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4:44 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Juvenile Justice Commissioner Says Minor Offenses Shouldn't Lead to Incarceration

The state’s leading authority on juvenile justice says he would like to see status offenders kept out of incarceration facilities.

A status offense is something a youth gets in legal trouble for, but an adult wouldn’t. Common status offenses are running away from home or skipping school.

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Hasan Davis says he believes status offenders shouldn’t be held in a detention center for minor offenses.

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Arts and Humanities
4:10 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Actors Theatre Opens O'Neill Masterpiece

Lisa Emery as Mary Tyrone and David Chandler as James Tyrone in "Long Day’s Journey into Night."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning family and addiction drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” Thursday in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. Directed by artistic director Les Waters, the production runs through October 28.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Five Kentucky Residents Reportedly Contracted Fungal Meningitis

Health officials say they have been notified that five Kentucky residents came down with fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.

The state Public Health Department says these cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Louisville Private Schools Borrow Public Schools Initiative

Kentucky was among the first states to adopt the common core standards.
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Certain private schools in the Louisville region are taking a page from the public school system by implementing portions of the common core state standards.

Kentucky was among the first states to adopt and implement the new standards unifying what students are expected to learn, which is why all but four states have conformed.

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Science
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

U.S. Congress

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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