The Presentation dance team tears up the field at halftime of Trinity-St. Xavier Friday, Sep 27 2019 

The Hilltoppers showed out at halftime of the Trinity-St. Xavier rivalry game on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

       

Kroger to no longer carry community publications Friday, Sep 27 2019 

The company said Kroger chose to remove all free publications from their stores to focus on other initiatives for the space.

        

2 more lawsuits filed against former Omni massage therapist Friday, Sep 27 2019 

These most recent lawsuits bring the number to seven total.

        

Crowd marches in downtown Louisville to protest proposed pipeline through Bernheim Forest Friday, Sep 27 2019 

More than 100 protesters marched to the steps of LG&E to protest the utility's proposed pipeline through a section of Bernheim Forest.

       

Omni Hotel now facing 7 sexual assault lawsuits related to former massage therapist Friday, Sep 27 2019 

Two new lawsuits were filed Friday.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife accepting applications to fill 20 positions Friday, Sep 27 2019 

Across the state, the department plans to fill 20 positions.

        

Behind the scenes of Trinity vs. St. Xavier as tailgaters get ready for the game Friday, Sep 27 2019 

Alumni, fans and others having a good time before St. X vs. Trinity in a big rivalry game.

       

Bernheim Pipeline Protesters Rally Outside LG&E Office Friday, Sep 27 2019 

Bernheim Pipeline ProtestTo the tune of “This little light of mine,” more than 100 protesters marched through downtown Louisville chanting “My community and I, we’re gonna save Bernheim.”

Friday’s protests were an effort to raise awareness about a pair of infrastructure projects that threaten to damage conservation lands Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum acquired in 2018.

“We’re facing two threats like never. We’re facing a threat from a proposed LG&E pipeline and we’re also facing a threat form a proposed interstate bypass,” said Andrew Berry, Bernheim conservation director.

Bernheim Pipeline ProtestRyan Van Velzer | wfpl.org

The first, and more immediate project, is a 12-inch underground pipeline that would traverse three-quarters of a mile across the 494-acre Cedar Grove Wildlife Corridor under an existing electric transmission line easement.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has already approved the pipeline to serve communities in Northern Bullitt County, but Bernheim and a handful of other landowners have so far refused to sell to the pipeline’s owner, Louisville Gas and Electric.

LG&E says it needs the extra capacity to serve a growing population in Bullitt County.

The second project is a highway that would connect Interstate 65 and 71. Several of the proposed routes would cut through Bernheim. The proposed highway would likely have a far larger environmental impact than the pipeline, but it’s also much further off.

“This issue has really garnered a lot of support from the greater Louisville community,” Berry said. “We’ve heard from people from thousands of people from all walks of life who are supporting Bernheim.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet received $2 million for the study, which officials expect to finish before the end of this year. Any future highway would still need legislative approval and funding.

Ahead of the march, protesters gathered in a park across the street from Louisville Metro Hall. The crowd sang songs and waved signs including “We speak for the trees” and “May the forest be with you.”

Maggie Komp, a senior at Presentation Academy, was one of several people who gave speeches. Komp said protecting Bernheim is part of a larger cause to fight for social justice and action on climate change.

“If we solve all the other problems, it won’t matter because we won’t have anywhere to live if we don’t save our planet,” Komp said. “And this is a big part of saving our planet right here in Kentucky.”

The peaceful demonstration resulted in the arrest of former mayoral candidate and environmentalist Jackie Green, who laid down in the street in an act of civil disobedience, before he was carried off by police.

The protest culminated in a march and a rally outside LG&E’s downtown office. There, demonstrators unveiled a mock pipeline, sang and chanted in support of Bernheim’s conservation lands.

 

Bernheim Pipeline ProtestRyan Van Velzer | wfpl.org
Bernheim Pipeline ProtestRyan Van Velzer | wfpl.org
Bernheim Pipeline ProtestRyan Van Velzer | wfpl.org
Bernheim Pipeline ProtestRyan Van Velzer | wfpl.org

Louder Than Life marks audio maximum at 105 decibels Friday, Sep 27 2019 

For the first time, the promoter talked about the noise complaints from neighbors, and promised that audio crews would be in neighborhoods measuring sound.

        

Rivals clash as St. Xavier and Trinity battle at Cardinal Stadium Friday, Sep 27 2019 

The Tigers and the Shamrocks took to the field in the commonwealth's biggest high school football rivalry Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

       

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