Local News
9:32 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Indiana Side of Big Four Bridge Is Opening This Afternoon

The Big Four Bridge opening in 2013.
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  Louisville and Jeffersonville's mayors are reopening the long-awaited  Big Four Bridge at 2 p.m. today.

The public is invited to gather at either side of the pedestrian bridge.

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7:31 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Louisville Attorney to Seek Jefferson County School Board Seat

Stephanie Horne
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A new candidate has entered the race for a soon-to-be open seat on the Jefferson County School Board.

Louisville attorney Stephanie Horne is looking to fill Debbie Wesslund’s seat in the board’s 3rd district, which covers northeast Jefferson County.

Wesslund announced in March that she was stepping down after her term ends.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Louisville Council Republicans Want to Toss Ban on Plastic Bags for Yard Waste

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The members of the Louisville Metro Council Republican caucus plan to fight back against a proposed ban on using plastic bags to store yard waste.

In a unanimous vote, the Metro Solid Waste Board voted this week to require yard waste for pickup to be placed in bins or compostable containers

Supporters argue it is a needed measure to help the environment, but the nine-member GOP caucus called it an illegitimate decision made by an unelected board.

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Local News
3:22 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are Preservation Louisville's 10 Most Endangered Places in 2014

Lampton Baptist Church
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Preservation Louisville is calling for community support to help save and rejuvenate some of the city's most endangered historic places.

The Louisville buildings are part of an annual list released by the non-profit to highlight properties  most at risk of being demolished or wrecked beyond repair.

Preservation Louisville works to protect the architectural heritage of the community and is asking for donations to help fund the much needed preservation work on properties including vacant and abandoned homes, old corner store fronts and historic churches.

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Local News
9:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Human Trafficking Spikes During Kentucky Derby Week, Activists Say

Activists gathering to protest human trafficking in downtown Louisville.
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  The Kentucky Derby is often associated with roses, mint juleps and million-dollar horses, but some residents have a darker association with Louisville’s largest sporting event—human trafficking.

More than 20 million people worldwide are forced involved in forced labor, though it is difficult to determine how many people are forced into labor as a result of human trafficking because of the underground nature of the industry, according to data provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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1:35 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Speaking in Louisville, Hillary Clinton Calls For Policies That Advance Women

Hillary Clinton
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The U.S. needs better efforts to advance gender equality and more opportunities for women to make contributions to the country’s growth, Hillary Clinton told a crowd of nearly 7,000 in Louisville on Saturday during the United Methodist Women's Assembly.

When women are denied the opportunity to participate, they cannot support the economy, said Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, senator, first lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City

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The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.

City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.

Christen Boone is the director of the Greater Louisville Project, which updated the list.   She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood

 Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.

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7:40 am
Sun April 13, 2014

UofL, JCTC Want People Who've Done the Coursework to Get Their Associates Degrees

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The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College want to add to the city's 55,000 Degrees initiative by granting associates degrees to transfer students who've already done the coursework but never got around to applying for the two-year degree.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Saturday's Thunder Over Louisville Will Have More Security 'Than Ever Before'

The 2012 Thunder Over Louisville
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Security at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville  will be boosted like never before.  

More than 1,100 police officers from Louisville Metro Police Department and several other agencies will be working at the aircraft and fireworks show.

"More than ever before," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said Monday during a news conference.

Conrad is also asking parents to accompany their children to the event and report any missing children as soon as possible.

“Safety starts with proper parental supervision,” he said. 

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