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1:19 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

September Yearling Sale Begins at Keeneland

Another opportunity to gauge the strength of Kentucky’s Equine industry takes place over the next two weeks at Keeneland.   

The Keeneland Yearling Sale is regarded by many leaders in the thoroughbred industry as a ‘barometer’ on their business  Keeneland spokeswoman Julie Balog says one year olds from Kentucky, Indiana, New York, and Pennyslvania are auctioned off this week and next.

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Education
12:54 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Ky Lawmaker Considers Holding Back 3rd Graders Who Can't Read

Children Not Graduating from High School by Age 19, by Poverty Experience and Reading Proficiency.
From "Double Jeopardy" authored by Donald Hernandez

A Kentucky lawmaker is considering introducing legislation that would hold back third-graders who don’t meet the benchmark for reading. 

That’s the grade by which some experts have decided reading needs to be mastered.

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Environment
11:49 am
Mon September 10, 2012

West Virginia Environmental Activist Larry Gibson Dies

Larry Gibson on Kayford Mountain.
Vivian Stockman Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

News started rolling in via blogs and Twitter last night that prominent anti-mountaintop removal activist Larry Gibson was dead at age 66.

Gibson returned to his family's home on Kayford Mountain in Kanawha County, West Virginia in 1986, and spent the next quarter-century fighting the mountaintop removal operations that were slowly surrounding his land.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Mon September 10, 2012

800 Extras Needed Today for Film Scene

Filming for "Pleased to Meet Me," directed by Louisville filmmaker Archie Borders, wraps this week in Louisville. The crew needs 800 extras today to comprise the audience for the finale, a concert scene filmed at the Brown Hotel. Participants should arrive at the Brown (315 W. Broadway) at 5:30 p.m. for filming. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:34 am
Mon September 10, 2012

21C Exhibits Yale Architecture Student Distillery Designs

River Bend Bourbon by Seema Kairam
Patrick DeSpain WFPL

A new exhibit at 21C Museum Hotel features the work of ten graduate students from the Yale School of Architecture.  The students were challenged to design a distillery for a proposed site on Main Street.  Their projects take into consideration concerns over Louisville’s agricultural and manufacturing climate as well as the mechanics of the distillery process.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Organizations Team Up to Teach Civics Ahead of VP Debate

As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event.

The Secretary of State and the non-profit Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered with students from Bellarmine University to create lesson plans for Kentucky teachers. The lessons focus on basic civics and include information on political debates.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Council to Honor U of L Economist

Economist Paul Coomes
The University of Louisville

The Metro Council will honor retired University of Louisville economist Paul Coomes at its meeting this Thursday.

Last week, the council’s Budget Committee passed a resolution to thank Coomes for his service over the years, which included several economic development studies and advising the council on economic forecasts to help draft city budgets since merger.

Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, is vice chairman of the budget committee. He says Coomes was an invaluable consultant who helped the city face the national recession.

"He was a reliable source. One that we trusted. And in government trust is very, very important. We trusted his input and he never let us down. He was very, very good," he says.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

New Milton-Madison Bridge Section To Be Hoisted Today

Illustration of completed project from MIltonMadisonBridge.com

Crews have begun a second major step in the replacement of the 82 year old Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River.

A 727-foot section of steel truss will be hoisted into place today on temporary piers alongside the existing bridge.

The 2,000 ton section was preassembled on the Kentucky side of the river and is being floated to the site on barges.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Louisville Zoo Works to Educate Visitors About Climate Change

Qannik the polar bear is part of the zoo's Glacier Run exhibit.
Erica Peterson WFPL

American zoos and aquariums are trying to decide how—and whether—to address weighty scientific topics like climate change in their exhibits. A recent New York Times article says some are afraid of alienating their visitors, and they avoid the issue.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Kentucky Works to Encourage Groundwater Protection

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Geological Survey are putting an emphasis on groundwater protection as part of a national observance tomorrow: the annual Protect Your Groundwater Day.

Groundwater is exactly what it sounds like…it’s the water that’s on the ground, in rock crevices, or that flows into streams or rivers. It’s also essential to the drinking water for many communities, whether through wells or springs.

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