Shots - Health News
6:36 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case

Scientists in the U.S. are growing the H7N9 virus in the laboratory to help with vaccine development.
James Gathany CDC/Douglas E. Jordan

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

There's been a buzz of activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta since scientists got their first samples of a new bird flu virus from China four weeks ago.

Already they've prepared "seed strains" of the virus, called H7N9, and distributed them to vaccine manufacturers so the companies can grow them up and make them into experimental flu vaccine.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Former Gov. Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina House Seat

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to media after casting his vote on Tuesday.
Mary Ann Chastain Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:45 am

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has won election to the House, redeeming his political career after it was derailed by scandal four years ago.

Sanford, a Republican, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on Tuesday in the state's 1st Congressional District. Colbert Busch is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert. The seat was left vacant in December when Gov. Nikki Haley picked Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Groups Petition EPA to Limit Water Pollution from Coal Mines

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Environmental groups are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change the way it measures water quality in six Appalachian states, including Kentucky.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Jeffersonville Preps Historic Homes for Relocation for Bridges Project Construction

Pictured is one of the Jeffersonville houses being prepped for relocation.
Credit Courtesy of Indiana Landmarks

The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun preparing the five historic houses being moved to make way for construction of the Ohio River Bridges Project's downtown span.

INDOT purchased the properties and has agreed to relocate the five houses, preferably within in the Old Jefferson Historic District.

Spokesman Will Wingfield says INDOT has secured new lots within the historic district for all but one of the houses so far.

Over the next couple weeks, the company contracted to move the homes will be prepping the route, which includes trimming 15 trees.

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Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New Gift Accelerates Speed Museum Expansion

Demolition begins on the Speed Art Museum.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Speed Art Museum began demolition today to prepare for the  construction phase of its $50 million renovation and expansion with the announcement of an additional gift from the family of Louisville philanthropist Christy Brown. The $18 million donation, the family’s largest, will accelerate the completion of all three phases of the master plan designed by Los Angeles-based firm wHY Architecture, including a new 9,500 square foot South Building to house a state-of-the-art theater. 

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Education
1:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

JCPS Among 17 Districts Applying For District of Innovation Status

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
Credit Hanna-Barbera

Jefferson County Public Schools is interested in developing online mentors, teacher collaboration that emulates "successful characteristics of charter schools" and more 24/7 resources if it becomes a District of Innovation.

JCPS is one of 17 school districts in Kentucky applying for "District of Innovation" status under a new state law that allows districts to waive certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations and local board policies to improve student achievement.

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Environment
11:26 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Mitch McConnell's Office Promotes Op-Ed Attacking Potential Challenger Tom FitzGerald

U.S. Senate

In an opinion piece published in the Richmond Register this week, Bluegrass Institute acting president Jim Waters heaps praise on the legislation recently introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to force the Environmental Protection Agency’s hand in approving or denying coal mine permits.

McConnell’s office tweeted a link to the op-ed twice (today and yesterday), which makes sense because it’s an article about the legislation the GOP leader introduced to expedite the EPA’s regulatory timeline. But it’s also an article attacking environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald, who has said he’s flirting with the idea of challenging McConnell as a Democrat in next year’s election.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue May 7, 2013

NBA Feasibility Study: Louisville's 'Lack of Corporate Depth' Hampers Pro Basketball Aspirations

Credit NBA/Creative Commons

Louisville lacks the corporate support for an NBA team that would likely be needed to attract  professional basketball to the city, said a study into the feasibility study commissioned by Greater Louisville Inc.

Those corporations would be called upon to lease suites at the KFC Yum! Center for NBA games—but the "lack of corporate depth" in Louisville means that those companies would each need to lease a greater share, the study said.

Louisville does has a strong potential fan base for the NBA, the study noted.

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Politics
10:47 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Indiana Senator Donnelly Returns from Middle East Trip

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says Syrian opposition leaders he met with last week told him they don't want American troops involved in their civil war against President Bashar Assad's forces.

The Democratic senator spoke with reporters after his weeklong trip with other senators that included a stop at Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and visits with Indiana National Guard units in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Education
10:23 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Education Forum Today: Who Are Louisville's At-Risk Students and How Are They Served?

Many Louisville students are labeled "at-risk"—some because of family education, health history or income levels.How are these students tracked, served and assured the opportunity to succeed?

Those questions will be explored in a public forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Iroquois Public Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Avenue.

WFPL Education Reporter Devin Katayama will be joined by the following guests:

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