Local News
2:47 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Stripped-Down School Safety Bill Clears Indiana House

The Indiana House of Representatives has approved the creation of a state grant program to help school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

Lawmakers removed a provision that would have required all public schools to have a gun-carrying employee on site during school hours.

That amendment from Republican Rep. Jim Lucas was taken out after concerns were raised about training standards and the safety of having non-police officers carrying guns in schools.

The bill now calls for the issue to be taken up by a study committee this summer.  

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Poll: Vast Majority Of Undocumented Immigrants Have Connection To Citizens

Maglena Gomez waves an American flag as she and others participate in a march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:22 pm

A vast majority of undocumented Latino immigrants (85 percent) have family connections to U.S. citizens, a new poll finds.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Will Gun Bill Pass Or Fail? Conflicting Signals Yet Again

Left to right: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as they unveiled their plan on background checks of gun purchasers.
Molly Riley UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:53 am

Here's a fresh headline that may be welcome to those who oppose the bipartisan plan to extend background checks of gun purchasers to sales made at gun shows and over the Internet:

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Politics
1:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund

Curtis Morrison
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, is starting a legal defense fund. 

Morrison tweeted out a link to the gofundme.com page Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.

Morrison does not say whether he was behind the recording.

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon April 15, 2013

WFPL Wants You! For Environmental Testing

It’s no secret that Louisville has issues with air pollution. But it’s difficult to determine which pollutants are present, how present they are and whether some areas of town are disproportionately affected by pollution.

Over the next few months, WFPL is partnering with community members to conduct small-scale environmental testing. Interested participants just have to be willing to host a small monitor in their homes for three days, and be interviewed for any stories that result from the testing. It’ll be easy, fun and informative.

Politics
11:27 am
Mon April 15, 2013

'The Fund' Will Help Support Innovation in Kentucky Education

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Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education.

The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Billy Harper, a Paducah businessman and the Fund's chairman,  says the new group won't replace traditional funding, but will be around to help fund innovative ideas or collect grants for them.

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Arts and Humanities
10:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Catching Fire'

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Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:47 am

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Education
10:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Alternative Schools

There are more than two dozen alternative schools and programs in Jefferson County, each serving a unique student population including many at-risk students. The programs range from drug-abuse treatment to online learning opportunities.

But how do alternative schools work? And why are they needed?

WFPL explores these questions and more with JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley, Liberty High School principal Iman Talaat, Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Books and Kentucky Department of Education's Toyah Robey. 

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Poll: 65 Percent of Kentuckians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Kentucky voters still overwhelmingly oppose same-sex marriage despite national trends.

The poll was taken in early April, and it finds 65 percent think it should remain illegal and only 27 percent support marriage equality for gay, lesbian and transgendered couples.

That is in stark contrast to national figures that indicate marriage equality is gaining popularity across the country and for the first time hovers well over 50 percent. A number of Republican and Democratic senators have come out for marriage equality in recent weeks such as Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio.

But in Kentucky the idea faces solid opposition regardless of political party. According to PPP, 54 percent of Democratic voters in the state also oppose gay marriage while only 37 percent support it.

The Rev. Maurice Blanchard of Louisville says LGBT residents are getting tired of defending their relationships, adding Kentucky is falling behind the times.

"Those poll shows how disconnected some people are in this state to what’s happening on a larger sense. And that resistance while they’re proud of it is isolating and alienating us from the progress that’s taking place in the larger sense," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Foundation for Women Grants Awarded

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. 

Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects. 

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