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8:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Two Louisville Attorneys Seeking Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s Seat

Two Louisville attorneys are vying for Democratic Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat next year.

Ward-Pugh announced earlier this month she won't seek re-election from the 9th District seat she's held since the inaugural council formed in 2002.

The race is expected to draw a crowded field of candidates, but Democrat Christopher Hartley and Republican Laura Rice, both attorneys, are the first to file.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Funding to Five Louisville Arts Companies

Val Caniparoli works with Louisville Ballet dancers during the creation of "Spaghetti Western," a new ballet created with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Credit David Toczko / Louisville Ballet

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded its first round of grants for the next fiscal year, and twelve Kentucky projects received more than $200,000 in arts funding. Five Louisville organizations are receiving grant support for developing and producing new artistic work, the highest single-city concentration of funding in the state. 

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Local News
4:17 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Flood Waters Claim Five Lives in Kentucky

Authorities say four people have been killed by flooding caused by a strong storm system that swept through most of Kentucky. 

State Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers told The Associated Press that the bodies of three people were pulled from Rolling Fork River in central Kentucky Sunday  morning.

 

Rogers says the victims had been in a vehicle that was swept away by the flooded river. Two people managed to escape. He says authorities are still investigating how the vehicle ended up in the river.

 

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Local News
4:13 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

I-65 North Ramp to I-64 West Has Reopened

Ohio River Bridges Project

The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville has been reopened to traffic.

The ramp was closed suddenly Friday out of concern for what appeared to be deterioration in a support column.

An inspection Saturday confirmed the deterioration.   The installation of additional supports was completed Sunday evening.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say inspections of all support piers along the Kennedy Bridge interchange will be conducted in the coming weeks as a precaution.

Local News
11:59 am
Sun December 22, 2013

What We're Reading | 12.22.13

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
8:03 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Which NFL Team is the Most Popular in Kentucky?

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Controversy swirled around the NFL earlier this year after PBS aired a documentary about the long-term effects of concussions on football players.

Yet the league is wildly popular—Forbes estimated in August that the NFL would have a revenue this year of $9 billion, the largest of any sports league.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Map Shows Median Household Income Throughout Louisville

Credit WNYC.org

A longtime Louisville resident will have perceptions about what's a "rich" part of town or a struggling part of town—but do the perceptions align with reality?

WNYC, the public radio station in New York City, has published a massive map showing the median household income of neighborhoods throughout the United States.

Take a look below:

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Local News
8:33 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Louisville Area

Credit National Weather Service

Update 10:10 p.m.: Louisville and surrounding areas are under a flash flood warning until 1:45 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

It's been extended to 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Ramp From I-65 N to I-64 W to Remain Closed for Repairs

The column being repaired.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

  The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville will remain closed for repairs.

The ramp was closed suddenly Friday out of concern for what appeared to be deterioration in a support column. An inspection Saturday confirmed the deterioration, and repairs are expected to begin Sunday.

The company that's building a new bridge downtown, Walsh Construction, will do the repairs, according to officials with the Ohio River Bridges project. There is no timeline on the repairs. 

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Number of Kentuckians Who Must Upgrade Health Plans Under Obamacare Lower Than Expected

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The number of Kentuckians who have to upgrade their health insurance plans under the new federal healthcare law is lower than expected.

Initial reports indicated that about 280,000 insured Kentuckians would be forced to switch to new plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Department of Insurance reports that the number is now closer to 168,000 people.

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