Local News
4:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV

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Churchill Downs is getting a television upgrade. 

A big one.

In a $12-million project in collaboration with Panasonic, the Louisville racetrack is erecting a 15,224-square foot high-definition video screen beyond the direct track on the backstretch. 

The screen will tower 80 feet above the barn area at about the midway point of the backstretch.

It will be visible from more than 56,000 seats in the grandstands and suites, as well as to thousands of fans in the 26 acre infield," said John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill.

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Local News
4:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Takeaways From WFPL's News Special on Health in Louisville

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A Greater Louisville Project report highlights the challenges the community faces to become healthier.

The report looked closely at life expectancy and morbidity when calculating their results. It provided a neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of health in Louisville. As it turns out, left expectancy varied by as much 13 years depending on where you lived. In Portland, for example, the average life expectancy is 70; in St. Matthews it's 83.

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Environment
4:03 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Kentucky Regulators OK Plan to Use West Virginia Electricity to Replace Big Sandy Plant

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Kentucky Power will be able to buy a half-interest in a power plant in West Virginia to replace the Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County.

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Education
3:20 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Bellarmine Searching For 'Big Data' Institute Director

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Bellarmine University officials say they’re making progress with creating the school’s new Institute for Advanced Analytics that will begin next fall and the school has begun searching for a new executive director to lead the initiative.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Food Sustainability, Justice Focuses of Healthy Foods, Local Farm Conference in Louisville

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Food sustainability and justice are the themes of Saturday's Healthy Foods, Local Farms conference in Louisville.

Aloma Dew, the conference coordinator, says people should have a right to know where their food is coming from and whether it has been modified.

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Education
11:56 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kentucky, Indiana Governors Appearing On Education Panel Today

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are appearing on an education panel in New York City this afternoon to discuss public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation  Summit. 

NBC news anchor Andrea Mitchell will moderate the panel, which will also include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. 

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Education
11:05 am
Mon October 7, 2013

JCPS Students Out of Class, Educators Look Over Data And Develop Improvement Plans

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Jefferson County public school students are off today and tomorrow to give teachers time for professional development and schools a chance to work on their game plans for this year.

The state recently released its annual accountability data, and some schools will be using this time to review where they need help and to develop their Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Turning to Older Volunteers for Help

With hundreds of at-risk children on its waiting list to be paired with adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has launched a program aimed at recruiting older volunteers.

With the help of Humana, which is studying the effects of volunteerism on well-being, Big Brothers Big Sisters has begun what it calls the Legacy Program, which seeks mentors 55 and older. The organization’s Kristen Milosevich says such pairings have already produced positive results.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case

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Attorneys representing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will make oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week to scrap another set of limits on how much individuals can donate to political campaigns.

It is a case that could have serious ramifications on U.S. elections and possibly increase the amount of money spent on federal races in a way the controversial Citizens United decision did.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Researchers From U.S., Germany, Share Nobel Prize For Medicine

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 2:42 pm

Two Americans, James Rothman and Randy Schekman, and German-born researcher Thomas Südhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "solving the mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system," according to the Nobel committee.

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