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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

Under the current language of the bill, the dealers who sold drugs to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman could be charged with homicide, if they were in Kentucky. The same goes for the dealers' suppliers.

That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.

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Local News
7:47 am
Sun December 15, 2013

A Year Later, Louisville Woman's Murder Remains Unsolved, Unexplained

Cheryl Williamson
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It took one, very long sleepless night to complete that crystal-encrusted costume.

“Jesus,” Terrance Williams says. “We stayed up all night putting diamonds on that black shirt.”

Williams’ best friend, Cheryl Williamson, was competing in the 2011 Miss Omega Pageant at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, and she demanded perfection before she’d take the stage.

“I always go to that video and watch it,” he says. “We all do, actually. It’s pretty funny.”

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Local News
7:14 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Map: Where Criminal Homicides Happened in Louisville in 2013 to Date

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The data is preliminary, but overall crime has declined slightly (about .5 percent) in Louisville Metro Police's jurisdiction this year through November, compared to the same time period last year, Chief Steve Conrad said.

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Media Critic
6:54 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Media Critic: Louisville TV News Stations Devote 40 Percent of Their Time to Crime Reporting

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Each October, journalism students at duPont Manual High School watch 20 days of local television news, categorize the types of stories they see, and compile the results. In my second and third columns for WFPL, I discussed their main finding from October 2012, which is that local TV news is swamped with crime coverage.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest

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Racial disparities in marijuana arrests have more to do with the neighborhoods where Louisville Metro Police focuses its attention than with race, Chief Steve Conrad says.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

News Special at 1 p.m. Today: Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad

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Statistics point to a declining trend for crime in Metro Louisville, but concerns about violence endure.

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Strange Fruit
2:19 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Strange Fruit: 'Tracking Fire' Documentary Tells Story of Deadly Anti-LGBTQ Attack in 1973

It's one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in U.S. history - and even if you're an activist or scholar, there's a good chance you've never heard of it.
 

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Local News
1:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Louisville Leaders Outline How Far Anti-Violence Efforts Have Come, Where They're Headed

Participants in Louisville's anti-violence efforts pose for a picture following the one-year progress report.

Louisville officials have outlined progress from its violence prevention work over the past year and have provided a number of long-term goals that include supporting ex-convicts and continuing to build partnerships around the city.

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Local News
6:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad: 'We Have More Work To Do' Despite Crime Decrease

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Complex factors play into crime rates, but Louisville Metro Police's efforts in community engagement, "intelligence-led" policing and targeting repeat offenders are helping drive numbers downward, Chief Steve Conrad told WFPL on Tuesday.

"We believe that the work of the men and women that are out there doing the job is important and their efforts do have an impact on crime, but there are so many other external factors that often are beyond our control," Conrad said.

Conrad was speaking as the FBI released its annual set of national and local crime statistics. 

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Local News
1:10 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Overall Crime Drops in Louisville, but Homicides and Aggrevated Assaults Rise, FBI Says

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The number of violent crime in Metro Louisville decreased 2.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and property crime decreased 10.5 percent during the same time period, according to new FBI statistics released this week.

Homicides—as defined by the FBI—increased from 48 to 62 from '11 to '12 and aggravated assault increased 8.4 percent, the FBI said. But robberies decreased 15 percent and "forcible rape," as the FBI calls it, decreased 19.4 percent.

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