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Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

12/18/2014 09:18 PM

Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, but they made the right choice to not release the film after threats of terrorism. Yarmuth’s remarks to Pure Politics Thursday come one day after major theaters pulled the comedy due out Christmas day, leaving Sony to ultimately not distribute the film on any platform. “I questioned their decision initially to make the movie,”... Read more 

Marshall Co. Judge-Executive Mike Miller dead at 70

12/15/2014 02:44 PM

UPDATED: Longtime Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller passed away Monday at the age of 70. Several news outlets are reporting that Miller collapsed in his office Monday morning and later passed away at the Marshall County Hospital. Miller won re-election to the position in November and was recently honored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo for his 40 years of service. Miller was first elected in 1974. Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement calling the passing of Miller a “terrible loss... Read more 

Protests over Eric Garner and Michael Brown deaths sign for policymakers, political science professor says

12/10/2014 04:09 PM

With the deaths of several African-American men at the hands of police this year, the issue of race and justice in America has become a topic of conversation for the media and politicians seeking higher office. University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton said public opinion polls show the issue is resonating with the public and politicians are starting to react. The issues of race-based policing and grand jury non-indictments have been happening for a long time, Clayton said.... Read more 

Oldham County targets both exceptional and at-risk students for academic success

12/09/2014 09:45 AM

BUCKNER — Oldham County Schools have traditionally been one of the top performing districts in the state, having received a distinguished rating and ranked 7th overall in the state in the 2013/ 2014 Kentucky Department of Education rankings. Even though Oldham County is a strong performing school district, administrators admit that one of the keys in the districts overall success is that all students, even at-risk students with some barriers, are targeted through innovative programs to achieve academic success. One program... Read more 

Walton-Verona Independent School District pulls off the District of Distinction hat-trick

11/26/2014 10:28 AM

WALTON — It’s an honor for a Kentucky public school to be recognized as a District of Distinction, but for the Walton-Verona Independent School District, the 2013-14 school year was the third consecutive year it received the honor. To qualify as a District of Distinction, a school district had to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher. That’s based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate. The district must also meet its current... Read more 

Future executive director of school superintendents says funding biggest problem for state's school districts

11/24/2014 06:15 PM

LEXINGTON — Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton, who will be leaving that position on Jan. 1 to become the executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, says funding is the biggest challenge facing Kentucky’s 173 school districts. “We’ve been woefully underfunded in Kentucky,” Shelton said. “Yet Kentucky is seen as a leader in the focus that we’ve had with Senate Bill 1, with implementation of common core standards, alignment of postsecondary, focus on a new assessment... Read more 

Bipartisan McConnell Scholars share their views on the 2014 elections and 2015's budding races

11/14/2014 02:12 PM

For two University of Louisville political science majors the 2014 U.S. Senate race waged in Kentucky was a repudiation of President Barack Obama by the electorate, but the state House races, they view, as a more mixed bag. University of Louisville McConnell Scholars Sean Southard, the vice president of the UofL college Republicans, and Aaron Vance, a Democrat and student government coordinator, talked about the 2014 Kentucky election cycle from their vantage point — students soon to depart the classrooms... Read more 

One of last living World War II POW honored in Northern Ky.

11/11/2014 05:56 PM

NEWPORT — Every year, there are fewer and fewer living World War II veterans and some of the youngest that served are now over 90 years old. Johnny “TV” Peluso, 91, a lifelong resident of Newport, is one of them. Peluso saw fighting in some of the most brutal battles of the war, and was captured by German soldiers near the end of the war. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, Peluso was honored for his service by a number of local, state and... Read more 

Where does Grimes go from here? Only she knows as speculation swirls

11/09/2014 06:45 PM

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has maintain a low profile since losing to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell by 15 points on Tuesday, fueling speculation on her plans for next year’s elections. She hasn’t addressed the media in the aftermath of her failed Senate bid, and her three-minute concession speech Tuesday night raised more questions as the 35-year-old promised to “work my hardest to keep this amazing organization that we have built together intact to fight for a brighter and better future.” “We deserve... Read more 

Internationally recognized academic program helps Tates Creek students excel

11/08/2014 09:26 AM

LEXINGTON — One of the biggest challenges school systems face today is how to prepare students for an ever changing global society. In Fayette County, Tates Creek High School has implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for highly motivated students. The program is designed to push learners to develop their own curiosity, exercise initiative and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. “I’m kind of one of those people who like to do multiple things,” said Tates Creek senior Emily Ranseen. “I’ve... Read more 

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