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4:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Kentucky Child Abuse Review Panel Begins Work

Retired Judge Roger Crittenden

Members of a new state review panel tasked with overseeing child fatalities and near fatalities will begin their work by examining the cases of eight children who died over the past year. Governor Steve Beshear created the panel earlier this year with an executive order and the group met for the first time today.

Judge Roger Crittenden, who chairs the panel, says more information may be needed to get a clear understanding of what happened and why.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Arts Council Announces New Grants for Underserved Groups

The Kentucky Arts Council is launching a new grant program to fund arts experiences for underserved populations. The first fiscal year of funding for the new Arts Access Assistance program will go to programs and organizations offering “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for senior citizens across the state. 

"There’s great evidence to support the fact that arts are beneficial, both for life and health of older Americans," says program director Sarah Schmitt.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

City Reporter Dan Klepal Leaving Courier-Journal for Atlanta Newspaper

After five years in Louisville, city government reporter Dan Klepal is leaving the Courier-Journal.

Klepal has accepted a job with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"I'll be covering Gwinnett County government," he says. "It's a suburban county just north of Atlanta that has upwards of 800,000 residents, provides city-like services and has close to a $1 billion budget."

Klepal is the paper's main city government reporter, and was most notable for his recent coverage of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's alleged misuse of city discretionary funds. It was Klepa's work that was cited in an ethics complaint against Shanklin. 

The subsequent trial before the city Ethics Commission was earlier this month, and a verdict is expected in March, though Klepal will be three months into his new job at that time.

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Local News
2:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Stoops Is New Kentucky Wildcats Football Coach

Mark Stoops
Credit Florida State University

Update: The University of Kentucky has confirmed that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will be the Wildcats' new football coach, according to a statement on the football program's website.

From the statement:

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Environment
1:38 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

NYT Looks at Whether Climate Change Could Have a "Silver Lining" for Cities

Census Data Wikimedia Commons

As some degree of climate change is already evident, scientists are beginning to look at whether slightly warmer temperatures in American cities could have some indirectly positive benefits.

Obviously, most of the events associated with climate change are anything but positive: ie. flooding and hotter summers. But along with studying how to mitigate those factors, scientists are looking at ways cities could use those warmer temperatures to fight climate change.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Indiana State Police Chief: Legalize and Tax Pot

The leader of Indiana State Police has no objection to legislative efforts to ease penalties for marijuana possession in the Hoosier State.    He says if it were up to him, marijuana would be legal.

When asked about the drug in a budget committee meeting, ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell said he’s spent some 40 years trying to enforce various marijuana laws.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid Joust Over Filibuster Reform

For the second day in a row, Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had a tense exchange on the Senate floor over filibuster reform.

Observers have decried gridlock in the Senate, especially since the 2010 election and many have pointed to the need to either end or change basic rules on how chamber uses the delay tactic.

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Education
10:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

JCPS Board Passes Smoking Ban to Begin July 2013

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin/Wikimedia Commons

The Jefferson County Board of Education has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide smoking ban for all employees on campus or at school events beginning July 2013.

The board considered the policy change at Monday night’s meeting, hearing from JCPS staff, students and a health policy professor from Bellarmine University.

The board originally considered a proposal to implement the ban in the 2014-2015 school year, but in Monday’s meeting it was changed to begin next year.

“We don’t need to delay this another year,” said board member Linda Duncan

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Education
9:45 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mixed Results in 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

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Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative—which aims to dramatically increase the number of degrees in Jefferson County by the year 2020—has released its second annual progress report and the results are mixed.

The 55,000 Degrees initiative—created in 2010—is a public-private partnership chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer. The results of last year’s progress report showed the city was improving in the number of working-age adults between 25 to 64 years-old who earned an associates degree or higher.

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Education
9:42 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Read | 2012 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

Louisville's 55K Degrees Initiative -- which aims to increase the number of college-degree holders in Louisville -- is releasing today its second annual progress report. Read the report here:

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