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Monday School Information: JCPS Open

Here’s the latest school information, updated at 5:55am:

Jefferson County Public Schools – open today
Greater Clark Schools – 2 hour delay
New Albany Floyd County Schools – 2 hour delay
Shelby County Schools – closed
Spencer County Schools – closed

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WFPL News Hires Erin Keane as Arts and Humanities Reporter

89.3 WFPL News has hired Erin Keane as the new Arts and Humanities reporter.

“We are all thrilled Erin is joining us,” says Gabe Bullard, WFPL News Director. “She is a sharp and thoughtful reporter. She’s a skilled writer. And she has great ties to the community. Her talents and insights will improve our ever-expanding newsroom..”

Keane will begin work at WFPL News by providing coverage of the Actor’s Theatre Humana Festival of New American Plays. She will then report arts, cultural, and humanities stories from around the community and produce reviews. “Her knowledge and experience make her a leader,” says Bullard, “and we’re looking forward to starting a new era of unparalleled arts coverage at WFPL News.” Keane is not new to Louisville Public Media, as she already provides weekly music news for WFPL’s sister station 91.9 WFPK-FM.

“I’m excited and honored to join WFPL News in expanding the station’s coverage of arts and culture,” says Keane. “Louisville’s performing, visual, and literary arts are vital threads in the fabric of our city, and I’m looking forward to bringing those stories to the air.”

WFPL News is hiring Keane as a part of its expansion of local news coverage, and its commitment to become the community’s best choice for news. Keane is the fourth reporter to join the team in the past year.

Keane has previously worked with the Courier-Journal providing arts and culture reports. She is the author of two collections of poetry, and has taught a course on Pop Music in American Literature at Bellarmine University. She was named 2011 Best Arts Writer in LEO Readers’ Choice awards. Keane earned her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University. A recipient of a fellowship from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, she serves on the editorial boards of Strange Horizons and The Heartland Review and teaches in the MFA program at National University.

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Tuesday Morning Schools Update

As of 6:52am, here’s the latest information we’ve received:

  • Jefferson County Public Schools and Catholic schools are open as normal today.
  • Greater Clark Schools – 2 hours late
  • New Albany Floyd County Schools – 2 hours late
  • Oldham County Schools – 2 hours late
  • Shelby County Schools – 2 hours late
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Moyers & Company Joins the WFPL News Lineup

Bill Moyers is back on-air, and he’s on WFPL. Moyers & Company is a weekly series the veteran journalist says will try to make sense of our tumultuous times, “for myself and hopefully for anyone who wants to keep me company.”

The new series began with three broadcasts exploring inequality in America. Last week, we aired that series at 1pm on WFPL. It featured a conversation with two noted political scientists, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.”

The following two shows continued an exploration of the seminal decisions over the past 30 years that led to today’s great economic disparities. Moyers talked with David Stockman who, as Ronald Reagan’s powerful and controversial budget director, was “taken to the woodshed” for telling the truth about the administration’s tax policies. And Moyers spoke with former Citigroup Chairman John Reed, now chairman of the board of MIT, and former Senator Byron Dorgan, to explore how the mid-90’s merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group brought down a crucial firewall between banks and investment firms — the Glass-Steagall Act, which had protected consumers from financial calamity since the aftermath of the Great Depression.

Over succeeding weeks, Moyers & Company will continue to explore some of the defining issues of the day, including relevant insight from novelists, poets, and artists, scientists and philosophers, and leading scholars. Among those scheduled to appear are former Poet Laureate of the United States Rita Dove, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt on the moral values that influence our political choices; and the influential editor of Poetry Magazine, Christian Wiman, on faith, doubt, and suffering.

The broadcast will also feature regular political analysis from many of the people Moyers has called on over the years to interpret life in America, as well as new voices in the dialogue of democracy.

We’re excited to be able to air sharp, in-depth discussions like these on WFPL. Moyers & Company debuts February 13 and will air Mondays at 9pm. A note for fans of Smiley & West: the show continues to air in its principle timeslot: Saturdays at 8pm.

Click here for the WFPL schedule.

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WFPL News in January: New Programs, New Times for Some Favorites, and Goodbye to Whad’ya Know

I’m making some changes to the WFPL News schedule in January. You’ll find the new grid here, but here are a few notes of explanation.

Whad’ya Know is Leaving the Schedule
For fans of the show, this will be a blow. But the overall audience reaction to the show is clear: WYK receives the most complaints of any show we air, and listening to the show has dropped precipitously since 2009. Fans can still listen to the show online, but we will focus on programs that appeal to more of our members and listeners.

Saturday Afternoon Changes
The Moth Radio Hour/Radiolab block is moving to 1pm, after This American Life. Snap Judgment, which features riveting storytelling hosted by Glynn Washington, moves from Saturday nights to afternoons at 2pm. Day 6 joins the lineup permanently at 3pm. And Bob Edwards Weekend moves to 4pm, to provide a solid lead-in for Weekend All Things Considered.

A New Sound for Sunday Nights
Sundays from 8-10pm, we’re introducing Public Radio Remix, from PRX, the home of The Moth Radio Hour. Remix is a new format for public radio that presents curated, smart, creative spoken-word programs, amazing podcasts, cool ideas and fascinating interviews. It’s like public radio on shuffle – you’ll be surprised how well excellent storytelling flows from one piece to the next. It’s addictive.

Marketplace Money Returns
Public radio’s best personal finance program is back – Sundays at 10am.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Thorn has hosted The Sound of Young America for a few years now… delving into pop and serious culture through long-form interviews and regular features. The show’s name was tongue-in-cheek, but some listeners actually thought it was a show for young people. It’s for everyone. And just as we add the show in January, it will take on a new name… but with the same smart and funny host.

A New Time for The State We’re In
Ira Glass will tell anyone who will listen that this show is amazing; and last fall at a conference, while I was introducing NPR’s Audie Cornish to a room full of public radio people, she demanded to meet TSWI host Jonathan Groubert when she found out he was there. The State We’re In has aired on Sundays at 10pm for a couple years, but in January, it moves to Saturdays at 6am.

I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts on these changes, or anything else you want to talk about.

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Holiday Specials on WFPL News

As always, we’re celebrating the holidays with a handful of specials on WFPL News!

Saturday 12/24

1pm All Songs Considered for the Holidays
Third time’s a charm, or maybe not. It’s the third edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.

2pm – 4pm Tinsel Tales
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8-11pm A Christmas Carol
We continue this special tradition – a complete reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by the late Doug Brown, one of radio’s greatest readers.

Sunday 12/25
6pm A Season’s Griot
A one-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, this year exploring the theme of peace through storytelling, music and voices from the streets, hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson.

Monday 12/26 – Thursday 12/29
1pm Radiolab Season 10

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School Bus Accident in Southwest Louisville; Black Ice on I-64

Updated at 10:38 am

A spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools says the four students taken to the hospital after this morning’s school bus accident were transported as a precaution.

Another vehicle allegedly ran a red light at Greenbelt Highway and Greenwood Road in southwest Louisville and struck bus No. 9919, which was bound for Frost Middle School. Twelve students were on board and four complained of neck and back pain after the collission. They were taken to the hospital while the rest were taken to school.

The accident has been cleared. Previous reports said 50 students were on the bus at the time of the accident. A JCPS spokeswoman says that number was an estimate, and the bus was only carrying 12 students, as the final pickups had not yet been made.

There are also reports of black ice on Interstate 64 eastbound between 9th Street and 22nd Street. Salt trucks have been called in, but there are a number of accidents.

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Electrical Fire Closes Streets in Downtown Louisville This Morning

Authorities have closed a number of intersections downtown and evacuated people nearby, after an explosion under First and Main streets this morning.

Officials are telling WLKY that the explosion was apparently caused by a transformer malfunction.

The surrounding area has been evacuated and nearby streets have been closed. Traffic is being routed around First and Main, and a number of other intersections are closed, including First and Market, Second and Market, and Third and Market.

Traffic lights aren’t working at some intersections near the site of the explosion and fire, and dozens of businesses in the area have been affected by scattered power outages.

More details as we get them.

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Clark Memorial Bridge Open to Traffic After Fatal Accident

The Clark Memorial Bridge has re-opened to traffic, following an accident that closed the bridge for about three hours.

Witnesses say a truck collided with a car on the bridge this afternoon before 1 pm. Officials were forced to close both lanes on the bridge to clean up the wreckage.

WHAS11 is reporting that one victim has died and two people are in critical condition at University Hospital.

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Clark Memorial Bridge: Could Open by 4PM

Jeffersonville police now say the Clark Memorial Bridge could reopen by 4pm this afternoon. Witnesses say a truck collided with a car on the bridge this afternoon before 1 pm. Officials were forced to close both lanes on the bridge to clean up the wreckage. The Courier-Journal is reporting that three people have been taken to University Hospital with critical injuries.

The Kennedy Bridge is the only functioning bridge in the Louisville Metro until the Clark Memorial Bridge opens.