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10:45 am
Mon March 4, 2013

WFPL News Special Today: Challenges of the Urban School District

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Jefferson County Public Schools is among the top 30 largest school districts in the nation. Its $1 billion budget is the largest in the state but its test scores are often some of the lowest in Kentucky.

JCPS is not the only large school district struggling. Many large metropolitan districts perform lower on standardized tests when compared to their state averages and graduation rates mirror that same trend.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Indiana Bill Would Outlaw Videotaping of Farm, Industrial Operations

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A bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would make it illegal to photograph or videotape a farm or industrial operation with the intent to defame, embarrass or otherwise harm the business.

The measure’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Travis Holdman, says it’s intended to prevent what he calls vigilante groups from disrupting the operation of a private business.

"We  don’t know what’s going to be next, folks, if we don’t protect our private property, to hold sacred what goes on on our private property,"  Holdman said in a floor speech last week. 

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Education
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

JCPS Discipline Code Up for Review, Dramatic Changes Unlikely

Changes to the Jefferson County Public Schools’ code of conduct for managing discipline are being considered this year, and officials say they will likely not budge on removing zero-tolerance policy language which research shows has been be ineffective.

However, school board member Linda Duncan--who is also a member of the committee considering changes--does say the new code will likely provide teachers and staff alternative ways to deal with trouble students, including adding restorative practice language.

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Politics
9:29 am
Mon March 4, 2013

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to Speak at UofL's McConnell Center

Marco Rubio
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will speak later this month at the University of Louisville via the McConnell Center.

Rubio, elected to the Senate from Florida in 2010, gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address and is an oft-mentioned contender for the GOP's 2016 presidential nomination.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Libertarian Party Leader Says Members Open to Supporting Ashley Judd

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  The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kentucky says his members could be persuaded to vote for Ashley Judd over Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, but the Hollywood actress needs to distance herself from President Obama.

Judd has met with Democratic donors in Louisville and courted state leaders such as Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, in recent weeks.

Libertarian Party Chairman Ken Moellman says he isn't sure if they are running a challenger in 2014. But his members would need to know more about Judd’s fiscal views first, adding there is some agreement with the actress's social views such as same-sex marriage.

"From a libertarian perspective on the gay marriage issue, we tend to take more of the approach that the government shouldn’t be sanctioning marriage anyway. The relationship between two people does not need government involved. I don’t need to ask the government if this guy can be my friend or ‘hey, can I move in with this person’,” he says.

Judd is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage and abortion, and recently gave a speech on women's reproductive rights in Washington, D.C.

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Environment
7:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

How Will the Sequester Affect Kentucky's Environment?

The across-the-board federal cuts known as the sequester went into effect Friday and will remain until Congress and President Obama can reach a deal on the budget. And those cuts could have a significant effect on environmental enforcement in Kentucky.

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Arts and Humanities
6:39 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Review | Savage Wit in 'The Delling Shore'

Jim Frangione and Catherine Combs in Sam Marks' "The Delling Shore," 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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The first production in the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays opened Friday at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directed by associate artistic director Meredith McDonough, Sam Marks' "The Delling Shore" is dark comedy about two feuding middle-aged novelists and their daughters who reunite for a disastrous weekend in the country.

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Education
6:38 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Union Pushes for Wiggle Room in Teacher Evaluations

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The Jefferson County Teachers Association says it wants more freedom to create its own teacher and principal evaluations, which are expected to be in place by the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.3.13

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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Politics
7:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Time Running Out for Kentucky General Assembly to Pass Priority Bills

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As the 2013 legislative session winds down, the top priorities for each chamber are still stuck in the process and not yet law.

House Bill 1 would reform special districts in Kentucky and centralize financing reporting aspects for the districts. The legislation is supported by Auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat. But the legislation is likely to undergo changes that Edelen has yet to support, including giving more oversight of the districts to local governments.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the bill sponsor, said his chamber also won't support such changes.

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