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2:13 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Large Crowd Welcomes Soft Opening of Big Four Bridge

The Big Four Bridge reopens.
Credit Laura Valentine/WFPL

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stands behind the gates Thursday holding back a large group of pedestrians, bicyclists and pets that will hike up the spiral walkway and onto the Big Four Bridge.

"Count it down," someone yells, anticipating the gates being lifted.

Instead, a sound of a railroad locomotive plays over the speakers, kicking off the bridge's soft-opening, representing the days when the bridge was used for trains.

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Politics
2:01 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nursing Home Group Launches Ads in Support of Medical Review Bill

Groups supporting  a bill creating medical panels to review allegations of nursing home abuse are taking their cause to the airwaves.

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities this week released a 60 second television radio ad, urging people to support Senate Bill 9.

The group is made up of nursing homes who want the review panels—which is called for in Senate Bill 9— as a safeguard against what they call overreaching trial lawyers.

The ad takes aim directly at the lawyers.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Big Four Bridge Opens

Credit Laura Valentine/WFPL

The Big Four Bridge opened Thursday morning and a big crowd showed up. WFPL will have a story later.  Until then, here are photos:

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Politics
12:50 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Child Advocates Rally, Urge Kentucky Leaders to Restore Cut Child Care Funding

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for Kentucky children on Thursday called for state leaders to provide funds and stave off recently announced cuts to programs that provide assistance for child care costs and to family members who take in young relatives.

The calls were made Thursday at the ninth annual Children Advocacy Day rally, which organizers estimated more than 1,000 people joined. Because of the crowd's size, the rally was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to outside.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bill Addressing Gun Violence in Kentucky

Mary Lou Marzian
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Hoping to reduce gun violence in Kentucky, a group of Democratic lawmakers have filed a bill  that would allow Kentucky State Police to set regulations banning certain firearms or high-capacity magazines.

The bill, which state Sen. Kathy Stein plans to file in the Senate on Thursday, would also allow cities and colleges to regulate guns and would require private background checks  for every gun sale in Kentucky.

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Local News
11:11 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Crawford Sheriff Identifies 3 of 5 Victims in Fatal Southern Indiana Fire

SULPHUR, Ind. —Authorities have released the names of three of the five people killed in an overnight mobile home fire in southern Indiana.

Crawford County Sheriff Tim Wilkerson says 32-year-old John Denton died in Thursday's fire along with his 8-year-old daughter, Kara Denton, and his 35-year-old half brother, Bill Turben.

John Denton's girlfriend and her 3-year-old son also died, but police have not released their names.

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Local News
8:28 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Update: Carbide Ignored Warning Signs Before March 2011 Explosion in Rubbertown

A hole in Carbide's furnace
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

The federal Chemical Safety Board says Carbide Industries ignored warning signs and could have prevented a deadly explosion at a plant in Louisville two years ago.

Today, the CSB released the results of its investigation into the March 2011 furnace explosion at Carbide's Rubbertown facility that killed two workers and injured two others. (Read the report here.)

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Big Break: History Lessons

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our emerging performers learn and teach some unique history lessons.Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks gets fitted for costumes for the upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" and takes us on a tour of the costume shop. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach uses Roman history to write a play in 24 hours, and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond goes on tour to local schools, teaching American history through song.

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Politics
9:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Citing Bleak Economic Outlook, Beshear Pushes for More Tax Revenue for Education, Pensions

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear is encouraging lawmakers to take bold stances in reforming the state's tax code,  before past budget decisions and cuts cripple Kentucky.

Beshear made the pleas Wednesday night in his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

(Read the State of the Commonwealth address.)

The speech focused on the state's lack of revenue—and how reforming the tax code would allow enough new money to solve the state's pension problems, plus increase funding for education.

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