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3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
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Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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Local News
12:44 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Louisville, National League of Cities Join For Initiative To Boost African-American Achievement

Lance Newman addressed the crowd with Councilwoman Attica Scott, Leon Andrews and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
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Being a young African-American man in Louisville is no different than in other large American cities—there are barriers, said 26-year-old Lance Newman.

“It’s interesting how you leap over or get caught behind those barriers,” Newman said.

Efforts to break down those barriers are the focus of a new initiative Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

At Rally, Louisville Labor Rights Activists Question Mayor Fischer's Dedication to Minimum Wage Hike

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth joined by supporters of raising the minimum wage
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Louisville labor rights activists on Monday questioned Mayor Greg Fischer’s dedication to increasing the minimum wage.

The activists spoke to WFPL after a downtown Louisville rally organized by Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who called on Congress to have an immediate vote on increasing the federal minimum wage.

A Metro government proposal to raise the minimum wage is under legal examination, and Fischer has repeatedly said that raising workers pay makes business sense.

But labor rights activists are critical of his dedication to the issue.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Prefers Urban-Style Walmart, Has Concern About Cost

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Mayor Greg Fischer agrees with neighborhood leaders who favor an urban design for the planned Walmart coming to west Louisville, but he warns the potential for extra cost could be a roadblock.

Last month, a coalition of residents and preservationists held a forum calling on Walmart and the city to build a more urban-styled store to benefit pedestrians and public transit users.

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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

Greg Fischer
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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
11:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Today: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Stops By For A Live Hour-Long Interview

Greg Fischer during a past interview with WFPL News.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be asked about the new city budget and other recent developments this afternoon when he stops by the WFPL studios for an hour-long interview.

Tune in to 89.3 or stream here at WFPL.org at 1 p.m. to hear Gabe Bullard's interview with the mayor.

We'll also take calls at (502) 814-TALK. 

Or you can ask questions on Twitter. Just reply to us at twitter.com/wfplnews.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

What Beecher Terrace Residents and Neighbors Say About the Complex's Possible Demolition

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Mayor Greg Fischer's office and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority plan to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to demolish the largest remaining public housing complex in the city.

The preliminary plan for Beecher Terrace has the support of one west Louisville community group as a way to economically improve the area, but an affordable housing advocate argues that the plan puts real estate over improving quality neighborhoods for the poor.

Some Beecher Terrace residents tell WFPL that investment in the complex would help improve the area—not destroying it.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Smoketown Groups Receive $250,000 Grant for Creative Innovation Zone

Mayor Fischer with neighborhood kids, IDEAS 40203 founders Theo Edmonds and Joshua Miller, and Lynn Rippy, executive director of YouthBuild Louisville at the placemaking grant announcement.
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Mayor Greg Fischer announced this morning that Louisville is receiving a $250,000 arts grant to develop a Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ) in the Smoketown neighborhood. The zone will cover an eight-block area between East Broadway and East Breckinridge Street, bounded by South Shelby Street and South Floyd Street. 

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville
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Mayor Greg Fischer is supportive of a gradual increase to the minimum wage, but the Louisville Democrat said today that it hasn't been a major issue locally.

"Obviously there hasn't been any significant increase in decades in that, but frankly it has not been a big topic of conversation in our city," said Fischer. "I would be supportive, however, if it was."

Fischer, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the comments during an interview with NPR's Here & Now.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Makes It Official: He Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer officially signed up to fight for marriage equality on Friday.

The mayor joined a group called "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" while attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Dallas.

It is a non-partisan organization with at least 400 mayors from across the country who have pledged support for gay and lesbian couples.

The mayor of Bardstown, Bill Sheckles, is also a member.

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