Jacob Ryan

Urban Affairs Reporter

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kentucky Among Worst States In Accessibility for Poor, Disabled in Criminal Justice, Study Says

Credit National Center for Access to Justice

Kentucky is among the worst states in the U.S. at providing vulnerable populations with accessibility to critical elements of the justice system, according to the Justice Index study released this month by the National Center for Access to Justice.

The vulnerable populations include the poor, disabled and non-English speakers. The study says they're more likely to lack access to legal representation, self-representation supports, assistance for non-English speakers and supports for people with disabilities.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

If You Work in Downtown Louisville You Probably Drive—and You May Have Concerns About Alternatives

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City officials want fewer downtown Louisville workers commuting by car, especially those that do so alone.

About 65,000 people work in the downtown area and a recent survey found that nearly 78 percent made the commute alone in a vehicle.  About 7 percent ride with a friends or family.

Patti Clare, the director of multi-modal transportation for Vision Louisville, said an ongoing initiative called Move Louisville is aimed at addressing the issues related to getting around the city. One of the strategic goals is to “decrease that percentage of people that drive alone.”

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky Derby Julep Ball is No More

Kentucky Derby eve won’t be the same this Spring.

The annual Julep Ball, hosted since 2009 by the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center, has been discontinued.

More than $1.5 million had been raised to support cancer research efforts since the Julep Ball and the event’s predecessor, the Mint Jubilee, were held, according to a news release from the center.

The resources behind the ball's production and effort became too great, Michael Neumann, executive director of development for the cancer center, said in a released statement.

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Local News
1:03 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Louisville Gets State's Highest Rating For LGBT Supports, Report Says

Credit Human Rights Commission

Kentucky cities are making progress toward becoming more supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign released this month.

Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Bowling Green and Owensboro were rated in the 2014 Municipal Equity Index—which this year assessed LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

What Would Happen if MSD Workers Went on Strike?

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The Metropolitan Sewer District and a group of union workers are locked in a contentious labor dispute that could lead to a strike in the coming weeks.

The MSD board on Monday rejected a contract proposal from the workers represented by LIUNA Local 576 union. The agency's executive director will now make a final contract offer by Wednesday, and the union has until Dec. 3 to respond, an MSD spokesman said. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

How Long Will Those Campaign Yard Signs Be Around in Louisville?

Yard signs waiting to be stored away.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The 2014 election season has come and gone, but the thousands of campaign signs may stick around for months.

At least that's the case in parts of Louisville.

Louisville Metro has no ordinance requiring candidates to remove the signs following Election Day. 

Campaign signs posted on private property are protected by the First Amendment, therefore cannot be regulated when on private property, according to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Forum on Impact Louisville's Urban Youth Have on Communities Set for Today

Yearlings Club
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The community discussion series focuses on urban youth with meetings—including one today—in West Louisville, but Clest Lanier wants residents to know that the topic goes far beyond the neighborhoods on that side of town.

“Everyone is affected by something that happens in our community, whether you live in the East End, the West End, the South End.  It is still one community,” said Lanier, a spokeswoman for University of Louisville’s department for international diversity and engagement programs.

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Local News
11:28 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Louisville Shelter Use Surges on These Cold Nights, but Homeless Numbers on Decline

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When the temperature drops as it has this week, local shelters are crowded with homeless men and women.

With freezing temps on the horizon, shelters such as the Wayside Christian Mission, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul have declared "Operation White Flag" nights in which they open their doors for everyone in need—regardless of bed space.

“They may not have a bed, they may just be sleeping on a cot on the floor,” said Natalie Harris, the executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.

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Education
3:55 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

93 Percent of Kentucky High School Students Have Heard Homophobic Remarks in School, Report Says

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Kentucky high schools aren't the most inviting spaces for LGBT students, according to a study released this week by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN.

Ninty-seven percent of Kentucky respondents have heard the term “gay” used in a negative way, according to the National School Climate Survey. Just less than that, 93 percent, said they have heard other homophobic remarks in a Kentucky high school.

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Education
4:27 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State Auditor Edelen Commends JCPS Action on Audit

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State Auditor Adam Edelen commended Jefferson County Public School administrators on Wednesday for their response to his audit of district finances.

“If every organization could take our findings and implement them with the earnestness and the seriousness that Jefferson County Public Schools have done, that would be very good news for the taxpayers of Kentucky,” said Edelen, speaking at the Louisville Forum on Wednesday afternoon.

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