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. 


Local News
6:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Here's What the Southwest Regional Library Will Look Like

The plans are out for the long-awaited Southwest Regional Library.

The SRL is a proposed 40,000 square-foot facility at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road. It's meant to serve some 100,000 residents from across the area. Other regional libraries are planned for northeast and south-central Louisville.

While unveiling the plans, city officials touted the new library's size and scope. In addition to 100,000 books, they say the library will feature modern technology, computer access and large meeting rooms. The plans also call for the SRL to meet LEED standards.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

More Books: Craig Buthod on the Future of Libraries

Credit Creative Commons

Louisville officials on Monday night will unveil the designs for a new Southwest Regional Library. The library will be in Valley Station and is meant to be a source of information and a meeting place for 100,000 nearby residents.

"I think the library's going to become one of the most important, if not the most important public outpost in that part of the community,” said Craig Buthod, director of Louisville Free Public Library.


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1:27 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Industrial Hemp Gets New Kentucky Supporter: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Updated: Joining his fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now supports industrial hemp. 


In a statement released Thursday, McConnell said Paul and Comer—both Republicans, like McConnell—have convinced him that growing hemp for paper, oil and other purposes would be an economic boon for Kentucky farmers.


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Local News
2:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

The now-shuttered Kentucky Kingdom.
Credit File photo

Gov. Steve Beshear says he approves of a plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

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Local News
4:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCPS Open, On Schedule Wednesday

  After Tuesday night's winter weather, all Jefferson County Public Schools are open and running on their regular schedules. District officials announced the decision early this morning.

City crews began treating the roads last night as precipitation fell.

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Local News
2:54 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Legislation Would Reimburse Low-Income Kentuckians for Bridge Tolls on Commute

The planned downtown bridge.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Low-income Kentuckians who work in other states would be exempt from paying bridge tolls under a new bill filed in the General Assembly.

House Bill 129 would allow any Kentuckian who commutes across state lines and who qualify for the earned income tax credit to seek reimbursement for tolls they pay going to and from work.

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Colleagues Say J. Blaine Hudson's Legacy of Activism and Education Served Crucial Role in City

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

When J. Blaine Hudson became dean of the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences eight years ago, it was significant. He was leading a school he had not only attended, but had years ago protested because of the lack of opportunities for African-American students.

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Local News
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer 'Leaning Toward' Running for Second Term

Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he's leaning toward running for a second term — and he will not run for the U.S. Senate again.

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Local News
1:01 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Longtime Family-Run Burger's Market Closing

Credit Google Maps

Decades of Burger family tradition ends in a few months.

“For 40 years, one of us has opened the store, one of us has closed it,” Tony Burger says. 

He's talking about Burger's Market,the small, family-run grocery that stands across from the Louisville Collegiate School. It's something of a landmark for commuters on Grinstead Drive.

Burger's Market closes in March.

The Burger family has run the store since 1958, when the father of the current owners Tony and Jeff Burger  purchased it. Tony is now 65 and Jeff is 64, and Tony says it's time to retire.

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Local News
2:25 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

It Snowed, It May Snow More, Heavy Accumulation Unlikely

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

This morning, as Louisvillians pulled up their Facebook feeds, they found, mixed among the expected taunts about the upcoming UK/U of L basketball game, photos of local snow accumulation.

The National Weather Service says more snow may fall throughout Saturday, tapering off after sundown. There is a slight chance of snow on Monday and Tuesday, but the heaviest is likely passed, says the NWS.

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