Monday, May 20 2013 10:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:38:47 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Teddy Bridgewater doesn't ask for much. So when he told University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson that he wanted to ask somethingMore >>
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is certainly going to be a Heisman Trophy candidate to start next season, but he has told coaches he doesn't want a Heisman publicity campaign.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:41 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:41:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The scene is always the same. After every University of Kentucky basketball home game, the coach walks across the Rupp Arena court, puts on his headset and starts talking withMore >>
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will do things a bit differently with his young but talented Wildcats team this season.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:26:00 GMT
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB News) -- Police are on the scene of a deadly accident on Interstate 64 near the Watterson Expressway. Official say the accident happened around 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Police sayMore >>
A deadly day on Louisville roads - as emergency crews respond to two fatal accidents.More >>
Follow the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
Tweets from the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The budget cuts looming in Washington could change the planes you see flying at Thunder Over Louisville this year.
You may be looking to a sky full of civilian acts this year.
Military planes could be grounded because of the sequestration, which is a "fancy pants" term for forced federal budget cuts -- currently argued in Washington.
Crowds watched intently as a Harrier jet hovered over the Ohio River, and as the B-2 Stealth bomber and the B-52 Stratofortress bomber took passes over downtown Louisville last year.
But the future for military planes flying in Thunder Over Louisville 2013 could be turned upside down with the budget bickering in Washington.
"We saw this coming last July, and we started regrouping to go, 'We got a potential problem here'," said Thunder Over Louisville producer Wayne Hettinger.
Alternate plans have been long in the works.
"We've got more civilian air acts coming in already this year than normally. And in talking with them, some of them fly two and three different show acts, so it's like we're preparing to bring them in early, come back in and make them do another act later on."
Hettinger and air "boss" Mike Riordan say you'll see a full air show, regardless of any military participation.
The military planes are often on a last-minute schedule anyway -- whether it's because of current missions or budget cuts.
"You'll see large precision groups like Lima Lima, Trojan Horsemen, Team Dynamics. You'll also see individual aircraft performers who have the smaller aircraft who do the highly aerobatic routines," Riordan said.
Tuesday marked 53 days until Thunder, so a lot still can happen.
But air show planes might be low on a list of worries, should the federal budget cuts stretch into weeks.
The White House warns of millions of dollars potentially lost to public schools and disabled kids in Kentucky and Indiana. The cuts could affect Head Start programs with 2,200 fewer kids, cause furloughs of 22,000 civilian defense department workers in places like Fort Knox, and a loss of $433,000 in extra federal aid to local law enforcement.