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9:14 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Read | Metro Louisville's Dismas Audit

Metro Louisville recently completed an audit of  Dismas Charities Inc., which found that the workers who were jail inmates were not signing in and out assignment or were properly monitored. Here's the audit report:


Environment
8:30 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Second Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Begins in Kentucky

Kentucky’s second sandhill crane hunting season is underway.

When the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife first proposed a sandhill crane hunting season, it met with opposition from groups that argued the birds weren’t overpopulated or causing an environmental burden. There was also a worry that hunters could mistakenly kill an endangered whooping crane.

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Education
8:17 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Education Restraint and Seclusion Policy Proposal Moves Toward Approval

On the map above, the red hearts represent those counties where P&A has investigated allegations of the abuse or misuse of restraint or seclusion. The blue hearts represent counties in which a parent or teacher has reported an allegation of the abuse or misuse of restraint and seclusion, but where P&A has not investigated those allegations.
Credit Courtesy of Kentucky Protection and Advocacy

The Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal is in the final stages of approval this week and will go before the state’s Administrative Regulatory Review Committee Monday.

Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a law regulating restraint and seclusion for misbehaving students. Instead, the Kentucky Board of Education sets the governing policies, but the department has acknowledged changes to the regulations are needed.

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Business
7:04 am
Mon December 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Opens "Pay As You Earn" Plan Friday

This week, the U.S. Department of Education will begin offering certain students a new long-term option for repaying direct federal loans called the “Pay as You Earn” plan.

On Friday, students who have taken out direct federal student loans after Oct. 1, 2007 and have received at least one disbursement after Oct. 1, 2011 could be eligible to participate in the program, which is an effort to keep higher education affordable and to relieve current student debt.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts

A new campaign by the Louisville Visual Art Association to raise $6,000 for an Open Doors art exhibit.

The Fund for the Arts launched the online fundraising platform Power2Give in Kentucky and Southern Indiana last December. In its first year, the platform has helped raise more than $700,000 in additional funds for the region’s arts organizations.

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Kentucky Author Forum
6:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Win tickets to see Jared Diamond at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Jared Diamond on January 9th at the Kentucky Center. Diamond is an evolutionary biologist, professor of geography at UCLA, and author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?  

Diamond will be interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, Associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Law Enforcement Issues with Hemp Must Be Worked Out

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Before he joins the call for legalized industrial hemp, Gov. Steve Beshear wants law enforcement officials to resolve their concerns about the issue.

The issue: Some Kentucky officials believe legalized industrial hemp would be good for Kentucky's economy, but law enforcement officials are concerned that such a move would conflict with efforts to crack down on marijuana growers.

“I think we’re going to have to answer those questions before we can really move forward in the industrial hemp area,” Beshear said.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun December 16, 2012

The Hip Hicksploitation: MTV Goes Buckwild With Rural Stereotypes

Here’s a confession: I’m from New Jersey. I spent 16 formative years in the Garden State. And when I left—except for a few years in Minnesota and Chicago for college—I lived in West Virginia.

And for some reason, those are the two states MTV has most recently selected for—or subjected to—reality show scrutiny.

Watch out, Louisville. If this  suggests any kind of pattern, you’re next.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Heath High Shooting Survivor: Effects of Shooting Never Go Away

The scale of the Newtown elementary school shooting is unprecedented, but Hollan Holm understands what the people in that Connecticut town are enduring.

Holm was wounded in December 1997 when a student -- Michael Carneal, then 14 -- opened fire in Heath High School in West Paducah, killing three. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Interstates in Louisville: An Oral History

As the Ohio River Bridges Project moves slowly forward, and as the opposition shows no signs of weakening, WFPL takes a look back at the first time highways were built in Louisville.

In this oral history, our experts recount a story of urban destruction, power plays, citizen activism and the pursuit of progress. The guests are:

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