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9:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kentucky Releases Alternative School Data, Assessing Schools Remains Challenging

The Kentucky Department of Education has released minimal data on some of the state’s alternative schools for the first time publicly, but officials say it’s still difficult to determine whether a program is successful.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Water Advocates Discuss 'Dead Zone,' Need for Stricter Water Standards

‘Dead Zones’ are areas of low-oxygen levels in the ocean, caused by nutrient pollution. The world’s second-largest dead zone forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to runoff from farms and sewage treatment plants. While the pollution kills aquatic life in the dead zone, it can also kill fish and cause algae blooms upstream.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Council Democrats Urge ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Veto; Opponents Note Fischer's Absence

Joining dozens of civil rights groups, six Democratic members of the Louisville Metro Council have signed a letter asking Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to block the ‘religious freedom’ bill.

The bill allows individuals to ignore laws and regulations that violate tenets of their faith, and it passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the General Assembly. Supporters point to court decisions that have made it easier for the government to infringe on First Amendment rights for religious beliefs.

But opponents argue the measure is too broad and therefore could threaten protections for racial minorities, women and members of the LGBT community.

The Louisville Fairness Campaign circulated the petition to council members, but did not approach any council Republicans to sign it.

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, says she signed the letter to Beshear because the bill compromises civil rights laws in Kentucky.

"I’m very disappointed that people in our state legislature fail to think more about the people across the state who may identify differently than they do and who definitely need these additional protections from any kind of discrimination," she says.

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Local News
6:10 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Overall No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Kentucky Wildcats Heading for NIT

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team will be the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, heading to Lexington where they'll play Thursday against either Liberty or North Carolina A&T.

In the Midwest Region, Louisville would play either Colorado State or Missouri in the second round. The Cardinals won the Big East Tournament on Saturday and enter the NCAA Tournament with a 29-5 record.  The Duke Blue Devils are the region's No. 2 seed.

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Local News
5:47 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Noted Journalist, Urbanist Grady Clay Dead at 96

Grady Clay
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Journalist Grady Clay, who wrote about landscape architecture and urban planning, died Sunday in Louisville, according to sources close to his family. He was 96.

Clay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree from Columbia University. He was the real estate editor and the urban affairs editor for the Courier-Journal until 1966, but his profile extended far beyond Louisville.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun March 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.17.13

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

Gabe Bullard: If you're an avid WFPL listener, you probably know Jonathan Goldstein from his work on This American Life. But for years, Goldstein has hosted a terrific CBC show called Wiretap. I've been a fan of his since I first heard that show. Listen to Wiretap.

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Local News
6:49 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Why Does Louisville Love Basketball So Much, Anyway?

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The bracket for the men's basketball NCAA Tournament will be announced this evening and, if recent history holds, Louisville will be watching.

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Local News
11:23 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Win Big East Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team won the Big East Tournament on Saturday—and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And possibly the No. 1 overall seed.

U of L defeated the Syracuse Orange 78-61 in the final Big East Tournament before the conference's seven Catholic universities split and several other teams leave as well, including the Cardinals in 2014.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Noise and Notes: Recaps and Leftovers from the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly

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The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly is nearing its end, but there are plenty of important issues still haven't been addressed.

At the beginning of the legislative session much was said about the improved personal relationships between Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers—particularly the GOP-controlled Senate. But if Frankfort is more collegial it hasn't improved productivity.

With two days left for veto days, thorny matters such as pension reform and redistricting haven’t been resolved. No deals are in sight, and there is talk of a special session to sort those priorities out.

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Politics
6:25 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll

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  Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, beating several high-profile names among his party's potential 2016 White House contenders.

Paul edged out GOP rival and fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida in the largely symbolic survey among a crowded field of two dozen candidates. Those Paul bested include former Republican vice presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan. 

Kentucky's junior senator won with 25 percent of the vote, ahead of Rubio who had 23 percent and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania who came in was third place with 8 percent.

From USA Today:

Lauri Dabbieri, a high school teacher from Fairfax County, Va., said she voted for Paul when she heard the senator say he would abolish the federal Department of Education, which she called "completely useless.' Education is a local issue, she said.

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