Jacob Ryan

Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.


12:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Program Developed in Kentucky Has Success In Quelling Sexual Violence

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:19 am

A program developed in Kentucky that aims to curb sexual violence in high schools showed success in a five-year study.

On Wednesday, University of Kentucky researchers presented preliminary findings from the study that looked at the impacts the Green Dot violence prevention program had in a select group of Kentucky high schools.

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4:15 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kentucky Tops U.S. In Obesity Among High Schoolers, Report Says

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 1:14 pm

Kentucky had the highest percentage of obese high school students in the U.S. in 2013, according to a report released this week  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and nonprofit group Trust for Americans Health.

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10:23 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Kentucky Is Improving in Meeting Some Education Goals, Report Says. Here Are 5 Takeaways.

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:01 am

A challenge was issued in 2008 for Kentucky education leaders to accelerate academic improvement in a way that would allow the state to break into the top 20 in national rankings by 2020.

And it seems to be happening—in some areas. That's according to a report released Wednesday that examines Kentucky's academic progress in various categories. 

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Kentucky State Fair
11:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Kentucky's Grand Champ of Hams Nets $2 Million at Auction

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:09 am

Ronnie Drennan rubbed some salt and sugar into a ham about nine months ago and knew this was the start of something good.

He didn't know it was $2 million worth of good. That's the price tag his country ham snared Thursday morning in an auction at the Kentucky State Fair.

The auction of the state's "grand champion" ham is an annual tradition and the money goes to the charity of the winning bidder's choice. This year, the 16-pound piece of pork went to a group including owners of Louisville's Hermitage Farms, Bridgeman Foods and Republic Bank.

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8:38 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty?

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:31 am

On Tuesday, we examined a report that said 27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty. 

The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?

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4:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Residents May Soon Need More Than a Driver's License to Get Into Some Federal Buildings

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:33 pm

Kentucky residents may have trouble getting into federal buildings with just their driver's license come July 21.

The Real ID Act of 2005, signed by President Bush as a means of deterring terrorism, lays out a strict set for states to issue identification, such as driver's licenses.

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1:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The GED Will Be Cheaper Next Year For Some Kentucky Students

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:04 am

Kentucky is offering the GED test at a reduced cost for a limited time.

Test takers who qualify for the cheaper price will save $20 on each of the four required modules of the test, making the cost of individual modules $10 and the whole test $40, according to the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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11:36 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:15 am

A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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9:33 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

In 1880, Louisville Men Became The First Americans To Do A 100-Mile Bicycle Ride

This isn't Anderson or Schimpler, most likely, but the bicycle is similar to the one the men rode in 1880. It is called a penny farthing.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:09 am

The Tour de France began Saturday in Leeds, England.  The 21-day race traverses more than 2,200 miles and the riders will average 107 miles on the bike every day.

Though no Louisvillian has ever raced in the Tour de France, two Louisville men are known to be the first Americans to ride at least 100 miles on a bicycle in less than 24 hours.

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9:26 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kentucky Colleges Award More Degrees This Year Than Ever Before, State Says

The University of Louisville

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:02 am

Kentucky’s colleges and universities awarded more degrees than ever before in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a report by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

More than 63,000 degrees and credentials were awarded during the 2013-14 school year—1.2 percent more than last year, but 60 percent more than a decade ago.

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