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7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue July 15, 2014

U.S. Attorney For Southern Indiana Steps Down Amid Indianapolis Mayoral Talk

Joseph Hogsett
Credit U.S. Justice Department

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett is resigning as the top federal prosecutor for central and southern Indiana after nearly four years in the position.

The decision announced Monday by the former Indiana secretary of state follows months of speculation that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Indianapolis mayor next year.

Hogsett's office says his resignation will be effective July 31. His resignation letter to Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't give a reason for the decision.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Metro Government to Thank You For Not Smoking in City Parks

Tyler Park
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Louisville Metro government this week is taking steps to discourage smoking at city park playgrounds and swimming pools.

City officials will unveil signs Thursday thanking adults for not smoking in certain areas of the park where children frequently use.

"Basically we’re just trying to remind the adults that will be in that area to keep the children from being exposed to second-hand smoke," Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz told WFPL.

"That’s the main thing, and by having the signs there they’ll be thoughtful of reminding them of that possibility."

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Residents May Soon Need More Than a Driver's License to Get Into Some Federal Buildings

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky residents may have trouble getting into federal buildings with just their driver's license come July 21.

The Real ID Act of 2005, signed by President Bush as a means of deterring terrorism, lays out a strict set for states to issue identification, such as driver's licenses.

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Arts and Humanities
3:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare counted 707 in attendance on opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the first of eight productions to run in Central Park this summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Kentucky Shakespeare is having a record-breaking summer. More than 13,000 patrons have attended the free outdoor Shakespeare performances in Louisville’s Central Park since this year’s festival opened June 12.

That tops attendance at the 2001 summer festival - 12,420 - which set the previous record, and there are still five weeks left in the current Central Park season. 

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012

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Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.

The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

This Week: Pop-Up Outdoor Bourbon Baroque Concert in Willow Park

John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin, co-founders of Bourbon Baroque.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville's hippest classical music chamber ensemble wheels their harpsichord into Willow Park this week for an impromptu free performance. Bourbon Baroque is known for staging the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in unorthodox performance spaces to encourage a more social approach to classical music. The company will announce their 2014-15 season at the free concert,  7 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at the small Cherokee Triangle neighborhood park. 

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Local News
10:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom

Earlier this year, crews prepared Hurricane Bay for Kentucky Kingdom's May reopening.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom.

An attorney for the man, Jessie Colter, 32, also alleges that the incident was preceded by the theme park staff's inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Kentucky Kingdom's water park.

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Local News
6:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville One Step Closer To Ultra High Speed Internet

Internet Speed Test
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Louisville is set to award franchise agreements to three private companies looking to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to the city.

Companies have submitted proposals to install infrastructure that would support gigabit bandwidth fiber.   The service would provide access to internet speeds up to 100 times faster than what is currently being offered, according to Ted Smith, the director of the city’s Office for Economic Growth and Innovation.

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Education
8:04 am
Sun July 13, 2014

The GED Will Be Cheaper Next Year For Some Kentucky Students

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Kentucky is offering the GED test at a reduced cost for a limited time.

Test takers who qualify for the cheaper price will save $20 on each of the four required modules of the test, making the cost of individual modules $10 and the whole test $40, according to the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

To qualify, a student must meet the GED program's enrollment standards and pass a practice test, said Jacqueline Korengel, the assistant vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, part of the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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