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Amy's Story | Widow of Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis reveals the fear that haunted her most and her life moving forward Video included


Amy Ellis says life was good until the night gunfire took her husband and shattered her life, and the lives of her children.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS: Arrests, drugs and more than $1 million in cash in DEA sting Video included

Drugs confiscated during Operation Safe Haven Drugs confiscated during Operation Safe Haven

Operation Safe Haven was a result of months of investigations targeting high-level drug dealers.

As legalization talk continues in Kentucky and Indiana, neighboring Illinois is making medical marijuana work Video included


While the debate over medical marijuana rages on in Kentucky and Indiana, WDRB News traveled to Illinois to see how the state is making cannabis work.

LMPD using new tactics to crack down on sex crimes during Kentucky Derby week Video included


In what has become an annual, police are trying a new approach to combat the sex trafficking that spikes around the area this time of the year.

Serving a 225-year sentence, Charles Boney vows he's a changed man, he's innocent and David Camm is guilty Video included


Charles Boney, identified by prosecutors as a co-conspirator, was convicted in a separate trial and is serving a 225-year prison sentence for the murders of Kim, Jill and Brad Camm.

Katina Powell, Andre McGee ran ‘criminal syndicate,’ U of L police concluded in 2016 investigation Video included

Andre McGee and Katina Powell Andre McGee and Katina Powell

University of Louisville police recommended McGee and Powell be charged with multiple felony crimes, according to a summary of the investigation.

WDRB SPECIAL REPORT | Are school buses going too fast? Video included


In just minutes, we clocked eight buses speeding. And that was just the start.

Public Safety Committee questions juvenile jail leaders on safety and audit concerns Video included


The Public Safety Committee questioned leaders from the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center about recent safety concerns revealed in an external audit.

Marshall County community remembers victims and honors heroes a month after mass school shooting Video included


From heartbreak, there is also heroism. Students helping each other escape the shooting. 

Louisville's juvenile jail fights for solutions to 'longstanding problems' despite impending budget cuts Video included

Jefferson County Youth Detention Center Jefferson County Youth Detention Center

The youth jail operated by Louisville Metro government suffers from “longstanding problems,” including high turnover among its staff and inadequate educational instruction for the kids in its custody, according to an independent audit completed last year. 

Confinement in Louisville's juvenile jail is ‘excessive and inappropriate,’ report finds

Jefferson County Youth Detention Center Jefferson County Youth Detention Center

For up to 24 hours a day, teenagers can be lodged in the city’s youth detention center, alone in a room except for a toilet, table and small platform.

At least 5 employees of Louisville's juvenile jail have violated sexual misconduct policies since 2016, records show


During 2016 and 2017 alone, six cases were substantiated and led to employees’ leaving their jobs, according to reports obtained through a public records request.

Whistleblower claims record number of juvenile murder charges follows cover-ups and dysfunction in Louisville youth detention


The agency's turnover rate is near 40 percent, the highest in Metro Government.

Prospect assistant police chief told LMPD recruit to 'shoot' black people Video included


“There is no place in police departments for men or women who hold such strongly held prejudices, including recommending shooting people simply because of their race,” County Attorney Mike O’Connell wrote about former officer Todd Shaw. 

Rough ride for downtown Louisville drivers will soon get smoother Video included


From torn up streets to closed lanes to gridlocked traffic, the condition of downtown Louisville streets can leave folks a little less than jolly, even during the holiday season. 

VIDEO | Former WWE superstar from Louisville wrestles with life in second round of brain cancer Video included


Matt Cappotelli has unending hope facing a kind of cancer that has never been defeated.

West Buechel city councilwoman resigns following WDRB investigation Video included


The questions posed to Ruth Mosley that prompted her to turn in a resignation letter the same day WDRB's report aired. 

West Buechel councilwoman under fire to resign as colleagues question whether she lives in the city Video included

West Buechel Councilwoman Ruth Janie Mosely West Buechel Councilwoman Ruth Janie Mosely

A West Buechel city councilwoman moved to a town 30 miles away and refuses to give up her seat, saying she still owns property and stays, on occasion, in the town she represents.

WDRB investigation finds JCPS bus drivers speeding on interstates and side roads across Louisville Video included


WDRB used a laser speed detector to clock buses on main roads, side roads and interstates. 

Doctors at Brown Cancer Center say the 'sky is the limit' for new t-cell therapy Video included


The Brown Cancer Center in Louisville is about to launch a trial of a therapy never tried before.

Investigation uncovers boarded up and abandoned Habitat for Humanity homes in west Louisville Video included


There are 30 years of success stories of Habitat for Humanity in Louisville, but there's also a tale not being told.

21-hour days and $320,000 of overtime highlight 'shocking' extra pay to 7 LMPD officers Video included

Updated: Nov 21, 2017 11:34 AM

A WDRB News investigation found officers worked weeks or months without taking a day off -- including weekends -- logging what experts say would be either suspicious or dangerously long hours.

Medical mystery sends 7-year-old Elizabethtown boy into deep, 11-day sleep Video included


Wyatt Shaw's condition has doctors baffled.

76 years after his death, US sailor's remains to return home to Louisville Video included

Updated: Oct 15, 2017 10:22 PM

A Western Union telegram sent to Samuel Crowder's mother in 1941 is just one of the keepsakes that's been passed down in a book of memories to his nieces.

RAW VIDEO | University of Louisville fires Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino Video included


The move comes less than three weeks after federal investigators tied Pitino’s program to a scheme to pay recruits.

Braidy Industries CEO says media focused on 'irrelevant' questions about names of shareholders

Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard

The company planning to build a state-of-the-art aluminum plant in eastern Kentucky, with the help of a $15 million investment by state taxpayers, has only one other shareholder besides state government who is “domiciled” in the Commonwealth, according to its chairman and CEO.

Drumanard estate brings $1.6 million bid at bridges property auction


If the offers are formally approved for three properties Kentucky bought for the Ohio River Bridges Project, the state stands to recoup just $2.425 million of its original $13.5 million investment.

Kentucky accepts lone bid for Rosewell property bought for bridges project Video included


Acquired for $1.6 million in 2005, Rosewell is among three properties the state bought under historic preservation deals agreed to by Kentucky, Indiana and the U.S government as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by man who spent 7 years in jail awaiting murder trial

Percy Brown Percy Brown

“(Percy) Brown’s allegations, if true, are deeply disturbing,” Judge David Hale said in his order. “As pleaded here, however, they fail to state a plausible claim for relief.”

CRAWFORD | It's complicated: Tom Jurich's Louisville legacy, and future Video included


Eric Crawford examines Tom Jurich's time at Louisville, both financially and otherwise, and considers his future after interim university president Greg Postel placed him on paid administrative leave.

Basketball scandals "a pattern" of bad behavior by Pitino, U of L charges in letter Video included

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom

Two recent scandals in the University of Louisville men’s basketball program show “a pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” that justifies firing head coach Rick Pitino, the university’s interim president wrote in a letter to Pitino dated Tuesday.

Mother of girl in LMPD youth program says she was 'encouraged' to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations Video included


The mother was “encouraged” by the “head of the Explorer program not to tell anyone about the situation.

“He wanted to keep it under the radar,” according to the records released in the criminal investigation of former officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood.

University of Louisville Foundation 'unrecognizable' from year ago, director says

Keith Sherman, interim executive director of the U of L Foundation Keith Sherman, interim executive director of the U of L Foundation

Today’s University of Louisville Foundation is “unrecognizable” from the free-spending, opaque organization that existed under former U of L President James Ramsey. That was the message the foundation’s interim executive director, Keith Sherman, had.

Who owns Louisville City FC soccer club? Here's the list

Mike Mountjoy, an investor in Louisville City FC, at a press conference on Sept. 22, 2017 Mike Mountjoy, an investor in Louisville City FC, at a press conference on Sept. 22, 2017

The privately held Louisville City FC soccer team released a complete list of its owners Thursday as the Metro Council continues to consider borrowing $30 million to put toward a stadium for the team in Butchertown.

Attorney unsure who U of L coaches are in complaints, but says 'Rick Pitino has done nothing wrong'


“We don’t know who they are talking about on there but aim to find out,” attorney Steve Pence said, but he added that he has not been told Pitino is under investigation.

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