Jacob Ryan

Urban Affairs Reporter

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL.


10:52 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Kentucky's Student Loan Default Rate Is 4th-Highest In the U.S., Report Says

Somerset Community College's Laurel campus
Credit Somerset Community College

Kentuckians default on student loans at one of the highest rates in the U.S.

About 11,700 people had defaulted on student loans they were supposed to begin repaying in 2011 for attending a Kentucky college, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. 

That puts Kentucky's default rate at 17.5.

The national average is 13.7.

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6:53 am
Wed September 24, 2014

'Broken Sidewalk' Returns to Exploring Urbanism in Louisville

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Branden Klayko boils down the entire scope of city life in one word—urbanism.

“Urbansim affects every different part of city life,” Klayko said on Monday.  “Whether it’s how you get around the city, whether it’s health, sustainability, the environment.”

And it was Klayko’s observations of urbanism in Louisville that inspired him in 2008 to create BrokenSidewalk.com.  The site focused heavily on Louisville’s neighborhoods, transportation and architecture.

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5:02 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

Chief Steve Conrad
Credit File photo

In June, Louisville Metro Police indicated that a long-awaited racial profiling study may be made available by the end of summer.

That did not happen. 

The study will look at whether police racially profile when making traffic stops. Data on every traffic stop from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 was collected for use in the study, said Deborah Keeling, the study’s lead researcher and the chair of the University of Louisville Justice Administration department.

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4:36 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisville Metro Police Investigating After Officer Fatally Shoots Man

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Louisville Metro Police are investigating a police shooting early Tuesday that left a man dead.

At a news conference later Tuesday, Chief Steve Conrad said the officer “perceived a threat” after responding to a report of a domestic dispute on the 900 block of Esquire Alley near Broadway and Ninth Street.

Just after midnight, the officer arrived in the alley, where a man with a gun was arguing with a woman, who was holding a child, Conrad said.

The man allegedly pointed the gun in the direction of the officer—the officer fired several shots, he said.

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11:41 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

JCPS' School of Innovation Discussion Lingers On

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Jefferson County Board of Education members want to continue the discussion on plans to create two new schools based on proposals from community members.

At a meeting Monday evening, the school board scheduled a third special work session—on Oct. 13—on the School of Innovation competition winners.

District officials' presentation on the proposals for the winning Schools of Innovation concepts at a Sept. 22 meeting ran too long, leaving some board members with unanswered questions.

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11:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jefferson County School Board To Finalize Budget

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will cast its final vote on Monday evening on the school district’s 2014-2015 budget.

The proposed working budget for the 2014-2015 school year is just more than $1.4 billion, according to district data.

District officials have been working to finalize the budget since the beginning of the calendar year.

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7:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

More Than $97 Million in Delinquent Child Support Being Sought By Jefferson County Attorney

Credit County Attorney Office

More women than ever are behind on their child support payments, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said on Thursday. 

Women make up about 10 percent of the people on the annual published list of delinquent child support obligors in Jefferson County, which will be released Sunday. You can see the list for yourself by clicking here.

Just more than $5 million is owed by the 400 women on the list, O’Connell said.  

For the 3,436  men on the list, $92 million is owed.  

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11:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

ReSurfaced Brings the Party To Vacant Space in Downtown Louisville

The "ReSurfaced" space.
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Starting this weekend, a vacant portion of Main Street will become an event space featuring drinks, movies, music and more.  

The organizers call the project ReSurfaced. Through “low-cost investments,” 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville has become a pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe and event space, according to the iwebsite.

ReSurfaced starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will continue every Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 25.

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3:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Here's What the University of Louisville's $1 Billion Research Park Could Look Like

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The 39-acre research park planned for University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus is beginning to take shape.

On Thursday, school officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear unveiled architectural renderings of what the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park could look like when construction is completed.

Here are some of the renderings.

Neville Pinto, dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, stressed these renderings are preliminary.  An architect has yet to be selected.

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5:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Says Higher Education Will Endure 'Hell Week' of Budget Cuts

University of Louisville President at a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this year.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

State budget cuts to higher education are poised to create challenges for the University of Louisville, school president James Ramsey said Wednesday.

At the annual State of the University address, Ramsey said dwindling resources have ended a “period of privilege for higher education.”

“This new reality has shifted our conversations at UofL to how can we continue our amazing academic trajectory with less public support,” he said at Wednesday’s address.

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