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Kentucky Center purchases Brown Theatre for $3.2 million

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

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.

Skystar Wheel offers VIP Thunder fireworks viewing for a hefty price

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The amount you have to pay to rent one of the 6-person gondolas to watch the show on Saturday night. 

8-year-old New Jersey girl launches petition, lemonade stand to save Toys 'R' Us Video included

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A petition, posters and a letter to the store are just the beginning.

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. 

US Census Bureau office in Jeffersonville could soon move to River Ridge Video included

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The processing center is currently on 10th Street and employs 1,425 people. It plans to employ 1,500 by 2020.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Mr. P Express breaks ground on truck driving school in Jeffersonville Video included

Mr. P Express broke ground Wednesday in Jeffersonville on a new truck driving school. Mr. P Express broke ground Wednesday in Jeffersonville on a new truck driving school.
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The Jeffersonville business is training drivers to fill a local and nationwide shortage of over-the-road drivers. 

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.

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. 

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.

Starbucks to close more than 8,000 US stores May 29 to conduct 'racial-bias training'

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The announcement comes after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks store, sparking protests and calls for a boycott on social media.

Big driving range planned off Snyder Freeway near Old Henry Road Video included

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Developer Kevin Cogan plans to build a three-story golf driving range and “entertainment facility” off Old Henry Road near the Snyder Freeway, according to plans filed with Louisville Metro government.

Debt collection agency expected to create 600 jobs in Jeffersonville Video included

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United Collection Bureau says it expects to begin hiring workers by late May for the call center that will be located in Jeffersonville's River Ridge Commerce Center. 

Developer breaks ground on apartments near the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville Video included

ARC Construction broke ground on a new luxury apartment complex at the base of the Big Four Bridge. ARC Construction broke ground on a new luxury apartment complex at the base of the Big Four Bridge.
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The complex could open as early as the spring of 2019.

Multistate E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce from Arizona

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A multistate E. coli outbreak has sent at least 22 people to the hospital prompting health officials to advise consumers across the country to throw out any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, including prepackaged salads and salad mixes.

Police in Los Angeles seize counterfeit cosmetics containing animal waste

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The Los Angeles Police Department says it confiscated $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup that tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste.

Against the Grain scraps plan for microbrewery at Swiss Hall Video included

Against The Grain brewery planned to buy the Swiss Hall property at 719 Lynn Street. Against The Grain brewery planned to buy the Swiss Hall property at 719 Lynn Street.
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Louisville craft brewery Against the Grain has abandoned its plan to turn the Swiss Hall property in the St. Joseph neighborhood into a microbrewery, beer garden and venue for events and concerts.

Sting, Robert Plant, John Mayer headline music lineup for Bourbon & Beyond Festival

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The festival is scheduled for September 22 and 23 at Champions Park in Louisville. 

Hal Heiner resigns from Bevin cabinet to accept seat on Ky. Board of Education Video included

Hal Heiner, interviewed in December 2015 (WDRB) Hal Heiner, interviewed in December 2015 (WDRB)
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Hal Heiner has resigned as Gov. Matt Bevin’s secretary of education and workforce development to accept Bevin’s appointment to the state board of education. 

Billionaire CEO behind Bratz makes his bid for Toys 'R' US

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The CEO behind Bratz dolls and Little Tikes toys is officially making his bid for Toys "R" Us.

Wells Fargo could face $1 billion penalty for auto and mortgage abuses

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Wells Fargo said on Friday that the Fed's actions had a "modest impact" on deposits. Consumer and small business banking deposits in the first quarter fell $2 billion from a year ago, to $755.5 billion.

Developers break ground to restore historic Colonial Gardens Video included

Work is beginning on the historic Colonial Gardens to turn it back into a beer garden and restaurants. Work is beginning on the historic Colonial Gardens to turn it back into a beer garden and restaurants.
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The south Louisville landmark originally opened as a beer garden in 1902. 

Bevin official implores lawmakers not to cut incentives for big manufacturers

Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
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Gov. Matt Bevin’s economic development secretary is imploring lawmakers not to override the governor’s veto of a hastily passed bill that would raise tax revenue but also eliminate an incentive program under which the state has promised hundreds of millions of dollars to Ford, Toyota and GE Appliances.

Thousands of visitors pack KFC Yum! Center for gospel convention

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The event is expected to bring in more than $6 million to the city.

Bluegrass Brewing Company opens new restaurant in downtown Louisville Video included

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The original Bluegrass Brewing Company sat on Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews for nearly 25 years before it closed last year.

Buffalo Trace Distillery rolls out 7 millionth bourbon barrel Video included

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Buffalo Trace Distillery reached a huge milestone Wednesday by rolling out its 7 millionth barrel. 

Modular construction makes quick work of a new Rally's in Bullitt County Video included

The new Rally's in Shepherdsville, Ky. is being built in just days with a new modular design. The new Rally's in Shepherdsville, Ky. is being built in just days with a new modular design.
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The faster, cheaper way to put up a new restaurant is being utilized in Shepherdsville. 

Officials in Indiana hope new way of mixing asphalt will extend life of repaired potholes

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The asphalt is the same, but the way it's mixed is new. 

Kroger's new 'Scan, Bag, Go' technology is designed to help shoppers save time, money Video included

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Kroger on South Second Street near the University of Louisville is one of the first Kroger stores in the country to unveil the new “Scan, Bag, Go” mobile app and shopping device

Bristol Bluff affordable housing apartments in Fern Creek to start leasing in June Video included

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More than 200 affordable housing apartments are going up in Fern Creek near Billtown Road and Gelhaus Lane, just off the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Amid trade fight, Trump says he'll 'make it up' to farmers

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Investors across the globe braced for uncertain markets as President Donald Trump tried to downplay fears of a trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

Amazon looking to hire 350 workers at Jeffersonville fulfillment center Video included

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The jobs available include pickers, packers and shippers, available to both English and Spanish-speaking applicants.

New exotic and luxury car rental business brings horse power to the Derby City Video included

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You can take the wheel of the world's most exotic cars in Louisville. 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott now open in Jeffersonville in time for Derby season

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Jeffersonville, In. will host an official ribbon cutting on April 25. The TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Jeffersonville, In. will host an official ribbon cutting on April 25.
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The hotel opened for business on April 9. A grand opening celebration and official ribbon cutting is set for April 25. 

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Hotel boom changes Louisville landscape, but more could be needed to compete with city's peers Video included

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Eight hotels have opened in Louisville in the last 18 months, and another nine are under construction now.

Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission shifter problem

Ford is recalling 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission shifter problem. Ford is recalling 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission shifter problem.
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Ford knows of one crash and one injury due to the problem.

Shareholders approve sale of Kindred Healthcare to Humana and private equity firms Video included

Kindred Healthcare's headquarters in Louisville Kindred Healthcare's headquarters in Louisville
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Shareholders of Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare have approved a proposal to sell the company to Humana Inc. and a pair of private equity firms, brushing aside criticism that the $9-per-share undervalues Kindred. 

Budweiser and Jim Beam teaming up to brew specialty beer

Jim Beam is teaming up with Budweiser for a special limited edition beer to celebrate the 85th anniversary of prohibition. Jim Beam is teaming up with Budweiser for a special limited edition beer to celebrate the 85th anniversary of prohibition.
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This beer will be aged in bourbon barrels for a "toasted oak aroma" and "a nutty taste."

Ky. Farm Bureau CEO to become next Ky. State Fair Board president Video included

David S. Beck named the new president of the Kentucky State Fair Board. David S. Beck named the new president of the Kentucky State Fair Board.
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David S. Beck will take over the management of the Kentucky Expo Center and Kentucky International Convention Center.

Chuck E. Cheese's to offer monthly events for children with autism and other special needs

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"Sensory Sensitive Sundays" will offer reduced lighting and noise and specially trained staff, as well as food and games.

2 Bearno's 502 locations hosting 'Teacher Appreciation Day' on April 10

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The company wants to show its appreciation with a special offer. 

JeffBoat employee says he'll lose his 'livelihood' when southern Indiana plant shuts down Video included

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A major Jeffersonville business will shut down next month, putting hundreds out of work.

Horner Novelty building in Jeffersonville to be put up for sale for $2.5 million Video included

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Fewer people are walking into the large Horner Novelty store in Jeffersonville to buy Halloween costumes, or party and bingo supplies, so its owner wants to downsize to a smaller store.

Kentucky legislature passes bill that would allow alcoholic beverages to be shipped by mail Video included

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More than 1 million visitors pour into Kentucky each year to tour the Bourbon Trail, according to state lawmakers, and many of those visitors say they run into the same problem.

RECALL: Stella Artois beer recalls bottles on worries about glass particles

Stella Artois recalls bottles over potential for glass in the bottles. Stella Artois recalls bottles over potential for glass in the bottles.
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The company says the recall impacts less than 1 percent of the glass bottles sold in North America.

Construction begins on new family owned trampoline park in Elizabethtown Video included

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People of all ages can enjoy a trampoline park, and now, Elizabethtown residents will not have to go very far to do it.

Indiana among 9 states included in beef recall

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The frozen and fresh beef products being recalled were produced on March 23 and March 24, 2018. 

SUNDAY EDITION | Louisville home shortage persists as spring selling season begins Video included

Homes for sale as of Feb. 15 (source: Greater Louisville Association of Realtors) Homes for sale as of Feb. 15 (source: Greater Louisville Association of Realtors)
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Heading into the traditional spring selling season, buyers in the Louisville area have the fewest choices in at a least a decade – a result mainly of voracious demand by buyers.

Walmart in early talks to buy Louisville-based Humana, WSJ reports Video included

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It would be the second time in three years that Humana – by far the biggest corporation headquartered in Kentucky – has agreed to sell itself, setting off a new round of speculation and uncertainty about some 12,500 high-paying corporate jobs in Louisville.

Falls City Brewing Company opens first taproom in NuLu Video included

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The new taproom will pour old favorites like the English Style Pale ale and new favorites like the Louisville City Gold starting Friday.

Google announces $100,000 sponsorship for KentuckianaWorks Video included

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The announcement came during the "Grow with Google" event at the Mellwood Arts Center -- a seminar featuring seven different workshops and coaching sessions aimed at teaching digital skills.

UPS gives $21,000 to Louisville 'Women in Aviation' chapter Video included

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UPS wants to help put more women in control while up in the air.

Throwback bar with speak-easy feel opens on Whiskey Row

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 A Louisville bar designed to take you back to the prohibition-era opened Tuesday night on Whiskey Row.

Porkland BBQ opens Wednesday in support of Portland neighborhood Video included

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Porkland BBQ celebrated its grand opening Wednesday afternoon in the Portland neighborhood.

2 of New Albany's best known eateries -- Feast BBQ and The Comfy Cow -- are closing their doors Video included

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The popular Comfy Cow and Feast BBQ are leaving town Wednesday.

Valpak randomly hiding $100 checks in coupon mailers

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Look closely at the next Valpak coupon mailer you receive because it could contain a check for $100. 

Judge denies request to block sale of Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare's headquarters in Louisville Kindred Healthcare's headquarters in Louisville
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A Delaware judge has denied a request by a major shareholder of Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare to halt the company’s planned sale to Humana Inc. and a pair of private equity firms, according to a regulatory filing by Kindred. 

Comfy Cow closing New Albany scoop shop but opening a new location in Jeffersonville

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The location of the new shop and when it will open.

Walmart removes Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout aisles Video included

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation says Walmart's decision makes it a "leader and trailblazer in corporate responsibility."

Porkland BBQ to hold grand opening in Portland neighborhood on March 28

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All the restaurant's proceeds will go towards community programs for young people and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Portland neighborhood.

Heineken accused of racism with light beer commercial Video included

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Heineken says it was just a commercial, but critics are calling it racist.

Report: Medicare drug prices soaring at 10 times the rate of inflation

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The prices of the 20 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors have risen nearly 10 times more than the annual rate of inflation over the past five years, according to a congressional report released Monday.

Coming soon to Jefferson Memorial Forest: 'Zipline Kingdom'

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Kentucky Kingdom is finalizing a contract with the Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Department to operate a zipline at the 6,600-acre forest.

Kentucky AG and CVS team up for 24-hour opioid and medication disposal Video included

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Andy Beshear says each day four people in Kentucky die from and overdose.

Jeffboat officially announces closure of Jeffersonville facility Video included

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While in Jeffersonville, workers built close to 13,000 vessels.

SLIDESHOW | Inside The Louisville Gardens as potential buyer takes tour Video included

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A closed down venue that is part of Louisville history may have a new buyer.

Linak continues to grow in Louisville with expansion

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The company makes products that control the movement of things like recliners and comfort beds.

McConnell to file Senate bill to legalize hemp as an agricultural product Video included

Sen. Mitch McConnell to file Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Sen. Mitch McConnell to file Hemp Farming Act of 2018.
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The measure would remove hemp as a controlled substance and support states 

Tree of Life Family Birth Center to open later this year in Jeffersonville Video included

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The birth center is scheduled to open at the end of July or the beginning of August.

Floyd County's newest brewery will brew beer with essential oil and cannabis oil Video included

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A southern Indiana brewery is serving up something you wouldn’t usually find in a red solo cup.

Papa John's Pizza to serve as title sponsor for 2018 Thunder Funder program Video included

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Starting Thursday, participating Papa John's locations will donate $1 for each Thunder Fireworks pizza sold to help support Thunder.

Humana to pay $2.5 million to female employees to settle discrimination case with feds Video included

One of Louisville-based Humana's downtown buildings One of Louisville-based Humana's downtown buildings
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Humana Inc. has agreed to pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest to 753 women to settle allegations by the federal government of gender pay discrimination at the company’s corporate headquarters in Louisville.

Toys “R” Us liquidation sales to begin Thursday

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The liquidation process is expected to take about 14 weeks to complete, though some stores reportedly could close sooner if inventory sells out.

Sweet Spot Candy Shop buys Dundee Candy Shop in the Highlands Video included

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A nearly 80-year tradition for kids in the Highlands is about to come an end. 

Louisville-based Long John Silver's tests the water with new concept Video included

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Long John Silver's is testing the water with a new concept, and Louisville is one of the first to get a taste of it. 

Church founded by late Rep. Dan Johnson fending off foreclosure Video included

Heart of Fire church, 5101 Bardstown Road Heart of Fire church, 5101 Bardstown Road
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Federal officials have agreed to delay the court-ordered auction of the Fern Creek-area church property belonging to Heart of Fire Ministries, the church founded by Danny Ray Johnson, the preacher turned state lawmaker who committed suicide late last year.

UPS issues brief statement after package explodes at Texas FedEx distribution center

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Hours after a package exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, UPS issued a brief statement, saying the logistics giant takes security very seriously.

3 new boutiques open in Louisville as local businesses saddle up for Derby Video included

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The Kentucky Derby may only last two minutes, but planning for what to wear could take months.

Downtown Louisville sculpture will let visitors walk through a 'bourbon barrel' Video included

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Once finished, anyone will be able to walk through the sculpture. 

Police say Uber self-driving vehicle has hit and killed pedestrian in Phoenix, Arizona

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Police in the city of Tempe said Monday that the vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when the woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit.

Claire's files for bankruptcy

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The hub for ear piercings at malls across America is the latest retailer to succumb to its massive pile of debt.

SUNDAY EDITION | Yum! and done? Decision on Louisville arena naming rights coming in 2018 Video included

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With uncertainty swirling around Louisville basketball, Yum! Brands must decide by October if it wants to enter exclusive talks to extend its sponsorship deal at the KFC Yum! Center.

Union for GE Appliance Park workers seized by national parent, financial problems alleged

Members of IUE-CWA Local 761 rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015. Dana Crittendon, center, was the union's president at the time. Members of IUE-CWA Local 761 rallied ahead of previous contract negotiations in May 2015. Dana Crittendon, center, was the union's president at the time.
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The local union representing about 3,600 rank-and-file workers at GE Appliance Park has been temporarily seized by its parent union because of what a national leader calls “evidence of financial irresponsibility and potential malfeasance.”

Prepare to pay to ride giant Ferris wheel coming to Waterfront Park Video included

The SkyStar Wheel will be at Waterfront Park for five weeks from March 29 to May 6, 2018. The SkyStar Wheel will be at Waterfront Park for five weeks from March 29 to May 6, 2018.
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The price of tickets and the discounts available.

Kindred Healthcare investor suffers setback in lawsuit seeking to block merger

Kindred Healthcare's new corporate office building on S. 4th Street Kindred Healthcare's new corporate office building on S. 4th Street
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A major shareholder of Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare suffered a setback in its attempt to block the company’s proposed sale.

Toys 'R' Us CEO says company no longer has 'financial support' to keep US stores open Video included

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The 70-year era of the "Toys R Us Kid" is ending.

Kroger debuts home delivery for area customers

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Not only will the chain offer Click-List personal shoppers, but they'll bring groceries to your door. 

UPS building new flight simulator facility for pilot training in Louisville Video included

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The building near WorldPort is under construction and should be finished in 2019.

Job Fair held specifically for hundreds of workers laid off from Jeffboat Video included

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Hundreds of workers are looking for jobs after massive layoffs at Jeffboat, and that's why WorkOne Southern Indiana planned a job fair specifically for those displaced workers. 

Cunningham's Creekside eyes Easter reopening after February floods Video included

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About three weeks after the angry Ohio River made its presence felt, some riverside restaurants still struggle to reopen. 

Passport Health breaks ground on new west Louisville headquarters Video included

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The facility is expected to spark economic growth in west Louisville.

Some Snuggie owners to get settlement checks in mail

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The company behind the blanket with sleeves agreed to pay over $7.2 million to people who bought the product.

Kentucky utility regulator kills Louisville's 3 percent "fee" on natural gas

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued a ruling Wednesday effectively killing Louisville Metro’s plan to collect a 3 percent tax on natural gas usage in Jefferson County.

Humana's board moved the goalposts so execs could cash in stock awards worth millions

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo) Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)
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Five top executives of Humana Inc. got $8.4 million in stock awards after the company's board of directors lowered the bar on some performance goals that otherwise would not have been met. 

Former Equifax executive charged with insider trading after massive data breach

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Equifax's former international chief information officer made nearly $1 million by exercising and selling all his company stock options before Equifax made the breach public, according to the SEC.

Ford recalls almost 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose

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The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.

Large shareholder sues to block sale of Kindred Healthcare to Humana, private equity Video included

Kindred Healthcare's downtown Louisville headquarters Kindred Healthcare's downtown Louisville headquarters
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A large shareholder of Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block the sale of the company to Humana Inc. and a pair of private equity firms. 

Riverside restaurants working hard to reopen after damaging February floods Video included

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Instead of being filled with diners and drinkers Thursday, it was painters, movers and employees working fast to get Captain's Quarters favorite back open.

President Trump announces steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Video included

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He says he was announcing the tariffs to combat an, "assault on our country."

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard earned nearly $20 million in 2017

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo) Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)
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Humana Inc. CEO Bruce Broussard’s total pay remained essentially flat at $19.8 million in 2017, a year in which the Louisville-based company refocused its strategy after its failed merger with Aetna and shed thousands of jobs.

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