Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
1:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Louisville Male High Principal, Others Face Discipline For ACT Cheating Scandal

Male High School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Three Louisville Male High School staff members, including the principal, could have their teaching certificates revoked or face other disciplinary measures following a state investigation outlining cheating on a state test at the school.

The Kentucky Education Department report released Monday said Male High Principal David Mike, counselor Rhonda Branch and teacher Debbie Greenberg intentionally “failed to ensure the integrity” of the school’s administration of the ACT Compass test.  

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Education
12:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

In 1880, Louisville Men Became The First Americans To Do A 100-Mile Bicycle Ride

This isn't Anderson or Schimpler, most likely, but the bicycle is similar to the one the men rode in 1880. It is called a penny farthing.
Credit Louisville Bicycle Club

The Tour de France began Saturday in Leeds, England.  The 21-day race traverses more than 2,200 miles and the riders will average 107 miles on the bike every day.

Though no Louisvillian has ever raced in the Tour de France, two Louisville men are known to be the first Americans to ride at least 100 miles on a bicycle in less than 24 hours.

In 1880, Henry Schimpler and Orville Anderson rode their penny-farthings from Louisville to Frankfort and back for a total of 104 miles and a place in the history books.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Says Demolishing Beecher Terrace Would Take Time

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The plans to tear down Louisville's largest remaining public housing complex will take at least a decade to be finalized, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Talks began last week about razing Beecher Terrace, a 760-unit complex near Ninth Street and Muhammad Ali Blvd in West Louisville.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisville Educator, Youth Advocate Ed White Receives National Award

Ed White
Credit Ron Burgis of Glory Days

Ed White helped create the River City Drum Corps more than 20 years ago.  Since then, he has been working with young people across the state to help tear down racial barriers through music and cultural education.

His efforts have been recognized on the local and state levels. Now, White has been honored on the national stage.  

On Wednesday, White was one of 12 recipients of the National Education Association’s annual Human and Civil Rights Awards.

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Local News
8:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work

Credit Jay Gorman/Creative Commons

Jean Lonergan has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.  She had knee surgery about a decade ago.  She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.

The 71-year-old Louisville resident said she is “fairly savvy” when it comes to dealing with salespeople—but a few weeks ago she invited a medical supplies salesman into her home.

When the salesman left, Lonergan was the new owner of a back brace she didn’t need.

“I knew the thing wasn’t going to work,” she said. 

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Local News
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Louisville Shouldn't Make Cyclists Pay a Fee, Mayor Greg Fischer Says

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer does not support a tax or licensing fee on cyclists in the city.

In an hour long interview Monday with WFPL, Fischer said city leaders should encourage people to bike more often—not worry about getting revenue from cyclists.

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Local News
7:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S. Team's World Cup Loss Leaves Fans in Louisville Disappointed

A USA fan reacts to Belgium scoring their first goal while watching the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match at Fourth Street Live.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The United States men's soccer team tried to prolong its World Cup run Tuesday against Belgium.

With the match underway a continent away, a throng of fans gathered at Louisville Fourth Street Live. They watched every kick, shove and flop on a mega-screen,  cheering  each of goalkeeper Tim Howard's saves and jeering Belgium's two goals.

When the final whistle sealed the U.S.A's fate, fans left Fourth Street disappointed in the loss.

Here is what a few of them had to say:

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Education
8:01 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Humana Co-Founder David Jones Gives $1 Million to Louisville Catholic Schools

David A. Jones
Credit www.miis.edu

David A. Jones is giving $1 million to the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville to help families cover tuition costs for parochial schools.

Jones, the co-founder of Humana, said he wanted to provide support for students interested in pursuing an education through the Catholic school system.

“The Catholic schools over the years have been very steady and they turn out good product and I just want to help more people have the opportunity to have that kind of education, if they choose it,” he said.

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Local News
6:58 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Influx of Young Refugees Pinches Kentucky Refugee Services' Budget

Credit kyrm.org

An increase of undocumented children coming into America is expected to reduce the funding for services available to displaced people living in Kentucky and across the U.S.

Kentucky Office for Refugees officials expect to see a $2.28 million cut in federal funding to provide refugees in Kentucky with services such as English language learning, career development and housing placement. 

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