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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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Local News
9:10 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Smoketown's Sheppard Square Gets Fresh Start

Efforts to revitalize the Smoketown neighborhood’s Sheppard Square housing development are nearing completion and residents are beginning to move into new apartments.

The $96.5 million renovation began in 2012 and is the third Hope VI project in Louisville. Hope VI is a federally led effort aimed at eradicating distressed public housing.  Nearly $22 million for the project came from federal funds.

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lane Restrictions Planned for Clark Memorial Bridge on Monday

The Clark Memorial Bridge
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The southbound approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge will be reduced to one-lane beginning Monday morning.

Crews will be dismantling historic limestone pylons and railings, officials from the project said.  The structures will be reincorporated into the bridge once ramp construction is complete.

The work will eventually move into the northbound approach, closing one lane in each direction.

The existing four travel lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be affected during the work.

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Business
2:01 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Omni Set to Build New 600-Room Downtown Louisville Hotel—With Grocery, Retail Space

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Another luxury hotel is slated for construction in downtown Louisville—one brings with it a full service grocery store, retail space and 200 apartments.

Omni Hotels is set to begin construction on a 600-room convention hotel in 2015. The project is being done in collaboration with The Cordish Co., which owns Fourth Street Live.

The $261 million project is being announced Thursday by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Education
9:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

State Audit Recommends Removal of Myers Middle School Principal

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Findings from a Kentucky Department of Education audit of Louisville’s Myers Middle School may lead to the removal of the school’s principal.

The recommendation to remove Jack Baldwin from his duties at the academically struggling school came on the heels of a Jefferson County Board of Education decision to implement a restaffing model at Myers in hopes of improving performance scores.

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Education
3:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation

Simmons College
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Simmons College of Kentucky has become the state’s first private, historically black college to receive national accreditation. 

The accreditation was awarded on earlier this month by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

With the recognition, Simmons will become the nation’s 107th Historically Black College and University and be eligible for a $300,000 annual grant from the Department of Education.

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Local News
9:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members to Introduce Ban on E-Cigs, Hookahs By Minors

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In response to Mayor Greg Fischer's plan aimed at improving health in the city, Louisville Metro Council members are set to introduce an ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs.

Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Mary Woolridge and Marilyn Parker are sponsoring a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and the hookah mix—called shisha—to minors.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller Files for Kentucky State House Seat

Democrat Ashley Miller is vying for a Kentucky House seat this year. If elected, Miller would be the first black woman to serve in the General Assembly since 2000.
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There hasn't been a black woman in the Kentucky legislature since 2000.

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller wants to change that. The 30-year-old nurse practitioner is running for the House seat held by Republican Julie Raque Adams, who’s running for state Senate.

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Arts and Humanities
11:58 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Sarah Lindgren Appointed Louisville's Public Art Administrator

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Pushing to increase public art in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday appointed Sarah Lindgren as the city's public art administrator.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kennedy's 'Vital and Useful' Life Inspired Naming of Louisville Bridge in His Honor

JFK in Louisville in 1962
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The world will mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination Friday. 

Here in Louisville, just days before the tragedy, state and local leaders were preparing to dedicate a new, but still unnamed bridge connecting Louisville and southern Indiana.    

Doug Proffitt and his colleagues at WHAS Television have spent about a month searching the station’s film archive for a report on the convergence of events that led to the naming of the John F. Kennedy Bridge.

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