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Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

$800k settlement of U of L's lawsuit against ex-president must go forward, judge rules

If the deal is buttoned-up, U of L and its nonprofit foundation will have lost millions of dollars pursuing “financial fraud” claims against former President James Ramsey, his former chief → Read More

Ford Motor Co. brings back mask mandate for Louisville plants

Ford had required masks for everyone in its plants until July 12, when the company allowed vaccinated individuals to go without, according to spokeswoman Kelli Felker. → Read More

Analysis: For Churchill Downs, Derby City Gaming brings casino money

The Louisville gaming venue now generates more revenue than any of Churchill Downs' actual casinos, according to WDRB News' analysis of regulatory filings. → Read More

Kentucky having trouble hiring for unemployment office, Beshear officials say

Meanwhile, Beshear’s administration is considering a new approach to rebuilding the antiquated computer system for unemployment insurance. → Read More

Ford considers using dealers to finalize vehicles amid chip shortage

Ford Motor Co. is weighing a novel approach to delivering new vehicles amid the global shortage of computer chips: using their dealers to finalize the manufacture of trucks and SUVs → Read More

Louisville-area car dealers make best of scarce inventory

“I’ve been here for about 30 years; I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Marty Book, whose family owns Carriage Ford in Clarksville, Ind. → Read More

Louisville Ford plants diverge during chip shortage

A tale of two plants: Production is up at Kentucky Truck Plant during the chip crisis, but down at Louisville Assembly Plant. → Read More

PODCAST | Kentucky's continuing struggle to pay unemployment claims

The latest episode of our news podcast, Uncovered by WDRB, reflects on a year of constant struggles for everyday Kentuckians in navigating the state's unemployment insurance system. → Read More

A year later, Kentucky still not ‘caught up’ on unemployment claims

It's been a year since Gov. Andy Beshear said state would get 'caught up' on backlogged unemployment claims. Kentucky is not caught up. → Read More

Ford plans more downtime amid chip shortage

Ford Motor Co. will continue to trim production at its Louisville plants as the automaker grapples with a shortage of computer chips needed in new vehicles. → Read More

Louisville UAW members to get unemployment help at private 'clinic'

The union that represents Ford workers secured the help of a few state employees for a private 'assistance clinic' for unemployment insurance at a union hall this week. Union officials → Read More

Beshear offers unemployed Kentuckians $1,500 'back-to-work' bonus

Beshear said the bonus program is a compromise meant to get Kentuckians off the sidelines while also resisting calls from employers and Republicans to end the federal $300 weekly supplement → Read More

Hotel, Target store planned near University of Louisville campus

The University of Louisville is working with a developer to build a six-story Marriott-branded “conference center hotel” with a ground-level Target store and restaurant near the heart of its Belknap → Read More

Tennessee company to buy Louisville's Kindred Healthcare

The deal means no changes for Kindred's corporate presence in Louisville, according to Kindred. → Read More

Louisville home prices surge in tight market

“It is the perfect storm, if you will – the combination of lower interest rates with very low inventory,” said agent Judie Parks of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, the president → Read More

PODCAST | A shakeup in the race for Louisville mayor

"This thing is still in flux and could change easily, very quickly," WDRB political reporter Lawrence Smith says on the latest episode of our news podcast. → Read More

Humana deal furthers home-health focus

Louisville-based Humana Inc. continued its march into home-based health care on Monday by announcing a deal to acquire an eight-year-old Florida company called One Homecare Solutions. → Read More

Al J. Schneider Co. tests 'co-work' concept in downtown Louisville

Louisville’s biggest landlord for traditional office space is getting into the co-working game with a new space called "Co11ab" at Waterfront Plaza. → Read More

JBS cyberattack delays some work at Louisville pork plant

Some workers at the JBS pork processing plant in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood were on a late start Tuesday as a result of a cyberattack on the world’s largest meat processing → Read More

University of Louisville plans 19th tuition hike in 20 years

The 1.75% hike will be more than offset by one-time payments of at least $400 per semester to many undergraduates using federal coronavirus relief aid, university officials say. → Read More