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12:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

JCPS Ranks In Bottom Quarter in New Kentucky Accountability Measure

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Jefferson County Public Schools are performing worse than nearly 75 percent of Kentucky public school students outside the district, according to new state accountability measures -- including tests, graduation rates and other indicators -- released Friday. 

JCPS is ranked in the 23 percentile in Kentucky under the new "Unbridled Learning" school accountability model -- part of the state's most sweeping education reforms of the past two decades.

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Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Did Each Jefferson County Public School Do?

Here are the rankings for all Jefferson County Public Schools, including labels as determined by Kentucky's new accountability system.

Education
12:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Test Results: How Jefferson County Public Schools Did, by Subject, Grade Levels

How Jefferson County Public Schools performed on new state tests, by grade and subject matter:

Politics
6:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Judge to Rule on Friday Whether Thieneman Can Stay on Ballot

A Jefferson County Circuit judge is expected to rule Friday on whether Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman will be on the ballot next Tuesday.

Thieneman is challenging Democratic incumbent Perry Clark in a tight race that could give the GOP a larger majority in the chamber. Thus far, Thieneman has raised over $172,00 compared to $85,000 from Clark and observers are paying close attention.

Last week, a Democratic activist Robert Walker filed a lawsuit against Thieneman that questioned his residency in the 37th state Senate District in south Louisville.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure

Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.

The GOP cannot name a new president until lawmakers convene again in January, but current Stine will assume the duties and serve as temporary co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.

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Education
4:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Gets "C" On State Report Card

Greater Clark Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin

Greater Clark County Schools has received a "C" on the Indiana Accountability Report Card, remaining unchanged from last year.

The grading system was implemented two years ago to make it easier for parents to understand where a district and school rank. It’s based off results from the previous year and measures student test scores, graduation rates and other growth measurements.

But Superintendent Andrew Melin says the accountability system measures schools on a curve, which makes it more difficult to show how individual schools have improved.

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Arts and Humanities
3:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

New Women's Theater Company Debuts with Ephron Show

The Eve Theatre Company, a new women's theater company, opens its first production this week. Their first show is “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the Drama Desk Award-winning anthology of monologues that the Los Angeles Times calls “a cross between ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and ‘What Not to Wear’.”

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Politics
3:07 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Robert Stivers, David Williams' Likely Successor, Says He'll Be More Inclusive

The Republican state senator who is likely to become the next president of the Kentucky Senate says he will be a more inclusive leader should his colleagues make him the successor to David Williams.

State Sen. Robert Stivers, of Manchester, is seeking the post, and the GOP is meeting Thursday to select a new leader.

Many Democrats have been critical of Williams, calling him mean-spirited and vindictive. Stivers declined to comment on that, but says he'll always be willing to talk to lawmakers who disagree with him.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fluoride

Right now, workers on the scene of the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County are worried about extinguishing the fire that’s been burning since yesterday, likely caused by residual butadiene. But once that’s under control, they’ll turn their attention to two train cars full of a chemical called hydrogen fluoride. And as they’re working to stabilize and drain those cars, it’s likely there will be another shelter-in-place in effect for the surrounding areas. Why?

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