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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Local News
11:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Young People Dissatisfied With Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Plan to Curb Downtown Violence

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The city's response to violent outbreaks in the downtown Louisville area is drawing criticism from some in the teenage community.

Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer announced more than 20 security cameras would be added to the Waterfront Park area and that Metro Police presence would be boosted.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Anti-Racism Group Calls for Engagement, Not Police, To Address Louisville Downtown Violence

  The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plan to respond to  teenage violence in downtown Louisville with boosted police presence and added security cameras.

Since a group of nearly 200 teenagers were responsible for a string of violence in the downtown area on March 22, city leaders have been hosting public and private discussions to develop programs that aim to prevent future outbreaks of violent behavior.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Teen Violence: Community Walk Across Big Four Bridge Draws Crowd, Criticism

In the latest response to last week's downtown teen violence, nearly 200 people joined Mayor Greg Fischer for a walk across the Big Four Bridge Sunday afternoon, but while the event attracted a crowd, it also attracted critics, who question whether it will help solve the problems that inspired it. 

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Weekend Violence in Downtown Louisville Spurs Call For More Police, More Teen Voices

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad addresses community members and officials.
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The violent, “mob-like” activities in downtown Louisville on Saturday has led Mayor Greg Fischer to call for extra vigilance from community members and police.

Fischer held a meeting Tuesday with religious leaders, community activists and law enforcement to help outline a plan to eliminate the threat of violence at Waterfront Park, where a string of deviancy began on Saturday evening.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville

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Joined by Louisville Metro Council members, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that Walmart will build a supercenter at the old Philip Morris site.

The $25 million project is the largest investment in the city's West End in over a decade and is being heralded by supporters as a sign that its neighborhoods are "open for business."

Walmart plans to build a 155,000 square foot store that will be the size of nearly three football fields, which is expected to bring in over 300 jobs to the area.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

In 2010, Mayor Greg Fischer Wanted to Help Put Nurses in JCPS Schools. That's on Hold

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2010 campaign plan to put a nurse in every Jefferson County Public School isn't happening anytime soon.

When he was seeking office, Fischer unveiled a 31-page book with nearly 200 ideas to increase the quality of life in Louisville. One of those ideas was to get a nurse in all 155 schools and learning centers in the JCPS system.

Currently, only 28 JCPS schools have a full-time licensed practical nurse on staff.

Here's a graphic sent from JCPS:

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote

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Threatening a veto, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office is proposing a half dozen exemptions to the ban the box ordinance ahead of Metro Council members voting on the proposal Thursday.

The bill prohibits the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's conviction history until it has been determined they're qualified for the job.

But the mayor's office has objected to the ordinance on a number of fronts.

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Local News
12:25 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Sees Need for Added Hotels

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said a string of hotels set to be constructed in downtown Louisville will play a vital role in accommodating the city’s growing tourism industry.

“One of things that is happening in our city and a lot of people don’t recognize it going on, is we’re getting a whole new type of tourist coming to town,” Fischer said.  “We’re going to need a lot of capacity.”

The Bourbon Trail last year attracted nearly 600,000 people and Fischer said “we’re quickly on our way to exceed 1 million.”

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Politics
5:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

‘Ban The Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration's Objections

A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's criminal history until the job is offered.

But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer's administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses.

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