Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
8:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Two Concepts Win the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Updated: The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously chose two concepts—the Catalpa School and the Louisville Reach Academy—as the winners of the School of Innovation competition.

For Abby Terranova and three other JCPS teachers who formed the Catalpa School concept, the cheers from the roughly 100 people at Monday's meeting were nine months in the making.

“It’s been a longtime dream of all of ours,” she said.

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Education
3:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Filing Deadline Ends for Jefferson County Board of Education Seats

Credit JCPS

Update 5 p.m. Tuesday:  2 File to Run Against Haddad 

Two more candidates filed to run for Jefferson County Board of Education before the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Lisa Willner and Patrick John Hughes filed paperwork to challenge longtime board member Carol Haddad, who serves District 6.

Willner, a Bellarmine University psychology professor, is the executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association. She said she was prompted to run after seeing the results earlier this year of a state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools.

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Education
1:35 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

JCPS Wants Students Registered Before the First Day of School

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools got 589  elementary school applications in the first five days of the 2013-14 academic year, a school district spokesman said. That was up from 409  the year before.

The first day of the JCPS 2014-15 school year is Wednesday.

The process of registering on the first day can create issues for educators and incoming students, said Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesman. Students who are not registered when classes begin can lead to a loss of educational time.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Jefferson County Board of Education to Choose School of Innovation

Credit File photo

The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected during Monday's meeting to choose a winner for the Schools of Innovation competition. 

The competition called for community members to submit proposals for a new public school concept. It began in December after the state designated Jefferson County Public Schools a Kentucky District of Innovation, which allows it to forego certain state education rules.

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Education
7:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Some JCPS Students Will Get Fresh Fruit and Veggies For Free

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jefferson County Public School students at 29 schools will get a fresh afternoon snack several days per week this school year.

Last year, 35 JCPS schools were able to take part, but number of schools applying from low income, rural areas has increased with the program’s popularity, said Andrea Wright, the coordinator of nutrition initiatives for JCPS.

The schools are among 137 schools in Kentucky taking part in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program—an effort to combat childhood obesity. 

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Local News
12:44 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Louisville, National League of Cities Join For Initiative To Boost African-American Achievement

Lance Newman addressed the crowd with Councilwoman Attica Scott, Leon Andrews and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Being a young African-American man in Louisville is no different than in other large American cities—there are barriers, said 26-year-old Lance Newman.

“It’s interesting how you leap over or get caught behind those barriers,” Newman said.

Efforts to break down those barriers are the focus of a new initiative Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week.

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Local News
7:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

On the 'Front Line' of Prescription Drug Abuse, Kentucky Gets $1 Million From CDC To Fight Overdoses

Credit Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending more than $1 million to Kentucky to combat a rising prescription drug overdose death epidemic, the federal agency announced Tuesday evening.

WFPL reported last week that overdose deaths related to heroin are continuing to rise. The state's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet reports these deaths have spiked 27 percent in just three years.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

2 LEO Weekly Staff Writers Decline to Sign Contracts, But New Owner Says He's Confident They'll Stay

Credit Eleanor Hasken/WFPL

Just days after a round of layoffs at LEO Weekly, concerns on Monday shifted to the future of the remaining editorial staff.

Peter Berkowitz and Joe Sonka, the only staff members left in LEO's editorial department, declined to sign new contracts Monday morning as requested during a staff meeting, said Aaron Yarmuth, the alternative weekly's new owner and the son of the publication's founder, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.

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Politics
11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Listen: Sounds of Fancy Farm Heckling From the Middle of the Crowd

Supporters for Mitch McConnell, in red and Alison Lundergan-Grimes, in blue, gather before the political speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News
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Politics
7:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Fancy Farm: 60 Pounds of Beans Fuel Kentucky Political Rally

The food served at the Democrat's Marshall County bean supper.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

GILBERTSVILLE — The focus of the annual Fancy Farm picnic is the political speeches.

But that's Saturday night.

The night before, Democrats gathered for their traditional  pre-Fancy Farm bean dinner — more than 60 pounds of beans were consumed by nearly 500 people at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center.

Chef Richard Lindsay said the planning and organizing for the bean dinner began months in advance with orders and estimates, but the cooking is a one day affair.

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