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
2:33 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U of L Medical Center Taking More Time to Find Partner

The University of Louisville Medical Center is going to take more time searching for a new business partner.

The UMC put out a request for proposals for a new partner earlier this year, with a goal to finish the deal by the end of this month. But today (Thursday), officials released a statement saying they need more time. They stress that talks have been productive, but say it may take until the end of the year to secure a deal.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

WFPL News to Participate in Park(ing) Day

Erica Peterson WFPL News

The WFPL News staff is going outside. This Friday is Park(ing) Day, when city dwellers across the country put parking spaces to new use.

Park(ing) Day re-imagines metered parking spots as public spaces. So what could be more public than public radio? WFPL will set up a streetside studio outside of our headquarters at 619 S. 4th Street.

In our space, we'll present the radio equivalent of a photo booth. Here's how it'll work:

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Local News
3:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Libertarian Candidate to Appear on Kentucky Ballot

Candidacy papers have been filed for a Libertarian presidential candidate to appear on Kentucky's ballot.

Today is the deadline for candidates' campaigns to file their paperwork for the November 6 election. Third party candidates need 5,000 signatures and $500 to appear on the ballot, and those have been turned in for Gary Johnson.

Johnson is the former two-term governor of New Mexico. His campaign coordinator in Kentucky says it took more than four months to collect enough signatures.

Local News
10:06 am
Fri September 7, 2012

General David Petraeus to Speak at U of L

Retired four-star general and current CIA director David Patraeus will visit the University of Louisville Monday.

Patraeus's biography reads like a primer on modern military history. He was commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in 2003. After the invasion, he led the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq. From there, he became head of the Multinational Force, commanding military operations in Iraq.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Louisville Area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Louisville and neighboring areas until 6 pm. Many Kentucky and Indiana counties are included in the watch.

Local News
7:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Transportation Advocates Continue Suit Over Bridges Project

Bridges Authority

The Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART) has filed a new complaint against the Ohio River Bridges Project in federal court. 

"The $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project will provide very little benefit, economic, social, environmental, or otherwise, to the vast majority of residents in the Louisville region and has significant negative economic, social  and environmental impacts on the community as a whole,  and particularly on people living in Louisville’s urban core and west end," says CART in a statement.

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Local News
9:30 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Parking Citations Remain Flat After Booting Law Changed; PARC Contemplates Tougher Rules

The number of citations issued by PARC in May-July of 2011 and in the same period this year, after the parking ordinance was changed.

New rules governing the use of immobilizing boots on the cars of parking violators in Louisville have not led to the increase in fee collection that city officials had hoped.

Since May, a change in city law has allowed parking attendants to scan every vehicle parked at a metered space and place an immobilizing boot on any cars with three or more unpaid fines. The parking authority had hoped scofflaws would pay up before using meters again, but Assistant Director Tiffany Smith says the increase in fines paid was modest.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Louisville Public Works Director Resigns

LEO Weekly (used with permission)

Louisville Metro Government Public Works Director Ted Pullen has resigned.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office has confirmed that Pullen turned in his letter of resignation at 4:30 p.m. Friday, saying he wanted to pursue other opportunities.

Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter says the search for a new director will begin immediately.

In June, WFPL requested documents from Metro Government, including "complaints filed against Louisville Metro Public Works Director Ted Pullen by Metro employees in the department since February 1, 2012." In response, we were told a complaint was pending and could not be released.

When asked later that week about any complaints against Pullen and whether his office asked Pullen to resign, Fischer told WFPL he had not asked Pullen to resign at that time. When asked whether there was an investigation into any complaints against Pullen, Fischer replied "We have personnel issues all the time and obviously we don't discuss those."

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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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