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Good news! Five positive stories from this week

Keep the Sunday Scaries at bay with some positive news stories, including a surprise Vegas trip and a Kentucky man's unique bond with a cardinal.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sometimes we all just need a reminder that there are good people doing good things in the world. And we have plenty of examples right here in Kentuckiana!

In case you missed them, here are some of the positive news stories WHAS11 covered this week. 

If you have a good story you'd like to share, send us an email at assign@whas11.com.

Dad makes daring holiday weekend rescue

Over the Fourth of July weekend, an Indiana dad risked his life to save his family. He jumped into the Ohio River to rescue his children, who were inside their SUV when it accidentally rolled into the water.

While they lost some belongings, they were grateful to walk away with their lives.

Video is posted at the top of this story.

Restaurant owner surprises staff with Vegas trip

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on everyone, including restaurant workers. The owner of Ramen House, Jonathan Ham, decided to shut down his restaurant for a week to give his staff a much-deserved break.

Not only that - he took them all to Las Vegas. He even helped pay the way for employees who couldn't afford the trip.

"I think people are the most important resource that any business - and especially restaurant - can have," Ham said. "And that's why I try to invest as much as I can in my people."

College student helps others start off on the right foot

Trevon Davidson, a Ballard High School alum, didn't return home from college empty-handed. Since the start of the year, he's been collecting shoes to donate to multiple Louisville nonprofits.

He came home with more than 300 pairs of shoes for people in need - and he's ready to do it again.


'That's my dude': Kentucky man's one-of-a-kind bond

With over a million views on TikTok, Joe Castello is known as the "Cardinal Guy," because of his feathered friend, Siva.

Their bond began back in 2019 when the cardinal visited Castello on his lunch break. Castello shared a bite of his lunch with the bird and the rest is history.

Castello said he's taking extra precautions with Siva because of the mysterious disease affecting birds in Kentucky, but he still enjoys spending time with his best bud - and documenting it all on his TikTok account.

Indiana widow follows in her husband's footsteps

When New Albany councilman Patrick McLaughlin passed away last month, there was no question as to who would step up to fill his seat.

His wife, Deanna, was sworn in this week, keeping a promise she made to her late husband many years ago.

While Deanna says she has a lot to learn, she’s ready to continue her husband’s legacy.

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