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9:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

JCPS Developing Community Organization Database Called 'Louisville Linked'

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The plan to improve connections between Jefferson County Public Schools and local community organizations has received a positive response so far, Superintendent Donna Hargens days.

JCPS has been developing an initiative called Louisville Linked to connect students with community-based organizations that could work with them outside of school. The idea is to house data from the area’s CBOs that should help the district manage and grow the efforts of dozens of organizations looking to improve education.

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Kentucky Author Forum
9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Win tickets to see Elaine Pagels at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Elaine Pagels on March 19th at the Kentucky Center. Pagels is a religion scholar, professor at Princeton University, and author of The Gnostic Gospels and Revelations:Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. She will be interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media at Syracuse University and former New York Times Religion Correspondent.

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

LG&E's Plan to Close Ash Pond Could Be Replicated at Other Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric’s plan to put a cap made of coal ash on top of a coal ash pond at the Cane Run Power Plant in southwest Louisville has neighborhood residents concerned. But the head of the state’s solid waste branch says the plan is innovative, and he thinks it can be replicated at other power plants.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer: Poll Validates Local Option Sales Tax Push

Greg Fischer
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A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows an overwhelming number of Kentuckians favor a constitutional amendment that would allow city residents to vote on whether to raise the state sales tax.

The survey found 72 percent of voters support the proposal, while 19 percent are opposed and another 9 percent are not sure. But legislative leaders from both parties in Frankfort have spoken out against the measure, preferring tax reform or raising other fees for special projects.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told WFPL the poll shows residents are behind the idea and he will continue to lobby state lawmakers.

"I’ve been talking to legislators in Frankfort along with other mayors and county judges from around the state to show them that there is in fact strong support at the grassroots level and we hope Frankfort will be listening to the people," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Good Girls Don't: Play Explores Victorian Female Photographer's Life and Work

"Hester Street, Egg Stand Group," Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1895
Alice Austen Alice Austen House Museum Collection

In the Victorian era, genteel young ladies were expected to be proficient in those arts considered appropriately feminine , like sketching, singing and dancing. But photography, with its bulky, messy equipment, wasn't thought a suitable hobby for a young lady. Alice Austen (1866-1952) was a bit of a rebel, though. The daughter of a well-t0-do Staten Island family, Austen discovered photography at age 10 and grew up to be one of the groundbreaking American female photographers of the  19th and early 20th century.

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Arts and Humanities
11:44 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Wins Academy Award for Best Actress

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Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second-youngest winner in the category and the first Kentucky native to win an acting Oscar since George Clooney in 2006.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Auditor Adam Edelen Concerned With Kentucky's Cyber Security; Vows to Monitor

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Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen found a dozen issues with the state's cyber security efforts in the 2011-12 fiscal year—and he's vowing to closely monitor the state's measures in that area in the coming months.

The findings were reported in Edelen's statewide audit, in which he gave the state an "unqualified or clean" opinion of the state's finances.

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Local News
7:47 am
Sun February 24, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.24.13

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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:

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Arts
7:45 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence is the Favorite for Best Actress. But What Does That Mean?

Jennifer Lawrence
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Going into tonight's Academy Awards, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is the favorite to win Best Actress—but no shoo-in.

Lawrence, star of Silver Linings Playbook, would become the second-youngest Best Actress winner in history and the win would be another indicator—on top of the $408-million domestic gross for last year's Hunger Games, in which she also starred—that the 22-year-old is among Hollywood's elite.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Little Hope Remains for Staving Off Child Care Subsidy Cuts in Kentucky General Assembly Session

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Little hope remains for staving off drastic cuts a child care subsidy program for low-income, working Kentucky families to pay for child care costs before the first round of cuts go into effect in April.

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