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4:14 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Joker Phillips Hired At Florida

Former Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips has landed a job at the University of Florida.

Phillips will join the Gators as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

Florida coach Will Muschamp says Phillips will begin work Friday, adding that his "background as a head coach and the number of years he has coached wide receivers will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and players.”

Phillips was a longtime receivers coach before taking over at Kentucky in 2010. He went 13-24 in three years with the Wildcats.

Local News
4:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The Election is Long Gone, but What Do the Result Mean Going Forward?

Jasmine Farrier
Credit University of Louisville

Jasmine Farrier, a political science professor for the University of Louisville, will speak about the "enduring impact of a presidential election" at noon Tuesday at the Filson Historical Society. Farrier talked recently to WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

"Every single person in the House won their election they do not necessarily see the need for political compromise that the rest of us see," Farrier said.

Listen to the rest below:

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Local News
3:53 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Charlie Strong 'Very Annoyed' By Rumors of Job Interviews

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he won’t discuss any rumors that he’s a candidate for coaching vacancies as the Cards prepare for their Sugar Bowl matchup next month.

Strong spoke to reporters a day after learning that the Cards will play Florida in the BCS game January 2nd in New Orleans.

Last week as the Cards were preparing for their season finale at Rutgers, Strong shot down a report that he had interviewed for the Auburn coaching job.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Legislative Ethics Commission's Wilhoit Honored for 15 Years of Work

Tony Wilhoit
Credit Legislative Ethics Commission

The executive director of Kentucky's Legislative Ethics Commission has been honored for his 15 years of work on the commission.

Judge Anthony Wilhoit has received the COGEL Award, given by the Council of Government Ethics Laws. It's the highest international award in the field of governmental ethics.

Wilhoit took over the commission in 1997 after a series of controversies in the General Assembly. Wilhoit has more than 50 years of public service, including several years on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Atlantic Writer Gets Inside Look at Ark Encounter Plans

Noah's Ark, by Edward Hicks
Credit Wikipedia Commons

The Atlantic Monthly has taken note of a massive Kentucky project with very simple specs.

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Education
12:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

JCPS to Mail Individual Student Accountability Data This Week

Third Grade Math Problem Solving: The following sample items are offered to show educators the format and appearance of the test content students will see in test booklets in 2012 for the norm-referenced portion of the Kentucky State Assessment.
Kentucky Department of Education website

Many Jefferson County Public Schools families will be mailed their child’s test results under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model later this week.

Officials are reminding parents under the new system their student’s achievement indicators may be lower than before, but the report will paint a more comprehensive picture of how prepared a student is for college or career.

Click here to see school and district level report cards.

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Environment
12:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Kentucky Lets You Shoot or Watch Sandhill Cranes This Season

A Sandhill Crane flying at Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Dayton, California, USA.
Steve Emmons U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you want to look at sandhill cranes--or just shoot them--opportunities abound this season.

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Politics
11:46 am
Mon December 3, 2012

State Lawmaker Defends John Yarmuth from Mitch McConnell Biographer

Newly elected state Senator Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, lashes out a Senate Republican Mitch McConnell in a Courier-Journal editorial, saying the GOP leader is only interested in attaining more power.

McGarvey was defending Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth from McConnell biographer John David Dyche, who penned a stinging article comparing to a "yapping toy poodle" among other things. The Dyche article was in response to Yarmuth's cheerleading for a challenge to McConnell in 2014.

What's interesting about McGarvey's piece is that it acknowledges the origins of the Yarmuth-McConnell divide. Both men were once moderate Republican staffers who worked for former U.S. Senator Marlow Cook at the same time.

McGarvey says since then Yarmuth has become more liberal but taken principled stands while McConnell is only interested in accumulating more power.

From The C-J:

Unlike Yarmuth, and their former boss, McConnell’s career has not been forged in ideological fidelity, civil discourse or bipartisan cooperation.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Test-Takers Wanted: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What Effect Could Upper Big Branch Prosecutions Have on Kentucky Mine Safety?

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia are moving further up Massey Energy’s chain of command in their investigation into a 2010 mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners.

Another Massey Energy executive has been charged in connection with the federal criminal investigation into the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine. David Hughart didn’t work at the mine, but last week agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to violate federal mine safety laws.

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