Local News
12:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Byline Today: JCPS Achievement Gap, Record Stores and Black Carbon

A deep look into black coal, how well Louisville schools are dealing with achievement gaps and two new record stores open in town—we discuss these stories today on Byline.

This week, WFPL environment reporter Erica Peterson looked at how traffic exhaust (and black carbon, specifically) is affecting health in Louisville. She'll join host Rick Howlett to discuss.

Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio's new Frankfort Bureau chief, will discuss a developing story of a large drug bust in the state.

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Education
11:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville Agriculture Crowd To Think Forward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the FFA's National Convention in Louisville.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says agriculture education is about the jobs of the future and not a backwards looking curriculum to preserve the past.

Over 50,000 students from the National FFA Organization—formerly Future Farmers of America—chapters around the country have been in Louisville this week for the annual conference taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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Jonathan Meador

 Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

Commentary
11:02 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Saving Louisville's Records and History

Dr. Samuel W. Thomas researching in 1992 at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives. Dr. Thomas' papers now are all housed at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Credit Bill Carner

Four years ago, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, Judy Miller from the Filson Historical Society arrived at my office at The Courier-Journal with a surprise: A copy of Dr. Samuel W. Thomas’ long-awaited Architectural History of Louisville, 1778-1900. The Filson society, then celebrating its 125th anniversary, had selected Thomas’ book as its commemorative publication for the occasion.

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Arts and Humanities
10:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

REVIEW | New Comedy ‘Rx’ Explores Symptoms and Cures for Workplace Depression

Brian Hinds (Phil) and Beth Tantanella (Meena) in The Bard's Town's production of Kate Fodor's "Rx."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

Have you ever felt like you were destined for greater things than the annual pig price report? In Kate Fodor’s deceptively lighthearted romantic comedy “Rx,” a frustrated writer has traded her MFA in poetry for a job as the managing editor of American Cattle and Swine Magazine, a desk from which she creeps daily to the old lady underpants section of a neighboring department store to weep bitter tears of frustration and humiliation.

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Shots - Health News
6:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

For The Young And Healthy, Health Insurance Is A Hard Sell

Students Amanda McComas, Rose Marie Chute and Sari Schwartz are approached in October at Santa Monica City College in California about signing up for insurance with the Affordable Care Act.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:01 pm

Getting young, healthy people to sign up for health insurance is seen as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act. It's precisely those people who will help offset the cost of the older, sicker ones.

But while cheap health insurance and subsidies based on income are intended to make the program appealing to the young, what if they haven't even heard of the health care law? Or don't want to buy even an inexpensive policy?

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Local News
6:41 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Natural Gas Prices Increase 19 Percent for Some in Kentucky, PSC Says

Credit Creative Commons

The Kentucky Public Service Commission says early season natural gas heating prices will be higher than last year.

The PSC says the average customer can expect to pay about 19 percent more in November than last year if they consume 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The average bill is projected to be about $102.

But the agency says that number is down nearly $49 since the peak of November 2008, a decrease of 32 percent.

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Environment
6:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

In Black Carbon, Scientists Find a Major Source Behind Climate Change

Qannik, a polar bear at the Louisville Zoo.
Credit Kyle Shepherd/Louisville Zoo

Climate change is mainly caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. And the gases mainly come from sources like power plants and vehicle emissions. But scientists have found another major threat to the climate: black carbon particles from wood fires, diesel engines and practically everything else that's burned.

Carbon dioxide has long been the villain behind climate change. That's still the case, but new research suggests CO2 has a sidekick—black carbon.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kentucky Tops Men's AP College Basketball Poll; U of L is Ranked Third

The Kentucky Wildcats, with the nation’s top recruiting class, are ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

It's Kentucky's third preseason No. 1 and first since 1995-96 when the Wildcats won the national championship. The other preseason No. 1 was in 1980-81.

The Wildcats finished 21-12 last season and were upset by Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Kentucky beat out Michigan State in a close vote for the top spot.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kenton Airport Board Defends $20K Conference Trip to Italy

The chairman and vice chairman of a northern Kentucky airport board are in Italy this week at a cost of at least 20-thousand dollars for a three-day conference, but the board is defending the expense.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Kenton County Airport Board chairman Jim Huff and vice chairman Larry Savage are staying for 12 days. They intend to repay the airport for expenses incurred when not at the conference.

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