Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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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

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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

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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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Education
7:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study Says Kentucky Arts Education Access 'Meets or Exceeds' Region, But The Sample Size Is Question

The Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

A regional study says Kentucky public school students have more access to arts education programs than students in nine other southeastern states, but Kentucky Arts Council officials question the data used in the report.

The report was released last month by South Arts, an organization that works to enhance the public value of arts in the South.

About 27 percent of Kentucky's K-12 public schools responded—near the average for other states involved in the study (29 percent). 

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Local News
7:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Louisvillians Watch the U.S.-Germany World Cup Match

Jackson Watkins, 10, cheers during the USA vs. Germany World Cup game at 4th Street Live.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

For soccer fans, it was a huge match-up.

The United States men's national soccer team didn't necessarily need a victory Thursday to advance in the World Cup—but fans really, really wanted a win against the high-profile team from Germany.

More than 200 fans chanted and cheered during the afternoon match as they watched on the megascreen at Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville.

The U.S. lost, but the team still advances into the round of 16.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Expected To Be Released This Summer

Steve Conrad
Credit File photo

The results of a  year-long study to determine whether Louisville Metro Police officers racially profile when making traffic stops should be available “later this summer,” police officials said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict four young African-American men on multiple charges, including robbery, stemming from the March 22 mob violence in downtown Louisville.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

What Beecher Terrace Residents and Neighbors Say About the Complex's Possible Demolition

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Mayor Greg Fischer's office and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority plan to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to demolish the largest remaining public housing complex in the city.

The preliminary plan for Beecher Terrace has the support of one west Louisville community group as a way to economically improve the area, but an affordable housing advocate argues that the plan puts real estate over improving quality neighborhoods for the poor.

Some Beecher Terrace residents tell WFPL that investment in the complex would help improve the area—not destroying it.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Kentucky's Teacher Education Efforts Get Mixed Results, Study Says

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The programs that aim to prepare Kentucky teachers for the classroom got mixed reviews in a study by the National Council on Teacher Equality.

The council reviewed 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs around the country.

In Kentucky, 47 programs were evaluated at 37 different post secondary institutions.

For a full review of the Kentucky programs that were evaluated, go here.

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