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11:42 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Named Honorary Grand Marshall of Pride Parade

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Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard—co-chair of Faith Leaders for Fairness and founder of the True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church (and WFPL Defining Fairness interviewee)—will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall in the Kentucky Pride Parade on Friday. Reverend Blanchard was ordained last month, making him one of fewer than two dozen openly gay ministers in the U.S. Baptist Church. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:42 am
Thu June 14, 2012

NEA Study Associates the Arts with Higher Student Achievement

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report that draws a strong association between arts involvement and academic achievement for at-risk youth. 

In his introduction to the report, NEA chair Rocco Landesman writes:

Students who have arts-rich experiences in school do better across-the-board academically, and they also become more active and engaged citizens, voting, volunteering, and generally participating at higher rates than their peers. 

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Local News
10:37 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Churchill Downs Changes Qualifications for Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Inc is adopting a new system for horses wanted a spot at the Kentucky Derby.
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In an attempt to gain fans, Churchill Downs Incorporated is adopting a new points system for entry into the Kentucky Derby and will cut the number of qualifying stakes races considered for entry from 185 down to 36.

"Our primary driving motive is to create new fans for horse racing," said CDI chair and CEO Bob Evans in a press release.

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Education
5:23 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

This graph shows how many "novice" 8th grade students moved to "proficient" in 11th grade.

Part 3 of WFPL’s series this week looking at three collaborative studies on Project Proficiency from JCPS administrators.

For the first time, studies are showing the affects of Jefferson County Public Schools’ "Project Proficiency," the district’s response for turning around student achievement in its persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools, according to the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The effort ensures all students understand the top concepts in math and reading in depth, and it requires teacher collaboration to move the lowest achieving students forward.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Police Chief Tells Council Crime Up Eight Percent

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad testified before the Budget Committee on Wednesday that crime has increased by eight percent in the last year.

In recent weeks, the escalation of violence has concerned residents and gained the attention of community and city leaders. In May, a shooting spree in the Parkland neighborhood left three dead and three others injured including the brazen murder of Makeba Lee, 24, who was shot by Cheetara Goldsmith, 24, in front of officers.

Earlier this week, 15-year-old Tysha Spearman, a junior at Shawnee High School, was shot and killed and a 4-year-old was shot in the arm nearby the Parkway Place housing projects.

Conrad says the department is planning to create a new mobile unit that will target high crime areas and repeat offenders.

"For the coming year we are focusing on reducing violent crime. That should go without saying. We have pulled together a summer crime reduction task force, which involves identifying and arresting the worst of the worst, putting police officers in the most challenged areas, which we are referring to as hot spots," he says.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

EPA Will Answer Questions About Black Leaf Contamination Tomorrow

A sign on the former Black Leaf Chemical site's property.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood may be able to get some answers about contamination near their homes at a community forum tomorrow.

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released results of soil testing in the neighborhood. All fifty of the homes adjacent to the former Black Leaf Chemical site were contaminated—some with heavy metals, and some with traces of pesticides.

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Pandora Ends Season with 'My Big Gay Italian Wedding'

It’s no wonder the wedding has been a staple of stage comedy since Shakespeare’s time. A wedding has all the elements of a stage production: a supporting cast and two romantic leads, an audience, costumes and even a script. The effort of producing a real spectacle can bring even the most experienced stage manager–or wedding planner–to his knees. 

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

Local News
3:19 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Horse Racing Commission Approves Ban on Anti-Bleeding Drug on Race Days

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Kentucky horse racing regulators have approved a limited ban on race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug for the state's top races.

Politics
1:29 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

McConnell: Obama Running Out of Economic Ideas

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pleading with President Obama to deliver new ideas on the sluggish economic recovery.

The president is scheduled to deliver a major economic address Thursday, which will be the first of the general election campaign and in the swing state of Ohio.

But observers expect Mr. Obama won't offer any new jobs proposals and instead continue to push lawmakers to pass his "to-do" list.

McConnell says Democrats are getting anxious about economic stagnation and the nearing election.

"We can expect more of the same: more government, more debt and higher taxes to pay for it all," he said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "Now, according to the news reports, some Democrats are starting to get a little wary of this approach. A number of folks who worked in the Clinton Administration have suggested something more positive. But others are pleading with the president to double down on the message that government is the answer."

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