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8:15 am
Sun May 26, 2013

What We're Reading | 5.26.13

Merida, a "tomboy" princess from the Disney film "Brave."
Credit Publicity photo

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Changing State of the News Media; Diane Rehm Joins WFPL News Panel Discussion

Louisville Public Media President Donovan Reynolds, Diane Rehm and WFPL's Gabe Bullard
Credit Kirsten Pfalzgraf/Louisville Public Media

The American news media is beset by challenges—technology offering new ways to disseminate news, changes in how news organizations are funded and the rise of political talking heads.

And that's a very quick summary of the issues.

On Friday, WFPL convened a panel to discuss a national news media landscape in flux. 

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Education
6:59 am
Sun May 26, 2013

JCPS May Start Online Streaming Board Meetings

Louisville Metro Government already streams its meetings online. It moved to live streaming on smart phones this month.

Jefferson County Public Schools may soon begin streaming its board meetings online, an initiative under  contemplation for the past two years.

The idea of streaming board meetings has been brought up on occasion by parents and residents unable or unwilling to attend the Monday meetings that are held regularly every couple weeks (in some cases more or less).

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Noise and Notes: Super Politics

Summer brings with it the big Hollywood blockbusters, which more and more are based on the characters and stories in comic books.

The genre of made up for 14 percent of box office sales last year with iconic and lesser known figures. Beneath the spandex of super heroes, however, are important themes.

Whether it's street crime, metal illness or racial discrimination, comics have put those topics at the forefront of their issues for decades.

Fiction has also often been used to highlight history real life politics, and comics are no different.

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Local News
10:34 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Bardstown Police Officer Fatally Shot

Bardstown Police Department

A Bardstown Police officer was found shot to death this morning outside his cruiser on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp.

The Kentucky Standard reports that 33 year old Officer Jason Scott Ellis was on his way home from work when he was shot on Exit Ramp 34, sometime before 3:00am. He was in uniform and his emergency lights were flashing.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says there had been no radio contact from Ellis prior to the shooting.

Local News
3:50 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Byline | Shanklin Trial; Metro Budget; Running Against Mitch; Spalding MFA Writers

Here's what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):

At the top - The removal trial of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been scheduled for July 23. Shanklin is accused of violating the Metro Government Code of Ethics, and she faces removal by a Metro Council court.  We talk about the trial and the legal maneuvering in advance of the proceedings with WFPL’s Philip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
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The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected a proposal that would have extended operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

For about 60 years, the plant has processed uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Last May, it was scheduled for closure, but a new agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest pushed back the planned shutdown date.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Derrick Graham Picked As New Kentucky House Education Chair

Derrick Graham
Credit Legislative Research Commission

State Rep. Derrick Graham has been named the new chairman of the state House Education committee, Democratic leaders announced today. 

Graham is a Frankfort native who recently retired as a social studies teacher at Frankfort High School. He is a well-known education advocate and previously chaired a budget subcommittee on education. 

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Education
2:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Kentucky Education Department: Midnight Meetings To Approve New Dropout Age Are Unnecessary

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The Kentucky Department of Education says many midnight meetings planned at area school districts on June 25 will not place them at the front of the line for a $10,000 grant.

KDE announced grants would be awarded to the first 57 school districts to approve a new minimum dropout age of 18. Under new state law, districts can choose to increase the dropout age from 16.  

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Local News
11:39 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Byline Today: Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget Proposal, a New Possibility for Senate '16 and More

Mayor Greg Fischer releases his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, new developments in the Barbara Shanklin removal trial and a senate run for former Miss America Heather French Henry becomes a possibility—these topics and more will be covered today on Byline.

Metro Louisville's budget process has begun. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will discuss what changes Fischer is proposing as the Metro Council begins taking a look.

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