Sunday Read: WHAS11's best stories this week
Sunday Read: WHAS11's best stories this week
Author: WHAS Staff
Published: 9:52 AM EST January 7, 2018
Updated: 4:15 PM EDT August 12, 2018
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This week, WHAS11 covered many important stories, but we have compiled a list of our top stories of the week. These are stories that sparked change, made us think, warmed our hearts and taught us about our community. We hope you enjoy our best stories of this week.

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Sunday Read: WHAS11's best stories this week

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Chapter 1

Mayor Fischer: Castleman, Prentice statues to be moved from public locations

Mayor Greg Fischer announced the city plans to move a statue of the Confederate officer and President of the Board of Park Commissioners John Breckinridge Castleman from the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood and the George Dennison Prentice statue from outside the Louisville Free Public Library.

Mayor Fischer said appropriate relocations will be explored. The city is, for example, in conversation with Cave Hill Cemetery about moving the statues to their family burial grounds in Cave Hill. There are legal and financial issues to address with the moves--like, for Castleman, a review by the Cherokee Triangle Preservation District. If no other suitable sites are found, the statues will go into storage.

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Chapter 2

Proffitt Report Commentary: Don't hide history, put the Confederate statues where they belong

Load ‘em up. Move ‘em out.

It’s time to say goodbye to the Confederacy, folks.

Yes, our city embraced the Confederate cause after the Civil War. But, we no longer need these statues which are reminders of the lost cause.

We are a changed city, a city with an international base now.

These monuments have no business in front of our main library or in the heart of a vibrant, diverse neighborhood.

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Chapter 3

EpiPen shortage: What to do if your local pharmacy runs out

They're about a size of a marker, but the epinephrine autoinjector known as the EpiPen can save a life.

"It's a simple way for patients to be able to inject themselves or for parents who need to inject their children with epinephrine, which is basically the medication that would alleviate an allergic reaction," Dr. Tim Feger, an allergist with Family Allergy and Asthma, said.

For many children who have allergies, their schools require them to have the antidote as one of their back-to-school supplies.

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Chapter 4

Characters of Kentuckiana: The Artist

Taking his talents from the Kentucky Classic to outside the Kentucky International Convention Center, a local artist is making a name for himself. Kacy Jackson, 26, is using the newly reopened spot to entertain and inspire.

Downtown comes with distractions. It makes for many a missed moment, but you’ll see something spectacular if you slow down.

It’s a Woodford bottle with a glass of bourbon of course and a cigar with some bourbon barrels in the back,” Jackson said. "I feel like art has always been my escape. Growing up in the West End, there's always tragic stuff going on, but when I come back to this, none of that matters.”

Any spot can be his studio

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Chapter 5

Take a look inside Louisville's first cat cafe

A "cuddle puddle" of 18 kittens, a "meow-coholic" drink or a "Kitt-Tea," and a windowsill packed with sunbathing cats.

This is Purrfect Day Cafe at 1741 Bardstown Road in Louisville, where you can get your fuzzy kitten fix while sipping on a glass of sweet tea, chardonnay or a crisp IPA from the cafe's wine bar.

When Louisville Business First visited this week ahead of the Wednesday opening, there were 18 kittens at the cafe, mostly sleeping in what owner Chuck Patton calls the kitten "cuddle puddle." The cafe serves small bites and has a beer and wine menu, with plans to add liquor at a later date.

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Chapter 6

Family reunited with German shepherd after dog is found 70 miles away

Rocky the German shepherd weighs 70 pounds and he looks even bigger than that. He's also fiercely loyal and protective of his family, the Juarezes, who have raised him since he was a puppy, which makes it very odd that he disappeared from his home.

"We were gone for a little bit and he was just gone," Biridiana Juarez said.

Juarez said her family came home the evening of July 22, but their usually rambunctious canine friend wasn't there to greet them. She said he had been playing in their backyard, which is fenced and gated.

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Chapter 7

Women only homeless day shelter opens in downtown Louisville

Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children is the first shelter of its kind in Louisville. It’s a place for homeless women to go with their children, finding security and support in a way they haven't been able to before.

Located in the basement of Christ Church Cathedral, the shelter is a true sanctuary.

Women4Women’s Misty Cruse said, "We're all mothers and we can all sit around that table and think about what our lives may be like if we were the ones under that viaduct, with our families, not able to provide, to buy food or clothes or a rake and in no direction with nowhere to go."

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Chapter 8

Kentucky International Convention Center now open after renovations

After two-years and more than $200 million, the Kentucky International Convention Center is open for business.

“They tore it down and built it back in 24 months. It’s an amazing feat of engineering and construction. So, we’re very optimistic about the future. This is really a good step forward for Louisville and for Kentucky,” Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Dan Parkinson said.

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Chapter 9

Teachers union, JCPS agree on 5-year pro-student contract

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools say the board has voted to approve a new contract with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

The contract is a 5-year, pro-student collective bargaining agreement which ensures students get enhanced support and schools receive the resources they need.

Officials say 84 percent of JCTA members approved the contract.

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Chapter 10

JCPS middle school makes its debut

The start of the school year is a special time for everyone, but it's especially significant for a new JCPS middle school. The W.E.B DuBois Academy is about to make its debut, offering something never seen before in the district.

Starting a new school is no small task, but for principal Robert Gunn, it's an adventure he's more than ready for.

“I think whether you look at local data, national data, when it comes to education, especially males, and even more specifically males of color, you find that there are some pretty disparaging data and numbers out there that just don’t speak to these young men, who they are, and what I know they can become,” Gunn said.

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Chapter 11

Community rallies around West Louisville All-Stars as Babe Ruth World Series nears

A local youth baseball team got a grand send-off Monday before heading off to their biggest game yet.

Residents and community members showed support for the West Louisville All-Stars as they prepare to head to the Babe Ruth World Series in Arkansas.

Frank Thomas, the team’s coach, says this isn’t just good for his team but it’s also great for the community.

Chapter 12

Marshall County HS heads back to school with improved security, strong spirits

No backpacks, extra school resource officers, and metal detectors.

Those are some of the security changes students will notice as they walk into Marshall County High School for the first day of school on Thursday.

A shooting at the school in January by one of their own classmates left two students dead.

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Chapter 13

Students remain #MarshallStrong as new school year begins

No one in Marshall County, Kentucky wants to focus on January 23, 2018. They want to focus on the now.

What the community of Marshall County wants to share is how they helped one another out before the shooting – and how they will continue to do so.

Two survivors of the shooting are standing strong and looking forward.

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Chapter 14

Lyme Disease on the rise: How to stay protected

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that can result after a bite from a deer tick.

Now, a new report shows that Lyme disease is on the rise in all 50 states – even in places where it has not typically been present in the past.

According to Alan Taege, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, ticks are everywhere, and the first step to protecting ourselves from ticks is insect repellent.

“If you are out hiking, camping or even just working in your yard, the ticks are there all the time,” he said. “You should wear insect repellent for them – the best ones contain DEET. “In addition, you can spray your clothing and some of your camping gear with another chemical compound called permethrin.”

Dr. Taege said what we wear outdoors can also impact whether a tick will attach itself.

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Chapter 15

Not enough interested players causes cancellation of Trimble County High School football

There will be no more football under the lights on Friday nights at Trimble County High School this year. Superintendent Steve Miracle announced there's not enough interest among students.

"This really was about the numbers and the level of experience and ability of the students and really the final decision is about student safety," Miracle said.

Miracle told WHAS11 about seven upperclassmen were experienced enough to play varsity out of the 20 who showed up for Monday practice, but that's not enough to even field a complete offense or defense. Miracle defended his decision after talking with the district's athletic director.

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