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2:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

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Eastern Kentucky University's president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there's no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a "fair and humane" way.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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Politics
11:18 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House

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A bill reforming how the state's special districts are categorized and making them more transparent easily passed the state House this morning, 96-1.

State Rep. Lynn Belcher, a Republican from Crittenden County, was the lone "no" vote. 

Many local library boards, sewer districts and fire districts are considered special taxing districts separate from other types of government.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

No Punchbacks: Le Petomane Builds Smart, Silly Shows from Scratch

Kristie Rolape tries on her mask and baby fists.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the members of Louisville's Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble head into rehearsal for a new play, they don’t have a script. They don’t have a director. What they have is an idea and roughly 500 years of comedic history behind them.

Their new show, "No Punchbacks," is an homage to traditional Punch and Judy puppet shows, which owe a significant comedic debt to Italian commedia dell'arte. Co-artistic director Greg Maupin (all six troupe members are co-artistic directors) calls commedia “the sitcoms of 16th century Italy.”

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Media Critic
6:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Students' Voices Missing from Louisville Media's Education Coverage

James Miller
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Years ago, media critics roamed the Earth. Even mid-sized markets could support one or two columnists who analyzed how newspapers and TV and radio stations covered the news of the day, and how that coverage affected the community's understanding and perception of those stories. But in cities like Louisville, media criticism has gone the way of afternoon papers and Saturday mail.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Lexington Debates Where Food Trucks Can Set Up Shop

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Work continues to try and determine where Lexington mobile food vendors can set up shop downtown. 

Members of the Food Truck Work Group reviewed draft recommendations Thursday at city hall.  Work Group chair Shevawn Akers, a Lexington Council member, says many restaurants and mobile food operators still disagree about placement on public streets.

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Environment
9:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants

Eboni Cochran of Rubbertown Emergency ACTion addresses the CSB
Credit Laura Valentine / WFPL News

After concluding that a deadly 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown could have been prevented, the Federal Chemical Safety Board has approved recommendations aimed at making sure industries won't have a chance to replicate the unsafe conditions—a move Rubbertown residents welcomed.

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Local News
8:58 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Downed Power Lines Closes Gene Snyder Freeway Late Thursday

Downed power lines in the roadway on Thursday evening have closed the Gene Snyder Freeway in both directions at Ky. 22 and Ky. 146, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric were making repairs. Until they're finished, traffic is being detoured off the interstate, the transportation cabinet said.

The cabinet said the roadway is expected to be closed until about midnight.

Politics
6:20 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

State Senate Passes Pension Reform Recommendations

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The Kentucky state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would reform the majority of the state's pension system, 33-5. 

Senate Bill 2 reflects the recommendations of the legislative task force assigned to study possible solutions to the problem over the summer.

Cost of living adjustments would be suspended under the bill. The bill would also create a hybrid plan similar to a 401K whose rate of return would be guaranteed by the state.

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Education
6:16 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Testifies to U.S. Senate

Credit Kentucky Education Department

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday testified in front of the U.S. Senate’s Education Committee Thursday asking Congress to move forward with updating the law known as No Child Left Behind.

Most educators and lawmakers agree the law that seeks to make every student proficient in math and reading by 2014 is unrealistic and outdated and several states including Kentucky have been granted waivers.

Now Holliday says the law should be updated to provide long-term federal accountability.

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