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AAA’s Tipsy Tow Service Not Available in Louisville

AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” program will not be available in Louisville on New Year’s Eve. The program provides a free tow home for inebriated drivers and their vehicles and is open to anyone, regardless of AAA membership.

The program has received heavy attention this year, especially on social media sites. But there aren’t enough available tow trucks in Louisville for AAA to offer the service.

“We’re a little bit different than some of the AAA’s around the country that are participating in that we never know when bad weather is going to hit. So, it’s difficult for us to set aside a number of wreckers because our primary thing is to take care of members that are stranded and in need of emergency road service,” says AAA spokesman Roger Boyd.

Although Tipsy Tow will not be available, AAA is prepared with a list of phone numbers for taxis in the city in case anyone calls hoping to use the program.

“With today’s social networking, obviously the clubs that are participating-people spread that message out. So, we have had people who call in, interested in the program and I think the good sign about that is that means there’s a lot of responsible motorists out there who definitely want to be proactive when it comes to not getting behind the wheel, drinking and driving.” says Boyd.

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Holiday Specials on WFPL News

As always, we’re celebrating the holidays with a handful of specials on WFPL News!

Saturday 12/24

1pm All Songs Considered for the Holidays
Third time’s a charm, or maybe not. It’s the third edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.

2pm – 4pm Tinsel Tales
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

8-11pm A Christmas Carol
We continue this special tradition – a complete reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by the late Doug Brown, one of radio’s greatest readers.

Sunday 12/25
6pm A Season’s Griot
A one-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, this year exploring the theme of peace through storytelling, music and voices from the streets, hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson.

Monday 12/26 – Thursday 12/29
1pm Radiolab Season 10

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Precipitation Expected For Holiday Weekend

There is a slight chance of rain and snow showers from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon, but, following that, much of this week’s weather will be relatively mild.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s, often above freezing, this week. They will drop again this weekend. Another round of winter weather is expected to arrive on Friday. But National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman says it’s unclear at this point exactly what kind of precipitation will fall.

“Our best guess at this point would be some sort of wintry mix, with snow being a little bit more likely across Indiana and possibly freezing rain or just rain down near Tennessee. And, along Interstate 64 in north-central Kentucky, it could be some mix,” he says.

Denman says temperatures will drop after Christmas and will likely remain low for the final week of the year.

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Frankfort Christmas Tree To Be Lit Saturday

In Frankfort, the state Christmas tree is going up in front of the Kentucky State Capitol.

The tree will be lit Saturday night. Workers have started stringing lights on the 28-foot Norway spruce, donated by Tom and Marilyn Grissom of Frankfort. The tree, capped by a giant star, sits at street level, in front of the Capitol steps. Troy Perry of the Frankfort Plant Board is helping get it ready.

“It’s just tedious, having to go out and back every limb,” said Perry. “It’s just a tedious process, but it’s not too bad. And it gets you in the spirit!”

Governor and First Lady Beshear will light the tree Saturday night after leading the annual Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade down Capitol Avenue.

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Salvation Army Short On Volunteers

Local Salvation Army officials say they are in desperate need of bell-ringers for this year’s red kettle fundraising campaign.

The campaign began on November 1st. Major Keath Biggers says 171 volunteers have signed up to stand with the kettles. That’s less than half the number that signed up by this time last year. Biggers says more volunteers are needed to help raise half a million dollars by Christmas Eve. If the money doesn’t come in, he says the Salvation Army will need to rethink its finances.

“We would have to look at other sources of possible revenue that we have not thought of yet, or measures of reducing operations,” he says. “We’re already on a shoestring budget and have been for the last three years.”

Last year’s fundraising goal was also half a million dollars. Biggers says they raised 482 thousand. That’s one hundred thousand dollars above the previous year’s total.

To help bring in more money, the Salvation Army has expanded its capacity to accept donations, through text messages. Also, many kettles in Louisville will have credit card scanners on them.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to make it easier, but we’re also in desperate, desperate need this year of volunteers,” says Biggers.

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Christmas Tree Recycling Open Next Week

Louisville Metro Government will continue grinding Christmas trees into mulch next week.

Mayor’s spokesperson Lindsay English says visitors to any of the city’s three tree recycling centers this week can take home the mulch made from their Christmas tree.

“If they don’t want the mulch, it just stays there and our Public Works crew works with our other departments and they are able to utilize that mulch in other areas around the city.”

English says the city collected six tons of mulch last year. The tree recycling centers will be open Monday through Wednesday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The locations are:

595 Hubbards Lane

617 Outer Loop

636 Meriwether Avenue

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State Police Step Up Traffic Enforcement

From WFPL intern Haley Hart

The Kentucky State Police are stepping up their traffic enforcement over the New Year’s holiday to combat drunk driving.

KSP Lieutenant David Jude says the New Year enforcement period will run from Wednesday through Sunday.

“We’re going to have as many troopers as we can have on the road this holiday season, eh, looking for aggressive drivers, people that have been drinking and driving—part of that, also, is going to be checkpoints,” he says.

In conjunction with the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, Jude says anyone caught driving over the legal blood alcohol limit will be taken to jail.

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State Police Step Up Traffic Enforcement

From WFPL intern Haley Hart

The Kentucky State Police are stepping up their traffic enforcement over the New Year’s holiday to combat drunk driving.

KSP Lieutenant David Jude says the New Year enforcement period will run from Wednesday through Sunday.

“We’re going to have as many troopers as we can have on the road this holiday season, eh, looking for aggressive drivers, people that have been drinking and driving—part of that, also, is going to be checkpoints,” he says.

In conjunction with the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, Jude says anyone caught driving over the legal blood alcohol limit will be taken to jail.

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Red Kettle Campaign Has High Goal, Needs Volunteer

The Salvation Army is still seeking volunteers in order to help meet its ambitious goal for this year’s Red Kettle campaign.

As of late last week, the campaign had collected about 200 thousand dollars. The goal for this year is 500 thousand dollars. Major Keath Biggers says to meet the higher goal, the campaign began four days early this year.

“We started on November the 2nd, which was four days earlier than normal,” he says. “We started on Monday, November the 2nd, and that was $20,000 came in those four extra days.”

And, despite an increase in volunteers, Biggers says more bell-ringers are needed to cover kettles in some areas.

“We made a concerted effort several months ago to go ahead and really start pushing for volunteers,” he says. “And we are up in volunteer hours, but having said that, there are still sties we need volunteers to call in and sign up for.”

Last year’s campaign brought in 382 thousand dollars.

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Light Up Louisville Changes Expected To Draw Larger Crowds

The 29th annual Light up Louisville event is Friday.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says a few changes have been made to this year’s Light Up Louisville. Most notably, the holiday parade will be held after sunset.

“We’re pushing it back to the evening, starting at 6:00,” he says. “So the parade will create a parade of lights with lighted floats and holiday characters and more. And then following the parade, as always, Santa Claus himself will arrive at 8:00 this year.”

Abramson says the later parade is likely to draw larger crowds than the previous years’ afternoon parades. The event will come after a 5K run, which is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown program and a new addition to the Light up Louisville festivities.

Metro Government will provide some assistance for Light Up Louisville, but all other costs are paid for by sponsors.

“With the kind of financial situation we’re in, we are not [paying for events],” says Abramson. “We have some in kind support that we’re providing.”

The in kind support includes security officers, event organizers and electricians.