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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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Local News
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
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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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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer?

Greg Fischer
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Barring an unforeseen development, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have no serious Democratic primary or Republican challenger in the 2014 election.

The filing deadline for the primary elections closed this afternoon. It won't be known for sure who's in the race until the official rosters are released on Wednesday afternoon; as of Tuesday's last update, no candidates besides Fischer had filed to run for Louisville mayor.

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Local News
12:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Longtime Activist Suzy Post to Get Metro Louisville's 2014 Freedom Award

Longtime Louisville activist Suzy Post will receive Metro Louisville's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

Post has a long history of social activism in Louisville. She was president of what is now the ACLU of Kentucky and later the founding president of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. She's also the last surviving plaintiff in the 1970s lawsuit that forced the city's public schools to desegregate, the city said.

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Politics
7:59 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Walmart Deal' Coming to Philip Morris Site in West Louisville, Sources Say

The old Philip Morris site.
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A deal is in the works to bring a Walmart to west Louisville, sources close to the negotiations tell WFPL News.

Metro Government and the project’s developers, The Mardrian Group (TMG), have been trying for nearly a decade to bring a major retailer to a lot at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway that was formerly occupied by a Philip Morris plant.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott Uses District Twitter Account to Promote Congressional Candidate

District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott's Twitter page

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, promoted a congressional candidate using her official Twitter account, which is in violation of the city’s code of ethics.

In a July 12 message sent from Scott's district Twitter account, she encourages followers to donate to fellow Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington, who is seeking to run for Congress against Republican Andy Barr next year.

"You can donate to @JensenElis to represent Kentucky 6th District in Congress at elisabethforkentucky.com"

Scott did have a personal Twitter account prior to being elected to the council that she used for campaigning and to express other political views, but that handle has been inactive for several months.

The @CW_AtticaScott is her official handle that lists her district web address and includes the city seal.

In 2010, the council amended the city's code of ethics to make it a violation for Metro officers to use any "government funds, equipment supplies, vehicles, or facilities" to advocate for a person's political candidacy, including their own. It bars officials from using Metro Government resources for the purpose of engaging in activities that "advocate the candidacy of a person for political office."

Thse changes were in reaction to former Republican Councilman Doug Hawkins, who used his official city e-mail to send out campaign materials and was heavily criticized for it.

"You're elected to represent everybody in the district and for you to officially go out there campaigning and soliciting funds as an elected official you are telling everyone to vote for them," says Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, who has a personal Twitter account. "For me to use an official seal or stationary to put my name and tie it to a campaign, really that crosses a line I think."

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6:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

City Reaches Contract Deal with Police, Firefighters Union

Louisville Metro Government has reached a five-year deal with the city’s police and fire unions that provides raises while making significant changes to the overtime and health plan systems.

The contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters were recently ratified by their membership, and both contracts will be presented to the Metro Council next week for consideration.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the new labor agreement helps the city align projected revenues with rising costs.

"I applaud both sides for taking a fair and affordable approach to these contracts," he says. "Our employees are among the best in class and we are on a constant journey of improvement. These new contracts take a big step toward matching revenue growth with personnel costs."

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