What NASCAR Cup Series drivers expect to see in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Friday, Jul 12 2019 

With a new aero package and traction compound applied at Kentucky Speedway, fans could see a different type of race.

       

Editorial: Why We Aren’t Covering Forecastle 2019 Friday, Jul 12 2019 



For over a decade 37FLOOD has had the privilege of being the longest running web-based  independent media outlet to cover  Forecastle. We were never afforded the flashy backstage and photo passes that larger media outlets got; but we held our own covering the ever changing, ever expanding Louisville summer festival. We covered the good, the bad, and everything in between, from the move from a free fest to a ticketed fest at the Great Lawn, to the addition of Party Cove.

In the early years rumors of journalists getting their press passes revoked for criticizing logistical problems surfaced; but despite that, when we felt the need to voice concern for the safety of the patrons we did. In 2010 we wrote about the lack of mist tents, the no re-entry policy, as well as not allowing people to bring in water bottles. And the following year the policies changed, making it safer for music fans to enjoy the fest. 

Last year we saw the expansion of Party Cove, but remarked that their wasn't a medical tent or police officers like at the other stages. We also talked about the large amount of passed out teenagers baking in the sun without getting medical attention. We also wrote about how myself and a 37FLOOD photographer were bullied and thrown against a fence by some teenagers who demanded we erase photos we had taken of a crowd dragging a limp boy covered in vomit.

We had been told by some other members of the press that the rumor was we wouldn't be allowed back; even though we were only reporting on issues that put ticket holders in danger. That said, we were not even going to to apply for press passes this year, but a month ago we received an email from Forecastle asking us to apply; which we saw as an amazing gesture on their behalf.  But our confirmation never came; thus ending our 12 year run of covering Forecastle.

We very much enjoyed our time working with Forecastle, and we are saddened that such a line in the sand could be drawn because we raised our voice about issues that we felt needed addressing; and would rather speak up when we feel people are in danger, rather than be pressured to keep quiet under threat of not being asked to return.

Even as such, we would consider returning to Forecastle if the event organizers are willing to let hurt feelings aside and realize we all want the same thing: a fun and safe summer in Louisville, and we hope all of readers who are attending Forecastle this year also have a wonderful and safe experience.


Here's why it's almost impossible to play catch-up at Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400 Friday, Jul 12 2019 

Early indications are there will be some new contenders at Kentucky, but drivers will come up short if they try to come from too far back.

       

Pleasure Ridge Park baseball hires 'Baseball Pastor' Brad Burns as head coach Friday, Jul 12 2019 

Pleasure Ridge Park announced on Friday that former player and two-time state champion Brad Burns will be the new coach for the baseball program.

       

KHSAA keeps fifth player for state golf tournament, but only the top teams will advance Friday, Jul 12 2019 

The KHSAA board finalized the format of the state golf tournament that was the source of controversy earlier this year.

       

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Amy McGrath’s Bumpy Takeoff Friday, Jul 12 2019 

This week in Kentucky politics, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced she will challenge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s race for U.S. Senate. But the launch had a rocky start. And Gov. Matt Bevin might be a little closer to calling a special legislative session on pensions this summer. WFPL’s Jean West talked to Ryland Barton for this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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Bevin touts proposed bill to outlaw ‘sanctuary cities’ in Kentucky Friday, Jul 12 2019 

Gov. Matt Bevin (left) and state Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, touted a proposed bill to define and outlaw "sanctuary cities" in Kentucky.

Gov. Matt Bevin touted a proposed bill in a news conference on Friday that would define what constitutes a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants in the state and prohibit any local government entity from instituting policies limiting law enforcement from asking an individual about their immigration status and cooperating with federal immigration officials. Though Bevin […]

Amid Cutbacks, Louisville’s Library System Looks To Partners and Community For Support Friday, Jul 12 2019 

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The Louisville Free Public Library has been around for more than a century and has more than a dozen branch locations across Jefferson County. Library officials talked about the storied system and how the city’s budget will challenge it as part of WFPL’s In Conversation.

Our guests were: 

  • Louisville Free Public Library Director Lee Burchfield
  • Educational Justice Coordinator Katelyn Robalino
  • Library Foundation Executive Director Chandra Gordon

Louisville Free Public Library Director Lee Burchfield, who was appointed this April, said a lot of  people still use the libraries and don’t need a library card to access many of its services.

“There’s this perception that people don’t check out books from libraries anymore. In our experience, that’s really not true,” Burchfield said. “On the one hand, our library system is healthy and is doing great work in the community. On the other hand, we’ve got some challenges.”

Those challenges include less city funding, which Burchfield said would affect services they host and offer. Educational Justice Coordinator Katelyn Robalino said her organization will change course because of library cutbacks. Educational Justice is a non-profit that tutors disadvantaged students in order to close education gaps. 

The group tutors out of library branch locations, but Robalino said they may have to find alternative locations because of the library cutbacks.

“We are, kind of, moving away from being only exclusively at libraries and hosting tutoring there. Only because we are hesitant not knowing if they’re unsure of what their schedule will be or what resources they will have,” Robalino said. “We don’t want to rely on something that’s uncertain.”

Louisville Free Public Library Director Lee Burchfield (top center), Host Rick Howlett (bottom left), Educational Justice Coordinator Katelyn Robalino (bottom right), Library Foundation Executive Director Chandra Gordon (top right)Kyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

Louisville Free Public Library Director Lee Burchfield (top center), Host Rick Howlett (bottom left), Educational Justice Coordinator Katelyn Robalino (bottom right), Library Foundation Executive Director Chandra Gordon (top right)

Buchfield said they are “considering all possibilities” for generating new revenue, and Library Foundation Executive Director Chandra Gordon said the public can help.

“The largest source of revenue for our librar[ies] are public dollars,” Gordon said. “Folks can get involved. They can have their voices heard and they can really make a  difference.”

Join us next week for In Conversation as we talk about the Trump administration’s immigration policy and how it may affect Louisville’s Hispanic community. 

Louisville Real Estate Market Statistics [2019 Trends] Friday, Jul 12 2019 

A quick look at the local Louisville housing market and the current average home prices in Louisville KY. Numbers and statistics for Louisville real estate are gathered from our local Louisville MLS for the month of July 2019. Louisville KY Real Estate Market - July Number of Homes Sold: 1,198 Median Sale Price: $205,000 Days on Market: 33 New Construction Last Month: 42   Louisville Housing Market Report 2019 Looking at the statistics from the Greater Louisville MLS, compared to July 2019, the data shows that homes are selling slightly faster. Inventory continues to lag behind the buyer's demand. Median sale price for Louisville real estate in the month of July is up 5.40 compared to the previous year. SP vs LP (percentage of list price and the actual sold price) is up to 98.03. July 2019 Louisville Housing Statistics Median Sale Price: $205,000 (Up +5.40 from July 2018) List To Sale Price Ratio: 98.03 (Down -0.44 July 2018) Days on the Market: 33 Days (Up +6.45 July 2018) Total Sold Listings: 1,198 (Down -2.36 July 2018) Data shows that the July 2019 Louisville housing market continues to stay in the Seller's favor because of the low inventory. Homes on average, are selling within 33 days on market. We have seen a great increase in the home prices around the Louisville area. Right now is still a great time for a homeowner that is thinking about selling because of the continued lack of listings but it looks like that may be shifting in the coming year. These numbers are from the Local MLS: Area of 00-Central Downtown District/Old Louisville, 01-Dtwn Old Louisville/Shively/West Lou, 02-Buchertwn/Hghlnds/Germantwn, 03-Clifton/Crescent Hill/St Matthews, 04-Pleasure Rdg/Valley Station/Shively, 05-Auburndale/Fairdale/IroquoisPrk/Shively, 06-Buchel/Hghvw/okolona/FernCreek, 07-FernCreek/Hikes Point/Jeffersontown, 08-DglasHls/Hurstbrn/Mdltwn/Anchrg/StMatt, 09-Anchrg/Glnvw/Lyndn/Prospct

UK AD Mitch Barnhart named chair of NCAA men's basketball committee for 2020-21 Friday, Jul 12 2019 

Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will serve as the chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee for the 2020-21 season.

       

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