radio spot running across the state, and he is joining a bipartisan group of evangelical ministers who are calling on lawmakers to pass those comprehensive reforms.

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Moore is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is launching a radio ad campaign in states such as Ohio, North Carolina and Kentucky to reach a wide audience of evangelicals. It is part of the larger “Pray for Reform” movement made up of conservative and liberal religious groups.

Moore, who is a dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is considered a rising voice in the Southern Baptist world. He says the broad coalition includes Sojourners, and is representative of how people of faith are being moved by the immigration debate.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Slain Bardstown Police Officer Laid to Rest

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BARDSTOWN — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Bardstown and packed into a church for the emotional funeral of a police officer fatally shot on a highway exit ramp.

The coffin of 33-year-old Jason Ellis was draped in an American flag Thursday for the 1 ½-hour service. At least a half-dozen speakers took to the podium at Parkway Baptist Church.

The crowd included Ellis' wife and two young sons as well as police officers from across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

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Commentary
12:43 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Forty-Five Years After His Death, Robert F. Kennedy Still Inspires

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“In our youths, our hearts were touched with fire.”

So wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., in 1884, remembering the powerful experience of going to war at the age of 20, and fighting in the first Battle of Bull Run, the beginning of the Civil War.

For the youth of 1968, the very real peril of war was not in the hills of northern Virginia, but far away in the rice paddies of Vietnam, where America’s involvement in a civil war was costly, in terms of lives as well as national confidence.

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Environment
12:04 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Metropolitan Sewer District Fined $161,000 For Illegal Sewer Overflows

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Unfortunately, sewer overflows aren’t really anything out of the ordinary in Louisville. There were 400 times in 2010 and 2011 when untreated waste flowed illegally into area waterways: more than 100 million gallons of sewage. Now the Metropolitan Sewer District has been fined $161,000 by state and federal environmental regulators.

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Education
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Students Describe What Should Be Included In The Next JCPS Magnet School

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This week, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools students presented to the school board what they would include in the "next JCPS magnet" school.

Slides from the presentation are at the bottom of this story. Among the ideas were smaller class sizes, diverse class makeup that not entirely based on student performance, however they also say students should earn their spot within the school. Ideas also included more "hands on" and "real world" experience.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

What You Need to Know About the Ohio River Bridges Project

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Over the next several weeks, construction on the Ohio River Bridges Project will accelerate.

Here's what the Louisville area needs to know about where this project has been, where it stands now and what is to be expected in the future.

Kentucky and Indiana officials broke ground Wednesday on the East End section of what will be a years-long overhaul to the region’s interstate system. What comes next will be more workers taking to the sites, traffic changes, final decisions on tolling and more. 

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