Gabe Bullard

Director of News and Editorial Strategy

Gabe Bullard joined WFPL in 2008 as a reporter on the city politics beat. Since then, he's reported, blogged, hosted and edited during elections, severe weather and the Fairdale Sasquatch scare of 2009. Before coming to Louisville, Gabe lived in St. Louis, which was his home base for years of growing up, studying and interning at various media outlets around the country. 

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Local News
12:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

As Ground is Broken, River Fields Continues Bridges Fight

Ohio River Bridges Project

Officials from Kentucky, Indiana and the federal government are celebrating what they call the start of construction on the long-planned Ohio River Bridges Project. But a preservation group will continue its fight against a portion of the plan.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

State Fair Attendance Drops

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

New calculations show that Kentucky State Fair attendance dropped slightly this year, but state officials say the event was still a success.

Attendance was just under 600,000 for the 11-day event. That's about 5,000 fewer people than the year before and the first time since 2008 that attendance was below 600,000.

Attendance has varied for the last decade, fluctuating by several thousand year to year.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Wild Turkey Distillery Design Unveiled

De Leon & Primmer

As interest in Kentucky bourbon grows, construction has begun on a $4 million visitor center for the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg.

The AP reports:

Gov. Steve Beshear was among officials who attended a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the facility, which is expected to open in April, ahead of a new 125,000-square-foot packaging facility, which is set to open next fall.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Open Savannah Dietrich Case Files

A Jefferson District Circuit Judge will open the files surrounding the Savannah Dietrich case.

The County Attorney's office confirms that Judge Angela McCormick Bisig has ordered the case to be opened in response to a request filed by the Courier-Journal newspaper

Dietrich, 17, first made national headlines earlier this summer. She was sexually assaulted, then, after a juvenile court proceeding, tweeted the names of her attackers in response to what she felt was too light a sentence from the judge.

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Education
8:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

JCPS Approves Tax Increase

The Jefferson County School Board has approved a 3.4 property tax increase.

The increase was proposed in light of dwindling state and federal funding. It will generate about $17 million for the district, and cost homeowners about $23 for every $100,000 their houses are worth.

The revenue will be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Local News
12:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Shows Coming to WFPL

We're changing our weekday and weekend schedule on WFPL to bring you new and exciting shows and to highlight some of our long-time favorites.

Starting next week, we'll broadcast two hours of Talk of the Nation on weekdays. This is a busy election season, and with Talk of the Nation from 2-4, you can stay informed and participate in the conversation more than ever before.

But that doesn't mean Q is out of the picture. Every day, Jian Ghomeshi gives us the latest in arts and culture, and we'll bring you Q at 7:00 pm on weekdays.

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Local News
12:47 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Why Are We So Excited About the Derby Clock?

The Louisville Clock
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Derby Clock (technically called the Louisville Clock) is back on Fourth Street. 

Barney Bright's kinetic sculpture was first dedicated in 1976 in the Louisville Galleria. Over the subsequent 36 years, the clock has been broken, repaired and moved. It was placed in Theater Square last year and crews have spent the last few weeks making sure the carved figurines that run a mock horse race around the clock are in working order. 

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Politics
1:05 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

More Data Coming Soon to City Data Website

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled his office's long-planned data tracking system, LouieStat.

LouieStat is meant to be the source for significant data on Metro Government. It's supposed to track everything from pothole locations to release rates at Metro Animal Services to overtime hours of public employees.

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Politics
10:06 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Mayor's Office Says Seven Groups Haven't Documented Grant Spending

Mayor Greg Fischer's office has released the findings of a review of grant funds given to local nonprofits.

About 200 organizations received grants through Metro Council members' Neighborhood Development Funds in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. After controversies about how that money was being spent, Fischer announced the review, noting that it's in line with a city policy that was not previously enforced.

The mayor's office released a statement this morning saying seven groups did not turn in the proper paperwork to show how their city grants were spent.

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Education
11:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Superintendent Donna Hargens: Live Interview Today at 1:00

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will be live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today at 1:00 pm.

She'll talk with Devin Katayama about the first day of school, district management and the upcoming school board elections. We'll also be taking your calls at (502) 814-8255. You can also leave your questions or comments here. 

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