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1:59 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Outgoing Kentucky State Senate President David Williams: "We Ran an Honest Senate"

The first ever Republican state Senate president will end his 12-year reign by taking a circuit court judgeship back home. 

David Williams will resign his leadership position and Senate seat next week to start a judgeship that he was appointed to by his chief rival, Gov. Steve Beshear.

It ends Williams' nearly 30-year legislative career, which included more than a decade as his chamber's leader. Williams leaves his party with a "super majority" in a Senate that's part of a divided state government. 

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Kentucky Author Forum
12:12 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Win tickets to see Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming on November 26th at the Kentucky Center. Kurzweil is an inventor, a futurist, and author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Kurweil will be interviewed by public radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" host, Jim Fleming.

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Environment
12:09 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Biologists Use New "Bug Index" to Evaluate Ohio River Water Quality

Biologist Ryan Argo disturbing the river sediment in search of macroinvertebrate samples.
Erica Peterson WFPL

For years, biologists have analyzed fish tissue to gauge the water quality in rivers. But in the Ohio River, researchers are now looking at bugs, too.

Ryan Argo and Jamie Wisenall are standing in the shallows of the Ohio River, just outside Owensboro. With long nets, they reach towards the river bottom, scooping up the sediment.

They wade back to the boat, and examine their haul…lots of larvae, and one identifiable leech.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Thousands Expected to Attend JCPS Annual Middle and High School Showcase

Jefferson County Public Schools is hosting its annual middle and high school showcase Friday and Saturday.

"When they get here they can expect to see a principal, they can expect to see counselors, and even students. They can talk to them about the program that exists at their particular school," said Bernadette Hamilton who has overseen the district's showcases for the last 20 years. 

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Education
10:33 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Jeffersonville Principal James Sexton "Disappointed" By Reassignment

James Sexton has been reassigned to Greater Clark Middle/High School.

The morning after being reassigned to a different school, outgoing Jeffersonville High School Principal James Sexton said "management styles" clashed with the Greater Clark schools superintendent.

“The superintendent and my management style no not agree, so he’s in charge,” Sexton said when reached Friday morning.

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Local News
8:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

New York Times editorial takes aim at Kentucky death penalty

The New York Times editorial board is joining the calls for Kentucky to end the death penalty.

In an editorial published this week, The Times said:

The death penalty in Kentucky is colossally unfair, costly and riddled with constitutional error. From 1976 through last year, of the 78 people sentenced to death in the state, 50 had their sentences overturned on appeal, with 15 of those for prosecutorial mistakes or misconduct.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Yoder Aims First TV Ad at Safeguarding Entitlements

Democrat Shelli Yoder is launching her first TV ad of the general election in Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race that touts the political newcomer as a champion for middle-class Hoosiers.

The 30-second spot features Yoder talking directly to voters and pledging to protect entitlement programs.

Yoder goes after Republican incumbent Todd Young, accusing the freshman of backing a plan to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. Presumably, Yoder is talking about Young's support of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan.

Check it out:

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Arts and Humanities
6:31 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Excerpt: 'Beam, Straight Up' by Fred Noe

Arts and Humanities
6:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Jim Beam's Great-Grandson Reflects on Rise to Master Distiller in New Book

  • Fred Noe talks to WFPL's Rick Howlett about his new book, 'Straight Up: The Bold Story of the First Family of Bourbon."

One of the most prominent names associated with Kentucky bourbon is Beam.

The Beam family began making whiskey in 1795, but it was Jim Beam who put the product on the map, building the brand bearing his name after Prohibition.

Today, Jim Beam bourbon and the company’s other varieties of spirits are among the most popular in the world.

Jim Beam’s great-grandson, Fred Noe, has documented the colorful history of the family business and his rise from bottling line worker to Jim Beam master distiller.

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Education
8:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Jeffersonville Principal, JCPS Board Candidate Reassigned After Paid Leave

Jeffersonville High School principal James Sexton has been assigned to lead Clark County Middle/High School after being put on paid administrative leave last week for reasons that were never publicly disclosed.

Sexton is also running for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 7 seat.

Greater Clark County Schools released the following statement Thursday night:

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