Politics
4:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Has Slim Lead in Kentucky Senate Race

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Alison Lundergan Grimes leads Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Kentucky Senate Race, according to a new poll released by a pair of liberal groups.

The results—compiled by Public Policy Polling—state that Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, tops McConnell 45-44 among Kentucky voters.

Read more
Education
3:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

U of L Partners With Westport Middle School For Teacher Training Program

Credit File photo

A program that teams higher education with primary schools is coming this fall to another public school in Jefferson County. 

Several University of Louisville student teachers will be at Westport Middle School working side-by-side with veteran educators.

“We have a designated classroom at those schools, and it’s actually called the University of Louisville classroom, so that our students here in the program will actually take classes on site," says U of L’s program director Harrie Buecker.

Read more
Environment
3:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Steve Beshear's Son Representing Bluegrass Pipeline Company

Courtesy Williams

Governor Steve Beshear's son is representing the company that has proposed building a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The Bluegrass Pipeline is a joint venture between two companies—Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Williams—and if it's built, it'll transport the byproducts of natural gas drilling from the northeast to the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
2:33 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Land of Tomorrow's Summer of Liberation

Martynka Wawrzyniak, "Chocolate," video, 2010.

Land of Tomorrow gallery opens the second installment of its summer El Campo de Mañana series tonight with an appearance by noted rock groupie Cynthia Plastercaster to open an exhibit of her work. The artist, who has been casting in plaster the (Not Safe For Work) body parts of rock stars for decades, will host a storytelling evening with a Q&A to follow at the Broadway gallery.

Read more
Education
10:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure

Tony Bennett
Credit fldoe.org

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has asked the state's inspector general to investigate the Department of Education's actions during his tenure after resigning as Florida's education commissioner.

Tony Bennett's request Thursday followed an Associated Press story showing that Bennett and his staff scrambled to overhaul Indiana's school accountability formula after learning a charter school founded by a top Republican donor had received a C.

Read more
Local News
9:43 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Kentucky Preteen Skyler Hornback Sets Jeopardy Record

Skyler Hornback
Credit Jeopardy

Skyler Hornback, a 12-year-old from Sonora, Kentucky, won $66,600 on the game show Jeopardy on Wednesday.

This was part of the show's Kids Week, but there's nothing childish about that total.

It's the third-highest one-day total in the show's history (behind $77,000 and $75,000) and far ahead of the previous single-day Kids Week total of $49,000, according to the show.

What's more, Hornback won with a question about Abraham Lincoln. (Kentucky!)

Check it out:

Read more
Local News
6:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

WFPL Media Critic Discusses Recent Column on Coverage of HIV-Positive Jail Inmate

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Knowing what facts to add or emit information from a piece of journalism is among the most complex parts of the craft. WFPL’s Media Critic, James Miller, considered this point when several Louisville media outlets ran with a story concerning  an HIV-positive inmate in Louisville. Miller considers the relevancy of the inmate's HIV-positive status in the story.

He explained the issue to WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian. Listen below:

Read more
The Two-Way
6:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

House Votes To Cut Student Loan Rate, Sends Bill To Obama

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 8:08 pm

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill to cut the cost of borrowing for federal student loans, sending the measure to President Obama for his signature.

The bill, which had easily passed the Democratic-controlled Senate last week, would retroactively cut higher rates — which on July 1 had jumped to at least 6.8 percent.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Reports: Major League Baseball Warns Players Union Of Suspensions

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in the dugout of the team's minor league affiliate Charleston River Dogs during a July 2 game in Charleston, S.C.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:31 pm

According to several news reports, Major League Baseball has given the players union a list of those facing suspensions because of doping.

In truth, this is another pit stop in the long march toward what is rumored to be the suspension of some of baseball's A-listers. Of course, the biggest target is rumored to be Alex Rodriguez.

Read more
Education
6:31 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'You’re Still Somewhat Limited'

Credit Shutterstock.com

WFPL has been exploring the idea of "Brain Drain" and Louisville's ability to keep talented young professionals in the city. What challenges does the city face? What do young workers think about staying in the River City?

In this fourth installment, we meet Evan Shepherd, a University of Louisville McConnell Scholar from Madisonville, Ky. who says he’s decided to leave Louisville after graduating next May.

Read more

Pages