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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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11:28 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kent Oyler to Become President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc.

Credit Greater Louisville, Inc.

Greater Louisville, Inc. the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has named a new president and CEO.

Kent Oyler most recently served as managing partner of OPM Services, a financial services and investment firm.  GLI says Oyler has founded or co-founded more than 18 other businesses.       

Oyler replaces Craig Richard, who resigned in February amid the organization’s financial and other struggles.

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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.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

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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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes LG&E Fee to Fund 'Significant' Public Safety Increase

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing a franchise fee on LG&E that will be passed on to customers in his new budget, which would be used to strengthen the police force and expand youth development programs.

Fischer is putting in $6.8 million in additional revenue for law enforcement agencies and preventative measures in this spending plan.

That's just part of the spending plan the mayor unveiled to the Metro Council on Thursday, which includes for infrastructure, park maintenance, and Metro Government facilities.

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Politics
10:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

City Taking Over GLI's Role Under Louisville Mayor's Reorganization Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

The city is taking over the day-to-day economic development role of Greater Louisville Inc. under Mayor Greg Fischer's reorganization plan.

It's a change that will significantly scale back Metro Government's relationship with the local chamber of commerce, which has been plagued by internal strife, financial woes and organizational troubles over the past year.

Saying the city needs a unified job creation approach, Fischer announced "Louisville Forward" Wednesday morning. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Louisville Takes a Step in Quest for Faster Internet

An internet speed test
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Louisville officials are taking another step in an effort to bring ultra high speed internet service to the city.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property

Officials with a local development company say they’re eager to get started with the revitalizaton of the historic Colonial Gardens property in south Louisville.     

Louisville-based Underhill Associates reached an agreement with the city last week to redevelop the long-vacant complex at the corner of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive adjacent to Iroquois Park.

The city bought the property for $430,000 last year and is providing the site and a construction grant to Underhill.   

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5:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Downtown Violence Leads To More Precise Louisville Crime Maps

Crime map

In another response to violence in downtown Louisville, Metro Government will now post more precise locations on the city's online crime map to include crimes at locations without physical addresses, such as parks.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant

Jim King
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King says a series of ethics complaints alleging he personally profited from his public office should be dismissed.

King’s attorney, in a 24-page formal response obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, says the complaints are untimely and without merit.

The attorney, Jon Fleischaker, claims the complaints lodged by political activist Janice Rucker could be considered harassment and that the matter should be referred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard Resigns

Greater Louisville Inc. CEO and President Craig Richard
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After two weeks on paid administrative leave, Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Craig Richard resigned on Monday.

Richard took the position at the city's chamber of commerce in January 2013 and his resignation is effective immediately.

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