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
1:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers

ABC News' Nighline program will air a piece this evening on Savannah Dietrich, the Louisville teenager who faced contempt charges for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her.

Attorneys said the tweet violated the confidentiality of the juvenile proceeding. But Dietrich's story spread rapidly across the Internet, and Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley calls Dietrich "a bit of a First Amendment hero" in the Nightline piece:

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Local News
9:56 am
Sat August 18, 2012

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Local News
4:23 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Sounds of the State Fair

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

This is the opening weekend of the Kentucky State Fair, and what better time to revisit Devin Katayama's radio portrait of the fair from last year? 

For anyone anticipating an afternoon on the midway, let this get you even more excited. For those of you who would rather skip the whole thing, this is your vicarious visit. 

Local News
5:17 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Kentucky Again Among Most Obese States

2011 Obesity Data
CDC

A new government survey once again ranks Kentucky among several states with very high obesity rates.

Overall, more than a third of American adults are obese, but rates vary by location. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

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Politics
11:49 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Violence Prevention Task Force Seeks Volunteers for Response Teams

In its first official public action, Louisville's Violence Prevention Work Group has put out a call for volunteers for a new crisis response team.

As the name implies, the response team will be sent to crisis situations (typically crime scenes) to work with bystanders, family members, witnesses, etc. and help alleviate the trauma. The team would ideally help prevent the actions that spurred the creation of the Violence Prevention Work Group in the first place.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Veterinarians Will Be Watching for Swine Flu at Kentucky State Fair

Veterinarians will be watching for evidence of swine flu during this year's Kentucky State Fair as health officials nationwide have reported a five-fold increase of a new strain of the flu that spreads from pigs to people.

State veterinarians will staff the swine pavilion and visually inspect all swine. Animals that are coughing, sneezing or have labored breathing will be isolated and tested.

Fair Board President Harold Workman says the fair is prepared for the slightest sign of an outbreak and the public will be notified immediately if swine flu is found.

Local News
3:53 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

TARC Cuts Take Effect This Weekend

A month after a fare increase took effect, the Transit Authority of River City will alter several of its routes, effective Sunday.

Five routes will be eliminated and ten more will be altered. These cuts and more were proposed this spring after TARC saw a drop in revenue. After a flood of public comments, TARC instituted a rate increase but held off on changing some routes.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Sets Hearing in Christian Health Care Group Controversy

The dispute between a Christians-only health plan and the Kentucky state government will result in a court hearing later this month.

Medi-Share is a Florida-based ministry. Members can pay into the plan, then withdraw funds to pay medical bills. The state Supreme Court has classified Medi-Share as an insurance company that is not allowed religious exemptions to state law. Recently, the dispute garnered the attention of local tea partiers, who took Medi-Share's side.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

TARC Gets Federal Grant for New Buses

WFPL File Photo

The Transit Authority of River City has received another federal grant to purchase new buses.

Most of the news about TARC involves cuts, since the authority's funding is tied to the city occupational tax.

But recently, TARC has won grants to replace aging vehicles. The latest award is for $4 million, which is enough to buy a dozen buses that more cleanly burn diesel fuel.

Previously, a grant was used to order 27 new buses, eleven of them hybrids.

In all, there are 210 buses in TARC's fleet. The new vehicles will be on the street next year.

Local News
4:53 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Federal Government Approves Tolls for Bridges Project

Bridges Authority

The federal government has approved the tolling plan for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

This means the project has cleared its final federal hurdle, and tolls may be placed on the new East End Bridge, the new downtown bridge and the existing Interstate 65 span.

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