Education
10:56 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kentucky Leads Most States in Responding to Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Check out which school districts had the highest response rates.

A voluntary survey of Kentucky teachers on the teaching conditions inside their schools got a large number of responses.  

“Kentucky is phenomenal,” says Ann Maddock, senior advisor in external affairs for New Teacher Center, the organizations that helped administer the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Working Conditions) survey.

The anonymous online survey was open for a four-week period in March and the Kentucky Department of Education provided incentives—including raffle drawings with cash prizes—for teachers to complete the survey.

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Education
10:06 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Ad Counters 'Kids First Louisville' Criticism

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has responded to radio ads attacking the union ahead of contract negotiations with ads of their own.

The group Kids First Louisville paid for the ads that claim the JCTA’s contract creates barriers to improving student success.

Kids First Louisville Chair David Nicklies says the group has support from teachers, parents and community members but it's unclear who exactly these individuals are.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

UNIQUE: 71-Year-Old JCPS Student Makes Good on Pact With Son to Earn High School Diploma

Charlette Edmondson Alexander earned her high school diploma from JCPS at the age of 71.

Graduation day is coming soon for thousands of Louisville area public school students.

We’re taking a look at unique ways graduates have earned their diplomas. 

I sat down with Charlette Edmondson Alexander, who went back into the public school system recently and got her diploma at age 71. 

"I am so proud of myself I cried when the guy told me I had passed. I'm just excited," she says.

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Local News
6:27 am
Wed June 5, 2013

What Will the Federal Sequester Mean for Kentucky Medical Research?

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We’ve heard about how the federal budget sequester has affected control towers, military budgets and other parts of the government. But what about federally funded medical research?

Every year, the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions to explore the biggest medical questions, looking at cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's.

Both the University of Kentucky and The University of Louisville receive money from the NIH for medical research.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

A row of beer cans in Australia, where a man's beer fridge has been blamed for playing havoc with the cellphone network in several neighborhoods.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:50 pm

Faced with reports of a "black spot" that interfered with the mobile network in several neighborhoods, technicians at Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found the source of the problem: a man's beer fridge in his garage. The refrigerator was tracked by "software robots" and workers wielding special antennas.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed June 5, 2013

For Second Year, Louisville's Parks Rank Poorly on National List

Tyler Park.
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Louisville is at the bottom of a list ranking American cities based on their parks for the second year in a row.

The city was ranked 49th out of 50 in this year’s ParkScore ranking from the Trust for Public Lands. The ranking pits the nation’s 50 biggest cities against each other, using metrics like per capita park spending, park size and park access.

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Politics
7:51 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Senator Joe Donnelly Pushes U.S. Military Leaders to Better Address Sexual Assaults

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., joined a chorus of lawmakers on the Armed Services Committee who berated top military leaders over the rise of sexual assault in the armed forces.

In recent months, a series of reports have uncovered a spike in rape and other sexual assault cases against men and women that have been called "terrifying" and a "cancer" despite efforts to curb the problem.

Last month, a study conducted by The Pentagon showed a 35 percent increase in estimated sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared to 2010.

Speaking at the committee hearing on Tuesday, Donnelly told military commanders they have an obligation to address stop sexual assault and to provide for the psychological needs of survivors.

"I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service. And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do," Donnelly said.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Leaders from non-profit homeless and arts agencies are criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to reduce the funding levels for their external agencies.

When the Fischer administration first unveiled its $528 million spending proposal last month, the mayor's office highlighted a 21 percent increase to funding for community ministries.

It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.

Fischer's decision to fund external agencies comes from three panels made up of Metro Council members and mayoral appointees who recommend expenditures for community ministries and social service agencies.

Those recommendations are in Fischer’s budget proposal without any changes, and citizens who sit on the panels sign agreements to keep the deliberations confidential.

Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition of the Homeless, says the decision-making process is troubling because groups like hers cannot conference with Fischer's panels to make answer important questions.

"I definitely don’t think the process is transparent. There isn’t any way for that committee to ask questions of the groups or for them to answer any issues that might come up during the committee meetings. And there’s also not a process to go back to that committee before the announcements are made," she says.

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Local News
3:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Investigators of Bardstown Officer Slaying Seek Information on Tree Work

Officer Jason Ellis
Bardstown Police Department

Investigators looking for the killer of a Bardstown police officer are asking Nelson County-area residents to contact them if they had tree work done around the time of the ambush.

Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death during the early morning hours of May 25 after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a highway exit ramp in Nelson County.

Police won't describe the debris on the ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway.

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Education
2:55 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Review Team Recommends Most Kentucky School 'Districts of Innovation' Proposals Be Denied

School of the future, according to the popular children's show The Jetsons.
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Only four of 16 Kentucky school districts that applied to become Districts of Innovation will be recommended for approval at Wednesday's Kentucky Board of Education meeting, but officials will not yet say which districts will be denied.

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