Politics
6:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

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Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Has Died, Vice President Says

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2006.
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Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 7:23 am

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez, has died, Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced in a televised statement.

Chávez died at a military hospital in Caracas at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday. He was 58.

In power since 1999, the former military commander became an icon of socialist policies in Latin America. With his country's oil wealth as backup, he launched fierce and unyielding criticism of the United States and its allies.

The AP reports:

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Politics
5:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Committee Passes Redistricting Maps After Long Wait

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The House State Government committee has advanced a new redistricting map to the House floor after weeks of closed door debate.

Last year's state House and Senate districts were ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court after House GOP members challenged them in court. The new House districts would create seven new districts all across Kentucky, where no current lawmakers reside. 

Those districts are: 

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Arts and Humanities
4:46 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Players Have New Three-Year Contract

Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra announced a new multi-year labor agreement with its musicians today.

The one-year bridge agreement that ended the orchestra's 11-month labor dispute last April called for a 30-week season for 57 players. The agreement also required an orchestra consultant who would make binding employment recommendations for the musicians and management policies, as well as ensure a multi-year agreement.

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Education
4:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Next Louisville: Educators, JCPS Board Chair Discuss Urban Education

What do zoning laws, progressive teachers unions and community organizing all have in common? They were all part of the conversation today during a WFPL education news special.

Many urban school districts with large student populations perform lower than their peers. Graduation rates and state test scores are dismal in areas like Chicago and Detroit where around 90 percent of students are low-income.

In Jefferson County Public Schools test scores and graduation rates are regularly below the state average.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Councilwoman Marilyn Parker Declines Government Pension Benefits

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker
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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, R-18, is forgoing her government pension benefits, citing the lack of real reforms in the 2013 General Assembly.

By declining the benefits Parker is saving the city an estimated $8,500 annually and Metro Government will not have to contribute to the state pension system on her behalf.

Parker says the decisions is meant to send a message to state lawmakers, and alert taxpayers on how serious the pension problem is for Kentucky.

"It is an issue that deeply concerns me for our state and city budgets. I'm concerned that we're not seeing a fix coming out of Frankfort," she says. "And as time goes on it is going our state and local budgets at risk and government at risk."

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Politics
4:13 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Hundreds Rally in Frankfort for Disability Services

Hundreds of activists gathered today at the Kentucky State Capitol to rally and lobby lawmakers on behalf of the state’s disabled citizens.

One of them was Louisville resident Cherish Wolfe, who receives help at the the Bridgehaven Adult Day Treatment Center.    She’s urging more state support for services such as those Bridgehaven provides.

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Education
4:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

JCPS ACT Results Rank in Middle of Large Urban Peers

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While Jefferson County Public Schools’ ACT test scores have traditionally been lower than state and national averages, it ranks among the middle of its metropolitan peers.

Comparing local schools to schools across the nation can be difficult. Not all states use the same tests or metrics and even graduation rates could be calculated differently, although the U.S. Department of Education is changing that practice so all states follow each student until he or she graduates.

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Monkey See
4:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby.
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Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:45 am

The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bill Addressing Cargo Theft Dies in Kentucky Senate Committee

Legislation intended to crack down on cargo theft in Kentucky has died in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure did not receive a second when a vote was called today (Tues)

Sponsored by state representative Denver Butler of Louisville, the bill would have increased penalties for thefts of property worth more than 500-dollars.

The director of security at UPS in Louisville testified for the bill.

Steve Hamm says organized crime is targeting truckloads of valuable pharmaceuticals as they move across the country.

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