Jacob Ryan

Staff reporter

Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.


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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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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9:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Deaths From Heroin Have Increased 27 Percent Since 2011

Credit Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Overdose deaths related to heroin use are rising in Kentucky.

The percentage of these deaths attributed to heroin has increased 27 percent since 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Of the 191 deaths from drug overdose in Jefferson County in 2013, 105 were the result of heroin use, according to the report.

Fayette County had the second highest amount of overdose deaths, with 86.

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2:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The University of Louisville Has Begun Taking Down the Silos

Work has begun to take down the silos near the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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The silos along Interstate 65 have for years tipped off motorists that they were near the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.

That ends very soon.

The demolition of the silos began this week, said Mark Hebert, a university spokesman.

The process of bringing down the 22 silos may take  several days to complete.

The silos sit on a 15-acre site that the University of Louisville Foundation purchased late last year for $3.3 million. The university  immediately announced that the structures would be removed to make way for Belknap campus expansion.

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5:27 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

University of Louisville Launches Sports Forum Series With Former NFL Quarterback Phil Simms

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Former NFL quarterback Phil Simms, a Louisville native, will be the first guest for a new University of Louisville sports forum.

The forum, called the UofL Conversations with Champions, will host well-known sports figures for a discussion on issues surrounding the sports industry.

Billy Reed, a former Courier-Journal sports editor and columnist, will moderate the forums. Reed is a UofL adjunct faculty member.

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5:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky Universities' Research Heading to the International Space Station

Credit NASA

Research efforts at the University of Louisville and other Kentucky colleges are heading to space.

A grant from NASA will allow UofL to partner with scientists and engineers from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University to send colloids to the International Space Station to answer questions related to physics and explore possibilities for the future of manufacturing, said Stuart Williams, a UofL mechanical engineering assistant professor and the project’s principal scientific investigator.

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4:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Update: Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Presbyterian Community Center Purchase

The Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown.
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Update 8 p.m.: Board OKs Purchase

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday evening unanimously approved  the purchase of the Presbyterian Community Center.

Earlier: Jefferson County Public Schools administrators tonight will ask for board approval for the purchase of the Presbyterian Community Center, which closed in late 2013 after operating for nearly 115 years.

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3:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Louisville Metro Events Offer Free School Supplies, Health Screenings

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Free school supplies and health screenings will be  available starting this week for Louisville families to help prepare students for the start of the school year.

Community centers, schools and Neighborhood Places around the city are working with the city’s Department of Community Services to provide the resources to residents at events beginning July 31 and continuing through August 9.

Debbie Belt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Community Services, said the events are essential for helping students get ready for the first day of school.

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8:31 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty?

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On Tuesday, we examined a report that said 27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty. 

The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?

A  leading cause is a lack of access to and dwindling opportunities for economic gain,  said Terry Singer, the dean of the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

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8:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage

It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.  What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.

But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.

“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said.  “If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”

And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.

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