Jacob Ryan

Staff reporter

Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.


8:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Fern Creek High Students Express Safety Concerns Following Shooting

Students wait for their parents to pick them up from after a shooting at Fern Creek High School.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. That is, they sounded like gunshots, but he didn’t think it was real.

“It is something that you wouldn’t think would happen because Fern Creek was such a good school,” he said.

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10:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Virtual Job Fair Aims For Re-Enrolling Kentuckians Who Quit College

A virtual college fair on Tuesday gives former students in Kentucky help getting back into school to finish their degree program.

Project Graduate is a collaboration between Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education and public colleges and universities to make re-enrolling in college easier for adults and former students. 

Prospective students who participate in the virtual fair will be connected to college advisors who will answer questions via text and video chat, said Sue Patrick, a spokeswoman for the Council on Postsecondary Education.

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4:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

KET Documentary Looks To Inspire Former Students To 'Drop Back In'

Hasan Davis
Credit KET

In 2013 4,750 students dropped out of Kentucky high schools.  That’s enough students to fill the state’s largest high school, Henry Clay in Lexington, twice.

But it is also the lowest number of high school dropouts in Kentucky since 2009, and it’s a number that makes Hasan Davis hopeful.

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1:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Toll Operator For Ohio River Bridge

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The Indiana Finance Authority is seeking public input today regarding the proposal to hire a Virginia-based company to install and manage electronic tolls on the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Earlier this month, a bistate joint board  proposed hiring Kapsch TrafficCom to maintain tolling collection operations.

Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said public comment is an important part of the selection process.

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6:42 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Sons of American Revolution Open Downtown Louisville Headquarters

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

  The Sons of the American Revolution have a new downtown headquarters.

The national organization cut the ribbon last week for the opening of its new national office on Museum Row in downtown Louisville. The space will boast an American Revolution museum and a genealogical library where people can find aid in their search for family history.

Sam Powell, the President of the SAR Foundation, the group's fundraising arm, said the opening of the new facility was 14 years in the making.

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5:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Louisville Metro Police Identify Officer Who Shot, Killed Man

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Louisville Metro Police on Friday identified Marc Christiansen as the officer who fatally shot a 28-year-old Louisville man earlier this week. 

Christiansen shot John Jolley Jr. early Tuesday after the officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Police officials, speaking at a news conference Friday afternoon, said Jolley pointed a handgun at Christiansen. Christiansen fired eight times, striking Jolley in the head and torso, according to police. Jolley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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10:52 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Kentucky's Student Loan Default Rate Is 4th-Highest In the U.S., Report Says

Somerset Community College's Laurel campus
Credit Somerset Community College

Kentuckians default on student loans at one of the highest rates in the U.S.

About 11,700 people had defaulted on student loans they were supposed to begin repaying in 2011 for attending a Kentucky college, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. 

That puts Kentucky's default rate at 17.5.

The national average is 13.7.

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6:53 am
Wed September 24, 2014

'Broken Sidewalk' Returns to Exploring Urbanism in Louisville

Credit BrokenSidewalk.com

Branden Klayko boils down the entire scope of city life in one word—urbanism.

“Urbansim affects every different part of city life,” Klayko said on Monday.  “Whether it’s how you get around the city, whether it’s health, sustainability, the environment.”

And it was Klayko’s observations of urbanism in Louisville that inspired him in 2008 to create BrokenSidewalk.com.  The site focused heavily on Louisville’s neighborhoods, transportation and architecture.

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5:02 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

Chief Steve Conrad
Credit File photo

In June, Louisville Metro Police indicated that a long-awaited racial profiling study may be made available by the end of summer.

That did not happen. 

The study will look at whether police racially profile when making traffic stops. Data on every traffic stop from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 was collected for use in the study, said Deborah Keeling, the study’s lead researcher and the chair of the University of Louisville Justice Administration department.

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4:36 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisville Metro Police Investigating After Officer Fatally Shoots Man

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Louisville Metro Police are investigating a police shooting early Tuesday that left a man dead.

At a news conference later Tuesday, Chief Steve Conrad said the officer “perceived a threat” after responding to a report of a domestic dispute on the 900 block of Esquire Alley near Broadway and Ninth Street.

Just after midnight, the officer arrived in the alley, where a man with a gun was arguing with a woman, who was holding a child, Conrad said.

The man allegedly pointed the gun in the direction of the officer—the officer fired several shots, he said.

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