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5:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Louisville Metro Animal Services Gets New Leadership

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Louisville Metro Animal Services is slated for new leadership nearly 17 months after the departure of the previous permanent director.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that Jessica Jo Montgomery will take the helm of LMAS and will begin her new role this week.  Justin Scally resigned from the post in May 2013 to accept a job in Washington, D.C. 

Fischer said there “was no hurry” to find a replacement for Scally during the past several months. 

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Local News
12:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Smoketown Residents Lack Access to Services, Struggle With Vacant Properties, Report Says

Boarded up and empty houses pepper the Smoketown neighborhood.
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A pattern of urban neglect—vacant houses, a lack of access to to services—has the potential to spoil Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood, according to a report released Tuesday.

At least, what’s left of it. 

More than 100 Smoketown properties are considered vacant or abandoned by Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations, according to results from the Vision Smoketown survey.

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Local News
11:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky ACLU Asks Attorney General for Help Getting LMPD Racial Profiling Study

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is appealing to Attorney General Jack Conway for help in getting the release of Louisville Metro Police's racial profiling study.

Last week, a Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman told WFPL the study is still under review.

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

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Local News
3:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

5 Takeaways from Forum on the Struggles of Louisville's Inner-City Youths

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What issues do Louisville's inner-city youths face and how can the community help? Those were some of the topics in the first in a series of forums Sunday addressing Louisville inner-city youths. 

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Local News
1:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Forum To Address Issues Plaguing Inner City Youth in Louisville

Eddie Moore Jr., right
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Eddie Moore Jr. knows it takes more than talk to influence young people into making decisions that set them up for success.

“What I try to do for young people is not just talking about it, but being about it,” he said.

Moore, the executive director of The Privilege Institute, said he works everyday to “be about it” through his work. 

He travels the country looking to show young people and communities the value in diversity through the elimination of oppression.

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Local News
1:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Louisville's Public Transit Has Miles To Go, TARC Director Says

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Barry Barker is not satisfied with the state of Louisville’s public transit.

Barker has been the director of the Transit Authority of River City, or TARC, for 20 years. And despite a recent nod in a national transit study, noting TARC's ability to get people from place to place, Barker said their is still work to be done.

“We could do better,” he said.  “And I think the people who live and work in Louisville want and need and deserve better.”

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Louisville Ranks 36th In Accessibility to Jobs by Public Transit, Study Says

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Louisville workers using public transit have "better than average" accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study.

The study, Access Across America: Transit 2014, was conducted at the University of Minnesota and is part of a series examining how effective public transit systems in the U.S. are at creating accessible cities. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

LMPD Racial Profiling Study Nears Completion

Steve Conrad
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 A study commissioned by Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad to examine whether racial profiling is a factor when officers make traffic stops is weeks away from being completed, said a department spokesman.

The study is a joint project between LMPD and University of Louisville researchers.  In 2012, Conrad ordered the study t0 be conducted to demonstrate what he believes is fair police work being conducted in Louisville.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Is James Comer Anti-Louisville?

Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer and his wife, T.J., at Fancy Farm
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Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer's pledge that the next governor won't be a "millionaire from Louisville" is drawing the ire of a top local Republican.

Comer, the state's agriculture commissioner, made the comments earlier this month at Fancy Farm while announcing his intention to enter the 2015 governor's race.

In response, former Jefferson County GOP Chair Jack Richardson wrote this week in The Courier-Journal that Comer, who is from Tompkinsville, was attempting to exploit Kentucky’s urban-rural divide.

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Local News
11:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

'We Still Have a Racial Divide in Our Country,' Pastor Says at Ferguson Vigil in Louisville

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Chad Golden grew up near 41st Street in west Louisville. He said he's not a trouble-maker or criminal, but he's had more than a few run-ins with police. And he says they weren't pleasant.

“Even as kids we are harassed by the police," he said. " So, the best word I can think to describe it is ‘frustrating.’ It’s almost like there is nothing you can really do about it.  You feel almost helpless.”

Golden's message was echoed by others at a silent vigil Thursday evening on the steps of Louisville’s Metro Hall in honor of a young man shot by police in Missouri.

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