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4:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rand Paul Says No Other U.S. Lawmaker Has Better Civil Rights Record

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, speaks with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson at Stephenson's church, Midwest Church of Christ, in west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts.

The libertarian-leaning senator made the comments during an event Monday in west Louisville, at least his fifth stop in the predominantly African-American area in the last eight months. 

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Local News
4:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Louisville Area Prepares For Traffic Issues From Clark Memorial Bridge Shutdown

Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project, Downtown Crossing

Some Louisville area residents should be prepared for slower commutes starting Tuesday morning when the Clark Memorial Bridge temporarily shuts down, a Metro Police official said.

The bridge will be closed to motorists and pedestrians for about six weeks.

During that time, Louisville authorities will boost forces to help transition drivers who depend on the bridge connecting downtown Louisville to Southern Indiana.

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Local News
3:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Beshear Announces $1.3 Million For Eastern Kentucky Revitalization

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday announced $1.3 million in grants for an initiative  to create jobs in the depressed coal regions of Eastern Kentucky.

The state plans to use $1 million to fund 52 full-time AmeriCorp positions  to shore up "youth engagement, education success and health and human services over the next year," according to a news release from the governor's office. About $312,000 "will support implementation and technical assistance by a consortium of nine Area Development Districts located in the region."

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Education
1:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Louisville Male High Principal, Others Face Discipline For ACT Cheating Scandal

Male High School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Three Louisville Male High School staff members, including the principal, could have their teaching certificates revoked or face other disciplinary measures following a state investigation outlining cheating on a state test at the school.

The Kentucky Education Department report released Monday said Male High Principal David Mike, counselor Rhonda Branch and teacher Debbie Greenberg intentionally “failed to ensure the integrity” of the school’s administration of the ACT Compass test.  

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Education
12:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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Local News
7:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Reminder: The Clark Memorial Bridge Closes for Weeks Starting Tuesday

The Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Clark Memorial Bridge closes at midnight on Tuesday for construction of the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says the bridge that connects Jeffersonville and downtown Louisville will close for about six weeks.

Nearly 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Peterson says there will be no changes to the Clark Memorial itself but closing the bridge is necessary to work on the downtown crossing.

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Education
7:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

JCPS 'School of Innovation' Finalists Prepare for July Presentations

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Later this month, finalists present their proposals for an innovative community-designed Jefferson County Public school.

One of the designs is expected to become a new school in Louisville.

The submissions are part of the  JCPS School of Innovation Design Competition, and proposed plans range from using Louisville museums as a classroom to a year-around school.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

In 1880, Louisville Men Became The First Americans To Do A 100-Mile Bicycle Ride

This isn't Anderson or Schimpler, most likely, but the bicycle is similar to the one the men rode in 1880. It is called a penny farthing.
Credit Louisville Bicycle Club

The Tour de France began Saturday in Leeds, England.  The 21-day race traverses more than 2,200 miles and the riders will average 107 miles on the bike every day.

Though no Louisvillian has ever raced in the Tour de France, two Louisville men are known to be the first Americans to ride at least 100 miles on a bicycle in less than 24 hours.

In 1880, Henry Schimpler and Orville Anderson rode their penny-farthings from Louisville to Frankfort and back for a total of 104 miles and a place in the history books.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Comparing the Jersey Boys Film to the Musical

Credit Warner Bros.

It’s not hard to see how Clint Eastwood could be seduced into directing a film adaptation of the buoyant stage musical “Jersey Boys.” The Tony Award-winning history of 1960s pop legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits the musical theatre trifecta — it’s an incredible true story told by memorable characters performing iconic songs.

The show’s most rare quality, its tough-guy energy, must appeal to a guy like Eastwood. Conventional wisdom says an offer to adapt the show for film would be an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Politics
7:46 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says

Mammoth Cave hosts Naturalization Ceremony underground.
Credit National Parks Service

Kentucky’s economy would benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, according to a report on immigration's impact on the state.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy last week released its report on "New Americans in Kentucky."

Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012, the report said. 

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