Jacob Ryan

Urban Affairs Reporter

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

City Continues To Open Data To Public

Residents in Louisville now have access to more city-related data than ever before.

City officials have increased the amount of open data by nearly 200 percent in just a year’s time, according to the inaugural Open Data Report by Metro Technology Services.

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Education
12:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

When You Vote For a School Board, What Are You Voting For?

Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

When voters head to the polls next week they will be tasked with working their way through one of the longest ballots in years.

Many of the public offices up for election next week come with recognizable duties, like judges and the mayor—but not all.

The school board, for instance, is one of those offices.

“I guess they’re supposed to make decisions to benefit the students, I don’t even know,” said Sabrina Corbin, a parent of a JCPS student at Lincoln Elementary, the district’s magnet school for the arts.

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Local News
10:06 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Crime Monitoring Center Allows Police To Keep Watch on Much of Louisville

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

A new crime monitoring center was eerily quiet Tuesday afternoon as a report of a shooting in west Louisville came in across the police scanner—but officials say it very soon could begin providing authorities with useful information in real time during those types of situations.

The center, coming with a price tag of nearly $400,000, gives a set of civilian analysts the ability to monitor 82 cameras across the city and contact police with information regarding criminal activity or an ongoing investigation.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Louisville's Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates First Graduating Class

Rick Campbell accepts his graduation certificate from Judge David Holton. Campbell is a member of the first graduating class of the Jefferson County Veteran's Treatment Court.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Rick Campbell’s life is slowly coming back together.

He nearly lost everything, including his life, from chronic alcohol abuse triggered by a powerful depression that began after he left active duty in the Air Force. He didn’t die, but he got divorced and his relationship with his daughter, Angela, shattered. He said he was also charged with driving under the influence.

“I was just sitting around drinking myself away,” he said.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Few TARC Stops Are Sheltered—and Adding Many More Is Unlikely

An uncovered TARC stop on Market Street.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

With her back turned, Jo Ann Smith couldn't see if the approaching bus was the one she was waiting for.

Her bus would come from the west, but standing at the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway, she positioned herself to the east because on Monday the blustery wind was full of leaves. She didn’t want a face full of fall foliage.

Leaves and the wind, she said, weren't so bad.  The temperature was warm, and when she gets on the bus she could always just brush debris off her sweater and put her disheveled hair back in place.

Other days, however, it can be bad.

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Education
11:09 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

JCPS 'Not Doing a Good Enough Job' In Minority Teacher Hiring, District Official Says

Credit JCPS

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are looking to hire more non-white teachers.

Since 2008, minority teachers have accounted for just about 16 percent of the total teaching staff in JCPS, according to district data discussed Monday at the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting.

Minority students, on the other hand, make up a majority of the student population in JCPS at about 52 percent, according to district data.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Jefferson County School Board to Look at Hiring Trends

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

 The Jefferson County Board of Education tonight will examine teaching staff hiring trends at its regular board meeting.

Currently, more than 6,500 certified teachers are employed by Jefferson County Public Schools; minorities account for 15 percent of teaching staff, according to JCPS.

Minorities account for most of JCPS’ student population—nearly 52,000 are minority, about 49,000 are white.

District officials will be looking at possible strategies to boost the number of minority teaching applicants and minority employment levels.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun October 26, 2014

What Could Come Next Following the Release of Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study

Dominique Frierson
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott said there needs to be an honest conversation about racial bias when it comes to police in Louisville.

“With a police force that’s 85 percent white we cannot act like there is no racial bias, at all, that’s just not realistic,” she told WFPL on Friday.

Scott said the results of a yearlong study that examined the use of bias when Louisville police make traffic stops gave her “pause.”

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Local News
2:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

African American Drivers More Likely To Be Searched, Arrested by Louisville Metro Police

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said a report released Friday looking into officers' potential bias when making traffic stops “provides no definitive conclusions" on racial profiling.

But, he added that “there are areas of concern.” 

Included in those “areas of concern” is the higher rate at which African American residents stopped by police are searched, which, at 13.7 percent, is nearly double that of white drivers (7.6 percent), according to a report.

Hispanic drivers stopped by police are searched 9.2 percent of the time.

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Local News
10:37 am
Fri October 24, 2014

An Early Look at the Louisville Metro Police Racial Profiling Study

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Update: Here's the full story on the report.  

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police on Friday released the long-awaited study into whether officers racially profile in making traffic stops.

WFPL's Jacob Ryan is at a news conference Friday morning where the study is being released and discussed:

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