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7:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Kentucky Is Improving in Meeting Some Education Goals, Report Says. Here Are 5 Takeaways.

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A challenge was issued in 2008 for Kentucky education leaders to accelerate academic improvement in a way that would allow the state to break into the top 20 in national rankings by 2020.

And it seems to be happening—in some areas. That's according to a report released Wednesday that examines Kentucky's academic progress in various categories. 

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Issues New General Permits for Coal Mine Water Pollution

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued two general coal mining permits for water pollution from operations in Eastern and Western Kentucky.

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Education
3:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

University of Louisville Violated Open Records Law, Must Turn Over Documents, Attorney General Rules

James Ramsey, right
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The University of Louisville has violated the state’s Open Records Act and must release e-mails and documents regarding a high-profile report on the school’s financial controls, according to a recent ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

The university had been locked for several months in a public records battle with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which appealed the school’s public records denial to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

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Education
1:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools, Teachers Reach Tentative Pay Agreement

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim recently addressed the Jefferson County Board of Education.
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The Jefferson County Teachers Association has reached a tentative agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools on teacher compensation, the union and school district announced Wednesday.

In recent months, JCTA has pressured the school district to go beyond a state-mandated 1 percent pay raise for the 2014-2015 school year. 

In response, JCPS administrators and the JCTA's directors  have agreed to a $820 pay boost for each district teacher—more than 1 percent for every teachers, according to a joint news release announcing the deal.

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Politics
11:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Ready to ‘Move On’ After Campaign Manager’s Resignation

Mitch McConnell last month in Louisville.
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Less than a week after his top campaign aide, Jesse Benton, stepped down while being circled by questions from a federal bribery case, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready to move forward.

“We’re moving on,” McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday. “We've got 60-some odd days left in the campaign. We're talking about the future and not the past.”

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky House Democrats Have Large Fundraising Lead

Kentucky Capitol building
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Kentucky House Democrats have a wide margin in fundraising as they seek to defend their chamber from a Republican takeover bid this November.

The Kentucky Democratic House Caucus Campaign Committee has about $286,000 in cash on hand—much more than the House GOP's $86,000, according to data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Local News
7:05 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Weather Channel Seeks Footage of March 2012 Tornados In Indiana and Kentucky

Damage in Henryville from the May 2012 tornado.
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Weather Channel producers are asking for help in gathering video of the tornados that ravaged Kentucky and Indiana on March 2, 2012.

The footage could be used in two programs in the channel’s “Tornado Alley” series that will air next spring.

Executive producer Kim Kantner said there are no restrictions on the type of video that can be submitted.

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Education
3:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

JCTA's Political Action Committee Endorses Four Jefferson County School Board Candidates

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Four candidates vying for seats on the Jefferson County board of education have the endorsement of the Better Schools Kentucky PAC, an extension of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

Brent McKim, the JCTA president, said on Tuesday the political action committee of the teacher’s union will support Diane Porter (District 1), Linda Duncan (District 5), Stephanie Horne (District 3) and Lisa Willner (District 6) during their campaigns for Jefferson County school board.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky GOP Unveils 'Handshake with Kentucky' Plan

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The Republican Party of Kentucky has a wish-list of legislative priorities ready to go if the State House were to flip and come under Republican control following this fall's elections.

The party unveiled its plan, dubbed  "Handshake with Kentucky," on Tuesday. It consists of legislative priorities for the state GOP, pending potential victories come Election Day. Currently, Democrats maintain a narrow eight-seat margin in the state's lower chamber.

In a statement, House GOP Floor Leader lambasted House Democrats over poor leadership.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Local Sierra Club Chapter Endorses Candidates, But Not in Senate or Louisville Mayoral Races

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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The local chapter of the Sierra Club has released its candidate endorsements for this fall’s elections, and has declined to make picks in two key races: U.S. Senate and Louisville mayor.

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