Education
3:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KDE'sTerry Holliday and JCPS' Donna Hargens Talk Failing Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared at a community forum earlier this year.
Credit Devin Katayama

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says if Jefferson County Public Schools turns around its lowest-achieving schools—called "priority schools"—it would help turn around all statewide education results.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says that doesn’t go far enough, and she maintains committed to results for all students.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

WFPL's Defining Fairness Series Wins National Diversity Award

WFPL's Defining Fairness series, the project Phillip M. Bailey and I co-produced last Spring, has been awarded the Unity Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Unity Award is a national award which recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in the coverage of diversity, and will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner on Oct. 14 in New York.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Seven New Members Thursday

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members tomorrow evening.

They include three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel, former University of Louisville basketball star Pervis Ellison and tennis champion Julie Ditty.

Three outstanding high school athletes from the Class of 2013 will also be honored.   They are basketball stars Makayla Epps of Marion County High School and Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, along with Louisville Trinity High School football standout James Quick.

Local News
2:27 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Won't Collapse, Report Says. But It's 'In a Great State of Disrepair.'

Old Cardinal Stadium
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Old Cardinal Stadium is "not on the verge of collapse"—but the grandstand and storage areas under them needs to be fixed or be taken out of service.

That's the verdict of a report released Wednesday on structural stability of the the 50-plus year-old stadium at the Kentucky State Fair & Exposition Center.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Public's Opinion Of George W. Bush Is Turning Positive

Former President George W. Bush and his successor, President Obama, at the April 25 dedication of Bush's library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Larry W. Smith EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:24 am

For the first time since 2005, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, the public's opinion of the former president is "more positive than negative," the pollsters at Gallup say.

Gallup says its latest polling shows:

-- 49 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the former president.

-- 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Local News
11:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: 1 Person Still in Critical Condition After Seneca Golf Course Plane Crash

Panel for a random Cessna 172M.
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Four people aboard a plane that crashed overnight at Seneca Golf Course (near Bowman Field) were listed in critical condition condition Wednesday morning at University Hospital, a hospital spokesman says.

The Cessna 172  crashed while—according to preliminary reports—the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, an Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says.

The FAA will handoff its investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Arts and Humanities
11:18 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Flyover Film Festival Opens Tonight

The Louisville Film Society's fifth annual Flyover Film Festival opens tonight with two films with local connections and a poetic Western crime film that's been garnering buzz on the festival circuit. The film festival runs through Sunday, with most events happening at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.). 

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Pope Francis Said To Reveal Existence Of 'Gay Lobby'

Pope Francis leaves after his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on June 12, 2013.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:58 am

In an audience with The Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, Pope Francis is said to have revealed the existence of a gay lobby.

The organization of priests and nuns posted notes of their private meeting with the pope on its website.

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It's All Politics
6:50 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Should Bills Need the Support of the Majority? Conservative Groups Press House GOP on 'Hastert Rule'

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:53 pm

A who's who of conservative groups is urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule. Well, actually, it's an old rule: the Hastert Rule. Dennis Hastert is the former Republican speaker who adopted the informal guideline that no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority.

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