Louisville Metro Government

Politics
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Fischer Names Chief of Strategic Initiatives

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Mary Ellen Wiederwohl as chief of strategic initiatives on Thursday.

The position will focus on integrating policy, improving local, state and federal governments relations and communicating them into the city’s long-term plan. Wiederwohl, 38, will be paid $113,000 annually and will also serve as Fischer's deputy to chief of staff.

"Mary Ellen has a deep knowledge of both government and the private sector," Fischer said in a news release. "Her expertise in education, health care, government relations, public policy and communications will help our team accelerate our goals for the city."

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Local News
2:29 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Heat Wave To Grip Area For Several Days

Illustration from louisvilleky.gov

A heat wave that will linger over the region for the next several days will produce high temperatures in the triple digits.

That has health officials cautioning those who have to be outside to consume plenty of liquids and avoid overexertion.

University of Louisville Hospital emergency department physician Laura Tudor says low humidity levels will make coping with the heat a bit easier.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

City Grants Paid Shanklin's Relatives

Family members of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, have received over $3,000 in taxpayer money from a city grant that the lawmaker has personally signed checks for since 2005.

For the past seven years, the Petersburg/Newburg Improvement Association has received $150,000 in city funding, of which Shanklin and several relatives belong to.

From The Courier-Journal:

Among those who benefited were the mother of Shanklin’s grandson, who received $1,700; her son-in-law, $1,325; and Walker, who got $650 for repairing the floor in a small house the city donated to the neighborhood group.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Louisville Innovative Delivery Team to Tackle Urban Problems

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has put together a special team that will take on five urban challenges.

The projects range from to expanding recycling and reducing the number of low-severity 911 calls to implementing a more efficient rezoning process. Fischer announced a six-member "Innovation Delivery Team" will deal with the five goals, which will be funded by a $4.8 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies that the city received last year.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

TARC Approves Fare Increases, Service Reductions Under Review

The board of directors for the Transit Authority of River City approved across-the-board fare increases that will take effect July 1 to help offset a projected $4.6 million budget shortfall.

Base fare for a one-way trip will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and a monthly pass will cost $50 compared to the current $42 rate. The cost for individuals with disabilities who use TARC3 services will also go up from $2.50 to $3.00.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

BuzzFeed Highlights Louisville’s Bizarre Breastfeeding Ad

BuzzFeed found the new ad by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Healthy Hometown Movement to be a bit frightening. From BuzzFeed:

The ad, part of the Louisville mayor's Healthy Hometown initiative, aims to—not scare the living crap out of African-American moms—but to boost breastfeeding among them. If it achieves that goal, I will eat my words (washed down with cow's milk).

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