violence prevent task force http://wfpl.org en J. Blaine Hudson Steps Down as University of Louisville Dean http://wfpl.org/post/j-blaine-hudson-steps-down-university-louisville-dean <p>J. Blaine Hudson is resigning &nbsp;at the end December as dean of the College of Arts &amp; Sciences at the University of Louisville, a post he's held since 2004.</p><p>Hudson took a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/u-l-dean-j-blaine-hudson-takes-leave-absence-due-illness">leave of absence in August </a>for medical reasons. He told faculty then in an e-mail that he'd had cranial surgery but his prognosis was positive.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:39:03 +0000 Joseph Lord 3003 at http://wfpl.org J. Blaine Hudson Steps Down as University of Louisville Dean City Lawmakers Skeptical of Violence Task Force Position http://wfpl.org/post/city-lawmakers-skeptical-violence-task-force-position <p>Louisville Metro Council members of both parties are questioning Mayor Greg Fischer for creating a new director for violence prevention in the wake of a West End shooting spree.</p><p>A 37-member task force group was formed after three people were fatally shot &nbsp;in the Parkland neighborhood in May. Among the<a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/read-louisville-violence-prevention-work-group-report"> group’s dozens of recommendations</a> was hiring a full-time coordinator to work on violence prevention and implement efforts in city government.</p><p>But Democratic and Republican lawmakers are unsure about the cost and argue the position is redundant because Metro Government already has a chief of police and director of public safety.</p><p>Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, says Fischer was right to respond to the rash of homicides, but that his office hasn’t communicated what the new director is expected to do or what experience they should have.</p><p>"Is this the answer? Just to hire somebody? I mean throwing money to someone who has knowledge of the community and can mediate—I mean my gosh," he says. "The whole job description sounds like it was written by somebody who just wanted to use adjectives, but not any concrete experience."</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:17:59 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2779 at http://wfpl.org City Lawmakers Skeptical of Violence Task Force Position Violence Prevention Task Force Seeks Volunteers for Response Teams http://wfpl.org/post/violence-prevention-task-force-seeks-volunteers-response-teams <p>In its first official public action, Louisville&#39;s Violence Prevention Work Group has put out a call for volunteers for a new crisis response team.</p><p>As the name implies, the response team will be sent to crisis situations (typically crime scenes) to work with bystanders, family members, witnesses, etc. and help alleviate the trauma. The team would ideally help prevent the actions that spurred the creation of the Violence Prevention Work Group in the first place.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:49:08 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1301 at http://wfpl.org