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Local News
3:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More

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Mayor Greg Fischer joined us  Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the city budget, downtown violence (and the alleged racial profiling that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.

Listen below:

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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Grand Jury Declines to Indict 4 Men on Downtown Mob Violence Charges

(from left) Shaquazz Allen, Jerron Bush, Tyrone Booker Jr., Craig Dean
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For months, Craig  Dean and three other young Louisville men faced the possibility of felony indictments stemming from the March 22 mob violence in downtown Louisville

“I never thought March 22 would last this long,” Dean said today from the courthouse.

A Jefferson County grand jury minutes earlier had declined to indict Dean and the other three young men arrested following the outbreak of violence three months ago.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Increased Police Planned for Dirt Bowl, But Organizers Say Community Stems Violence Better

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The Dirt Bowl street basketball tournament begins this weekend—and despite organizers predictions of a violence-free affair, Louisville Metro Police are planning an increased presence around Shawnee Park.

Police plan to have more than 20 patrol officers,  mounted police and VIPER Unit members at the park during the tournament’s opening weekend, said Major Bill Kristofeck, commander of LMPD's Second Division.  A group of volunteer ambassadors will also be present, he added.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Louisville Mayor's Budget Proposal Adds $2 Million For Youth Program—But Plan Has Critics

The first SpreadLoveLou youth event this month at Metro Hall.
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More than $2 million in Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed city budget for the next fiscal year would  go to improving youth development programs throughout Louisville.

The funds would support restorative justice programs, enhance the office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and increase hours and develop programs at community centers.

But the plan has critics.

Still, Anthony Smith, the director of the city's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said it is a “move in the right direction” anytime resources can be added to youth development.

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Local News
8:01 am
Mon May 19, 2014

SpreadLoveLou Organizers Still Hopeful Despite Reaching Fewer-Than-Hoped-For At-Risk Youth

The first SpreadLoveLou event last week at Metro Hall.
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A weeklong series of events aimed at reducing the cycle of violence in Louisville is over, and organizers are now looking to see if it will have any impact on young people in the city.

The events of SpreadLoveLou were meant to highlight the creativity of Louisville teenagers and present an alternative to violence. The events ran last week mostly in downtown Louisville and featured art such as poetry readings and dance. The series was inspired by a wave of youth violence downtown on March 22.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Mayor Fischer is Interested in Toughening Louisville's Curfew Law, but Police Write Few Citations

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One idea floated in the aftermath of the string of violence by young people last month in downtown Louisville is strengthening the city's curfew law.

At the moment, Louisville doesn't permit people 18 and younger from being out after 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends (with several exceptions). The curfew ends on all days at 6 a.m.

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Local News
8:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth

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Concerns for what some are calling a community of troubled youth has led the creation of a weekly event where young people can express themselves at a Louisville Highlands neighborhood business.

Expressions of You was once a long-running poetry slam series in west Louisville, and the people behind the event have decided it’s time to bring it back.

The series aims to attract at-risk young people and others affected by youth crime. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Should Louisville Police Buy Drones?

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Louisville authorities unveiled on Friday an impressive new security camera system that shows what's happening in parts of the city in real-time, with the ability to zoom and pan. The purpose is to allow police to respond to problems practically as soon as they start.

But some Louisville Metro Council members want to take the efforts even further.

We're talking unmanned aircraft fitted with cameras.

Yes, drones.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer Asks People to Go Gun-Free at Thunder Over Louisville

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Mayor Greg Fischer is making a special request for the 600,000-plus expected Saturday on the waterfront for Thunder Over Louisville.

In the wake of youth violence last month in downtown Louisville, Fischer has requested that Thunder attendees leave guns at home in an effort to promote a safe environment at the fireworks and air show.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Here's What Louisville Authorities Will See From The City's New Security Camera System

Louisville Metro Police Det. Brandon Lincoln discusses the city's new camera system.

At the end of last month, Louisville officials announced that the city would install dozens of new security cameras that would monitor Waterfront Park in real time. It was a reaction to a string of violence on March 22 in downtown Louisville.

Those cameras are now operational.

Here's a glimpse of what they'll be able to see:

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