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4:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Local Government Leaders Seek Relief From Pension Costs

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Elected officials from Kentucky’s metro areas are appealing to state lawmakers to reform the public pension system to keep it from consuming a growing share of their budgets.

They testified in Frankfort this week before the Task Force on Pensions.

Among them is Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. He says pensions accounted for just over five percent of the city’s budget in 2004. By 2011, the figure had risen to nine percent.

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

WFPL News Special: Left Behind, Dropping Out at 1 pm

Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, they will have a tough time succeeding.

But the problem starts much earlier than high school. This hour, we'll ask the big questions: Why are students dropping out? What's the cost? And, what works to keep them in school and graduate?

Business
3:45 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Kroger Issues Spinach Recall

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination.

The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach brand was sold in 10-ounce packages and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. The grocer says if customers bought the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.

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Education
2:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Audit Criticizes Kenton School District Travel Spending

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A report from the Kentucky auditor says the Kenton County School District spent excessive amounts of money on out-of-state travel and was lax in monitoring its finances.

Auditor Adam Edelen says the district’s food services department has spent more than $116,000 on out-of-state travel since 2007.

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Politics
12:56 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Louisville Tea Party to Host Candidate Forum

The Louisville Tea Party will hold a forum featuring several local candidates running for Congress, Metro Council and the Jefferson County school board, but the group’s leader is criticizing Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth for not attending.

The forum is being moderated by 84 WHAS radio host Mandy Connell on Thursday, and is expected to draw more than 100 people.

Candidates running for the Kentucky General Assembly are also invited to the forum, and Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand says the event will question those candidates on issues that other groups and the mainstream media have overlooked.

"We plan on asking the state Representative and state Senate candidates about pension reform, which we have not heard enough about in the media," she says. "With the school board, I haven’t seen anybody asking them about raising our taxes every single year. We plan to ask the school board candidates how they feel about that and how they would deal with budget shortfalls if they’re not in favor of raising our taxes every year."

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Education
12:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Case Against JCPS District 7 Candidate Dismissed

A retired Jefferson County Public Schools administrator will be allowed to stay in the school board race this fall, after a judge dismissed a case filed by two local teachers.

As reported by the Courier-Journal's Antoinette Konz, the teachers alleged that District 7 candidate Marty Bell solicited JCPS staff for support, which is against state law.

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Education
12:33 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Considers Eliminating Positions Through Attrition

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Officials with Greater Clark County Schools will study the benefits of reducing staff and other ways to increase revenue over the next few months.

Superintendent Andrew Melin told the school board Tuesday night that the district will be nearly $2.5 million short next year.

Staff salaries and benefits make up nearly 92 percent of the district’s general fund, he said, and district leaders will spend the next three to six months studying which jobs might be eliminated to save money.

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Education
11:48 am
Wed September 19, 2012

JCPS District 2 Candidates Debate, Discuss Visions

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

The four candidates vying for Jefferson County Public Schools' District 2 seat will give residents a wide range of opinions to choose from this fall.

In a debate hosted by WFPL Tuesday night, the candidates discussed their visions for the district and ways they would better student achievement. Two of the four--Phil Haming and George Tolhurst--felt strongly that reverting back to neighborhood schools could help the district accomplish this.

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Arts and Humanities
11:26 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Historian Donates Research to U of L Archives

Louisville historian Samuel W. Thomas is donating his personal collection of photos, negatives, manuscripts, audio tapes, maps and building plans to the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

Thomas, a prolific Louisville historian, has written more than 20 books on Louisville neighborhoods, institutions and architecture.

Archives staff are currently sorting though 200 linear material, but an exhibit of notable photos is on display.

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Politics
10:07 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Poll: Beshear Has Broad Support

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After winning a 20-point re-election last November, Governor Steve Beshear enjoys support from nearly two-thirds of Kentucky voters according to a Bluegrass Poll released Wednesday.

The survey found that 64 percent of likely voters approve of the governor's job performance, which is eight points more than his landslide victory over Republican David Williams in the 2011 gubernatorial race. Beshear remains popular despite the overall acrimony and gridlock in Frankfort that spawned an especially personal General Assembly this year.

The governor's agenda did not advance much during the legislative session either, but voters cite his political moderation among his best attributes.

From The Courier-Journal:

But they said Beshear, who is a year into his second term, has improved his popularity by taking a more centrist approach, distancing himself from President Barack Obama’s most controversial policies — such as coal regulation — and avoiding contentious social issues, such as abortion and religion.

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