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
5:02 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

WLKY Begins Cable Negotiations

WLKY-TV posted what was once a fairly routine notice on its website today.

Notice to Insight cable subscribers: WLKY-TV's parent company, Hearst Television, is currently negotiating a renewal of its carriage agreement with Insight.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Louisville Puts Economic Data Online

Metro Government has launched a website that features charts of local economic data.

The site features information from the Kentucky State Data Center, and some of it is painful. For instance, looking through the site, you can see that population growth has slowed, wages have dropped and employment remained flat for most of the time after the recession (but it is on the upswing now). 

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Local News
5:15 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws, Will Not Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

After nine months of planning, Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to re-open the Kentucky Kindgom theme park. 

According to a release, Bluegrass Boardwalk owners the Koch family—who also own Holiday World in southern Indiana—say leasing the park from the state would not fit in their business model. Further, CEO Natalie Koch cites "the many layers of governmental regulations and stipulations" as a reason for withdrawing. 

The announcement comes shortly after the company pushed back the planned re-opening to 2014, and days after the state approved up to $3.9 million in tax incentives for the project. The park closed in 2009 when previous owner Six Flags went bankrupt. This is the second failed attempt to re-open the park since. Businessman Ed Hart, who owned Kentucky Kingdom before it was purchased by Six Flags, was in talks with the state shortly after the park closed. 

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Local News
2:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Here Is A Video of the Louisville Clock In Action

The Louisville Clock has been installed in Theater Square. Crews are testing it out for the next few weeks to make sure everything is functioning properly. Here is one of the tests:

Environment
11:54 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Air Quality Alerts Issued for Friday and Saturday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality alert for Friday and Saturday. Ozone levels are forecasted to be high, and unhealthy for sensitive groups including the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

These are the sixth and seventh alerts issued this year. The alerts are predictions, and so far, the air has not exceeded health standards on any alert days. However, yesterdaythere was no alert, and ozone levels did reach an unhealthy level for sensitive groups. It was the first time that happened this year.

Local News
10:43 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Court of Appeals Says Family Foundation Must Be Allowed to Weigh In on Instant Racing

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a judge's ruling allowing race tracks to allow betting on historic horse racing.

Local News
5:05 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Lexington Company Seeking to Buy WBKI

WBKI-TV in Louisville could soon have a new owner.

Lynn Martin of Lexington is seeking FCC approval to purchase WBKI. Martin's company, LM Communications, owns a dozen radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and South Carolina.

WBKI is Louisville's CW network affiliate, and it broadcasts minimal local content. It's currently owned by Louisville TV Licenses, but run through an agreement with the Belo Corporation, which also owns WHAS-TV in Louisville.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kentucky Unemployment Drops to Match National Rate at 8.2 Percent

The Kentucky's jobless rate has fallen to 8.2 percent.

The latest figures from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training show the unemployment dropping last month from 8.3 percent in April. This is the 10 consecutive month that a decrease was recorded.

It's also the first time since 2004 that Kentucky unemployment has been equal to or better than the national unemployment rate, which was also 8.2 percent for May.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

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