Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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12:48 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Free Saturday Parking Will Expire Soon in Louisville

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Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

  Shawn Beirne always tells people that come into his small  Fourth Street clothing boutique on Saturdays to feed the meter.

“Because I don’t want people to get tickets,” he said.

But for years the probability of being ticketed for parking at an expired meter on a Saturday has been slim.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Jefferson County Sheriff Stocks Up Through Federal Miltary Surplus Program

A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office cruiser parked in front of City Hall in downtown Louisville.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

A national conversation about the militarization of police has sprung up amid the recent unrest and protests over the police shooting of a teen in Missouri.

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Education
11:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Keep Property Tax Rate Unchanged

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim speaks Monday night to the school board before the property tax vote.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to leave its property tax rate unchanged for the new fiscal year.

That means the current rate of 71 cents per $100 of a resident’s assessed property value will not change.  At that rate, a person who owns real estate valued at $100,000 would pay $710 annually in tax.

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Local News
3:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Louisville Muslims Denounce Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Territory controlled by ISIS.
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Leaders in Louisville’s Islamic community are publicly condemning the actions of the extremist militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—or ISIS.

The U.S. government considers ISIS to be a terrorist organization, and the group’s fighters are responsible for the death of thousands of civilians on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

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Education
6:56 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As School Board Considers Tax Tonight, Hargens Says JCPS Must be 'Stewards of Every Dollar'

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said the district increasing taxes just to boost revenue would not be responsible, even though it faces a near $20-million budget deficit.

“We have to be stewards of every dollar,” Hargens told WFPL on Friday. 

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Local News
1:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

KET Documentary Explores the Necessity of Sleep For Kentuckians

A recent Forecastle Fest-goer took a rest.
Credit Eleanor Hasken / Louisville Public Media

Sleep is essential to be a functioning human—that is no mystery—and the matter of whether people get enough of it has been a recent topic of conversation. 

On Thursday, we reported on a study that found adequate sleep is essential for academic success among elementary school students. And on Monday, Kentucky Educational Television will air a documentary that examines the health risks of sleep deprivation and ways people can sleep better.

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Education
8:13 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Kentucky Seeks Applicants For Statewide Student Council

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The Kentucky Department of Education is looking to fill open seats on a statewide student council that offers feedback to state education leaders.

The Next-Generation Student Council is made up of 11 high school students in grades 10 through 12 from a diverse geographic area of the state, said Nancy Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Education Department.

Rodriguez said state education officials value the student feedback, and the council is meant to serve as a voice for the student body throughout the state.

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Education
4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Early School Start Times Lead To Lower Test Scores, Study Says

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Students attending Kentucky elementary schools with early start times fare worse than students who start school later, according to a report recently published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Educational Psychology.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University, collected 2011-2012 school year data from 718 Kentucky elementary schools, representing every school district in the state, according to Peggy Keller, lead researcher and UK psychology assistant professor.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Kentucky's Grand Champ of Hams Nets $2 Million at Auction

Credit Jacob Ryan / WFPL

Ronnie Drennan rubbed some salt and sugar into a ham about nine months ago and knew this was the start of something good.

He didn't know it was $2 million worth of good. That's the price tag his country ham snared Thursday morning in an auction at the Kentucky State Fair.

The auction of the state's "grand champion" ham is an annual tradition and the money goes to the charity of the winning bidder's choice. This year, the 16-pound piece of pork went to a group including owners of Louisville's Hermitage Farms, Bridgeman Foods and Republic Bank.

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Education
7:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCPS Officials to Recommend No Property Tax Increase for 2014-15

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will recommend that the district's real estate and property tax rates remain unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year, JCPS said in a statement released late Wednesday.

If the school board approves, the rate will stay .71 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means resident whose property's value is assessed at $100,000 will pay $710 to JCPS for the year. The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on the proposal at Monday evening's meeting after a public hearing.

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