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Construction Begins on Big Four Bridge Re-decking

by Dalton Main on July 6, 2011

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the Big Four Bridge today.  Construction will now begin on re-decking the old railroad bridge across the Ohio River.

Congressman John Yarmuth congratulated Governor Beshear, Louisville Mayor Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan for their teamwork on getting the project started.

“This will be something that will bring us closer together, will stimulate economic activity on both sides of the river and will mean so much to our citizens just  in terms of the quality of life.”

Governor Beshear also made a commitment on making this the first step in a larger endeavor.

“I want to stand here and assure you right now, not only are we going to finishe the big four bridge project, we are going to build the Ohio River Bridges and finish that project.”

When the work is completed, the Big Four Bridge will be the longest pedestrian bridge over water in the United States.   Officials say it will eliminate the need for a pedestrian walkway on a new downtown bridge over the Ohio River and reduce costs for that project. You can read about the Big Four financing plan here.

Governor Beshear and Mayor Fischer later appeared at the Old Fort Nelson building at 8th and Main streets to announce the creation of a Michter’s Whiskey distillery.

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Yarmuth Honors Knight’s National Championship

by Dalton Main March 29, 2011

The team will have a public celebration tonight at Knight’s Hall at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM and National Championship t-shirts will be available for $15. Representative John Yarmuth gave a speech today in the House of Representatives honoring the Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball Team for winning the NCAA Division II National Championship.

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Yarmuth Says Infrastructure Bank Could Appeal to House GOP, Fund ORBP

by Gabe Bullard March 28, 2011

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry recently introduced a measure in the Senate to create a self-sustaining fund to finance infrastructure improvements. Third District Representative John Yarmuth says the bridges project fits the criteria in Kerry’s proposal.

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New VA Hospital Timeline Awaits Decision About Location

by Dalton Main March 21, 2011

Elected officials and veterans have been at odds over the best location for the hospital. Many Louisville officials want it to be downtown near other hospitals. Many veterans want it to replace the current hospital on Zorn Avenue, near the interstate. Still others have proposed splitting the inpatient and outpatient services, and putting one downtown and the other on Zorn Avenue. Yarmuth says the VA is considering those options, and looking into a few other sites around the county.

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US House of Representatives to Vote on Funding for Public Broadcasting Today

by Dalton Main March 17, 2011

Yarmuth says the measure was introduced Tuesday afternoon and has not been further discussed or debated over. He says the measure needs to be considered in greater detail and with public input.
The House passed a continuing resolution for three weeks to find a way to fund the government by the end of this fiscal year. Yarmuth says the coming weeks will focus almost exclusively on the budget in the interest of preventing a government shutdown.

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Ask Congressman Yarmuth

by Laura Ellis July 9, 2010

It’s been a busy time in Washington over the past year. Reform seems to have been the buzz word, starting with healtcare, then financial and the beginnings of a discussion on immigration. We’re still involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And let’s not forget, there’s the economy, the economy, the economy. Join us on Monday when we talk with Congressman Yarmuth, and call us with your questions.

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Doughnut Hole Checks To Be Sent This Week

by Gabe Bullard June 6, 2010

Relief for seniors who are in the so-called Medicare doughnut hole is on the way this week.

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Yarmuth Calls For Federal Infrastructure Bank

by Gabe Bullard May 13, 2010

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says time is critical in the debate over a national infrastructure bank.

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Airport Receives Grant For Relocations, Improvements

by Gabe Bullard April 1, 2010

More than half of the grant will go toward Louisville International Airport’s continuous relocation program for residents affected by noise following the airport’s expansion. The rest of the money will go toward upgrades at the airport, among them, a taxiway that will accommodate larger cargo and passenger aircraft. Airport authority chairman Phil Lynch says the grant will also be used to replace aging snow removal equipment.

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Yarmuth Not Concerned With Backlash Over Health Care Vote

by Gabe Bullard March 26, 2010

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says he doesn’t think talk of repealing the recently passed health care overhaul legislation will come to fruition.

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