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Sunrise to Go: Monday, July 14

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

1: Morning Rain: Showers and storms this morning will have an impact on the morning commute with wet roads and possible ponding of water. Most of the afternoon will be dry with a break from the storms, but thunderstorms could re-develop this evening. The storms this evening could become severe with potential wind damage and large hail.

2: Added Charges: The man charged with murder and DUI after a wreck that killed a 17-year-old girl has been indicted on charges related to alleged organized crime activity. Michael Hilton, 34, is charged with engaging in organized crime, trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender, according to court records.

3: Political Picnic: Kentucky finds itself in one of the most contentious races in the country. "They are not going to roll over,” Senator Mitch McConnell told a crowd Saturday. “This is going to be a big, big race." The Senate Minority Leader made a pit stop at a picnic in Jeffersontown which was complete with bounce houses and a bluegrass band.

4: Big Four: The Big Four Bridge is getting a colorful new look! The bridge will get a $2 million ‘dancing light’ installation. The display will use some intense spotlights and wide-beam floodlights attached to the steel structure space over and under the arches along the deck.

5: Alcohol Sales: If you're looking for beer or liquor on Sunday, you can find it in restaurants in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington and Hillview, but nowhere else in Bullitt County. Rick Clark Jr., owner of Little Rick’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Lebanon Junction, wants to change that.

6: Blood Donations: More than 30 years ago, the FDA banned men who have had sexual contact with another man from giving blood, fearing that it would spread AIDS and the virus that causes it. Even as screening methods improve, the ban still stands, but some activists are asking their straight friends to roll up their sleeves in protest.

7: Hank: A severely emaciated dog is receiving care after he was found wandering a Louisville neighborhood. According to The Arrow Fund, neighbors found the dog, named Hank, Thursday morning and immediately began searching for an organization to help him. After hearing about Hank The Arrow Fund transported him the Blue Pearl Animal Hospital.

8: Homerama: If you're house hunting in greater Louisville, you may have noticed the good ones don't last long. That's certainly true with existing homes and now new home sales are getting back on track too. Builders at Homearama 2014 in Shakes Run say the market is definitely on its way back. The past winter was still sluggish for new and existing homes. However, once spring came so did the buyers and now they say new home sales have really picked up.

9: Help: It was a full day’s work of sawing, drilling and painting at a home in Sellersburg this weekend. “I tried to get here earlier,” Anthony Pierce said, “but my head was little heavy on the pillow this morning." Pierce and a crew of about 30 people didn’t show up to the Frazier’s home to work for pay. Judy and her husband Rick Frazier have been together for 47 years. They now have to change their plans. Rick has a debilitating spinal condition. He broke his neck in a crash last year. The other driver was reportedly drunk.

10: Movie Moguls: What does Hollywood have to do with the tiny town of Bloomfield, Kentucky? They are closely connected, thanks to a big-time movie producer and an old-fashioned girl from Louisville. Decades ago, Bloomfield was a booming town built on tobacco. But as tobacco went, so did Bloomfield. Buildings began to crumble. By the 1990s, the small, all-American town was falling apart. Things are different now. Bloomfield is growing and thriving again. The unlikely heroes driving the revival are Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer.

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