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Mild weather draws early crowds for Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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Fireworks finale caps full day of opening ceremonies for the Kentucky Derby Festival. No crowd estimate yet released.

Austin Powers 'Mini-Me' actor dies at 49

Verne Troyer, 2012 image from Wikipedia. Verne Troyer, 2012 image from Wikipedia.
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Actor was best known for roles in "Austin Powers" movies.

POLICE: DUI suspect kills bicyclist in south Louisville Video included

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

Man shot to death in Hoosier National Forest camping accident

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Death investigation underway; prosecutor to decide if charges are warranted.

Family, past presidents, first lady mourn Barbara Bush; funeral and burial held Saturday

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Former first lady remembered as "the enforcer" to family is laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas. 

CRAWFORD | Pitino still a scratch, but Romans returns for another shot at Oaks, Derby dreams

Coach Rocks, a filly trained by Dale Romans, breezes around the Churchill Downs track on Saturday morning in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Coach Rocks, a filly trained by Dale Romans, breezes around the Churchill Downs track on Saturday morning in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Instead of the "when are you going to win the Kentucky Derby?" question, trainer Dale Romans is fielding the "Rick Pitino question" in advance of this year's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Film festival to help fund handicap-accessible bridges in Elizabethtown

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A group in Elizabethtown is on a mission to make parks accessible to everyone by building a bridge to nature.

Several military members return home to perform in Thunder Over Louisville

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Members of our nation's military gather on the river bank for Thunder Over Louisville and for many, it means flying home. As hundreds of thousands of spectators take their seats, a lot has had to happen behind the scenes leading up to Saturday.

Interim Ky. education commissioner visiting JCPS before making audit recommendation

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The Kentucky Department of Education announced Friday that Lewis will meet with key JCPS staff and members of the Jefferson County Board of Education as part of his Wednesday and Thursday visits, which will include on-site stops at schools in the district. The department also said he plans to make his recommendation on the audit, which began Feb. 14, 2017, by the end of the month.

Thunder Over Louisville brings big crowds and big headaches downtown Saturday Video included

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Planes spent Friday rehearsing and getting a feel for the airspace along the Ohio River. On Saturday, it will be time for the real thing when an estimated 500,000 people are expected to ascend on Waterfront Park for Thunder Over Louisville.

Jeffersonville firefighter using cancer diagnosis to help save lives Video included

Jeffersonville Deputy Fire Chief Bruce DeArk Jeffersonville Deputy Fire Chief Bruce DeArk
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From raging fires to local disasters, a Jeffersonville firefighter has spent nearly 20 years protecting the community from dangers.

Employee of Taco Bell in Floyds Knobs diagnosed with hepatitis A

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An employee of a Taco Bell in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. 

Gun safety proposal shot down before it reached Bullitt County Fiscal Court Video included

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Leaders asked the county attorney to take a shot at a local gun safety ordinance specifically targeting the discharge of a weapon.

Deadly mock crash becomes eye-opening experience for Oldham County High School students Video included

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The mock crash highlighted the dangers of drinking and driving as well as distracted driving. 

Officials continue issuing hepatitis A warnings with thousands of people expected downtown for Thunder Video included

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With the hepatitis A outbreak still spreading, health officials are urging the thousands of people coming downtown for Saturday's Thunder Over Louisville air show and fireworks to be extra vigilant.

Pilot Billy Werth hopes to pull off new Thunder Over Louisville stunt Video included

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WDRB's Rachel Collier got to take a ride in the air with stunt pilot Billy Werth.

Kentucky Center purchases Brown Theatre for $3.2 million

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The Kentucky Center Foundation announced Friday it purchased the Brown Theatre.

Pilots get ready to put on a show during Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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Pilots are excited to have such great weather for Thunder and said they will be able to do bigger stunts, compared to last year. 

Caesars to go before Indiana Gaming Commission for approval to move Horseshoe Southern Indiana inland Video included

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A change in state law three years ago allows gambling on land.

Indianapolis bounty hunter sentenced to 110 years for tomahawk killing of 2 teens

Kevin Watson found guilty of tomahawk killing of two teens in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy Fox 59) Kevin Watson found guilty of tomahawk killing of two teens in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy Fox 59)
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A judge on Friday ordered consecutive 55-year sentences for 52-year-old Kevin Watkins.

Mourners lining up to pay final respects to Barbara Bush Video included

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A spray of flowers covered the closed silver casket of former first lady Barbara Bush in the sanctuary of the Houston church as mourners waited Friday to pay their final respects.

BOZICH | Playoff Rondo as good as any NBA guard in first round

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When the NBA playoffs begin, former Eastern HIgh and UK guard Rajon Rondo is capable of a triple-double every night. Ask the Portland Trailblazers.

UPDATE: All lanes of I-71S now open after multi-vehicle crash involving 3 semis Video included

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One semi driver was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter. 

CRAWFORD | Kentucky's Vanderbilt hoping to make a healthy run at NBA Draft

Jarred Vanderbilt will declare for the NBA Draft but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Jarred Vanderbilt will declare for the NBA Draft but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Despite an injury-filled freshman season, Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt will test the NBA Draft waters.

Atherton High School students participate in National School Walkout Video included

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Students across the country -- including some here in Louisville -- walked out of class on Friday to raise awareness about gun violence.

Five people arrested after pot, guns and ammo allegedly found in Bullitt County home Video included

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Police allegedly seized over four pounds of marijuana, several vials of steroids, drug paraphernalia, guns and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

Thunder Over Louisville countdown underway inside the Command Center Video included

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With nice weather in the forecast, an estimated 700,000 people are expected to come out to the waterfront.

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

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US airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.

Indiana Gov. Holcomb announces special legislative session to begin May 14 Video included

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The three measures lawmakers are being asked to focus on. 

Louisville woman arrested after allegedly overdosing while 2-year-old niece was in vehicle with her Video included

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Police say 26-year-old Megan Nall was inside a vehicle when she overdosed on "an unknown intravenous narcotic officers believed to be heroin."

Police arrest 2 more suspects after last week's Waterfront Park shooting Video included

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The victim was also charged after the shooting. 

City hopes to generate buyers for vacant properties with tour for realtors Video included

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Organizers hope they can look past the boards, the blight and the busted windows to see what's possible. 

Suspect in custody after 1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

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Authorities in Ocala, Florida say the injured student was taken to the hospital. 

EMS leaders urge all Thunder and Derby visitors to sign up for emergency text alert option Video included

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There is a new safety feature for the Kentucky Derby Festival this year. 

Proposed safety changes to Bardstown Road would eliminate rush hour lane changes Video included

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Bardstown Road is somewhat of a destination in the Highlands, but it's also one of the most dangerous roads in the city.

Vietnam War memorial wall almost ready for official dedication in Elizabethtown Video included

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After years of planning, a Vietnam memorial wall is now standing tall in Elizabethtown.

Hepatitis A outbreak spreads south into Hardin County Video included

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Hardin County is now the latest community grappling with how to deal with the virus.

Death of woman found shot in Germantown ruled a homicide Video included

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The woman was found on Monday night. 

Galt House announces $80 million renovation to transform every room

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As competition moves in across the city, Louisville's largest hotel is set to get $80 million in renovations. 

New Naive restaurant brings 'sustainable approach' to Butchertown Video included

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The restaurant sources all of its food from small farms in Kentucky and Indiana.

Louisville prepares to cue the planes, fireworks and music for Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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This year's theme is "A Disco Thunder," and even the technicians for Zambelli Fireworks are feeling the beat. 

Kentucky election officials given cybersecurity training

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The state is bolstering efforts to protect its elections from the ongoing threat of hacking.

KentuckyOne, private equity firm close to deal on Jewish Hospital, other Louisville assets, U of L leader says

KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville, shown here in October 2016. KentuckyOne Health owns Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville, shown here in October 2016.
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New York private equity firm BlueMountain Capital Management will decide “within a month or less” whether to purchase KentuckyOne Health’s Louisville assets, including Jewish Hospital and the Fraizer Rehabilitation Institute, interim University of Louisville Greg Postel said Thursday.

Greg Postel named permanent health VP at University of Louisville

Greg Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville, on June 24, 2017 (Frank Stamper, WDRB) Greg Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville, on June 24, 2017 (Frank Stamper, WDRB)
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After his nearly year-and-a-half stint as interim president of the University of Louisville, Greg Postel is headed back to lead the school’s downtown health sciences campus as the school’s vice president for health affairs.

Kentucky's governor and attorney general begin legal battle over pension reform Video included

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The big question is whether Senate Bill 151 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by the governor is legal.

Louisville doctor answers 6 burning questions about the hepatitis A outbreak Video included

Dr. Paul Schultz Dr. Paul Schultz
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With no end in sight for an outbreak of hepatitis A in Louisville and surrounding areas, doctors are trying to answer as many questions as they can about the virus.

Oldham County teen dies in single-vehicle crash

18-year-old Hunter B. Hardin died in a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday. 18-year-old Hunter B. Hardin died in a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday.
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The 18-year-old died at the scene of the crash on Old La Grange Road Wednesday morning. 

New security measures will be in place at Churchill Downs during Derby Week Video included

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This year's visitors will be among the first to use the Downs' new expanded entry plaza.

VIDEO | Tenn. guardsman removed from position after using dinosaur hand puppet to take oath to re-enlist Video included

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The Tennessee Air National Guard investigated the video posted on Facebook that has received major backlash and more than 2.4 million views.

Pope Francis calls Pappy Van Winkle 'very good bourbon'

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A priest from Kentucky gave the Pope a bottle of 23-year-old Pappy at the Vatican. 

Jeffersontown tow truck driver accused of stealing vehicle, forging VIN plates

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Police say he towed a wrecked vehicle from the interchange between I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway: but no one ever gave him permission, and the vehicle was never recovered.

One person found dead after house fire in Hardin County Video included

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Investigators believe the victim was sleeping when the fire started. 

Jeffersontown man accused of holding wheelchair-bound woman at gunpoint

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When officers arrived, they allegedly saw 32-year-old Robert E. Lee II holding a "black assault rifle" and "physically restraining" a woman who was bound to a wheelchair.

IMAGES | WDRB tours the luxury apartments inside the downtown Louisville Omni Hotel Video included

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There are 600 hotel rooms on the lower levels and 225 apartments on the top 14 floors.

Employee of New Albany restaurant diagnosed with hepatitis A

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Anyone who ate at the restaurant on March 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 or 31, or April 2, should monitor his or her health to determine if they are experiencing any hepatitis A symptoms.

LaRue County sheriff's deputy shoots suspect after pursuit in Roanoke, Ky. Video included

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The suspect in serious condition at University of Louisville Hospital, KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said.

Proposed redistricting would affect 4 New Albany Floyd County elementary schools Video included

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Hundreds of students in the New Albany Floyd County School District could be sent to new schools next year because of a change in redistricting. 

Death of a 57-year-old man near downtown Louisville skate park ruled a homicide Video included

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Louisville Metro Police responded Tuesday morning to a report of a body on Franklin Street near the skate park.

Jefferson County school board members unsure when to expect audit after Pruitt's departure

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Two of those board members – Chris Kolb and Chris Brady – said they had expected Pruitt to release the audit this week. “That’s what we were told, that it would come out this week,” Kolb told WDRB News. “Obviously I don’t think that that’s probably going to happen now.”

Kentucky GOP House leader: Lawmakers still have 'strong' relationship with Bevin despite overriding vetoes

House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne
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House Speaker David Osborne of Prospect recapped the contentious 2018 General Assembly at a Greater Louisville Inc. event in Louisville Wednesday.

Centerstone asks Metro Council for $1.3 million in funding for its diversion program Video included

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The Living Room Project identifies people suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues in Louisville and takes them in as an alternative to jail. 

Kentucky lawmakers earmark mineral taxes to fund Louisville's botanical gardens

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A Louisville Metro Council member claims the state earmark precludes local decision making for funds that previously were under city control.

Downtown businesses impacted by Louisville Water Company work on Main Street Video included

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Water was shut off to six or seven businesses, and Main Street was torn up Wednesday.

Former President George H.W. Bush calls wife 'most beloved woman in the world'

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In a statement, the nation's 41st president says the outpouring of love to Barbara Bush following her death "is lifting us all up."

City preps for Thunder include traffic routes, tighter restrictions for boaters and hepatitis A inspections Video included

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The city released final information Wednesday about access to downtown and the measures being taken to keep the crowd safe. 

Henry County Schools faces bus driver shortfall Video included

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Currently, Henry County employs 20 drivers with five substitutes. With 28 routes, it’s left a hole.

Amid a hepatitis A outbreak, health concerns loom ahead of Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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In recent weeks, Louisville has had an outbreak of hepatitis A with several cases coming from restaurants. 

POLICE: Louisville teen robbed victim at gunpoint

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Police say the crime happened April 1.

CRAWFORD | After hot finish, Kentucky's Gabriel will test the NBA Draft process Video included

Wenyen Gabriel will declare for the draft, but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Wenyen Gabriel will declare for the draft, but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Wenyen Gabriel averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds a game over his final eight games for Kentucky as a sophomore, and will test the NBA Draft waters, though he won't hire an agent. 

PAWS ON PATROL: Police partner with animal shelter to take dogs on field trips Video included

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The next dog you see inside an LMPD patrol car may not be a drug-sniffing K-9 out to hunt criminals.

Kentucky AG Beshear sues Johnson and Johnson, subsidiaries for 'deceptive marketing scheme'

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a fifth lawsuit in his effort to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the state's opioid epidemic. 

FOUND: Police cancel 'Operation Return Home' for teen who went missing Monday

17-year-old Matthew Pawlak has been found safe. 17-year-old Matthew Pawlak has been found safe.
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LMPD says 17-year-old Matthew J. Pawlak is safe. 

Woman in critical condition after house fire in Phoenix Hill neighborhood Video included

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When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the home.

Celebrity guest list announced for 2018 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala Video included

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Proceeds from the event will towards several charities.

WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at 82

WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at age 82. WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at age 82.
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He's being remembered as one of the pioneers of American pro wrestling. 

Investigators arrest third suspect accused of using Backpage.com to traffic 2 underage teens Video included

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Police have arrested a Louisville man for his alleged involvement in trafficking two teenagers. 

Police say Louisville man wore same clothes during several armed robberies Video included

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Police say he even had a Facebook picture showing him wearing the same clothes.

Bird strike forces Southwest jet to make emergency landing in Nashville

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The emergency occurred a day after a Southwest plane's engine exploded during a flight and a businesswoman was killed.

BOZICH | Louisville earns 8-2 RPI-boosting win over Kentucky Video included

Josh Stowers (center) scored a run and drove in a pair as Louisville defeated Kentucky Tuesday night. Josh Stowers (center) scored a run and drove in a pair as Louisville defeated Kentucky Tuesday night.
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Louisville spotted Kentucky a 1-0 lead and then scored the next eight runs while defeating the Wildcats, 8-2, Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. 

With influx of Derby visitors, new Airbnb tax change could bring additional revenue to Louisville Video included

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With Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, a change to how taxes are collected from Airbnb listings is expected to bring in substantial revenue. 

Vendors hope for big economic impact as weather forecast shines on Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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Hundreds of thousands of people expected in downtown Louisville this weekend, and local businesses are looking to the skies so more money can go into their wallets.  

Stephen Pruitt resigns as Kentucky education commissioner Video included

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Pruitt signed a four-year contract to serve as Kentucky’s education chief in October 2015. His ouster comes a day after Gov. Matt Bevin appointed seven new members of the 11-person education board

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dead at 92

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With her cloud of snow-white hair, signature three strand pearls and compelling presence, Barbara Bush's image was what she laughingly called "everybody's grandmother."

IRS pushes tax deadline back to Wednesday after technical difficulties Tuesday morning

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Wednesday is the new deadline to file and pay taxes after the Internal Revenue Service spent hours dealing with technical difficulties on Tuesday.

5 things you need to know to enjoy Thunder over Louisville from southern Indiana Video included

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The Jeffersonville Police Department hosted Thunder Over Louisville media briefing Tuesday to provide information on the traffic patterns, schedules, barricades and new changes for this year’s event.

Ky. Gov. Bevin administration tries to block AG Beshear from handling pension lawsuit

Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, and Gov. Matt Bevin Attorney General Andy Beshear, left, and Gov. Matt Bevin
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Gov. Matt Bevin's office filed a motion claiming Attorney General Andy Beshear has a conflict of interest in the case. 

Neighbors torn on scrapped plans for Against the Grain microbrewery in Swiss Hall Video included

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Against the Grain Brewery had big plans for Swiss Hall in the Saint Joseph’s neighborhood.

Popular Thunder Over Louisville viewing areas filled with debris Video included

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Thunder Over Louisville is in four days, and popular viewing areas along the Ohio River are covered in debris. 

U.S. COAST GUARD: Ohio River to be extremely dangerous for boaters during Thunder Over Louisville

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Officials want people to wear their life vests and to leave the alcohol at home.

New Albany Police investigating after man's body discovered near Silver Creek Video included

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The cause of death is unknown.

Former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson accepts 'Executive in Residence' role at Spalding University

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He is expected to help the school develop academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices.

Louisville man accused of stealing wallets from patrons at Keeneland racetrack

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They say he would then use the stolen cards to purchase gift cards and gaming systems.

Waterfront Park playground gets more than $170K in upgrades

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A grant from the state made the upgrades possible.

Engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight; 1 passenger dead Video included

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The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia where passengers were evacuated. 

Meade County man accused of robbing a man and shooting him several times in Vine Grove

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Police say the victim was shot several times and had to be taken via helicopter to University Hospital.

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