Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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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
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

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

An internet speed test
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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

Greg Fischer
Credit Louisville Metro Government

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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Education
3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Principal of Struggling Myers Middle School Won't Be Back Next Year

Myers Middle School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Following a recommendation from the Kentucky Education Education, Myers Middle School will have a new principal by the 2014-2015 school year.

The Jefferson County Board of Education had an opportunity to appeal the decision, but will not be taking any action, a district spokesman said.

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Local News
7:20 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Report: FBI Memo Outlines Situation Before Last Month's Violence in Downtown Louisville

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More arrests have been made from an outbreak of teenage violence that wreaked havoc on a Saturday night last month in downtown Louisville.

The recent arrests include two male juveniles.  One of which is a 15-year-old, the other is a 14-year-old.

Since they are both juveniles, their names were not released.  The 15-year-old will face charges of robbery and rioting.  The 14-year-old will face charges of robbery, rioting, burglary and possible additional charges, said Phil Russell, a spokesman for Louisville Metro Police.

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Education
6:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower

The first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby Elementary School.
Credit Amber Sigman/WFPL News

Earlier this year, Kentucky released results of screeners meant to show what percentage of this year's kindergartners entered with the skills needed for school.

The results showed vast differences in "kindergarten readiness" in children coming from Louisville's many neighborhoods.

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