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
5:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

NTSB: Flight Recorder from Crashed UPS Plane Not Yet Retrieved

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National Transportation Safety Board officials say they are not yet able to gather the flight recorder as part of the UPS plane that crashed Wednesday morning was still burning into the evening. Further, it's not expected that the NTSB will determine the cause of the crash for some time.

The A300 cargo plane crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama, and was en route from Louisville. Both crew members have been reported dead.

(Related: WFPL's previous coverage of the plane crash)

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Local News
3:39 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Mammoth Cave Store Stops Selling Alcohol

Mammoth Cave
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Attention Kentucky cavers: drunken spelunkin' is now BYOB.

After Aug. 17, the campground store in Mammoth Cave National Park will no longer sell alcohol.

The store started selling alcohol last year, and park rangers noticed a sharp increase in criminal offenses related to alcohol.

"DUI, public intoxication, open container and so forth and so on," says Chief Park Ranger Brad McDougal. "The increase in the workload was really just too much for our current manpower levels."

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Politics
1:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Controversial Liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky Shuts Down

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The controversy-plagued super PAC Progress Kentucky is no more.

The Federal Election Commission has posted the termination letter acknowledging that Progress Kentucky founder and treasurer Shawn Reilly sought to close the PAC.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Dick Lugar Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta Lynn
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 Which is better, four Grammy awards or the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Ask Loretta Lynn, she's earned both.

The 81-year-old native of Butcher Hollow, Ky.,  and former Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana are two locals on the latest list of recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor. Also on the list are former President Bill Clinton, newsman Ben Bradlee, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Who Owns the Brrr Tag and Were Regalo's T-Shirts OK?

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This week, Louisville police arrested a man many people suspect to be the mysterious graffiti tagger Brrr.

Philip Rodriguez, 25,  is accused of, among other things, stealing a batch of T-shirts from the downtown gift shop Regalo. The arrest warrant says Rodriguez claimed the design on the t-shirts was copyrighted.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Was Brrr Arrested?

The Brrr shirt at Regalo
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Update: The comments on the story have raised a few questions about the t-shirts and copyright of graffiti. We talked about that with an intellectual property lawyer. Here you go. 

You've seen Brrr's work. It's pervasive. The round face with eyes half-closed accompanied by the letters "BRRR" is drawn on walls, trash cans, overpasses and even portable toilets all over Louisville.

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Food and Dining
1:31 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

WAVE 3's Eric Flack and Grind's Liz Huot Discuss Report on Food Truck Cleanliness

Last month, WAVE 3's Troubleshooter Eric Flack did a story on food truck safety. In the piece, Flack points out that some mobile food vendors aren't following the letter of the law when it comes to sanitation.

Criticism followed.

Fans of food trucks took to Twitter to pick the piece apart. They said it was overly broad, that Flack had found some bad behavior and implied it was endemic of all food trucks. They accused him of taking clips out of context.

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Local News
9:43 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Kentucky Preteen Skyler Hornback Sets Jeopardy Record

Skyler Hornback
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Skyler Hornback, a 12-year-old from Sonora, Kentucky, won $66,600 on the game show Jeopardy on Wednesday.

This was part of the show's Kids Week, but there's nothing childish about that total.

It's the third-highest one-day total in the show's history (behind $77,000 and $75,000) and far ahead of the previous single-day Kids Week total of $49,000, according to the show.

What's more, Hornback won with a question about Abraham Lincoln. (Kentucky!)

Check it out:

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Local News
5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott: West, Southwest Residents Should Weigh in on Vision Louisville Plan

  Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott wants residents of west and southwest Louisville to weigh in on the city's 25-year plan this week.

The mayor's office has been gathering citizen input on the city's future online and in a series of public meetings for a project called Vision Louisville. The ideas will be compiled and incorporated into a master plan for development.

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Local News
6:33 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Fairness Campaign Focuses on Discrimination Issues; Supports Ky. Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

Chris Hartman
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The head of Louisville's Fairness Campaign says a recent challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage may bring more attention to the disparity in rights that exists in the state.

The Fairness Campaign has long fought to pass city and state-level laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment. Now, Louisville residents Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke have filed suit on Friday challenging Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. 

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