WFPL http://wfpl.org en Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct http://wfpl.org/post/changes-may-be-coming-jcps-student-code-conduct <p>After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district's code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval.</p><p>Composed of school administrators, teachers, parents and a student, the committee was assembled to refine the code of conduct in a way that <a href="/term/pbis">would decrease suspension rates</a>—keeping students in class while maintaining a safe school environment.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:32:26 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9174 at http://wfpl.org Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct Byline | Kentucky Legislative Wrap-Up; Hammond Murder Trial; Matt Taibbi on Justice http://wfpl.org/post/byline-kentucky-legislative-wrap-hammond-murder-trial-matt-taibbi-justice <p>Here are the stories we discussed today on <em>Byline</em> (full audio below):</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Brad Yost 9172 at http://wfpl.org Byline | Kentucky Legislative Wrap-Up; Hammond Murder Trial; Matt Taibbi on Justice Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's http://wfpl.org/post/free-books-and-free-will-shakespeare-and-world-book-night-celebrated-carmichaels <p>William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Louisville,&nbsp;Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (</span><a href="https://www.espatial.com/maps01/public/pages/embed.jsp?TENANT_ID=108028&amp;MAP_NAME=M108028_1396646235640" style="line-height: 1.5;">more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:51:33 +0000 Erin Keane 9170 at http://wfpl.org Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's Byline Today: Louisville Settles Whistleblower Suit http://wfpl.org/post/byline-today-louisville-settles-whistleblower-suit <p>This week, a whistleblower lawsuit against Louisville Metro Police was settled, the Kentucky General Assembly session closed and a renown education expert visited Louisville. We'll talk about these stories and more this afternoon on Byline.</p><p>First up, Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador will discuss what did (and didn't) pass in the Kentucky General Assembly's just-closed <a href="/term/2014-legislative-session">2014 legislative session.</a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:46:50 +0000 Joseph Lord 9169 at http://wfpl.org Byline Today: Louisville Settles Whistleblower Suit The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-and-ge-team-cutting-edge-micro-factory <p>A collaboration between the University&nbsp;of Louisville and&nbsp;General Electric announced this week will create a new paradigm of manufacturing, said the dean of UofL's Speed School of Engineering.</p><p>The <a href="http://firstbuild.com/">FirstBuild</a> program is being called “cutting edge” by its collaborators and will give UofL engineering students &nbsp;the opportunity to gain practical training as they refine existing GE products, such as kitchen ranges and other appliances, university officials said.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9163 at http://wfpl.org The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea http://wfpl.org/post/richard-hooten-indiana-man-many-chances-accepts-life-sentence-plea <p><em>This story was written by R.G. Dunlop of the<a href="http://kycir.org/2014/04/17/richard-hootens-criminal-career-ends-with-plea-in-murder-case/"> Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></em></p><p>An Indiana man who has spent nearly half of his adult life behind bars pleaded guilty Thursday to the high-profile killing of a Clarksville teenager last year.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:02:36 +0000 Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 9164 at http://wfpl.org Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea Film Features Mine That Bird's Unlikely Kentucky Derby Victory http://wfpl.org/post/film-features-mine-birds-unlikely-kentucky-derby-victory <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the thoroughbred Mine That Bird entered the starting gate at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the odds certainly were not in his favor.</span></p><p>Being ridden by renowned jockey Calvin Borel, the horse was nearly eight lengths behind the field at one point of the race.&nbsp; But, just as trainer Chip Woolley&nbsp;began losing hope, Mine That Bird made a move.</p><p>Here is the memorable race:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Hv8x9x5A49s" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:55:13 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9161 at http://wfpl.org Film Features Mine That Bird's Unlikely Kentucky Derby Victory Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://wfpl.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:53:40 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 9162 at http://wfpl.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book http://wfpl.org/post/journalist-matt-taibbi-takes-america-s-widening-justice-gap-new-book <p>Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"—as a journalistic revelation of sorts.</p><p>Originally, "The Divide" was going to focus on Wall Street criminals and why those behind the economic downturn haven't been imprisoned.</p><p>As Taibbi started researching how the criminal justice system operates, it became difficult to ignore how the sentences and treatment of average Americans were far more punitive than wealthier culprits of far worse crimes.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:47:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9160 at http://wfpl.org Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book