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10:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Milton-Madison Bridge Demolition Scheduled to Begin This Week

The old Milton-Madison Bridge (right), will be demolished starting this week
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The demolition of the old bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana is scheduled to begin this week.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says weather permitting, a large section of the bridge truss will be brought down with explosive charges on Thursday.   It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of high river levels. 

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Education
8:44 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Kentucky School Vending Machines Offer Healthier Changes Next Year

Snacks offered in Kentucky school vending machines could soon be healthier, according new federal regulations set to take effect next summer.

The changes shouldn’t be monumental, says Sue Bartenfield, the nutrition program manager for the Kentucky Department of Education, and some state regulations, like fat content, which are tougher than the federal changes will remain in place. 

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Local News
8:26 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Louisville Free Public Library Grows Collection of E-Books, Magazines, Music

The library's e-content (books, magazines, music) continues to grow in popularity.

E-books continue to grow in popularity in the Louisville Free Public Library system, but the electronic catalog has expanded well past literature.

In April, the library system added music. Users can stream jazz, classical and world music genres and LFPL director Craig Buthod says the library is eventually interested in adding video.

Last year, there were around 7,200 downloads per month. Now, he says there are over 30,000.

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Environment
7:23 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Butterfly Count, Release Planned for Next Weekend

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Whether  it’s counting butterflies or just watching them, upcoming events aim to connect Louisville residents with nature. There’s both a butterfly census and butterfly release planned for next weekend.

On Saturday, fifty butterflies will be released in a community garden at Blackacre Conservancy. The butterflies are in a cold-induced sleep, and will be shaken into children’s hands to slowly warm up before they’re released.

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Education
6:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

JCPS Takes Registration Process On The Road To Reach Remaining Families

Jefferson County Public Schools is trying to reach any remaining students who have not yet registered with the district by taking their application process on the road.

Over the next month, JCPS will drive a vehicle stocked with computers and employees to certain neighborhoods and help families register.

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Local News
8:18 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Louisville Groups Rally to Urge Dialogue After Zimmerman Trial Verdict

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville social justice groups are calling for a conversation about race and violence, in the wake of a jury’s “not guilty” verdict for George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was accused of shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Groups gathered at the Carl Braden Memorial Center in West Louisville today to protest the verdict and make a call for equality.

Tiff Gonzales helped organize the event. She says no amount of protest could change the reality of the jury’s verdict, but many community members want to find a way to look forward.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Louisvillians Plan Rally for Trayvon Martin Sunday

U of L students at a rally for Trayvon Martin last year.
Credit Devin Katayama / WFPL News

  Several dozen Louisville residents are planning a rally for Sunday afternoon to respond to yesterday's ruling in the trial of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of "all charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle in a gated Florida community."

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.14.13

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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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Commentary
7:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Commentary | Louisville's Crumbling Eastern Cemetery Desperate for Attention, Care

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It was around 11 in the morning a few weeks ago that Joel Berndt and I picked through the bushes in Eastern Cemetery. Neighbors complain about pests that come from the cemetery’s overgrowth. When we cut away branches and bramble, there’s a 50/50 chance that we’ll either find trash left from somebody’s party or a headstone that’s been damaged or vandalized. We had a trash bag full of empty six packs, candy wrappers, crushed cigarette packs and bike parts.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

What Are Louisvillians Saying They Want for the City?

When Metro Government first began collecting public input on the city's 25-year plan, dubbed Vision Louisville, the Mayor's spokesman said suggestions about public transit (light rail, better bus service) were among the most popular.

Based on the suggestions the city has collected online, that seems to be the case.

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