Kindergarten Students Could Soon Be Screened For School Readiness

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has contracted with a private company to implement a kindergarten screener program, but the state still needs to approve the regulatory to require all public schools to screen incoming students. If approved this summer, the screening would help teachers determine how prepared students are before entering school by assessing… Continue reading Kindergarten Students Could Soon Be Screened For School Readiness

Growing Up Gay in Appalachia: Whit Forrester, Defining Fairness

The thought of growing up gay in rural Eastern Kentucky would make many Louisvillians cringe. But how much of that reaction is rooted in stereotypes we hold about rural Kentucky? Whit Forrester spent some of his childhood in Leburn, Kentucky—a town in Knott County, with a population of around eight hundred people. Whit says when… Continue reading Growing Up Gay in Appalachia: Whit Forrester, Defining Fairness

Yarmuth’s Mother Rescued From Flood Waters

The mother of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., was rescued from a vehicle in a rising creek in east Louisville, according to his office. The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning Tuesday morning and several roads in downtown and nearby the University of Louisville were closed. Edna Yarmuth, 85, was found in… Continue reading Yarmuth’s Mother Rescued From Flood Waters

Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was known for his playful use of mystery–men in overcoats and bowler hats floating, an apple or a boulder suspended in mid-air. Sometimes silly, always evocative, he captured the imagination of art lovers of all ages. Alley Theater for Young Audiences will finish a run of Barry Kornhauser’s “This Is… Continue reading Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

NIH Conference Begins in Louisville Wednesday

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and small business owners from across the country will be in Louisville starting tomorrow for a conference focusing on research into health and life sciences. The National Institutes of Health provides more than $700 million for small businesses to do research and this conference at the downtown Marriott will feature workshops… Continue reading NIH Conference Begins in Louisville Wednesday

U of L Students Displaced by Fire Have Temporary Housing, Classes Resume After 4 pm

A dozen University of Louisville students were displaced by a fire in their residence hall after lighting struck the building early Tuesday, but officials say the building can house the students in other rooms until a more permanent solution is found. Providence, the privately-run student housing complex located near U of L’s Belknap Campus, caught… Continue reading U of L Students Displaced by Fire Have Temporary Housing, Classes Resume After 4 pm

Indiana Democrats Launch Attack Highlighting Mourdock’s Website Scrub

Indiana Democrats have launched an online campaign criticizing Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for scrubbing his campaign website of certain information. After beating longtime Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary, Mourdock began clearing his website of links that showed him opposing the auto bailout and supporting budget cuts that would affect entitlement programs. It… Continue reading Indiana Democrats Launch Attack Highlighting Mourdock’s Website Scrub

Beshear Creates Coal Scholarship Program

Governor Steve Beshear has created a program lawmakers could not. The governor has released four million dollars to be given as scholarships to Eastern Kentucky college students. Lawmakers wrestled with several scholarship proposals during the last legislative session, but an agreement was never passed. “Kentuckians recognize the importance of completing a college degree, and more… Continue reading Beshear Creates Coal Scholarship Program

State Will Open Louisville Area to Medicaid Competition, Burch Pushes for Delay

A Kentucky lawmaker says implementation of a federal mandate to allow private companies to compete for Medicaid contracts in Louisville could be delayed. Currently, Medicaid in Louisville and the surrounding area is managed by the private company Passport Health Plan. But the federal government has ordered Kentucky to open the area to competition. And the… Continue reading State Will Open Louisville Area to Medicaid Competition, Burch Pushes for Delay

JCPS Board Moves Student Assignment Discussions Forward

The Jefferson County Board of Education will iron out changes to the district’s student assignment plan Tuesday night and district leaders may soon adopt a plan that could mean shorter bus rides and less diversity for elementary school students. The JCPS board adopted a plan for elementary schools earlier this year using recommendations from student… Continue reading JCPS Board Moves Student Assignment Discussions Forward