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Letcher County Coal Miner Killed, Orchestra Talks Resume, UofL Football Team on Winning Streak: Afternoon Review

Here are some of the stories we’ve covered this afternoon, in case you missed them.

A coal miner has been killed in an equipment accident in Letcher County. The accident was at the Hubble Mining Company’s Number 9 mine at Eolia in Letcher County.

A week after the Louisville Orchestra management threatened to replace musicians who had not agreed to a final contract offer, talks have resumed.

After struggling to a 2-4 start, the University of Louisville football team has won three straight games and will become bowl eligible next weekend with a win against Pittsburgh.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is permanently reopening the front doors of Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003.

And Louisville Collegiate School officials say one staff member remains hospitalized in stable condition from last week’s bus accident; all students have been discharged.

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JCPS Officials Say They’re Ready For Classes Wednesday

Officials at Jefferson County Public Schools say power, Internet and phone service have been restored at all schools and facilities and they’re ready to start the new academic year tomorrow.

The start of school was delayed by two days due to power and other outages caused by Saturday’s severe weather.

JCPS Director of Facilities and Transportation Mike Mulheirn says electricity was restored Tuesday to all the dozens of schools knocked offline, but many were still without phone and Internet service.

“On the first day of school we anticipate maybe 7,200 calls. We get 2,000 here (at the JCPS service center). And we have each of the 13 bus compounds, we anticipate 400 calls on the first day of school there. So phones are critical,” he said.

Mulheirn says it will be up to the board of education to decide exactly when the two missed instructional days will be made up.

More back-to-school information can be found here.

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School Bus Accident Injures Nine

There’s been an accident this morning involving a school bus. The accident occurred at Ballardsville Road and Worthington Lane near the Jefferson-Oldham County Line.

JCPS bus number 0168 was transporting 34 children to Kammerer Middle School when the accident happened.

A JCPS spokesperson says eight students and the bus driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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First Hybrid School Bus Delivered

A dozen Kentucky school districts have purchased gas-electric hybrid buses, and hundreds more hybrids will be coming to Kentucky soon.

The first hybrid bus has been delivered to LaRue County Public Schools. Nineteen more will be sent to other districts over the next six weeks.

The buses are paid for in part by the federal stimulus package. Kentucky received about 13 million stimulus dollars to purchase the hybrids, and districts must apply for the funds.

Whayne Power Systems delivers the buses. Division manager Frank Lewis says over the next three years, Whayne will fill orders for 200 hybrids.

“It’s really up to each district what they choose to order, so they may or may not buy the hybrid. Some districts have bought multiples,” he says. “For example, Pike County placed an order for six. A couple counties have an order for two in.”

A Jefferson County Public Schools official says the district will purchase about thirty hybrids next spring. The hybrids cost twice as much as traditional diesel buses, but are less expensive to operate and maintain.