Local News
9:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S.

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Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.

That is according to an article published today on ESPN.com that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.

Here's the article.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

What To Know About The Clark Memorial Bridge Shutdown

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Louisville traffic authorities said the first morning commute following the closure of the Clark Memorial Bridge was not as troublesome as many expected.

Major delays were expected for motorists that usually depend on the Clark Memorial Bridge, which closed Tuesday for construction on the new Ohio River downtown bridge. The Clark Memorial Bridge is expected to be closed for about six weeks.

Jim Mallory is the operation center supervisor for TRIMARC, which monitors traffic on the freeway system in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Louisville Area Prepares For Traffic Issues From Clark Memorial Bridge Shutdown

Clark Memorial Bridge
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Some Louisville area residents should be prepared for slower commutes starting Tuesday morning when the Clark Memorial Bridge temporarily shuts down, a Metro Police official said.

The bridge will be closed to motorists and pedestrians for about six weeks.

During that time, Louisville authorities will boost forces to help transition drivers who depend on the bridge connecting downtown Louisville to Southern Indiana.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Expected To Be Released This Summer

Steve Conrad
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The results of a  year-long study to determine whether Louisville Metro Police officers racially profile when making traffic stops should be available “later this summer,” police officials said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict four young African-American men on multiple charges, including robbery, stemming from the March 22 mob violence in downtown Louisville.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Grand Jury Declines to Indict 4 Men on Downtown Mob Violence Charges

(from left) Shaquazz Allen, Jerron Bush, Tyrone Booker Jr., Craig Dean
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For months, Craig  Dean and three other young Louisville men faced the possibility of felony indictments stemming from the March 22 mob violence in downtown Louisville

“I never thought March 22 would last this long,” Dean said today from the courthouse.

A Jefferson County grand jury minutes earlier had declined to indict Dean and the other three young men arrested following the outbreak of violence three months ago.

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6:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says

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Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study.

A city’s urban heat island effect is defined as the temperature difference of rural areas compared to downtown areas.  That temperature difference in Louisville ranked highest among 50 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, according to the study by Brian Stone, a professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.

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Local News
7:36 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Andy Murphy: A 'Poster Child' For Improving Fitness in Louisville

Andy Murphy (left) with his friend, Perry.
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Andy Murphy’s life changed when he met a 38-year-old man in the final stages of emphysema.

“Seeing that poor guy, all bent over—it was just one of those ‘aha’ moments,” Murphy said.

To that point, Murphy was two-pack-a-day smoker. He'd smoked since he was 14—for 35 years.

But, after he saw firsthand the effects emphysema can have on the human body, he quit smoking. He'd dedicate himself to improve his fitness.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said. 

It was 2006. Murphy had just been diagnosed with a mild case of emphysema.

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Local News
6:54 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Why Louisvillians Ride Their Bikes To Work

For Friday's Bike to Work Day, Louisville cyclists met up in area parks and rode downtown for free coffee and bananas before heading to their jobs.

Less than  2 percent of Louisville residents commute by bicycle, according to data compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine.  Some people cite safety concerns; others say the infrastructure just doesn’t suit cyclists.  But the city is working to change that. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Louisville Mayor's Budget Proposal Adds $2 Million For Youth Program—But Plan Has Critics

The first SpreadLoveLou youth event this month at Metro Hall.
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More than $2 million in Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed city budget for the next fiscal year would  go to improving youth development programs throughout Louisville.

The funds would support restorative justice programs, enhance the office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and increase hours and develop programs at community centers.

But the plan has critics.

Still, Anthony Smith, the director of the city's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said it is a “move in the right direction” anytime resources can be added to youth development.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Big Four Bridge Is Now Open on Both Sides

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Both sides of the Big Four Bridge are now open.

Early Tuesday, barriers on the Indiana side were removed and people were allowed to walk or bike across the Ohio River between Louisville and Jeffersonville. The Kentucky side of the bridge opened in February 2013. 

Mayors Greg Fischer and Mike Moore, of Louisville and Jeffersonville respectively, attended the opening Tuesday afternoon with crowds waiting to cross the bridge. 

Nancy Garner lives on the Indiana side.

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