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
12:09 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Stays Flat at 8.2 Percent

The latest numbers show Kentucky's unemployment rate staying flat from May to June.

The Office of Employment and Training says the jobs rate remained at 8.2 percent, which matches the national jobless figure.

This ends a long trend of monthly declines in the unemployment rate. The rate was 8.8 at the beginning of this year, and 9.6 in June of last year.

Local News
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Map Shows Density of Bike-Car Collisions

From Map Grapher

After first finding an increase in bike-car collisions in Louisville between 2010 and 2011, the Map Grapher blog has (that's right) mapped collision density

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Local News
6:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Farmers Welcome Federal Drought Aid

Federal aid is available for farmers in 1,016 drought-stricken counties across 26 states.

A federal disaster declaration will allow the farmers to apply for low-interest loans and it will reduce the penalties for grazing livestock on land set aside for conservation.

Farmers across the country have been hard-hit by the hot and dry weather that has persisted in many parts of the country since the growing season began.

As WFPL reported on Monday:

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Local News
4:23 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Kentucky Woman Sues Pornographers for Extortion

A Kentucky woman is suing a group of pornography producers for extortion after they sued her alleging that she violated their copyrights by illegally downloading adult movies with BitTorrent software. 

From Ars Technica:

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Local News
12:20 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Time Warner Takes WLKY Off Insight Cable

For the second time this summer, a Louisville TV station has been pulled from the Insight Cable lineup.

WLKY's parent company Hearst has been in negotiations with Insight's parent company Time Warner Cable for weeks. The talks have centered around the retransmission agreement, a document that stipulates how much Time Warner pays to rebroadcast WLKY's content.

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Local News
11:15 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Negotiations Continue in Effort to Keep WLKY on Cable

Another Louisville television station may soon be temporarily unavailable to Insight Cable customers.

WLKY's parent company Hearst Television Inc. is in negotiations with Insight's owner Time Warner Cable over the station's carriage agreement, which stipulates how much the cable provider pays to rebroadcast local content. 

The previous agreement expired at the end of last month, but a bridge agreement was reached. That deal expires tonight. 

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Weather
6:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Storm Warnings Expire Around Louisville

National Weather Service

Update 9:30 pm: The warnings have expired. 

The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings for several counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

No warnings or watches are currently in effect for Jefferson County, but severe thunderstorm warnings are active in Boone, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Madison, Owen, Scott and Wolfe counties in the commonwealth. 

Rain swept through Louisville today and a line of storms continues to make its way through the area. 

Business
4:51 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Kentucky Brewers Team Up

SilkTork Wikimedia Commons

A group of Kentucky beer brewers have joined together to give themselves a louder voice in state matters.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Former Courier-Journal VP Latest to Sue Gannett Over Ageism

Former Courier-Journal  Vice President of Circulation Mike Huot was laid off last year, and is now suing the C-J and parent company Gannett for age discrimination.

Huot's total compensation was over $300,000, according to Gannett Blog. His lawsuit alleges that the paper brought in a younger employee to replace him. 

Today, Gannett Blog posted a copy of Huot's lawsuit.

 

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Local News
10:16 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Storms Leave Thousands of Louisville Residents Without Power

Updated 10:00 am: 438 customers still affected by the power outages.

Updated 6:30 am: Power outages are still affecting over 6,000 LG&E customers.

Storms that passed through Louisville Sunday night left thousands of Louisville Gas and Electric customers without power. At the peak of the outages, more than 10,000 LG&E customers in Louisville had lost power. That number dropped throughout the night, dipping to around 6,000 shortly before 1 am. 

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