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
5:54 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Seeks $4 Million From UPS Over Alleged Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a $4 million penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. 

The FAA says UPS did not follow federally-approved procedures for maintaining four planes, which allegedly went on more than 400 flights in 2008 and 2009. The agency further says UPS has not entirely complied with an agreement that required the company to check aircraft repairs against maintenance records. The FAA says had UPS followed the agreement, the penalty would not be necessary.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Alleged McConnell Recorder Curtis Morrison Isn't Hiding

Curtis Morrison
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

Curtis Morrison, the former Progress Kentucky volunteer who allegedly secretly recorded a meeting between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff, isn't in hiding, despite reports the FBI is looking for him.

WFPL intern Rae Hodge found him at the Flea Off Market in Louisville Saturday. She asked him several questions but Morrison only replied "I appreciate it, but I'm not talking about it right now."

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Politics
8:58 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mitch McConnell Tape Fallout: FBI Digs In, How Progress Kentucky Helps the GOP, Was it Illegal?

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

With the news broken that Progress Kentucky was behind the secret recording of a strategy meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff, there are a few questions that remain.

What happens to the people who made the tape?

Jacob Conway with the Jefferson County Democratic Party says Progress Kentucky founder Shawn Reilly and then-volunteer Curtis Morrison made the recording. 

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Politics
12:44 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Source: Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

Credit U.S. Senate

A secret recording of a campaign strategy session between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

Mother Jones Magazine released the tape this week. The meeting itself took place on Feb. 2.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes Buying Colonial Gardens to Boost South End

Colonial Gardens, now and then

For the second time, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office hopes to buy land to encourage development. 

Fischer is asking the council to approve $430,000 in general fund spending to buy Colonial Gardens in the South End.

The former beer garden was the site of Louisville's first zoo, and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.

The outside ownership and a recent landmarks declaration have been cited as reasons why the building has remained undeveloped and empty for nearly a decade.* 

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Local News
1:02 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Cautious About Cordish's Revised Center City Project

Original Center City mockup.
Credit Metro Government

Remember five years ago, when the Louisville Metro Council and then-Mayor Jerry Abramson fought over the Center City project?

Center City was to be a retail-focused expansion of the 4th Street Live entertainment district bounded by Second, Third and Liberty streets and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

WFPL Wants (Needs?) Local Music for Station Breaks

Even Devin Katayama is writing music for WFPL.

Hey, Louisville. WFPL loves local music, and we want to feature more of it on air. No, we're not taking on our beloved sister station, WFPK. We're looking for fresh songs to play in between news segments and shows throughout the day.

You know the music we use. You've been hearing it for years. It's the acoustic guitar riff that plays right after Ira Glass signs off, or that synth-and-drums number you hear underneath the credits on Sunday afternoons.

 

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Local News
5:47 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Noted Journalist, Urbanist Grady Clay Dead at 96

Grady Clay
Spcsnvsnjmc Wikimedia Commons

Journalist Grady Clay, who wrote about landscape architecture and urban planning, died Sunday in Louisville, according to sources close to his family. He was 96.

Clay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree from Columbia University. He was the real estate editor and the urban affairs editor for the Courier-Journal until 1966, but his profile extended far beyond Louisville.

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The Salt
7:55 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Less Potent Maker's Mark Not Going Down Smoothly In Kentucky

With too little distilled bourbon to meet demand, Maker's Mark is lowering the product's alcohol content from 90 to 84 proof.
Ed Reinke AP

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 7:58 pm

Kentucky is bourbon country. Bar shelves in Louisville are stocked with a crowded field of premium bourbons; the city's Theater Square Marketplace restaurant alone carries close to 170 different brands. So when news trickled out that longtime distillery Maker's Mark plans to water down its bourbon, locals were stunned.

Bourbon has to be aged at least two years — and that's where Maker's Mark got in trouble. Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels says the company simply didn't make enough.

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Environment
9:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants

Eboni Cochran of Rubbertown Emergency ACTion addresses the CSB
Credit Laura Valentine / WFPL News

After concluding that a deadly 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown could have been prevented, the Federal Chemical Safety Board has approved recommendations aimed at making sure industries won't have a chance to replicate the unsafe conditions—a move Rubbertown residents welcomed.

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