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Marty Pollio checks in with Doss High junior Ja'Nae Jackson about her social studies project on Wednesday. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Marty Pollio checks in with Doss High junior Ja'Nae Jackson about her social studies project on Wednesday. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)

SUNDAY EDITION | As JCPS interim superintendent, Marty Pollio aims to improve culture, climate and achievement Video included

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"I do believe that the culture and morale go hand in hand and they both have to be addressed right away.”

INVESTIGATION | As homicide rate continues to rise, so does the price to taxpayers Video included

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As the number of murders in Louisville continues to rise, so does the price associated with solving and adjudicating those cases.

SPECIAL REPORT | WDRB's Valerie Chinn visits Mexican border where drugs, illegal immigrants and human smugglers converge Video included

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WDRB News takes you to the Texas-Mexican border to see first-hand what the government is doing to curtail illegal immigration.

IMAGES | WDRB News travels to Mexico border embedded with US Border Patrol Video included

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From the air, the water and on the ground, WDRB News spent three days embedded with U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations at the Texas-Mexico border.

Elderly Louisville man with rare lung cancer cured after treatment with breakthrough drug Video included

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A year ago, we told you how local residents with skin cancer went from stage 4 to cancer-free in a matter of months using a new drug called Keytruda. Now that same drug is helping a Louisville man with a rare type of lung cancer and capturing the attention of the medical world. 

Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' brings suicide, mental health discussion to teens and schools Video included

Screenshot of a scene from Netflix's fictional series "13 Reasons Why" (Courtesy: Netflix) Screenshot of a scene from Netflix's fictional series "13 Reasons Why" (Courtesy: Netflix)
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"The series brings a lot positive conversations around mental health and suicide prevention ... what it doesn't do is give people any help or hope that there are other ways to address all these issues."

IMAGES | Thousands honor, pay tribute to fallen Louisville Metro Police Officer Nick Rodman Video included

Graveside service for fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Graveside service for fallen LMPD officer Nick Rodman (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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He was a man who cherished his family, had an enormous number of friends and passionately served the Louisville community as a peacekeeper for just over three years. On Tuesday, thousands of people paid tribute to fallen LMPD Officer Nick Rodman. 

Could there be a connection among Nelson County's most infamous crimes? Video included

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A police officer killed by a sniper. A mother vanishes without a trace. Her father shot and killed. Are the cases connected?

WDRB News Special | Henryville, 5 years later Video included

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Five years ago Thursday, an EF-4 tornado roared through the area, killing 34 people in Kentucky and Indiana.

WDRB travels to New York City to preview Louisville's upcoming Broadway shows Video included

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Ahead of last week's announcement of the 2017-18 Broadway in Louisville schedule, WDRB News went to New York City to preview the shows that'll hit the stage at the Kentucky Center of the Arts.

SUNDAY EDITION | For JCPS, 'neighborhood schools' bill would force big changes, unforeseen consequences Video included

Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Students take a test during a math class at Atherton High School on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Under the bill, some JCPS schools would be swamped with kids based on proximity, while others – even in highly developed areas – might be candidates for closure or wholesale reinvention because they would have a tiny number of kids to place, according to a district analysis. 

Heroin on the front lines | How overdoses are overloading the system Video included

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People are dying on the streets of Louisville so quickly and so often that emergency responders just can't keep up.

Louisville police chief says convicted felons are 'coming back too quickly' Video included

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Chief Steve Conrad says the pattern is all too familiar: a convicted violent felon given a lenient sentence and released from prison early only to be charged again.

Revised neighborhood schools bill would 'shake up' JCPS student assignment plan Video included

A parent waits for her children to get off the school bus in the Portland neighborhood. A parent waits for her children to get off the school bus in the Portland neighborhood.
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The newest version of a Louisville lawmaker's bill calling for neighborhood schools passed the House education committee in Frankfort on Thursday. 

Local families use frozen embryo adoption to get pregnant

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It's a way for a couple to adopt and still go through the process of pregnancy.

State-ordered JCPS management review prompts some to call for removal of Donna Hargens Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens talks to the media on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 (WDRB file photo) JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens talks to the media on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 (WDRB file photo)
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It is difficult -- and very rare -- for a school superintendent's contract to be terminated in Kentucky. 

Kentucky education chief orders 'unprecedented' management audit of JCPS Video included

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State education officials will perform an "unprecedented" audit of Jefferson County Public Schools – one that could lead to a state takeover of the district.

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