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Jefferson Public Schools Stop Requiring Some Tests
Saturday, February 06, 2016 6:23 PM
Jefferson County Public Schools has announced it is not requiring teachers to give students diagnostic tests for the rest of the year. The Courier-Journal reports that JCPS made the decision recently in response to concerns about over-testing students. Under the changes, a third grader could be subjected to eight fewer diagnostic tests through the end of the year. JCPS says diagnostic tests ...
Man Arrested in Rape was Church Leader
Saturday, February 06, 2016 4:30 PM
Officials say a church youth leader who was arrested in connection with the rape of a minor girl was also a licensed foster parent. Media outlets report that 54-year-old Joseph Niemeyer, who was arrested Tuesday, worked with youth at the New Banklick Baptist Church in Walton. He was also a resource for Benchmark Family Services, a foster care service. Police say Niemeyer faces first-degree ...
KY Quickest to Hang Up When Put On Hold
Saturday, February 06, 2016 5:19 PM
It's a fact of life when you make phone calls; you're probably going to be put on hold. A recent study found that being on hold is one of our top three pet peeves. Another estimated that Americans will spend about 43 days of their lifetime on hold. But that number may be smaller in the Bluegrass State. Mobile advertising analysts at Marchex Institute studied four million phone calls made ...
Creation Museum Step Closer Toward Expansion Goal
Saturday, February 06, 2016 2:16 PM
The Creation Museum has moved a step closer toward tripling its size. Media outlets report that on Wednesday, the Boone County Planning Commission recommended a zone change for a 9-acre parcel at the museum in Petersburg dedicated to a literal interpretation of the Bible. The commission tried to appease residents who object the expansion by limiting the number and noise level of outdoor ...
Salmonella Outbreak in Kentucky
Saturday, February 06, 2016 12:12 PM
Estill County Emergency Management says there are 19 confirmed salmonella cases and 41 people with gastrointestinal illnesses in the county. In a Facebook post, Estill County Emergency Management says the health department is investigating the salmonella outbreak, which began at the beginning of the year, and is still trying to find the cause. The post says salmonella infections are ...
Few KY Judges Limit Domestic Offenders Gun Access
Saturday, February 06, 2016 9:21 AM
Kentucky lawmakers have resisted trends to restrict domestic violence offenders' access to guns. In the past two years, more than a dozen states have passed similar laws to empower their local law enforcement agencies to enforce it. The bills have passed with support from both political parties in an era of heightened partisanship surrounding gun issues. In Kentucky, similar efforts have ...
FCC Chair to Discuss Broadband Opportunities in KY
Friday, February 05, 2016 9:59 AM
The head of the Federal Communications Commission plans to travel to eastern Kentucky to discuss broadband-based economic opportunities. Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will visit his district on Monday to meet with local leaders. Wheeler's first stop will be in Jackson County at the People's Rural Telephone Cooperative's conference center in McKee. ...
Political Leaders Join in Tribute to Powers
Thursday, February 04, 2016 6:51 PM
Kentucky's top political leaders have joined in paying tribute to Georgia Davis Powers in the state Capitol, where she served as a senator in a groundbreaking political career for more than two decades. Powers, a civil-rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died last Saturday at the age of 92. The memorial service Thursday included music, prayers and ...
Committee Formed to Discuss Controversial UK Mural
Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:15 PM
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has formed a committee to decide the fate of a controversial Great Depression-era mural that features black workers toiling in a tobacco field, black musicians playing for white dancers and a Native American with a tomahawk. After meeting last semester with students who objected to the mural, Capilouto had it shrouded temporarily. In a Thursday ...
KY House Panel Defeats Prevailing Wage Bill
Thursday, February 04, 2016 11:31 AM
A Kentucky House committee has defeated a Republican-backed bill to exempt public school projects from the state's prevailing wage. Union construction workers in the audience cheered each time a lawmaker voted against the measure. Democrats were joined by one Republican in rejecting the bill Thursday in the House Labor and Industry Committee. The bill passed the GOP-led Senate last ...
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