Jacob Ryan

Urban Affairs Reporter

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL.

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Local News
5:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Louisville Metro Animal Services Gets New Leadership

Credit @louisvillmayor

Louisville Metro Animal Services is slated for new leadership nearly 17 months after the departure of the previous permanent director.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that Jessica Jo Montgomery will take the helm of LMAS and will begin her new role this week.  Justin Scally resigned from the post in May 2013 to accept a job in Washington, D.C. 

Fischer said there “was no hurry” to find a replacement for Scally during the past several months. 

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Local News
12:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Smoketown Residents Lack Access to Services, Struggle With Vacant Properties, Report Says

Boarded up and empty houses pepper the Smoketown neighborhood.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A pattern of urban neglect—vacant houses, a lack of access to to services—has the potential to spoil Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood, according to a report released Tuesday.

At least, what’s left of it. 

More than 100 Smoketown properties are considered vacant or abandoned by Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations, according to results from the Vision Smoketown survey.

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Education
6:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Takeaways From the Jefferson County School Board Candidates Forum

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Board of Education candidates discussed topics ranging from low-performing schools to charter schools in a forum Tuesday.

Candidates seeking to represent districts 3, 5 and 6 spoke in hour-long slots dedicated to each race. (District 1 is also up for election, but incumbent Diane Porter is running unopposed and she did not participate in the forum.)

Here is a breakdown of some of the issues the candidates hit on during the forum, which was organized by the Parent Teacher Association's 15th district and moderated by WFPL's Devin Katayama.

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Local News
11:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky ACLU Asks Attorney General for Help Getting LMPD Racial Profiling Study

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is appealing to Attorney General Jack Conway for help in getting the release of Louisville Metro Police's racial profiling study.

Last week, a Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman told WFPL the study is still under review.

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

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Education
7:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Candidates to Meet Today at PTA-Sponsored Forum

School board district map with current board members.
Credit http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Board/BoardMap/Board_District_Map.html

Candidates for the the Jefferson County Board of Education will sit Tuesday evening for a panel discussion two weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Candidates from JCPS’ 3rd, 5th and 6th district will attend the forum. (Diane Porter, who represents District 1, is running unopposed for re-election.)

The district 3 seat is being vacated this year by incumbent Debbie Wesslund.  Linda Duncan and Carol Haddad, representing the 5th and 6th districts, will be defending their seats.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

5 Takeaways from Forum on the Struggles of Louisville's Inner-City Youths

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

What issues do Louisville's inner-city youths face and how can the community help? Those were some of the topics in the first in a series of forums Sunday addressing Louisville inner-city youths. 

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Kentucky Spending on Public Education Lower Than Recession Levels

Credit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky.

In fact, the results of a recent report from the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the state spends $561 less per student in fiscal year 2015 than in fiscal year 2008. Adjusting for inflation, the rate is about 11 percent less than than the 2008 rate.

State legislators are slowly turning the rate around, said Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association.

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Local News
7:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Results of Survey Detailing Smoketown Residents' Concerns Due Out Tuesday

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

A report due out Tuesday evening aims to detail Smoketown residents' thoughts and aspirations for their neighborhood.

The Vision Smoketown report is the result of a 51-question survey administered to 140 households in the Smoketown neighborhood by members of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, or KFTC.

“It definitely looks to the future of the neighborhood,” said Ryan Fenwick, a spokesperson for KFTC.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Forum To Address Issues Plaguing Inner City Youth in Louisville

Eddie Moore Jr., right
Credit www.eddiemoorejr.com

Eddie Moore Jr. knows it takes more than talk to influence young people into making decisions that set them up for success.

“What I try to do for young people is not just talking about it, but being about it,” he said.

Moore, the executive director of The Privilege Institute, said he works everyday to “be about it” through his work. 

He travels the country looking to show young people and communities the value in diversity through the elimination of oppression.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Louisville Seminary Student Among Those Arrested During Ferguson Protests

David Wigger
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

David Wigger said his faith took him earlier this week to Ferguson, Mo., and his crossing of a police line put him under arrest.

“We just walked between two officers, past them,” said Wigger, a student at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

He alleged an officer told him to stop, but Wigger kept going, flanked by a group of fellow clergy members. He said he told the officer he would not comply with his command to stop.  The group took a few more steps before being apprehended, according to Wigger.

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