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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.

GreenPal app launches in Louisville for homeowners looking for lawn care Video included

GreenPal is an app to connect homeowners with landscapers. GreenPal is an app to connect homeowners with landscapers.
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A new app launches in Louisville that's like Uber for your lawn. A tap of a smartphone brings a landscaper to your door. 

Marion County moves forward with tax break for Maker's Mark $500 million expansion Video included

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The plan allows Maker's Mark to avoid paying property taxes on the new property for the next 30 years

Louisville led state's growing $15 billion tourism industry in 2017 Video included

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Jefferson County generated the highest number of total tourism spending with just over $3.5 billion.

Manufacturing expansion brings 300 jobs to Mt. Washington Video included

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Hundreds of good paying jobs are coming to Mount Washington, Kentucky, with the expansion of a little-known business. 

Ford suspends Super Duty production at Kentucky Truck Plant Video included

The paint shop at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville (Ford image) The paint shop at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville (Ford image)
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Ford Motor Co. has halted production of Super Duty pickups at Kentucky Truck Plant in eastern Jefferson County following a fire last week at a plant in Michigan that makes a component for the trucks. 

Dunkin' Donuts to celebrate Prince Harry wedding with special 'Royal Love Donut'

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According to a news release, the special treat will consist of, "a heart-shaped donut filled with jelly and frosted with chocolate icing and a strawberry drizzle."

UPS to use boxy new electric vans to deliver packages in Europe

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The vans feature a distinctive rectangular shape with rounded edges, a wraparound windshield for improved visibility and electronic driver assistance systems aimed at improving safety and reducing fatigue.

Ford suspends production of F-150 trucks after fire at Michigan plant Video included

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The company is also temporarily suspending production of the Ford F-Series Super Duty at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

Citing success of online retailers, Gray's Bookstore closes after 31 years serving U of L students Video included

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Gray’s Bookstore will close its doors on May 31 after 31 years in business between Brandeis Avenue and Cardinal Boulevard on the University of Louisville campus.

Papa John's sales slump continues even with Schnatter on sidelines Video included

Papa John's International chairman John Schnatter, right, at the restaurant inside the company's Louisville headquarters in June 2017. (WDRB) Papa John's International chairman John Schnatter, right, at the restaurant inside the company's Louisville headquarters in June 2017. (WDRB)
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Four months after Louisville-based Papa John’s International sidelined its founder, John Schnatter, the company’s slumping sales are showing no signs of turning around. 

Construction of 'Bridge to Nowhere' in SE Jefferson County could create 10,000 jobs Video included

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Right now, the new Urton Lane Bridge is a bridge to nowhere, but after it’s connected on each side it could be a bridge to prosperity for the area.

Ribbon-cutting held for new Google Fiber tech center for entrepreneurs in Portland Video included

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Google Fiber partnered with Love City to create the incubator program and build a tech center to support it.

Beshear files suit against Shelbyville travel firm accused of stealing customers' money Video included

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The lawsuit says the travel agency owes more than $90,000 to 40 customers. 

Louisville Water celebrates 21st anniversary "Pure Tap" drinking water Video included

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Louisville Water started as Kentucky's first public water provider in 1860. Twenty-one years ago, the water company trademarked its tap as Louisville Pure Tap to highlight its award-winning water.

Ehrler's opening ice cream shop in downtown Louisville Video included

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Ehrler's Ice Cream is making a comeback in Louisville after nearly two decades. 

Oldham County Middle School receives $20,000 from Toyota as part of STEM class program Video included

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Toyota is giving out $150,000 to eleven Kentucky schools.

New restaurant fills Jeffersonville space previously held by Bristol Bar & Grille Video included

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The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with meals ranging from sandwiches to rib eyes and hot browns.

Department of Transportation urges vehicle owners to seek repairs for defective Takata air bags

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The agency singled out Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks from 2006, which are under a "do not drive" warning.

How Churchill Downs wins a sure bet on property taxes Video included

The tax value of Churchill Downs' racetrack at 700 Central Avenue hasn't changed since 2002. (photo by Frank Stamper, WDRB News) The tax value of Churchill Downs' racetrack at 700 Central Avenue hasn't changed since 2002. (photo by Frank Stamper, WDRB News)
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The tax value of your house has probably gone up in the last 16 years. But that's not the case for Churchill Downs' iconic racetrack. 

Hundreds of millions of dollars flow through Churchill Downs Derby week Video included

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Last year Churchill Downs had a record amount of money wagered during Derby day races. 

Holiday World opens for 72nd season on Saturday, May 5 Video included

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Officials say the park will open with about $3.5 million of improvements.

Ground beef sold in Indiana Kroger stores recalled after customer reports finding plastic Video included

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The recall was issued after a customer reported finding blue, hard plastic pieces in the beef.

Louisville homeowners capitalizing on Airbnb market during Kentucky Derby weekend Video included

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People across Kentuckiana are opening their homes and cashing in on Kentucky Derby week.

Baptist Health agrees to buy Hardin Memorial Health for $361 million

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The sale could be finalized by December 1. 

Humana CEO talks up Walmart partnership and benefits of retail access Video included

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo) Humana CEO Bruce Broussard (company photo)
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Humana Inc. CEO Bruce Broussard touted the benefits of the company’s “very successful” partnership with Walmart while not directly addressing speculation that the two companies are in merger talks.

Expert says rise in gas price across Louisville has nothing to do with the Kentucky Derby Video included

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You may have noticed gas prices in Louisville are up this week, but one expert said it has nothing to do with the Kentucky Derby. 

Local businesses cashing in on mad rush of Kentucky Derby week Video included

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Derby week is also a sure bet for some local businesses, from hats, to shoes, to music and booze.

Former Louisville dance club Coyote's gets a new groove as The Bourbon Hall Video included

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A popular, old music venue in downtown Louisville is getting a new groove.

Jeffersonville designated as 'Opportunity Zone' to attract new investment Video included

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The city of Jeffersonville is raking in new grant money for different project around town.

Rabbit Hole Distillery set to open Tuesday in NuLu Video included

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There will be a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Rabbit Hole Distillery on East Jefferson Street.

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.

Second major restaurant closes on the Jeffersonville waterfront Video included

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Employees found doors locked, when they reported to work on Monday. 

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SUNDAY EDITION | Louisvilleā€™s JCTC will be training hub for Mercedes Benz technicians Video included

Chris Siegel, a team leader at Tafel Motors, will help train apprentices in the JCTC program. Chris Siegel, a team leader at Tafel Motors, will help train apprentices in the JCTC program.
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Jefferson Community and Technical College will become a hub for training automotive technicians for Mercedes Benz dealerships this fall with the launch of an apprenticeship program that officials say will put the college on the map.

Kentucky Kingdom now open for 2018 season

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For now, Kentucky Kingdom is only open on the weekends.

Founder of local crypto-currency consulting firm capitalizing on dream and honoring father

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Demand is booming for crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin.

Louisville Slugger cranking out pink bats for MLB players to use on Mother's Day to raise breast cancer awareness Video included

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For the 13th year, the factory is crafting customized pink bats for MLB players to use on Mother's Day that will then be auctioned off with some of the proceeds earmarked for charities conducting research to fight breast cancer. 

Ribbon-cutting held for new 44,000 square-foot Spencerian College campus Video included

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Previously, the campus was on Dixie Highway in Shively for 25 years.

Ford phasing out production of all but 2 cars, shifting focus to trucks, SUVs Video included

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The changes include getting rid of all cars in the region during the next four years except for two models. 

Kentucky Kingdom opens 2018 season April 29 with new rides, upgrades Video included

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Hurricane Bay opens weekends beginning May 19, and both parks open daily starting on Memorial Day. 

Horseshoe Casino GM explains how $85 million investment will transform gambling in southern Indiana Video included

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An $85 million investment will transform gambling in southern Indiana. Caesars Entertainment, which owns Horseshoe Southern Indiana, will use the money to build a new building and move gambling from the iconic riverboat to land across Highway 111.

Car plows into side of Clarksville O'Charley's restaurant Video included

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Shattered glass and broken tables and chairs littered the floor of the Clarksville, Indiana, O'Charley's after a car drove into the side of the building, just after 12 p.m.

Toyota partners with Hardin County Schools to teach students automotive skills Video included

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Part of the instruction will include learning about the enhanced safety technology that's being used to build all-new Toyotas.

Papa John's offering beer delivery option at southern Indiana location Video included

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Customers will be able to order six packs online, for carryout and on the mobile app.

Old Forester to open new Whiskey Row distillery in June Video included

Old Forester Distiller will open on Whiskey Row on National Bourbon Day June 14, 2018. Old Forester Distiller will open on Whiskey Row on National Bourbon Day June 14, 2018.
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The $45 million distillery is housed in the same building that the brand called home before Prohibition.

Dozens of victims report credit card info, bank account funds stolen after visiting Austin Circle K Video included

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As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 50 people had reported to police that their bank accounts had been drained of funds.

Horseshoe Southern Indiana receives permission to build land-based casino Video included

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Caesars Entertainment -- which owns Horseshoe Southern Indiana -- has been granted permission from the Indiana Gaming Commission to move inland.

Give me a beat: Jeffersonville music store opening workout space to 'pound' away the pounds Video included

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Maxwell's House of Music is opening Maxwell's House of Fitness. It will offer a workout class called "Pound" -- where participants use drum sticks to hit the floor. 

Kroger celebrating grand reopening of South Second Street store Video included

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A ribbon cutting is planned for 7:30 a.m. on April 25. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra are expected to attend.

Bourbon ala mode -- Fountain on 4th Ice Cream Lounge to open this summer Video included

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A new Louisville business is mixing cocktails with dessert. 

JeffBoat launches final vessel as Jeffersonville makes plan for its future Video included

JeffBoat launched its final vessel into the Ohio River on Monday. JeffBoat launched its final vessel into the Ohio River on Monday.
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The offer Mayor Mike Moore is making to the company for its prime location. 

TARC to receive $3.6M to replace older buses

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Some of the buses are almost 20 years old and have 700,000 miles on them. 

Toyota unveils Kentucky-made 2019 Avalon Video included

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Toyota recently invested over $1 billion in new equipment at the Georgetown plant.

CenterPoint paying $6 billion for Vectren

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The combined company will serve more than 7 million gas and electricity customers in eight states including Indiana.

Kentucky Center purchases Brown Theatre for $3.2 million

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

Harley-Davidson offering summer internships that include a free motorcycle

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Eight college students or recent graduates will be paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media.

Humana bulks up hospice services by acquiring Curo Health Services Video included

One of Louisville-based Humana's downtown buildings One of Louisville-based Humana's downtown buildings
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Louisville-based Humana Inc. plans to create the country’s largest hospice operator by acquiring Curo Health Services in a deal that involves the same private equity firms that are helping Humana buy Kindred Healthcare.

More than 1 million Americans could lose their pension benefits within 20 years

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that something must be done.

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.

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

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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

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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

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.

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. 

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.

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