Education
8:07 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Kentucky Asks Educators to Submit Comments for New Science Standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking educators and others to weigh in on new science standards the state will likely adopt sometime this year.

Kentucky is one of 26 states that are helping craft the Next Generation Science Standards though the leading organization Achieve. The leading states are participating with the intent to adopt the standards that are expected to be published by the end of March.

Read more
Local News
8:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Clark Bridge Repairs Begin; Rush Hour Delays Likely

Wikimedia Commons

Motorists who use the Clark Memorial Bridge will likely endure some rush hour delays as repair work gets underway this week.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the work will require around-the-clock lane reductions.

"The contractor is allowed two, 30 day segments," Clifford said. "It will be 30 days for one half of the bridge and 30 days for the other half because we’ll be reducing the bridge from four lanes down to two lanes, so we’ll always have one lane going in each direction."

Education
7:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Three Freshmen Join JCPS School Board Monday Night

Credit File photo

The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold its first meeting of the year Monday night and will swear in three new members who will serve the district over the next four years.

David Jones Jr. will replace Steve Imhoff in District 2, Chuck Haddaway will replace Joe Hardesty in District 4 and Chris Brady will replace Larry Hujo in District 7. All three won the majority of votes in last year’s election.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Pence To Be Sworn In As Indiana's 50th Governor Today

Indiana’s new governor will be sworn in today outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Republican Mike Pence will become Indiana’s 50th governor during an 11:00am ceremony, taking the oath of office along with Lt. Gov.-elect Sue Ellspermann and Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says the incoming Republican governor hasn’t revealed much about his inauguration speech.

"He promises that it will be short out of respect for cold weather, and that it will be aspirational," she said.

Read more
Environment
6:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Lung, Colon Cancer Rates Higher Near Rubbertown Than Other Louisville Neighborhoods

Data from the Kentucky Cancer Registry. There's a significant difference in rates when the 95% confidence intervals don't overlap.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A new analysis shows that certain cancers are more prevalent in areas near the Rubbertown neighborhood in west and southwest Louisville. But it’s impossible to determine what role—if any—pollution from nearby industries plays in the elevated cancer rates.

Everyone in Rubbertown knows someone with cancer. But are people in these neighborhoods actually more likely to get cancer than other Louisville residents? I called someone who should know: Dr. Tom Tucker, the head of the Kentucky Cancer Registry.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
9:08 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Wins Golden Globe Award

Credit Tom Sorensen/Creative Commons

Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night for her role in the film Silver Linings Playbook.

Lawrence, 22, won in the best actress in a comedy or musical category, beating out Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Maggie Smith (Quartet as Jean Horton) and Meryl Streep (Hope Springs).

Read more
Environment
1:51 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Louisvillians Rally in Support of Indigenous "Idle No More" Campaign

Courtesy of Thomas Pearce

Over the past several months, indigenous groups in Canada have been banding together to protest the alleged eroding of their tribal rights. Under the name "Idle No More," the group has been holding rallies and protests across Canada and internationally. Louisville supporters of the movement held their own flash mob in solidarity yesterday at Mid City Mall. Judging from a video posted here, they had a pretty good-sized crowd.

Read more
Digital Life
10:23 am
Sun January 13, 2013

'Make Me' Asian App Sparks Online Backlash

A screenshot from the "Make me Asian" app page in the Google Play store.
Google Play

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:04 am

Tens of thousands of people have downloaded two apps from the Google Play Store that are sparking accusations of racism.

The "Make me Asian" and "Make me Indian" apps allow Android smartphone users to take a picture and superimpose characteristics the developer thinks relate to those ethnic groups. An online petition is urging Google to remove the apps from its store.

The Make me Asian app manipulates pictures to give the subject yellow-tinged skin, narrow eyes, a conical rice-paddy hat and a Fu Manchu mustache taken from a fictional Chinese villain.

Read more
The Two-Way
10:22 am
Sun January 13, 2013

White House Says 'No' On $1 Trillion Coin

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 11:45 am

In a statement to The Washington Post, Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley says that the White House has ruled out minting a $1 trillion coin to pay the government's bills and avoid a debt ceiling debate with Congress.

Read more
Politics
7:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Robert Stivers: Let's Exhaust Legal Appeals Before Reforming Liquor Laws

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Work on reforming some of Kentucky’s liquor laws may wait until a federal appeals court rules on a current challenge.

A federal circuit judge threw out state laws dealing with where wine and distilled spirits can be sold, calling them unfair. Currently only select stores — such as liquor stores and pharmacies — can sell those beverages, while others — such as groceries — can only sell beer.

Read more

Pages