Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sights and Sounds: What Does Forecastle Mean to Festival-Goers?

The Squallis Puppeteers' Hunter S. Thompson marches through Forecastle on Friday.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Forecastle Festival 2014 has wrapped up.

Here are reviews for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Education
6:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Why JCPS Schools Aren't Releasing Supplies Lists Yet

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are developing uniform, district-wide general lists of supplies all students will need next month when classes resume.

Schools haven't released supply lists yet, possibly to the consternation of parents wanting to get a jump start before the first day of classes on Aug. 13.

A top JCPS academic official said the general school supplies list will be beneficial to parents.

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Local News
2:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Metro Council Slows Efforts To Bring Ultra High-Speed Internet to Louisville

An Internet speed test.
Credit File photo

Efforts to begin installing ultra high-speed internet service in Louisville hit a snag at a Metro Council committee meeting this week.

The council's Public Works, Bridges and Transportation committee declined to vote Wednesday on awarding three franchise agreements to companies that wish to begin running fiber cables to residential and commercial properties.

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Education
6:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Jan Scholtz Seeks to Fill Debbie Wesslund's Jefferson County School Board Seat

Jan Scholtz
Credit www.janscholtz.com

 The ballot for the Jefferson County Board of Education's 3rd District election is beginning to take shape.

Jan Scholtz, a Louisville realtor, will seek to fill Debbie Wesslund’s seat. Wesslund announced earlier this year she would not be seeking reelection.

Related: Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education

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Local News
9:20 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Critics Lash Out Against Possible Public Housing Rent Reform Study In Louisville

Critics of the study protest during Tuesday's Metro Housing Authority meeting.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing.

Residents would not have the choice of opting out of the study, leading to opposition from some Louisville public housing residents and community groups.

Critics spoke out against the agency's possible participation in the study on Tuesday at a housing authority meeting in Louisville.

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Education
2:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

What JCPS Leaders Learned From a Week at Harvard University

Donna Hargens
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will work to improve communication between district leaders and school-level staff, addressing the big takeaway from officials' conference last week at Harvard University.

Top JCPS officials spent last week at Harvard meeting with professors in the university's education and business schools—as well as leaders from the nation’s largest school districts—to get direction on how to improve information-sharing across the school system.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

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More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Residents May Soon Need More Than a Driver's License to Get Into Some Federal Buildings

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky residents may have trouble getting into federal buildings with just their driver's license come July 21.

The Real ID Act of 2005, signed by President Bush as a means of deterring terrorism, lays out a strict set for states to issue identification, such as driver's licenses.

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Local News
6:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville One Step Closer To Ultra High Speed Internet

Internet Speed Test
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Louisville is set to award franchise agreements to three private companies looking to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to the city.

Companies have submitted proposals to install infrastructure that would support gigabit bandwidth fiber.   The service would provide access to internet speeds up to 100 times faster than what is currently being offered, according to Ted Smith, the director of the city’s Office for Economic Growth and Innovation.

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Education
8:04 am
Sun July 13, 2014

The GED Will Be Cheaper Next Year For Some Kentucky Students

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Kentucky is offering the GED test at a reduced cost for a limited time.

Test takers who qualify for the cheaper price will save $20 on each of the four required modules of the test, making the cost of individual modules $10 and the whole test $40, according to the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

To qualify, a student must meet the GED program's enrollment standards and pass a practice test, said Jacqueline Korengel, the assistant vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, part of the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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