Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Local News
8:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth

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Concerns for what some are calling a community of troubled youth has led the creation of a weekly event where young people can express themselves at a Louisville Highlands neighborhood business.

Expressions of You was once a long-running poetry slam series in west Louisville, and the people behind the event have decided it’s time to bring it back.

The series aims to attract at-risk young people and others affected by youth crime. 

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Education
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Struggling Myers Middle School May Be Nixed To Make Space For Growing JCPS Programs

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Myers Middle School may be a middle school no more come August.

The struggling middle school is one of the lowest performing schools in the state and has been the focus of multiple transformation models aimed at boosting the school's level of achievement.

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Education
7:32 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct

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After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district's code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval.

Composed of school administrators, teachers, parents and a student, the committee was assembled to refine the code of conduct in a way that would decrease suspension rates—keeping students in class while maintaining a safe school environment.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory

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A collaboration between the University of Louisville and General Electric announced this week will create a new paradigm of manufacturing, said the dean of UofL's Speed School of Engineering.

The FirstBuild program is being called “cutting edge” by its collaborators and will give UofL engineering students  the opportunity to gain practical training as they refine existing GE products, such as kitchen ranges and other appliances, university officials said.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Features Mine That Bird's Unlikely Kentucky Derby Victory

Chip Woolley and Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs
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When the thoroughbred Mine That Bird entered the starting gate at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the odds certainly were not in his favor.

Being ridden by renowned jockey Calvin Borel, the horse was nearly eight lengths behind the field at one point of the race.  But, just as trainer Chip Woolley began losing hope, Mine That Bird made a move.

Here is the memorable race:

“It got better as it went along,” Wooley said.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Louisville Takes a Step in Quest for Faster Internet

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Louisville officials are taking another step in an effort to bring ultra high speed internet service to the city.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The University of Louisville Has 25,000 Rodents on Its Health Sciences Campus. (For Research.)

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The University of Louisville's health sciences campus has thousands of rats and mice—and officials are not only OK with it, but they're planning to soon get the rodents new homes through an allotment from the Kentucky General Assembly.

That's because medical breakthroughs that have come from the University of Louisville were due, in large part, to those rats and mice.

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Education
7:40 am
Sun April 13, 2014

UofL, JCTC Want People Who've Done the Coursework to Get Their Associates Degrees

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The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College want to add to the city's 55,000 Degrees initiative by granting associates degrees to transfer students who've already done the coursework but never got around to applying for the two-year degree.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer Asks People to Go Gun-Free at Thunder Over Louisville

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Mayor Greg Fischer is making a special request for the 600,000-plus expected Saturday on the waterfront for Thunder Over Louisville.

In the wake of youth violence last month in downtown Louisville, Fischer has requested that Thunder attendees leave guns at home in an effort to promote a safe environment at the fireworks and air show.

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Education
5:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

University of Louisville Met Its $1-Billion Fundraising Goal

The University of Louisville got contributions from 75,000 donors from every state and every Kentucky county to meet its $1-billion fundraising campaign, school officials announced Thursday.

The Charting Our Course campaign began in 2007.

UofL President James Ramsey said he did not expect the funds to be raised so quickly.

"At the time, a billion dollars sounded overwhelming," he said.

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