Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
11:41 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

JCPS' School of Innovation Discussion Lingers On

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Board of Education members want to continue the discussion on plans to create two new schools based on proposals from community members.

At a meeting Monday evening, the school board scheduled a third special work session—on Oct. 13—on the School of Innovation competition winners.

District officials' presentation on the proposals for the winning Schools of Innovation concepts at a Sept. 22 meeting ran too long, leaving some board members with unanswered questions.

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Education
11:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jefferson County School Board To Finalize Budget

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The Jefferson County Board of Education will cast its final vote on Monday evening on the school district’s 2014-2015 budget.

The proposed working budget for the 2014-2015 school year is just more than $1.4 billion, according to district data.

District officials have been working to finalize the budget since the beginning of the calendar year.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

More Than $97 Million in Delinquent Child Support Being Sought By Jefferson County Attorney

Credit County Attorney Office

More women than ever are behind on their child support payments, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said on Thursday. 

Women make up about 10 percent of the people on the annual published list of delinquent child support obligors in Jefferson County, which will be released Sunday. You can see the list for yourself by clicking here.

Just more than $5 million is owed by the 400 women on the list, O’Connell said.  

For the 3,436  men on the list, $92 million is owed.  

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Local News
11:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

ReSurfaced Brings the Party To Vacant Space in Downtown Louisville

The "ReSurfaced" space.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

Starting this weekend, a vacant portion of Main Street will become an event space featuring drinks, movies, music and more.  

The organizers call the project ReSurfaced. Through “low-cost investments,” 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville has become a pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe and event space, according to the iwebsite.

ReSurfaced starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will continue every Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 25.

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Education
3:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Here's What the University of Louisville's $1 Billion Research Park Could Look Like

Credit Stengel-Hill Artchitecture

The 39-acre research park planned for University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus is beginning to take shape.

On Thursday, school officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear unveiled architectural renderings of what the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park could look like when construction is completed.

Here are some of the renderings.

Neville Pinto, dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, stressed these renderings are preliminary.  An architect has yet to be selected.

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Education
5:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Says Higher Education Will Endure 'Hell Week' of Budget Cuts

University of Louisville President at a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this year.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

State budget cuts to higher education are poised to create challenges for the University of Louisville, school president James Ramsey said Wednesday.

At the annual State of the University address, Ramsey said dwindling resources have ended a “period of privilege for higher education.”

“This new reality has shifted our conversations at UofL to how can we continue our amazing academic trajectory with less public support,” he said at Wednesday’s address.

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Local News
7:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Examining Accused Murderer Joseph Oberhansley's Troubled Past

Credit Clark County Jail

Brenda Self said her son, alleged murder Joseph Oberhansley, is not a violent man. 

Yet he's been accused of violence before, and the latest accusation against him has drawn national attention.

Oberhansley, 33, was charged last week in the gruesome murder of his 46-year-old girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton. Authorities allege he removed, cooked and ate some of her organs, according to The Courier-Journal.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Company Gets Preliminary Selection to Install, Operate Tolls on New Ohio River Bridges

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

A Virginia company is close to securing a seven-year, $39-million contract to install and operate tolling systems for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The bi-state joint board for the project on Monday selected Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS as the preferred choice for installation of the electronic tolls that will be placed on the downtown and East End crossings, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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Education
11:34 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Kentucky School Test Results Expected No Later Than October 1, Education Commissioner Says

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said the unusually high number of snow days last school year means the release of school report cards will be delayed. 

Last year, snow days led some schools to delay testing students, Holliday told WFPL in a recent interview. State education officials had hoped to release the data earlier in the school year than it had in the past, but Holliday now expects the report cards to be released to the public no later than October 1.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Potential Toll Provider For Ohio River Bridges Project to be Chosen Monday

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The process of selecting a contractor to install the tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project takes another step Monday.

The joint board for the bridges project will identify a potential toll systems provider, said Chuck Wolfe, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Before any contract is signed a public hearing must be held, which Wolfe said will most likely happen at the end of this month. Toll collection is scheduled to begin  in 2016. Wolfe said installing the system well ahead of that date is imperative to establish proper functionality.

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