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Media Critic
6:43 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Q&A: Louisville Courier-Journal Editor Neil Budde Discusses High-Profile Newsroom Layoffs

Neil Budde at work in The Courier-Journal newsroom.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Last week, The Courier-Journal laid off its managing editor, metro editor and other prominent newsroom managers, shocking the newspaper's reporters and others in Louisville.

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Local News
8:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Food Demo Workers Say They Were Victimized By Louisville Company

Phyllis Cupit at her pickle demonstration on Nov. 24, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Phyllis Cupit

Almost every day, apron-clad women stand at makeshift tables in supermarkets around the country, handing out free bites of Boar’s Head meats, Kern’s Derby Pie or Pop’s Pickles. They stand for up to six hours straight and earn anywhere from $10 to $16 an hour.

“I loved the work. You get to work with people, and they get to try a lot of new things. It’s a fun job,” said Sharon Pilder of Madison, Tenn.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City

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The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.

City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.

Christen Boone is the director of the Greater Louisville Project, which updated the list.   She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.

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Business
12:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses

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The Kentucky Derby is still more than a month away, but Churchill Downs Inc. executives are already celebrating a big payday.

A lot of money passes through CDI. The Louisville-based gaming company owns five horse racetracks, six casinos and the nation’s top online wagering site, TwinSpires.com.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Uber Seeking Drivers, Managers to Bring Car Service App to Louisville

The car service Uber is coming to Louisville, according to sources and the company's website. 

Uber uses an app to let users find and hire privately owned cars and pay for rides. Based in San Francisco, the 5-year-old company has been expanding rapidly, recently into nearby Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

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Investigations
11:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package

Kindred
Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

At Kindred Healthcare Inc., retirement gifts have gone way beyond the farewell cake, the cheap wristwatch and the sendoff reception at the local sports bar.

Last December the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain announced that its chairman, Edward Kuntz, would be quitting the board of directors after its annual shareholders meeting in May. Kuntz is 68 and has been chairman since 1999. Until 2004, he was also the company’s chief executive. “

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Politics
6:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions

Jim King
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.

With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.

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Business
4:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Want an Amazon Prime Air Package in Kentucky? It'll Take A While.

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If the Monday morning reactions are right, Louisville and the surrounding area might be a good testing ground for Amazon Prime Air, the same-day delivery service the online retailer previewed Sunday.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Wants More, Faster Internet in Louisville

An Internet speed test

Louisville Metro Government is looking to bring faster Internet connections to homes and businesses in the city.

The faster connections would make business operations easier and allow residents to apply for high-tech, work-from-home jobs at companies based outside of Louisville. And while competitiveness and economic development are the focus, the side effect of the mayor’s plan could be another Internet provider operating in Louisville.

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Education
10:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

WFPL Forum: What 'Career Ready' Means for Students and the Role of Private Business

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Kentucky leads the nation in implementing college and career ready standards. 

This has been touted by state educators for the past few years since Senate Bill 1 in 2009 forced the education system to adapt and meet the demand of Kentucky's changing economic realities.

The shift has also meant a change in programs and partnerships between the public education system and the private sector.

What is the best use of business now? And what does a career-ready student look like here in Kentucky, and across the country?

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