Sunrise to Go: Tuesday, July 8 - News, Weather & Sports

Sunrise to Go: Tuesday, July 8

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Here are 10 things Kentuckiana will be talking about today:

1: Storms: Morning storms will give parts of the area brief heavy rain, intense lightning and gusty winds during the morning commute. We are under a risk of severe storms today with wind damage and power outages as the main threat. Some areas may experience minor flooding later today with some pockets of heavy rain again today.

2: Bridge Now Closed: The Clark Memorial Bridge, also known as the Second Street Bridge, closed at midnight and will remain closed for just over six weeks for construction associated with the Ohio River Bridges Project.

3: Last Night: Thousands of Louisville Gas and Electric customers were without power after thunderstorms hit the Louisville area last night. While LG&E crews worked to restore electricity, tree services and firefighters stayed busy with trees and power lines down. Ormsby Lane in Lyndon took the hardest hit, as strong winds toppled trees into power lines, snapping five poles and leaving lines hanging dangerously in yards and over the road.

4: Fire: Crews were on the scene of a fire in Louisville’s east end early Tuesday morning. Around midnight, a fire broke out in a large home in the 8700 block of Rama Road off Wolf Pen Branch. WAVE 3’s been told the house was under construction and no one was injured. Harrods Creek and Worthington Fire Departments were the first on the scene.

5: Cheating: A Jefferson County Public School principal, counselor and teacher could lose their licenses following an investigation into allegations of cheating on a standardized test. Male High School Principal David Mike, Counselor Rhonda Branch and teacher Debbie Greenberg are the focus of a Kentucky Department of Education investigation. A state report alleges several violations occurred when Mike failed to ensure the security of ACT Compass exams in the fall of 2013.

6: Police: In June the Jeffersonville City Council reluctantly agreed to a compromise hire of three new police officers after the mayor and police chief made a case for safety. But Monday night, a former Jeffersonville police officer and current professor said it may not be necessary.

7: Support: A tattoo shop is gathering support to help the family of a teenager who is continuing to recover from a crash that killed a 17-year-old in Hardin County. Mickayla Harig, 18, was in the vehicle with Brianna Taylor, 17, who was driving north on Patriot Parkway when two men in a red truck heading east on Deckard School Road slammed into her red Mustang on June 29, killing Taylor.

8: Vigil: Monday night loved ones gathered to honor the memories of a brother and sister who died two weeks apart in Hardin County. One by one friends of Brice and Brianna Taylor unwrapped hundreds of candles to be used for the vigil. The same friends unwrapping the candles were the ones who had been there for Brice Taylor on June 22 when a vigil was held for his sister Brianna, after she was killed in a crash.

9: Traffic: Neighbors living along Deckard School Road in Hardin County are requesting a traffic signal and streetlights be added at the intersection of the newly opened Kentucky 361 Patriot Parkway following another dangerous crash. In the two weeks Kentucky 361 Patriot Parkway has been open to motorists traveling between Elizabethtown and Radcliff, at least one person has died and several others have been injured at the intersection.

10: Happening Today: The Red Cross and Churchill Downs are teaming up to hold the summer Holiday Hero Independence Day Blood Drive. The summer months are a difficult time for blood banks and the organization is asking for your help. Beginning at noon Tuesday, July 8, you can donate at Churchill Downs until 7. If you’re planning to donate, the Red Cross says to eat iron rich foods like red meat, fish, poultry, beans or spinach. Get rest and drink at least an extra 16 ounces of water ahead of time. Don’t forget to bring at least two forms of ID.

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