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3:46 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

JCPS Board to Holliday: Talk to Us Before Media

Commissioner Terry Holliday used the words "academic genocide" while referring the JCPS' failure to adequately turn around student achievement at some schools.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials have released the following letter to media regarding comments made by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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2:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Pitino Again a Finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

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Rick Howlett

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is once again a finalist for election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pitino is among 12 finalists for the Class of 2013; others include former players Tim Hardaway and Gary Payton, and former coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis.

The U of L coach, who has taken three different schools to the Final Four and won a championship at Kentucky in 1996, was also a finalist last year but did not make the final cut.

Local News
2:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

John David Dyche Quits Courier-Journal After Column is Rejected

John David Dyche
Credit fmhd.com

Conservative columnist John David Dyche will no longer write for The Courier-Journal after the newspaper rejected a piece he'd written that suggested reforms to the editorial page and that the paper disclose political affiliations of editors and reporters.

On Monday, Courier-Journal Editorial Director Pam Platt told Dyche that his most recently submitted column would not be published. Platt explained that piece didn't reflect what he was supposed to be writing—a conservative take on the issues of the day, according to Dyche's transcript of a voicemail left by Platt.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

On Byline Today: JCPS and Low-Achieving Schools, a General Assembly Update and Vacant Office Space

Struggling schools, the proposed tax to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and vacant buildings in downtown Louisville are up for discussion at 1 p.m. today on Byline.

WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss recent criticism of Jefferson County Public Schools and its number of "priority"—that is, low-achieving—schools.

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Local News
12:19 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentuckiana Works Hosts 8th Annual Youth Showcase Saturday

Over 1,000 unemployed youths are expected to attend KentuckianaWorks 8th annual Youth Opportunity Showcase Saturday to meet potential employers face to face.

“If you get there before 10, you’ll see people lined up outside the door waiting to get in. It’s a little bit like the Macy’s wedding sale where you would see people rushing the door at ten o’clock," says Michael Gritton, ​executive director of KentuckyianaWorks, the federally mandated body overseeing job training and placement in the region.

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Education
12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Defining Failing Schools and Why Low Achieving Schools Aren’t Alone

Jefferson County Public Schools’ lowest-performing schools took a hit this week. First, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday described the district's practices in a Courier-Journal article as “academic genocide.”

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Politics
11:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

House Leaders Considering Instant Racing Legalization to Help Pay for Pensions

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game currently played at two Kentucky tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. The legality of the game is also currently being litigated at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

But if the General Assembly passes a bill authorizing it, the court case would be moot.

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Environment
11:03 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Fatal Bat Disease Found in Two Kentucky State Parks

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been found in two Kentucky state parks. State officials announced today that infected bats have turned up in caves at Carter Cave State Resort Park in Carter County and the Kingdom Come State Park Nature Preserve in Letcher County.

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Local News
8:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Jeffersonville's City Phone System Down

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  According to Jeffersonville's Facebook page, "The City’s phone system went down last night and we are currently awaiting parts needed for its repair."

City officials further say, "Our AT&T representative should arrive first thing in the morning to begin work. However, repairs will not be complete until the parts arrive; hopefully at some point tomorrow. Therefore, all phones will be nonfunctional until further notice. I will notify everyone as soon as they are up and running. I appreciate your patience."

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Politics
10:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Insurance Tax for Affordable Housing Loses Ground as Advocates Urge Support

Affordable housing supporters fill City Hall
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Dozens of residents and community activists filled City Hall on Thursday to urge the Louisville Metro Council to boost funding for affordable housing, but an ordinance seeking to pay for the initiative is losing support.

Several people spoke in favor of legislation that seeks to put nearly $10 million into the fund by increasing the city's tax on insurance premiums by one percentage point.

Affordable housing advocates who testified before the council spoke of skyrocketing rent and mortgage costs, the high number of homeless public school children and the need for new units.

"We can’t let school kids continue to be homeless, and let this problem go unsolved. So there are people who are in agreement that we need to do something and figure out how to fund the trust fund, and work together to figure out how to do that," Rachel Hurst, executive director of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund told WFPL.

But the prospects are grim now that a majority on the council have said they do not support the proposal.

Council President Jim King, D-10, and Councilman David Yates, D-24, have both said they will not vote for the ordinance. And after two of the original seven co-sponsors withdrew their support this week, another supporter—Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26—announced he is also backing off the bill.

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