According to new data on state assessments, Kentucky students are making progress in basic subjects like reading and math. In the second year of the Unbridled Learning testing system, overall student performance showed improvement from 2012.
“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday in a news release. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky student and ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready,” he said.
Here are some of the scores within the WKU Public Radio listening area.
Bowling Green city schools rank Proficient with an overall district total of 60.0 out of 100 while Warren County schools are classified as Needing Improvement with a total score of 58.3
The Elizabethtown Independent school district gets the top ranking of Distinguished at 64.3 as the overall score while Hardin County schools come in at Proficient with a total ranking of 58.4.
Somerset Independent has an overall score 61.2, making the district Proficient while Pulaski County schools receive the top score of Distinguished at 64.9.
Another Distinguished school system is Daviess County with a district score of 63.9, while Owensboro city schools are ranked as Needing Improvement with a total ranking of 54.1.
You can see how every school system in the state fares, as well as scores for individual schools by clicking here.
Cleanup from this morning’s crash on southbound Interstate 65 at Exit 58 is complete. All lanes are open and the 14 feet width restriction is lifted. It will take an hour or so for the 6-8 miles of queue to clear and for traffic flow to return to normal.
Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in the commonwealth.
Conway issued an advisory letter on Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp. The letter appears to deflate hopes of hemp farming proponents who have said they'd like to begin planting next year.
Kentucky lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop if the federal government ever lifts a longstanding ban. But Attorney General Conway said that ban remains firmly in place.
The state agriculture department recently issued a news release saying it was instructed by the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission to begin drawing up regulations for hemp farming in the commonwealth. That came on the heels of comments by Justice Department officials that the federal government had no intention of prosecuting hemp farmers.
A federal judge in Texas has ruled against Churchill Down Incorporated in a challenge over online gambling laws.
The Louisville-based company was hoping the judge would throw out a Texas law that bans internet gambling offered by the racetrack’s website.
The Courier-Journal reports the Texas Racing Commission has recently started to enforce a law requiring that all gambling on horse racing be done in person at the racetrack. The law was later revised by Texas authorities to explicitly outlaw online wagering.
Churchill claimed the “in person” part of the law was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But the Texas judge rejected that argument, saying that Churchill Downs and other racetracks can reach gamblers in the Lonestar State through simulcasting—something that is permitted under Texas law.
Churchill started Twinspires.com in 2007 in order to take bets online and over the phone.
One of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year plans to change his party registration to run as an Independent.
Ed Marksberry will hold a press conference in Louisville this afternoon to announce his bid as an Independent and why he’s decided to the leave the Democratic party.
In order to appear on the ballot, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.
The Owensboro contractor, who lost a 2010 Congressional bid, told cable TV's Pure Politics that he’s also decided to drop his lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party. Marksberry claimed the state party was unfairly and illegally promoting the campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the presumed Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.
As of now, the winner of the Democratic primary will face either Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell or Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.
The Owensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau released this statement Friday afternoon:
"Today’s activities at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for this weekend’s Owensboro Air Show have been canceled due to weather. Saturday’s activities will go on as scheduled.
“Safety of the performers is our first priority. Tomorrow’s weather looks fantastic, and there’s no question that the air show will go on as planned starting promptly at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow on our beautiful riverfront," stated Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne.
The Bowling Green Police are investigating a robbery that took place late Wednesday evening at 1228 Center Street.
An emergency text message alert sent by WKU just before midnight said police were looking for two suspects described as African-American males. Both were wearing bandanas, and at least one allegedly had a small handgun.
The suspects reportedly fled toward Adams Street following the robbery. Bowling Green Police public information officer Ronnie Ward told WKU Public Radio Thursday that one robbery victim suffered a minor injury, but didn't require a trip to the hospital.
The BGPD is asking anyone with information to call them at 270-393-4000.
The chairman of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee says he is pre-filing legislation that seeks to make clear that Kentuckians are free from the unregulated use of eminent domain.
Hopkinsville Democrat John Tilley says the issue should be clarified in light of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. The proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would stretch from Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and cut through an estimated 13 Kentucky counties, including Breckinridge, Hardin, Larue, Meade, and Nelson.
Some landowners in counties along the proposed pipeline route have expressed concerns that the company would seek to use eminent domain laws to seize their land.
Rep. Tilley said in a news release issued by his office that the bill he has pre-filed will “strive to maintain the proper balance between those rights and economic development when it comes to safely transporting fossil fuels.”
"I believe the state needs to paint a brighter line on how pipelines like this are built and where they can be located."
The bill would put the Public Service Commission in the role of gatekeeper if those constructing pipelines can’t reach agreement with private landowners.