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WHAT’S THAT SMELL? Here is the reason for that odor across Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the question inundating the WDRB newsroom on Tuesday, and it comes from every corner of Jefferson County: What's that smell?. Callers, viewers and even our own employees describe it as everything from rotten eggs to sulfur and a few words we can't repeat. But MSD confirms to WDRB that the cause of the odor is sewer gas odor trapped in catch basins, which is caused by a lack of rain.
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92nd Fairdale Fair begins Thursday with parade, rides, games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of the oldest community events in Jefferson County begins Thursday. The annual Fairdale Fair, which dates back to 1930, features rides, games and many community booths. In a news release Tuesday, Metro Councilman Mark Fox called on everyone to come have fun this weekend in southern Jefferson County.

Not all Appellate Court Judge candidates have experience on the bench. Who's qualified?

Every Jefferson County judicial seat will be on the ballot this November. The Court of Appeals handles appeals from lower courts (Circuit and District). One candidate is a current District Court Judge and one candidate is a currently a Circuit Court Judge. Does this previous judicial experience matter? The Courier Journal, together with the League of Women...
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Fairdale High School trains next generation of first responders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools is showing off a program that is training the next generation of the city’s first responders. Fairdale High School hosts a variety of magnet programs within its school, including a community emergency service program for students looking to enter a career in the police, fire or EMS fields.

JCPS elementary students' opinions featured in The New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some Jefferson County Public School students got a unique chance to speak their minds. Fourth grade students at Johnsontown Road Elementary worked with The New York Times on a writing project. The students learned the difference between reported and opinion writing. Then, with some help from...

JCPS 4th-graders published in Sunday's edition of The New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several Jefferson County Public Schools students are now published writers after their work appeared in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Molly Hall's fourth-grade class at Johnsontown Road Elementary School worked virtually with editors at the newspaper for two days, with the end result in Sunday's newspaper.

JCPS students write opinion pieces for New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fourth-graders at a Jefferson County Public School were featured in Sunday's New York Times. According to a press release, fourth-grade students at Johnsontown Road Elementary School spent two days learning the difference between reported writing and opinion writing from some of the New York Times' editors.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell taps Jeff Derouen as First Assistant

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell has named Jeff Derouen as his First Assistant, effective October 1. Derouen will assume the office’s highest appointed position following the retirement of current First Assistant Ingrid Geiser. He joined the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office (JCAO) in February 2016 as Tax and Collections Section Chief. Derouen’s other responsibilities included oversight of all legal matters related to Metro foreclosures, property assessment appeals, code enforcement, delinquent tax payment plans, collections for all Louisville Metro, and representing the County Clerk, Sheriff, and PVA. He also has handled Metro’s right of way franchises and utility-related work and represents the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

Louisville advocates host training-series on identifying, preventing human trafficking

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville advocates are inviting professionals and community leaders to attend a training series designed to fight human trafficking. According to a press release, the Office for Women, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness’ (LMPHW) Center for Health Equity, the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative of Catholic Charities and the Trauma Resilient Communities Project of the Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods partnered together to host the training.