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Angelica McBride, a 20-year-old U of L student, works overnight at UPS Worldport to pay her tuition. June 13, 2018 Angelica McBride, a 20-year-old U of L student, works overnight at UPS Worldport to pay her tuition. June 13, 2018

SUNDAY EDITION | 20 years, thousands of degrees: UPS' college program enters third decade

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UPS' Metro College has been paying for nighttime workers in Louisville to go to college for 20 years. A look at the program and how it compares to others at employers like Walmart and Starbucks.

Brownsboro Hardware and Paint celebrates 20 years in business Video included

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To celebrate, the store was offering patrons a hot dog and soda for 25 cents: the same price offered at the store opening in 1998.

Brownie's 'The Shed' in east Louisville closing in July Video included

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A longtime Louisville restaurant is being forced out of its space, but the owner of Brownie's "The Shed" hopes to reopen nearby.

Target begins home deliveries in Louisville and southern Indiana Video included

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Customers will have to use Shipt to have their purchase brought directly to their door. 

Brown-Forman's downtown distillery part of plan to propel Old Forester Video included

The tasting room inside the Old Forester Distillery in downtown Louisville, June 14, 2018. The tasting room inside the Old Forester Distillery in downtown Louisville, June 14, 2018.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Brown-Forman Corp.’s $45 million investment to build a working distillery in the heart of downtown Louisville is not only about paying homage to the company’s history on Whiskey Row, but catapulting its original bourbon brand, Old Forester. Touted as America’s first bottled bourbon, Old Forester has doubled in sales since 2010, according to company statistics, but the brand remains a negligible fraction of Brown-Forman’s business...

Family-owned Willett Distillery names new President Video included

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The announcement came Thursday morning at the Frazier History Museum.

Change to Kentuckiana Pride Fest could shift crowds away from local businesses Video included

The Kentuckiana Pride Fest is moving from the Belvedere to the Great Lawn this year. The Kentuckiana Pride Fest is moving from the Belvedere to the Great Lawn this year.
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Nearly 20,000  people attended the event last year, and at least 40,000 at expected to attend this year. 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana bets big on $85 million dry land expansion Video included

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It's a 100,000 square-foot expansion that's expected to take about a year to build.

Kentucky's Republican tax reform starts to hit worker paychecks

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, supports the tax changes. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, supports the tax changes.
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The sweeping tax changes enacted by Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature in April are starting to hit paychecks, giving many workers in the state more take-home pay.

Kroger says it's slashing prices on essential items Video included

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Company officials say the lower-priced items will be available to all shoppers, whether or not they use a Kroger Plus loyalty card. 

Location for 2018 Homearama revealed

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It's a conservation subdivision, so visitors will also get to enjoy expansive views in a tranquil setting with trails, lakes and community gardens. 

New Kentucky sales tax to hit summer camps, other services Video included

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Kentucky’s sales tax changes that go into effect July 1 will hit a lot more services than veterinary care and auto repairs, including many provided by nonprofits.

New Hampshire distillery has new bourbon flavored by beaver secretion

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Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring.

Blaze Pizza scheduled to open first southern Indiana location on June 18 Video included

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There are already six Kentucky locations.

Louisville MetroSafe hiring 911 call takers, dispatchers Video included

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Louisville Metro Emergency Services is hiring 911 call takers and 911 dispatchers for the MetroSafe 911 call center.

Town of Utica hosts 8th annual Monarch Festival to help with flood relief Video included

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A southern Indiana community wrecked by torrential rain and flooding is being showered with support nearly six months after the flood.

IHOP, or 'IHOb,' debuting new burger menu following much-publicized name change

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As for the restaurant’s name change, IHOP said its new moniker will be in effect for “the time being.”

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In 13 years at helm, Paul Varga led Brown-Forman back to its roots Video included

Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corp., June 7, 2018 Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corp., June 7, 2018
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A look at Paul Varga's tenure leading Brown-Forman, one of Louisville's most important companies. Varga will retire at the end of 2018.

Ky. AG Beshear launches new program to protect veterans from scams Video included

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Hundreds of veterans are joining forces with Kentucky's attorney general to stop scammers.

Topgolf revises plan for Louisville venue after hearing residents' concerns Video included

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For months, Hurstbourne residents have been teed off about the potential of Topgolf moving in next door.

New $2 million Oldham County drive-in theater on track to open next month Video included

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The countdown is on for the grand opening of a brand new drive-in movie theater in Oldham County.

80/20 at Kaelin's opening at historic location on Newburg Road Video included

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80/20 at Kaelin's opens tonight. 

YMCA: New Kentucky sales taxes will hit membership fees

YMCA members will have to pay Kentucky's 6 percent sales tax on their memberships. YMCA members will have to pay Kentucky's 6 percent sales tax on their memberships.
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YMCA members will have to pay Kentucky's 6 percent sales tax on their monthly membership fees beginning July 1.

GE Appliances growing after two years under Haier, CEO says Video included

GE Appliances workers make dishwashers in Building 3 at Appliance Park. GE Appliances workers make dishwashers in Building 3 at Appliance Park.
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In its first two years under Chinese giant Qingdao Haier Ltd., Louisville-based GE Appliances has grown its sales and profits while benefiting from the resources of one of the world’s biggest appliance makers, GE Appliances CEO Kevin Nolan said in an interview Wednesday.

JCPS to host 2 career fairs this month

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The district is hiring for several positions.

IHOP says it's changing iconic name; pancake lovers flip out

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The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is changing its name. 

UPS workers vote to support strike as contract talks continue Video included

UPS Worldport in Louisville, December 2017 UPS Worldport in Louisville, December 2017
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Union workers at UPS have voted overwhelmingly to support a potential strike should they fail to reach an agreement with the Atlanta-based shipping giant on a new labor contract next month.

Louisville's Rooibee Red Tea shuts down, cites lack of funding Video included

Rooibee Red Tea offered a line of organic teas. (Company photo) Rooibee Red Tea offered a line of organic teas. (Company photo)
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Rooibee Red Tea Co., an organic tea maker founded in Louisville, has ceased operations after about 10 years in business, according to a statement from the company.

New bar opening at Copper & Kings distillery Video included

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The owner says the goal of the bar is to teach people how to best enjoy the distillery's brandy and gin all while enjoying a view of downtown Louisville.

New Albany City Council unanimously approves incentive package for Sazerac Video included

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With a unanimous vote Monday night, New Albany City Council approved a major incentive package for Sazerac to move into the old Pillsbury plant. 

Norton Healthcare invests $18 million in Norton Audubon energy plant Video included

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Norton Healthcare invested $18 million in thermal storage and a cutting-edge hybrid energy plant at Norton Audubon Hospital.

King of Kentucky bourbon to go on sale June 29 Video included

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Brown-Forman says the 1,000 bottles being sold will only be available in Kentucky.

Low ticket sales force Louisville's Alley Theater to close

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The theater will close before its 2018 season is completed, but patrons still have time to purchase tickets for its last two productions.

New Albany City Council to vote on incentives for Sazerac Video included

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Last week, Buffalo Trace producer Sazerac announced plans to invest $66 million in the old Pillsbury plant to make it a bourbon processing center. 

High school students learn to code at Interapt Skills Summer Academy Video included

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High school students can spend the summer learning skills that will earn them big bucks when they graduate. 

Greater Clark Schools hiring school bus drivers, monitors

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Training will be provided for the positions. Drivers with 10 years of experience can start at $20.25 per hour

Indiana truck companies back proposed law allowing younger drivers to cross state lines Video included

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Currently, federal law says 18- to 21-year-olds can be certified truck drivers, but it's still illegal for them to cross state lines while driving.

Kentucky GOP chair: 'Nobody likes' Trump's metal tariffs

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The chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party said Friday that “nobody likes” President Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, levies which could pose a threat to Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.

Report: Louisville gas station chain Thorntons exploring sale Video included

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Louisville-based gas station chain Thorntons Inc. has hired an investment bank to explore a sale of the company, according to a report.

TARC changing routes and schedules starting June 3

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Passengers should check schedules before the changes take effect and plan trips accordingly.

Sip and ship: Tourists can now send distillery whiskey home Video included

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The whiskey industry on Friday celebrated a new state law allowing some bourbon fans to receive home deliveries, shipped straight from their favorite Kentucky distilleries.

Jeffersonville is finalist in National Main Street contest Video included

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The city of Jeffersonville is hoping to get enough votes to win $25,000.

Woodford Reserve introduces Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey

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It's the fourth addition in the 22-year history of the Woodford Reserve brand.

Kentucky bourbon distillers brace for blowback from Trump tariffs Video included

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Kentucky's bourbon distilleries are bracing for potential retaliatory action following President Trump's decision Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Amazon looking to hire more than 1,000 for Louisville-area warehouses Video included

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Online retailer Amazon is looking to fill more than 1,000 jobs at its warehouses in Jeffersonville, Ind., Shepherdsville, Ky. and Campbellsville, Ky.

Sears to close another 72 stores as sales plunge

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Sears will close another 72 stores as sales plunge and losses grow.

Hoping to get on forefront of new technology, Louisville prepares for self-driving cars Video included

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Self-driving cars could be on Louisville roadways in 10-20 years. 

Scott Memorial Hospital no longer delivering babies

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The new policy goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on May 31, 2018.

Buffalo Trace-maker Sazerac Co. to buy shuttered Pillsbury plant in New Albany Video included

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The former General Mills Pillsbury plant in New Albany that closed in 2016 is set to be reborn as a distillery and bottling facility for Sazerac Co., the maker of Buffalo Trace and other bourbon brands.

Archdiocese of Louisville's pastoral center running on LG&E solar power

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The system is made up of 100 solar panels that are each about the size of a car windshield.

Manufacturing company moving to Harrison County, Indiana, adding jobs Video included

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J.C. Moag makes glass and wood displays for retailers. 

Birth control pills recalled over 'unintended pregnancy' concerns

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Allergan is voluntarily recalling packs of its birth control pills in the U.S. because of a packaging error with placebos, increasing the possibility of unintended pregnancy.

Guntown Mountain reopens under new ownership Video included

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Once regular hours are established, the owners plan to be open everyday except Mondays for the rest of the summer.

New business moving into former Pillsbury facility in New Albany Video included

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Sweet smells filled the air around the building for more than 55 years.

'Micro' loft complex planned for former New Albany Tommy Lancaster's property Video included

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Tommy Lancaster’s restaurant and nearby Market Boy grocery sat on Market Street in New Albany for generations.

Kentucky Derby Museum receives $1 million expansion grant Video included

Permanent exhibits are being constructed at the Kentucky Derby Musuem to honor American Pharoah. Permanent exhibits are being constructed at the Kentucky Derby Musuem to honor American Pharoah.
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The grant is the largest single contribution that has been made toward the museum's current expansion project.

SUNDAY EDITION | Questions, confusion as Kentucky prepares for new sales taxes Video included

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Kentucky will expand its sales tax on July 1 to cover auto repairs, veterinary care and more than a dozen other services. A look at what's taxed, what's not and what's TBD.

Amazon hiring more than 1,000 full-time employees for Ky. and Ind. facilities

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Those interested in applying can attend Amazon's Summer Hiring Kick-Off Party on Friday, June 1.

Hormel issues recall of canned pork, chicken due to possible metal contamination

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Officials say the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Heine Brothers' Coffee prepares to open new Bardstown Road location Video included

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Heine Brothers' Coffee is preparing to relocate its original café at the corner of Bardstown Road and Longest Avenue to a larger building across the street in front of Mid-City Mall. 

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles over cruise control issue

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The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update.

Prohibition Craft Spirits to open in Baxter Avenue building famous for tunneling bootleggers Video included

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A historic building famous for tunneling bootleggers is getting a new life in Louisville.

Cherry Ale-8-One on sale in Louisville May 25 at only one location

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The new craft soda is available for a limited time and only while supplies last.

KFC says your friends will 'drool with envy' over your KFC Colonel floatie Video included

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KFC says it wants to help its customers enjoy the hot summer with fried chicken and a limited-edition floatie depicting Colonel Sanders himself.

New Kroger Marketplace in Jeffersonville creates 130 new jobs Video included

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It's 90,000 square feet with Kroger features including "Scan, Bag, Go" and "ClickList."

Topgolf addresses Hurstbourne residents' concerns about noise, lights and traffic Video included

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Hurstbourne residents are posting signs in their yards and signing petitions in opposition to the proposed Louisville Topgolf in Oxmoor Center, which would be the first of its kind in Kentucky.

Groundbreaking held for new indoor farmer's market in Shelby Park

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The market will be inside the old Axton and Tobacco Company warehouse.

80/20 at Kaelin's sets date for grand opening at historic location

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The original Newburg Road restaurant claimed to be the birthplace of the cheeseburger.

River Ridge donates 105 acres in Jeffersonville for new Chapel Lake Park Video included

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The property is valued at $1.4 million, but River Ridge officials said they can’t use the land to build because the hills are also wetlands.

'Taste of Main Street' offers visitors a sample of downtown Louisville's best spots Video included

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The stage where you can see entertainment like Broadway shows and the Louisville orchestra was the site of a symphony of food Friday night. 

SmART Stops showcase art at Russell neighborhood bus shelters

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The first phase of the project includes a stop in front of the Catholic Charities of Louisville downtown campus, which helps refugees moving to the area.

Study says shoppers pay price for misunderstanding 'Sell by' dates Video included

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The study says about 90 percent of people throw away food too early because they don't understand the date label. 

Jefferson Mall prepares to roll out entertainment complex in former Macy's space Video included

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Construction is already underway in the old Macy's store.

Churchill Downs eyes sports betting in three states following court ruling Video included

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Two days after a pivotal Supreme Court decision, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. announced plans to offer sports betting in casinos and through online channels in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Mississippi.

60-year-old Tim Tam Tavern reopens with a new look and Danny Mac's Pizza Video included

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Tim Tam Tavern off of Poplar Level Road in the Audubon neighborhood opened when Tim Tam won the Kentucky Derby in 1958. 

SURVEY: 2018 college grads will earn average starting salary of about $50K

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Where a person lives can also play a part.

New Bulleit Distillery expected to bring 100,000 visitors to Shelby County each year Video included

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Bulleit opened a new distillery on Benson Pike in Shelbyville last year. 

Woodford Reserve bottle engraving raising money for U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Video included

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The Versailles distillery will hold the fundraiser for Fort Campbell's Screaming Eagles Foundation over Memorial Day weekend.

Super Duty shutdown ripples beyond Kentucky Truck Plant Video included

David Brown is a truck driver for M&M Cartage in Louisville. (WDRB) David Brown is a truck driver for M&M Cartage in Louisville. (WDRB)
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Ford Motor Co.’s temporary suspension of F-Series Super Duty truck production at Kentucky Truck Plant is having ripple effects beyond the thousands of idled workers at the eastern Jefferson County facility.

Electric bike store opens in Highlands

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A new bike store has pedaled into Louisville, promising to make it easier for bikers to plow up hills and into headwinds. 

Here are the 8 Louisville companies competing for $100,000 in Rise of the Rest Video included

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Eight Louisville-area startup companies will compete for a $100,000 investment later today from a fund led by AOL founder Steve Case.

UPS offering bonus incentives to part-time workers through July 29 Video included

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Day shift workers can earn a $150 bonus, while night shift workers are eligible to earn a $200 bonus.

Clarksville breaks ground on new fire station expected to open early next year

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The $3 million facility will be built at the intersection of Stansifer Avenue and South Sherwood Avenue.

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