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6:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

U of L Helps Veterans Prepare For Job Fair

 

Veterans will have the chance to hone their resumes and job interviewing skills at the University of Louisville this week in the first of two events hosted by the University of Louisville which aim to get more veterans back to work.

 

Data released this month from the U.S. Department of Labor says the national unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.2 percent. For young veterans, that number rose to 12.7 percent, and there may be as many as 5,000 unemployed veterans in the Louisville region, said Leslye Erickson, director of U of L’s Career Development Center.

 

U of L will offer free workshops Wednesday for resume writing and interviewing skills and next week nearly 50 businesses have signed up to attend a job fair.

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Science
4:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Rare "Transit of Venus" Can Be Seen Tuesday

Astronomy buffs will have an opportunity to view a rare cosmic event tomorrow.

That’s when the planet Venus will pass directly between the sun and Earth.  Such transits occur in pairs eight years apart.  The pairs are separated by gaps of more than 100 years.

The last transit of Venus occurred in 2004.  The next one won’t happen until 2117.

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Local News
4:15 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Kentucky Panel to Discuss Safety of Temporary Structures

A new panel that will study Kentucky’s safety rules for large outdoor tents and other temporary structures will hold its first meeting this week.

The advisory committee was formed in response to last year’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair and a recent beer tent collapse in St. Louis.   The two weather-related incidents killed eight people and injured dozens of others.

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Spokesman Dick Brown says the 19-member panel will hold its first meeting Thursday in Frankfort.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Could Choose Superintendent This Week

Courtesty of Greater Clark County Schools

Indiana’s Greater Clark County Schools has missed its goal of hiring a new superintendent by the end of the school year, but officials on the district’s search committee say they’re close to picking a finalist.

Under a request from the Indiana School Board Association and the universities search committee helping Greater Clark with the hiring process, the names of the three finalists will remain confidential, said school board president Christina Gilkey. 

“They gave some reason, yes, and the biggest one was the confidentiality issue and of the three candidates. We did have one that did not want their name out in the public unless they were going to be made an offer,” said Gilkey.

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Politics
11:19 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Dark Side of Journalism and Violent Offenders at Louisville Zoo

On this week's podcast we talked to a panel of media gurus about the trend of Louisville journalists flocking to public relations.

Reporters have always had the tendency to move on to other communication fields whether it's working for a non-profit, government agency or elected official, but with the recent cuts in media jobs the trend has accelerated as of late.

At least two good pieces on the subject have come out in the past month via Insider Louisville and The Highlander.

I sat down with Insider Louisville founder Terry Boyd, WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard and former Courier-Journal reporter Thomas Nord, who now works as a spokesman for the city's Air Pollution Control Board, about the topic.

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Education
10:07 am
Sat June 2, 2012

School's Out: Donna Hargens and JCPS Year in Review on Byline

The 2011-12 school year at JCPS just concluded, and the Board is currently evaluating the performance of new superintendent Donna Hargens, in private. 

On Byline Friday afternoon, WFPL reporter Devin Katayama spent some time looking back at the past year, including ongoing controversies over the student assignment plan, possible changes to that plan, and changes to the JCPS administrative hierarchy. 

Politics
10:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Energy Association's PAC Runs Ad for Rogers

With over $1 million in cash on hand for his re-election bid, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., isn't under any serious threat in November.

But the folks at the American Chemistry Council released this ad to remind voters anyway.

Check it out (h/t PageOneKentucky):

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Environment
4:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

West Virginia State Senator Says Mining-Related Accident Shows Need for More Mining

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing today on coal mining and the Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. I didn’t cover the hearing, but Ken Ward of the Charleston (WV) Gazette did. He pointed out some peculiar testimony from West Virginia State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

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Arts
3:46 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Theater Highlights for This Weekend: Erin Keane on Byline

Arts and Humanities reporter Erin Keane gave a quick rundown of some worthy local theater to check out this weekend on Byline Friday afternoon, including a dystopian play by Theatre [502], and a play about surrealist painter René Magritte for young audiences produced by the Alley Theater.  Of course, the galleries and restaurants of Market Street are alive tonight for the monthly Trolle

Local News
3:24 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

JCPS Year in Review; Violent Offenders at Zoo; Belmont Preview: Today on Byline

A rundown of what was discussed today on Byline, WFPL's weekly news roundtable.

1:06pm:  Education news and JCPS end-of-schoolyear review.  Superintendent Donna Hargens has been on the job for roughly a year now.  WFPL's Devin Katayama weighed in and also shared a produced feature with voices of some JCPS students.

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