Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama joined WFPL News in summer 2011. He adds to the newsroom a diverse perspective having lived and reported in major cities across the U.S. and spending time in Peru reporting on human trafficking. Devin earned the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Scholarship Award for his report on homeless youth in Chicago. He reports on education affairs in Kentucky and Indiana.

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4:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Cyclo-Cross Championship Takes U.S. By Storm, Mud And Sand

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe.

Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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NPR Story
2:28 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Blue Ribbon Tax Commission Finalizing Recommendations

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 12:27 pm

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission will solidify its final list of recommendations Thursday afternoon, which could include imposing higher income taxes for those making more money.

Gov. Steve Beshear created the group to review the state’s tax code, which officials have determined needs significant changes to respond to slowing revenue.

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Society
11:03 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Gatewood Hemp Bill

Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark says his medical marijuana bill may still be far from gaining the General Assembly’s approval, but he plans to introduce it again in the next legislative session. 

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Education
2:55 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber Higher Education Report

A new study shows that Kentucky’s two-year colleges outperform the state’s public universities in several areas.

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Fair Housing Workshops for LGBT
11:07 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Fair Housing Workshops for LGBT Community

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:33 pm

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is offering education workshops on fair housing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals across the commonwealth this week.

The commission is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to present the workshops. HUD recently changed its policy, to prevent discrimination against LGBT people.

Kentucky does not have a similar state-wide plan, but three cities—Louisville, Lexington and Covington—have fairness ordinances that protect the LGBT community.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Churchill Downs Changes Qualifications for Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:46 am

In an attempt to gain fans, Churchill Downs Incorporated is adopting a new points system for entry into the Kentucky Derby and will cut the number of qualifying stakes races considered for entry from 185 down to 36.

"Our primary driving motive is to create new fans for horse racing," said CDI chair and CEO Bob Evans in a press release.

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