Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kentucky Colleges Award More Degrees This Year Than Ever Before, State Says

The University of Louisville
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Kentucky’s colleges and universities awarded more degrees than ever before in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a report by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

More than 63,000 degrees and credentials were awarded during the 2013-14 school year—1.2 percent more than last year, but 60 percent more than a decade ago.

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Education
11:48 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Louisville Male High School Principal Reassigned Amid State, ACT Investigations

Male High School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Louisville Male High School's principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school's administration of the ACT test, school district officials said Monday.

Male Principal David Mike began his new role at the JCPS central office on Monday. Last week, Mike received a letter from ACT officials stating he was “no longer authorized to access, administer or oversee the administration of tests for any ACT owned or branded products.”

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Education
11:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Takes Step Toward Building New Elementary School in Norton Commons

Credit File photo

Jefferson County Public Schools has begun the process to build a new elementary school in the northeastern part of the county.

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday night approved the proposal to construct a $15 million school at Norton Commons.

The school will serve students residing in elementary school cluster 10.

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Education
10:57 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

School Board Gives JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Positive Review

Donna Hargens
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Superintendent Donna Hargens is meeting the Jefferson County Board of Education's expectations—but board members also want to hear more of her opinions on school matters.

The school board on Monday night released the findings and recommendations of its annual superintendent evaluation, outlining objectives for Hargens to pursue in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Local News
6:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Woman to Undergo Risky Facial Reconstruction Surgery Today in Louisville

Lessya Kotelevskaya, left, with her cousin, Oleg Sennik.
Credit www.uoflphysicians.com

For years, Lessya Kotelevskaya has not been able to open her jaw more than a few millimeters.

In 2001, she was misdiagnosed with terminal cancer in her jawbone by a doctor in Kazakhstan, according to University of Louisville Physicians. The treatments left her face disfigured. 

Today, Kotelevskaya will undergo a complex, possibly day-long facial reconstruction surgery.

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Local News
9:55 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Logo For Louisville City Soccer Club To Be Unveiled Sunday

Credit LouisvilleCityFC.com

Soccer fans attending the Fourth Street Live viewing party of the United States Men’s National Team's next match in the World Cup on Sunday will be be the first to see the new logo for Louisville's new professional soccer team.

USA will take on Portugal at 6 p.m. on Sunday in Manaus, Brazil. During halftime, Louisville City Football Club staff will unveil the new logo.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Louisville's Special Olympic Flag Football Team Finishes Special Olympics Run

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Kentucky’s first Special Olympic flag football team to qualify for the national championship finished this week's competition ranked in the top five.

 Louisville Flyers head coach Danny Lane said the team finished with three wins and three losses during the tournament and in fifth place overall. Ten teams competed this week in the national tournament.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Louisville Ranks 4th Among Peer Cities For Women In Science, Engineering, Tech and Math Jobs

Suzanne Bergmeister, center, with University of Louisville students who competed in a 2013 innovation competition.
Credit University of Louisville

When Suzanne Bergmeister was young, her parents said she could be anything she wanted.  

So she became an engineer.

When she graduated from Rutgers’ University College of Engineering in 1984 “less than 20 percent” of women were pursuing a career in engineering, she said.

The percentage of women actually working in engineering in the 1980s was just about 5 percent, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Local News
2:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Clark Memorial Bridge Closes For About Six Weeks Starting July 8

The Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Clark Memorial Bridge will close at midnight on July 8 to allow for construction on the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The bridge, which connects U.S. 31E  between Jeffersonville and downtown Louisville (where the road becomes Second Street), will close for about six weeks as crews work on access ramps for the new downtown bridge on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, said Mindy Peterson, a spokeswoman for the downtown crossing construction project.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Increased Police Planned for Dirt Bowl, But Organizers Say Community Stems Violence Better

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The Dirt Bowl street basketball tournament begins this weekend—and despite organizers predictions of a violence-free affair, Louisville Metro Police are planning an increased presence around Shawnee Park.

Police plan to have more than 20 patrol officers,  mounted police and VIPER Unit members at the park during the tournament’s opening weekend, said Major Bill Kristofeck, commander of LMPD's Second Division.  A group of volunteer ambassadors will also be present, he added.

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