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3:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Gov. Beshear Names Members of Child Abuse Review Panel

Gov. Beshear signed an executive order this year to create the 17-member child fatality review panel.
Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear has named the 17 members of the state’s new Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, which is comprised of a wide range of professionals.

The panel will act independently from the state, although for administrative purposes it’s placed in the Justice Cabinet.

Its job will be to review certain child abuse cases on a quarterly basis to make sure the state government is complying with its policies.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NAACP Ramps Up Voter Registration, Education Campaign

Louisville’s NAACP branch and other local organizations have announced an aggressive campaign to register voters before this fall’s election.

Over the next couple of weeks Louisville’s NAACP, the Louisville Urban League and churches will visit supermarkets, drug stores and high schools to reach unregistered voters. 

Local NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says some local elections are just as important to their constituents as the presidential race.

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Ky Education Board Hears Opposition to Restraint Policy

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

The Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Terry Holliday are reviewing public comments given this week on changes to the state’s restraint and seclusion policy for misbehaving students.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis Facing Federal Felony Charges

Photo from USA Harvest

The founder of Louisville-based USA Harvest is charged in federal court with mail fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

Stan Curtis is accused of stealing more than $183,000 in donations he solicited for the charity, which collects and distributes food for the needy. He’s also charged with failing to report the money as income with the IRS, along with more than $370,000 in travel expenses he allegedly charged to USA Harvest.

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Arts
12:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

"Music in the Black Church" To Be Studied In Library Course

A.T. Simpson Jr., an associate professor at Bellarmine University, will teach a condensed version of his Music in the Black Church course through the Louisville Free Public Library next month.

The course will explore traditional African music, American folk music, European classical music and American pop music, and will touch on everything from traditional Negro spirituals to hip hop.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

LG&E Withdraws Application for Second Ash Landfill at Cane Run

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has withdrawn its permit application for an additional coal ash landfill at its Cane Run plant.

Coal ash, its storage and its tendency to blow onto neighboring properties have all been headaches for LG&E at Cane Run and the company is planning on phasing it out to build a natural gas facility.

The landfill application, which has been pending since January 2010, was dropped due to the slated natural gas facility and to the building of an earthen wall that allows the existing landfill to hold more coal ash.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

WFPL's District 4 School Board Debates Focus on Student Achievement

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 4 debates.

WFPL held its second Jefferson County Board of Education debate this week, featuring three of the five candidates vying for the open District 4 seat.

Candidates Eric Bullock, Chuck Haddaway and Lloyd "Chip" White discussed what student achievement means to them, and how the school board might develop the strongest structures to assure student achievement for all JCPS students.

Candidates Melissa "Missy" Smith and Chester Flake were unable to attend.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan withdrew from the race this week.

Local News
11:56 am
Wed September 26, 2012

New York Times Calls Downtown Bridge Plan "Out of Step"

Louisville's annual IdeaFestival draws top thinkers to the city. Ideally, it gets people talking about the city as well. This year's festival did just that, but the most recent chatter isn't entirely flattering.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

The Big Break: Introducing Our Young Artists in Residence

Every season, performing arts companies take on a group of young up-and-comers who will work, and learn, with the pros. The Louisville Ballet calls them trainees. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, they’re apprentices.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

WFPL to Host Third Congressional District Debate October 8th

Fundraising numbers in the race for Kentucky's Third Congressional District seat have been wildly uneven. Accountant Brooks Wicker raised $2,600 during the second quarter, compared to the $184,000 raised by his opponent, three-term incumbent John Yarmuth. 

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