Environment
9:21 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Public Invited to Comment On Proposed LG&E Rate Increase

The Public Service Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow evening to let the public weigh in on a proposed utility rate increase.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Pressure For Truce Grows, But Israel And Hamas Continue Firing

A man covers his face as he passes smoke and fire after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City earlier today.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:48 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Anthony Kuhn reports from Gaza City
  • On 'Morning Editon': Sheera Frankel reports about 'Iron Dome'

(We rewrote the top of this post at 7:45 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)

The sixth day of Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip saw Israel striking a media center and other Palestinian targets, raising the Palestinian death toll to more than 100. Palestinian militants fired 95 rockets at Israel; a third of them were intercepted by Iron Dome, the Israeli missile shield. Also Monday, a flurry of diplomacy that attempted to mediate a cease-fire between the two sides.

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Education
7:53 am
Mon November 19, 2012

JCPS Students Better Prepped for Kindergarten, but Screening Needs More Research

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More Jefferson County Public Schools students entering kindergarten are prepared than the state average, but local educators say whether that translates to higher student achievement scores on state assessments is inconclusive.

Over 100 Kentucky school districts piloted the new Brigance kindergarten readiness screener this year. The results show statewide around 25 percent of students are school-ready when looking at various academic and cognitive factors. 

In JCPS, 34 percent of students are school-ready, according Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hesley.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Stumbo: Tax Commission Needs 'Courage' to Make Bold, New Proposals

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky House speaker said the commission charged with proposing changes to Kentucky's tax code is "backing away" from controversial issues.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview that the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform needs to be bolder. He said the appointed commissioners are approaching the tax code issues as if they have political capital to lose, refusing to offer new ideas.

He also encouraged the commission memebers to spend their remaining time productively.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Kentucky or Illinois? Whose Claim to Lincoln's Legacy is Best

Abraham Lincoln

The opening today of the film "Lincoln" is expected to renew interest in the United States' 16th president -- and to send those people to the sites dedicated to memorializing him. 

Lincoln led a nomadic life, especially when he was young -- he was born in Kentucky but spent much of his youth in Indiana, before he settled in Illinois. And, of course, he ended his life in Washington, D.C., the first American president to be assassinated.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

What We're Reading | 11.18.12

Incoming Purdue University President Mitch Daniels
Credit Purdue University

Each week, members of the WFPL news team will spotlight interesting stories we've read over the past week for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
10:59 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

College Football: UK Wins Home Finale

lhup.edu

In college football, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Samford 34-3 Saturday night in their final home game of the season.

It was just the Wildcats’ second victory and their first win since September 8. UK finishes the season next Saturday at Tennessee. It was also the final home game for head coach Joker Phillips, who’s being replaced after this season.

The Indiana Hoosiers lost at Penn State 45-22. IU, now 4-7, finishes its season next Saturday at Purdue.

Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Strange Fruit: Yolo Akili, Darnell Moore, Gay Men and Sexism

He's a poet, activist, counselor, wellness consultant, performance artist, and more. But this week, what got our attention about Yolo Akili was his article, Gay Men's Sexism and Women's Bodies. In it, he talks about incidents of gay men giving unsolicited advice about (and sometimes nonconsensually touching) women's bodies, and why it's often seen as more acceptable behavior in gay men than it would be in their straight brothers. We've talked before about how being gay doesn't give you a free pass to be racist; Yolo reminds us that it also doesn't give you carte blanche to make sexist comments or treat women's bodies like public property.

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Sports
9:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Football Coach Search at UK; Cards & Cats Basketball News

Friday on Byline, we spoke with WDRB's Eric Crawford and Lexington Herald-Leader sports reporter Mark Story about the search for a replacement for coach Joker Phillips at University of Kentucky's football program.  They also discuss early season impressions of men's basketball teams from UK and UofL.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Comer: Marijuana Votes in Other States Bolster Kentucky Hemp Efforts

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The push for hemp in Kentucky is getting a bump from other states' efforts to legalize the plant's unsavory cousin, a Kentucky official said.

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