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Several local restaurants offer kids' meals to boost business

With the economy, many people are eating out less.  But several local restaurants are offering free kids' meals, hoping to boost business.

Jackie Brown of Louisville is looking for deals on places to eat.  She likes to take her grandchildren out once a week, but doesn't even do that anymore.  That makes kids eating free an incentive.

Just about every day of the week, you can find local restaurants offering free or discounted kids meals.  At the Texas Roadhouse on Dutchman's Parkway, kids eat for 99 cents on Mondays.  Mark's Feed Store offers free kids' meals on Tuesdays, and so does Tony Roma's on North Hurstbourne Parkway.

Free kids' meals are on Wednesdays at the Moe's Southwest Grill on Breckenridge Lane, and Thursdays at Captain D's.  And I-hop is offering free kids' meals every single day from four until ten p.m. through September 13th and it's increasing business.

The Clarksville, Indiana IHOP has 6500 customers come through each week, so the restaurant says it's hoping families like what they eat and will keep on coming back.  Creg Hagerman, IHOP Director of Operations, says the kids' meals will promote dinner entres among many people who don't realize IHOP has more than just breakfast.

Tony Roma's is also hoping the kids meals will do the same thing for its business, allowing more guests to come in and see what the restaurant has to offer.

For families like the Browns, every dollar counts, and free kids meals are a reason to go out and eat again.  Jackie Brown says a lot of restaurants don't have kids meals anymore and it's a big help not to have to pay five dollars for a meal they often don't finish.

For more locations on where kids can eat free, click here.

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Home foreclosures continue to skyrocket in Kentucky and in Louisville.  From January to June of this year, the city had more than 2900 foreclosure filings, up 50% from a year ago.

Louisville is one of three cities getting foreclosure prevention and job help by the National Urban League.  The organization says it will hold a Home Rescue and Career Fair next month in Louisville.

As Michelle Moore of the National Urban League explains, "What it will do is to provide one-on-one intervention with individuals like lenders, housing counselors, and legal services to ensure they will have all the options available to be able to move ahead."

The one-day event will be held September 15th at the Kentucky International Convention Center.  It's free to the public.

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Volkswagen is recalling over 13,000 vehicles to fix a transmission problem.  Volkswagen says some of the cars could have a faulty temperature sensor in the transmission that could lead to a warning on the dashboard.

The recall includes 2009 and a limited number of 2010 Jetta, Jetta SportsWagen, GTI, and Eos vehicles that were built between September 2008 and August 2009.

The automaker says in rare cases the transmission could shift into neutral.  Customers can call (800) 444-8982 for more information.

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