Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Local News
8:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage

It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.  What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.

But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.

“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said.  “If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”

And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.

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Education
11:25 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.)

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Louisville families now have an idea of what supplies kids need for public school.

Jefferson County Public School on Friday released a much-anticipated list of fundamental school supplies for the 2014-15 academic year.

Most students go back to school on Aug. 13.

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Education
6:54 am
Fri July 25, 2014

15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

For the first time, Jefferson County Public Schools will have mental health counselors based in schools.

Fifteen will be added to school buildings in the upcoming academic year.

The counselors will supplement other services provided to students, like Seven Counties Services,  and take some of the workload away from school guidance counselors, said said Michelle Sircy, the district’s counselor specialist. 

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville

Shaikh Kabir Helminski shares a song from the Sufism tradition of a Sema ceremony while Nicole Kowalczyk dances.
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Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a daylong fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.

At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition

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Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.

More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.

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Local News
9:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S.

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Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.

That is according to an article published today on ESPN.com that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.

Here's the article.

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Local News
8:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council

An Internet speed test
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A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.

The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.

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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.
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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

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

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.
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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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