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2:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why?

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker was the guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by NPR's Neal Conan.  Pinker is a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

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Education
1:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Former Union Leaders Support Bell for District 7 School Board Race

Five candidates are vying for the JCPS District 7 race.

A group of former Jefferson County Teacher’s Association presidents are prepared to support Marty Bell for the District 7 school board race, even though the JCTA has endorsed one of his competitors.

Bell, a former Jefferson County Public Schools administrator and former JCTA executive director, is one of five candidates vying to replace outgoing board member Larry Hujo.

He was the only candidate not considered for endorsement by the teacher’s union as a whole, he said.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Introducing Smokestack: WFPL's Environment Blog

WFPL's Erica Peterson has something to say. From coal ash to endangered mussels,  Erica has brought in-depth reporting on the environment to WFPL's airwaves and website for the last year. Now there's more. Her new blog Smokestack will collect her reporting as well as analysis on the most interesting environmental news items from around the world. 

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Politics
11:58 am
Mon October 8, 2012

WaPo Questions Yarmuth Votes and Family Ties

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An analysis by The Washington Post shows U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has supported a number of bills that benefit the home health care industry, which the three-term Congressman has a $5 million investment in through his brother's business.

The article looks at several members of Congress who have either sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that could personally benefit themselves or a family members's businesses. It goes through financial disclosure forms and other public records, and questions whether more reforms are needed.

Yarmuth’s brother owns Almost Family, a home health care business that provides nursing, rehabilitation and other personal care services. The newspaper reports that Yarmuth, who is a shareholder, did seek an opinion from the ethics committee on whether he could vote on bills relating to the industry when he took office in 2007.

But a trade group representing home health care businesses has lobbied on five bills Yarmuth has co-sponsored.

From The Washington Post:

In office, Yarmuth joined the congressional Home Health Caucus, a group of two dozen lawmakers that promotes the value of in-home health care.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

13th Annual Food and Farm Conference to Focus on Importance of Water

A day-long conversation about local food and farming is scheduled for next weekend. The 13th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference will focus on the theme “No Water, No Food.”

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

KY Education Department Might Release Accountability Results in November

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education say they’re taking extra precautions before releasing data from the new accountability system and the public may have to wait until November to see results.

“We want to make sure that data’s clean. It’s a like a row of dominos. If one doesn’t fall the correct way then all the other ones are affected,” said KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross.

Kentucky implemented its new accountability system last year. In includes new college-and-career ready standards and common core standards that unify what students are expected to learn.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

State Warns of Prime Wildfire Conditions Going Into Fall Season

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for a busy wildfire season in the wake of summer droughts.  There’s also a danger that debris from spring tornadoes has created more “ground fuel,” posing a greater threat to firefighters.

Despite recent rainfall, moderate drought conditions still exist in 50 counties in north central Kentucky.  In the far western part of the state, 25 counties remain under severe to extreme drought conditions.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

HealthTeacher Program Supported In JCPS Classrooms

HealthTeacher helps integrate healthy activities in curriculum.

A new health resource should be available in all 155 Jefferson County Public Schools by the end of the year.

The program HealthTeacher concentrates on improving healthy outcomes for students, and also provides resources that extend beyond the classroom.

“We think it helps both advance the core standards but also introduce the health and wellness curriculum throughout JCPS,” said Lynnie Meyer, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

ORSANCO to Make Final Decision on Mercury Variance Thursday

The regulatory body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River is holding its fall meeting in Louisville this week.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission—or ORSANCO—is made up of representatives from eight states and the federal government. The body meets three times a year.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

REVIEW: Silence Is Golden in [502]'s 'The Aliens'

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zachary Burrell in Theatre [502]'s "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its season with another successful production of a relevant and recent award-winning play. Annie Baker's “The Aliens” (2010 Obie Award for best new American play) is a love letter to the fragility of chosen families and the gentle geniuses our fast-paced society quietly leaves behind. Delicately understated performances by the three actors and careful direction by co-artistic director Mike Brooks make this hushed beauty an unlikely exclamation point on the end of the new company's second season.

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