Education
11:25 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.)

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Louisville families now have an idea of what supplies kids need for public school.

Jefferson County Public School on Friday released a much-anticipated list of fundamental school supplies for the 2014-15 academic year.

Most students go back to school on Aug. 13.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Radiolab and Studio 360 Return to WFPL and Other August Changes

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Starting next week, we will be making some changes to the WFPL News radio schedule. Studio 360 is coming back. Thursday nights at 9, Kurt Andersen brings you insightful takes on arts and culture. Here's a look back at Mad Magazine from the American Icons series.

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Arts and Humanities
10:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Bard's Town Explores Donald Margulies' Moral Questions of the Novel in 'Collected Stories'

Carol Dines as Ruth Steiner and Lenae McKee Price as Lisa Morrison in Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
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In theory, the proudest moment for a mentor is when the protégé surpasses her in achievement.  Why else cultivate their talents, share hard-won industry secrets and become invested in their successes? But in practice, it’s not always that simple, as Donald Margulies’ searing 1996 drama “Collected Stories” shows. In reality, sometimes the student learns a little too much from the master, a little too well.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is almost complete.

Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told lawmakers Thursday his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.

“Adult preventive services increases 36.7 percent; breast cancer increases 20.6 percent; cervical cancer screenings increased 3 percent; and colorectal cancer screenings increased 16 percent," Kissner said.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Art Breaks Down Barriers for Refugee Women in Louisville

Women in Kentucky Refugee Ministries art therapy program show off the bracelets they made .
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  Sounds of different languages layered the air, competing and melding, as a group of women did their best to communicate with their neighbors in Spanish, Arabic, French, Lao and broken English. A dozen refugee mothers gathered around a folding table in the basement fellowship hall of Highland Baptist Church, waiting for the classes they take through Kentucky Refugee Ministries to start.

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Education
6:54 am
Fri July 25, 2014

15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools

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For the first time, Jefferson County Public Schools will have mental health counselors based in schools.

Fifteen will be added to school buildings in the upcoming academic year.

The counselors will supplement other services provided to students, like Seven Counties Services,  and take some of the workload away from school guidance counselors, said said Michelle Sircy, the district’s counselor specialist. 

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Environment
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions

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A preliminary analysis of the effects of the EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules on regions of the country suggest some states fighting the regulations—like Texas and Oklahoma—may see economic benefits under the rule.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap

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The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.

Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.     His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.       

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville

Shaikh Kabir Helminski shares a song from the Sufism tradition of a Sema ceremony while Nicole Kowalczyk dances.
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Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a daylong fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.

At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition

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Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.

More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.

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