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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interviewed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a speaking event at the University of Louisville on Monday.

McConnell did not ask Pompeo about the ongoing impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump or whether Pompeo would resign to run for U.S. Senate in his home state of Kansas.

(McConnell has been an outspoken advocate for Pompeo to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas.)

City Clears Large Homeless Camp In Louisville

Apr 1, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin

The city has cleared one of Louisville’s largest homeless camps, leaving some wondering where to go next

Crews arrived early Monday morning to clean the camp at the intersection of Jefferson and Jackson streets, under the highway overpass. Cory Wright watched as city workers and inmate laborers hauled clothes, crates and bed frames into trash compactors. Wright has called this camp home since he moved here from Miami two months ago. Now he is unsure where to go next, and feels like the city doesn’t care for homeless people.

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A Louisville-based, for-profit, private university is bringing a learning center to Graves County. The Sullivan University facility is slated to open in the Mayfield Plaza in early 2019.

Community Partnerships Vice President David Keene says the center will offer different classes based on community needs. He says the 7,000 square foot space will include two classrooms, a conference room, a break area and offices. He says the center is restricted on what it can teach and majority of classwork will be completed online.

Save-A-Lot Closure Marks Loss to Louisville Community

Oct 25, 2018
Kyeland Jackson / WFPL

The Save-A-Lot grocery store in Shelby Park in Louisville closed over the weekend, and local residents say it’s a big loss for the community. 

The discount supermarket was closed Sunday after its parent company filed for bankruptcy, according to former store manager Michelle Acres. 

Jeffrey Knoerr used to work at that Save-A-Lot, and he says it was very important to the neighborhood.

CREATIVE COMMONS

  Drug companies may have to disclose in television ads how much a drug costs under a proposal the Trump administration released this week. The move is an effort to prompt more transparency in drug pricing. 

WFPL's Lisa Gillespie spoke with Sarah Ferguson, a mother who is concerned about her daughter's insulin costs. 

Jessie Jackson To Speak In Louisville

Sep 14, 2018
Biography.com

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak Saturday in Louisville. 

The civil rights leader is taking part in The Angela Project Conference. The Angela Project is a three-year commemoration of the 400th anniversary of black enslavement in America. 
The conference is co-sponsored by Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Simmons College and other organizations. 
Jackson will speak during an 11 a.m. session and worship service Saturday  at St. Stephen Baptist Church (on West Kentucky Street). 
 

Many people think of internet as a utility -- as essential as water or electricity. But in the Louisville area, nearly one in five households aren’t connected to the internet. The rate is even higher for the poorest households. WFPL’s Amina Elahi reports that some people in Louisville who can’t afford high-speed internet service are turning to lower cost and lower speed options.
 

Kyeland Jackson/WFPL

Cheese bowed his head into the cool grass, lay down, and ate a popsicle. On every side, children petted the 10-year-old pit bull. A parent read Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham aloud. Nearly a dozen people gathered that warm evening on August 30 to celebrate Cheese’s life. They knew that would be his last full day alive.

Cheese was first brought to the Louisville Metro Animal Services shelter in 2016.

‘Cheese’ was already his name at that point; the warts that pocked his golden-brown fur reminded shelter workers of moldy cheese, and the moniker stuck.

21C

The owners of 21c Museum Hotels are selling a majority interest in their company to the multinational AccorHotels group. 

AccorHotels announced Tuesday that it’s acquiring 85 percent of 21c from founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The purchase price is $51 million. 

Brown and Wilson established the flagship 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville in 2006. The company now operates eight properties in seven states, including one in Lexington, with three more in development.

This week in Kentucky politics, speculation flared that Kentucky’s new education leaders would try to take over Louisville’s public school district. Plus, a judge ruled that Attorney General Andy Beshear  can sue the governor over the pension bill that was signed into law earlier this month. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

Churchill Downs

Construction is officially underway on a new venture by Churchill Downs racetrack. It’s investing $60 million in a historical racing facility in Louisville, called Derby City Gaming. Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site Wednesday. 

The facility, at the old Trackside—or Sports Spectrum site—off Poplar Level Road, will house 600 historical racing machines that allow patrons to bet on videos of previously run thoroughbred races.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

 

Many towns and cities across the Ohio Valley try to improve their business environment with tax breaks, site development, and other incentives.

But how about investing in compassion?  


The 'Joy' of Travel on Eastern Standard

May 23, 2017
Julia Dake

It’s the time of year when people are either beginning holiday and summer travel or finalizing their plans.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss the Joys of Travel, in light of recent events and changes, especially in the airline industry.

 

 

J. Tyler Franklin - WFPL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for President Donald Trump say he did nothing wrong as a candidate when protesters said they were roughed up by his supporters at a campaign rally in Louisville last year.

 

Trump's team responded Friday to their lawsuit in federal court, saying the protesters waived their right to sue by buying tickets to the event. Trump's response also says he's immune as president from such suits.

Trump's team also denies that he was urging the crowd to take action against the protesters when he repeatedly said "get them out of here."

Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

President Donald Trump will be in Louisville, Kentucky Monday  evening.  As Cheri Lawson reports, the trip comes as the president is in what the White House calls ‘sell mode’ for the Republican healthcare bill, with a vote in the House planned for this week.  

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has been outspoken in his opposition to the replacement bill because it doesn’t go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats are planning a protest outside Louisville's Freedom Hall.

 

A controversial bill that would change the way local school districts assign students to schools is running out of time as lawmakers close in on the final four working days of the General Assembly.

The bill would give priority to students who live closest to schools — and would likely mean the end of Louisville’s anti-segregation program designed to mingle students from different races, backgrounds and parts of town in the same schools.

Officer.com

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly approved legislation focused on reducing gang-related violence in the state.  

The bill makes recruitment of gang members a felony and defines a gang for criminal purposes as three or more people.  Current law sets the standard at five or more.  Louisville Assistant Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said last year 40 percent of a record number of homicides were under 26.  “Last year we had over 400 shootings.  We are losing so many lives in our community,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

 

112th Kentucky State Fair Opens Thursday

Aug 17, 2016
kystatefair.org

The 112th annual Kentucky State fair opens Thursday the 18th of August in Louisville. The event, which includes 1.2 million square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center, has more than enough room to feature more than just the blue-ribbon winners.

Kentucky Joins Electronic Tolling Consortium

Nov 13, 2015
kyinbridges.com

    

Kentucky is preparing to move into the electronic tolling age to help pay for the Ohio River Bridges Project near Louisville.  Tolling will begin about a year from now.

The aim is to keep traffic moving along all three crossings. The project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.  Area motorists can purchase a transponder, costing  about $15 , and have tolls automatically taken out of an account.  Those drivers without transponders will have their vehicle license plate photographed and sent a bill in the mail. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled a plan under which the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park would reopen in 2012. It calls for the city to issue 17-and-a-half million dollars in bonds, and would bring in a third-party investor. The bonds would be backed by parking revenues, occupational taxes, and the new partner. Louisville businessman Ed Hart has an agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board that would allow him to redevelop the park.