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SUNDAY EDITION | Louisville hit by retail blues, but bright spots remain Video included

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In the Louisville area and across the U.S., the retail industry is in the midst of a transformation brought on by the rise of e-commerce. Some analysts predict more than 8,000 physical stores could close this year.

SUNDAY EDITION | Churchill Downs grabs $13 million in neighborhood real estate during unprecedented buying binge Video included

Churchill Downs has spent nearly $13 million since December on real estate near the track, including the last two houses closest to Gate 17 on Homeview Drive. Churchill Downs has spent nearly $13 million since December on real estate near the track, including the last two houses closest to Gate 17 on Homeview Drive.
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Churchill Downs has gone on an unprecedented buying spree, snapping up $13 million in homes, lots and commercial properties on three sides of its iconic Central Avenue track. Company officials are mum on their plans. 

SUNDAY EDITION | Ex-officer in LMPD sex abuse scandal showed 'pattern of behavior,' 2013 probe found Video included

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“When it comes to kids … you should sure as hell better have a thorough investigation to see how deep it goes within the department,” a national criminal justice expert said. “The entire department’s integrity was at stake.”

SUNDAY EDITION | 'Much work to be done' as Superintendent Donna Hargens steps down from JCPS Video included

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens will step down from her job on July 1, 2017 JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens will step down from her job on July 1, 2017
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Now that Donna Hargens is stepping down as JCPS superintendent, a review of her six-year tenure shows a mixed record when it comes to student achievement and engagement with the community and school board.

SUNDAY EDITION | Churchill Downs ‘seriously’ weighs general admission cap as Kentucky Derby grows

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With record crowds in recent years and limited amount of infield space, track officials acknowledge they may someday need to curb the number of standing-room tickets

SUNDAY EDITION | Who will teach in Kentucky's charter schools? Video included

A Norton Commons Elementary School teaches in her classroom on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) A Norton Commons Elementary School teaches in her classroom on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Who will teach in Kentucky’s charter schools, and will those teachers have the same level of experience and qualifications as those in traditional public schools?

SUNDAY EDITION | 1998 murder conviction tossed amid allegations of police, prosecutor misconduct Video included

Michael Brizendine in court on Thursday. He is ordered released after more than 20 years in prison. Michael Brizendine in court on Thursday. He is ordered released after more than 20 years in prison.
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In February, a defense attorney told Judge Ann Bailey Smith he didn’t see how prosecutors would be able to convict Michael Brizendine “once we expose the serious problems with police behavior in this case.”

SUNDAY EDITION | Bus company, government agencies land toll-free RiverLink bridge crossings Video included

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Officials in Kentucky and Indiana have quietly expanded who can receive toll-free crossings by amending earlier rules voted on by a tolling panel, according to documents obtained under public records requests.

SUNDAY EDITION | After collapse of Walmart deal, developers face debts to bank and taxpayers Video included

A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008. A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008.
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After Walmart abandoned its plan to build a store in west Louisville last year, the owners of the site may lose it in foreclosure. Meanwhile, they owe Metro government $1.1 million, and city officials aren't sure what happened to most of the money.

SUNDAY EDITION | Indiana bill seeks logging restrictions in state forests

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The Republican-backed measure aims to make 10 percent of state forest lands 'old forest' areas that are off-limits to timber sales.

SUNDAY EDITION | Louisville takes lenient approach to enforcing new Airbnb rules Video included

Jonathan Bevan rents the carriage house behind his home in Old Louisville on Airbnb.com. Jonathan Bevan rents the carriage house behind his home in Old Louisville on Airbnb.com.
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Renting your place out for the Kentucky Derby? Louisville officials are taking a lenient approach to enforcing the city's new rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals. Here's what you need to know.

SUNDAY EDITION | Kentucky teen facing rare homicide charge in red-light wreck Video included

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Kailey Jo Farmer, an 18-year-old senior at Nelson County High School, has been charged with felony reckless homicide, a legal rarity in a fatal wreck in Kentucky when the driver is not accused of being drunk, texting or speeding.

SUNDAY EDITION | Frustration builds over lack of action on JCPS facility needs Video included

New figures show that JCPS has $1.3 billion in facility needs, up from $880 million four years ago. New figures show that JCPS has $1.3 billion in facility needs, up from $880 million four years ago.
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JCPS' new facilties plan – a laundry list of maintenance and new construction plans that must be submitted to the state – has grown to $1.3 billion, up from $880 million four years ago.

SUNDAY EDITION | LMPD investigation questions Louisville jail suicides Video included

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“These single cells with exposed bars have been the site of multiple in custody deaths via ligature hanging in the past yet the exposed bars remain,” Louisville Metro Police concluded in an investigation.

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