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3:55 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'eLearning Olympics' Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Seek to Take Down Powerhouse No. 2 in Women's NCAA Tournament

Jeff Walz
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The Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team seeks its second Final Four appearance in program history tonight against longtime powerhouse Tennessee.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals have some experience taking down the marquee names of the women’s game. They’re coming off an upset victory over the defending national champion Baylor Lady Bears, the top-ranked team in the nation.

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

EPA Will Assess Some Flame Retardant Chemicals for Potential Human Health Effects

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to assess 23 commonly-used chemicals—including 20 flame retardants—for their potential effects on human health and the environment.

The study will also include an analysis of how several of those flame retardants behave in the environment…like whether they bioaccumulate in humans or can be absorbed into the body with a certain type of exposure.

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12:07 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Shanklin Attorney Appeals Ethics Commissions Recommendations for Removal

Attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Louisville's Ethics Commission last year.

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s attorney has appealed Louisville Ethics Commission recommendations that she be removed from Metro Council.

Shanklin was found to have violated four provisions of the city’s ethics code last month. The commission concluded she used her position on the council to fund an organization--the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association--she was associated with and that she hired her grandson to work as her aid.

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Education
11:52 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Murray State President Responds to Controversy Over Open Meetings

Randy Dunn
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MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State President Randy Dunn says he supports investigating the possibility that the school's board of regents violated the state's Open Meetings Law during a gathering the night before they voted not to renew his contract.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports Dunn's comments in the university's newsletter are the most detailed statements he has made since the board of regents' vote on March 15.

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Arts and Humanities
11:14 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Garrison Keillor, Houndmouth (and More) to Perform This Summer at Iroquois Amphitheater

Iroquois Amphitheater
Credit Louisville Metro Government

The 2013 performances at the Iroquois Amphitheater kick off on April 26 with Louisville area-based rock band Houndmouth and includes Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour, Gregg Allman and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell.

Tickets information for some of these events are here.

The Iroquois Amphitheater is celebrating its 75th season, and Metro Louisville is also announcing a program where patrons can "sponsor a seat." In a news release, the city says:

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Local News
10:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Lose to UConn in Elite Eight

The Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team was lost their bid Monday for their first Final Four appearance.

The No. 2 seed Wildcats lost 83-53 to the UConn Huskies in Bridgeport, Conn., ending UK’s most successful season in history with a 30-6 record and a second-place regular season finish in the Southeastern Conference.

It’s the second straight year UK lost to UConn in the Elite Eight.

A'dia Mathies led the Wildcats with 14 points.

UConn will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between Duke and Notre Dame.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Attendance Drops for Louisville Bats Games, Record Losses, Heat to Blame

Around 9,000 fans attend each Louisville Bats game on average.

For the first time in nearly a decade, officials have noticed a significant drop in attendance at Louisville Bats games.

The club is still one of the best nationwide at getting fans to the ballpark, but attendance and officials are hoping new talent can put them back on top.

On average around 9,000 fans attend each Bats game. That’s kept them in the top five cities nationwide for attendance out of nearly 175 minor league ball clubs. While the attendance dropped by just a few hundred on average, 8,700, it was enough to get the team's attention.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Alerts Teachers of Potential Job Cuts to Early Childhood Educators

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The federal sequestration may lead to cuts to early childhood education staff in Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association confirms that JCPS alerted principals last week that up to 100 early childhood educators could be cut, though district officials say it's still too early to tell.

A teacher told the union her principal and a JCPS official informed staff that cuts could be possible, says JCTA deputy executive director James Hughley who later confirmed the JCPS email sent to principals.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Western Kentucky Officially Joins Conference USA

An increased opportunity to land spots in football bowl games appears to be a major factor behind WKU's move to Conference USA. The school announced this afternoon it will leave the Sun Belt conference and compete in C-USA starting in the summer of 2014.

Conference USA currently has five bowl game contracts, though those deals have to be re-negotiated heading into the 2014 season. WKU will join other former members of the Sun Belt in C-USA, including Middle Tennessee and Florida International.

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