Jacob Ryan

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL. He is a Kentucky native and moved to Louisville in 2013. Covering issues ranging from transportation, public safety and housing, he looks to provide residents from all of Louisville’s unique neighborhoods with useful information that can boost their quality of life. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

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Louisville Libraries Don’t Leave Residents Out In the Snow

March 5, 2015

Louisville schools, churches and government buildings were shuttered on Thursday--about a foot (or more) of snow covered the streets and sidewalks around them. Read Story

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Who Is Supposed to Shovel Louisville’s TARC Stops? (It Might Be You.)

March 4, 2015

Louisville sidewalks spent a good deal of the past couple weeks covered in snow or ice—that includes many of the Transit Authority of River City's 4,800 bus stops throughout the metro area. Read Story

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Lawsuit Takes Issue With Composition of Louisville Planning Commission

March 3, 2015

A group opposing plans to develop a Wal-Mart in west Louisville filed suit Monday against the developers and city entities working to move the project forward. Read Story

Kentucky Gets $5 Million To House Disabled Residents

March 3, 2015

The allocation is part of a $150 million effort to prevent people with disabilities in 25 states from becoming institutionalized or homeless, according to a news release from HUD. Read Story

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Wal-Mart Gets OK to Build Store Further Away From Roadways in West Louisville

March 2, 2015

The development of a Wal-Mart at Broadway and 18th Street will move forward following the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment's unanimous decision Monday to approved two variances. Read Story

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Children in West Louisville Have Fewer Opportunities, Study Says

March 1, 2015

The study measures relative opportunity across all census tracts in the 100 largest metropolitan areas. Read Story

Louisville Metro Police Establishes New Task Force To Combat Spike In Homicides

February 27, 2015

Louisville Metro Police is teaming with federal law enforcement agencies to establish a new task force to address a recent surge in homicides, officials announced on Thursday. Read Story

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Louisville Man’s Life and Death Highlights Plight of Homeless

February 26, 2015

Kenny Winfield had a job and a home years ago, but family and friends say a personal tragedy and alcohol abuse led him to life on Louisville's streets—a situation common among the homeless, one expert said. Read Story

A Homeless Man Died Last Night In Louisville’s Frigid Weather

February 20, 2015

Kenneth Winfield had been a frequent visitor of the St. John Center for Homeless Men during the past four years. Read Story

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Louisville Metro Police Community Conversation Postponed

February 19, 2015

The event will be held on to Feb. 26. It was originally scheduled for Thursday. Read Story

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Broadway in Louisville Plans ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’

February 19, 2015

Season ticket packages are now on sale for the 2015-2016 Broadway in Louisville season, which will include a new production of "The Phantom of the Opera"—a show not seen in Louisville in eight years. Read Story

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Extreme Cold Means Miserable Work Days For Some in Louisville

February 19, 2015

You won't likely get rich working at the tire repair shop at 18th and Market Street. But in this weather you're sure to get cold. Read Story

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For Louisville’s Homeless, a Cold and Snowy Night Means Scrambling For Food and a Bed

February 18, 2015

It was about noon on Wednesday and Kenneth Williams hadn't eaten breakfast. In fact, he hasn't eaten since Tuesday afternoon--a peanut butter sandwich. Read Story

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Technology Boosts Library Usage in Kentucky

February 17, 2015

Kentucky residents checked out more than 30.7 million items in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Read Story

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How Peer Cities Are Chosen For Louisville’s Downtown

February 13, 2015

So, what are Louisville's peer cities? How did they become peers and, more importantly, do they even matter? Read Story