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9:57 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Prepares For Interstate Lane Closures

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Kentucky officials are preparing to close two areas of the downtown Louisville interstate until 2016 to construct the Ohio River Bridges Project’s new I-65 bridge.

The largest closure will be the ramp leading from I-64 East to I-65 South, which will shut down to commuters on July 15.

The exchange gets around 8,000 vehicles per day, but it’s also the least used ramp in the interchange, says Andy Barber, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s project manager for the Bridges Project.

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Local News
9:56 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Louisville Protesters to Ask U.S. to 'Restore the Fourth'

A group plans to protest at noon Thursday at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville against the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

A Political Career May Still be in Heather French Henry's Future

Heather French Henry
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Heather French Henry may enter politics one day, but not now.

And, if she does, it could be at the state, federal or local level.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Downtown Trolley Hop Adds South Fourth Street Route

Studio clay by Laura Ross opens at the new Craft(s) Gallery on South Fourth Street this Friday.
Craft(s) Gallery

The Louisville Downtown Management District extends its First Friday downtown Trolley Hop route this Friday. The new route connects the art galleries on South Fourth Street to the existing downtown art hop, which runs 5-11 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. 

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Louisville's Law Enforcement Agencies to Target Violent Offenders

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Louisville law enforcement is working more closely with state and federal officials to answer violent city crime.

“The message that we are very, very clearly trying to send to would-be criminals out there is to think twice before using a gun in the commission of any crime,” says Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad. “You can find yourselves literally spending the rest of your life in federal prison.”

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Politics
4:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell Touts His Experience, Influence Compared to Alison Lundergan Grimes

Mitch McConnell
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From Mitch McConnell's perspective, the 2014 race for his U.S. Senate seat comes down to in large part to his influence and many years of experience in Washington, D.C.

McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, spoke to reporters on Wednesday after a groundbreaking for the final phase of the Parklands of Floyds Fork project in southeastern Jefferson County. He addressed the entry on Monday into the senate race of Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Most Years, Soot Pollution and Fireworks Go Hand-in-Hand on Independence Day

As Louisville celebrates the Fourth of July, there will be both Metro-sanctioned and rogue fireworks displays. In the past, this has often caused uncharacteristically high air pollution in the city.

These days, Louisville has issues with some kinds of air pollution. When you hear about an air quality alert, it’s almost always for high ozone levels. Particle pollution—or soot—levels in the city’s air have been fairly low in recent years.

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Local News
2:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Final Construction Phase Begins for Parklands of Floyds Fork

Rendering of what the Parklands of Floyds Fork will look like.
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Work is underway to incorporate 2,400 acres in southeastern Jefferson County into the Parklands of Floyds Fork project along the Floyds Fork watershed.

The start of the fourth and final phase was commemorated Wednesday by the project’s developer, 21st Century Parks and by several Louisville leaders, including Mayor Greg Fischer and Humana founder David Jones Sr., who helped launch and raise money for  the project.

The final phase focuses on Turkey Run and Broad Run parks.

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2:21 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Ashley Judd 'Ready to Fight' Beside Alison Lundergan Grimes in Race Against Mitch McConnell

Ashley Judd
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FRANKFORT — Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state who announced Monday she would challenge U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid next year.

Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet Tuesday.

Judd, a former Kentucky resident now living in Tennessee, announced in March that she wouldn't run against McConnell. When Judd pulled out, Democratic leaders turned to Grimes as their candidate of choice.

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Local News
1:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Indiana Auditor Tim Berry to be New State GOP Chair

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has picked state Auditor Tim Berry as the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.

Berry will leave his job at the Statehouse to run the party full time and Pence campaign manager Kyle Robertson will take over as the state party's executive director.

Berry is from Fort Wayne and is in his second term as state auditor after serving eight years as state treasurer.

He will replace Eric Holcomb, who resigned last month to become U.S. Sen. Dan Coats' state chief of staff.

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