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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
WHAS Television

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.

Politics
7:59 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Louisville GOP Searching for New Party Chair

Louisville Republicans are eager to fill a vacancy at the top of the party ahead of next year's elections.

Shellie May resigned as Jefferson County Republican Party chair last week to take a job in City Hall as a legislative aide in Councilman Ken Fleming’s office.

The state GOP has made gains in the state House and expanded its majority in the state Senate, and Republicans control five of the six congressional seats along with the two of the more prominent senators in the country.

But locally Democrats control the mayor’s office and the Metro Council. And Democrat John Yarmuth won re-election to the Third Congressional District seat by a 30-point margin last year.

Republican strategist Joe Burgan says redistricting had more to do with the congressional defeat than poor local party leadership, but that a new chair is important for the GOP to be competitive in those local contests.

"There’s no doubt that they are key when it comes to candidate recruitment. And for these Metro Council races and for the mayor’s race it’s really a body you want out there meeting with folks, growing our bench as we move forward as a party," he says.

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Politics
6:43 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Louisville Businessman Matthew Barzun Selected as U.S. Ambassador to Britain

Matthew Barzun
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President Obama has nominated Louisville entrepreneur Matthew Barzun to be the next U.S. ambassador to Britain.

A major fundraiser for the president, Barzun served as finance chairman for the Obama re-election campaign last fall.

The selection had been rumored since January, when the New York Times noted Barzun, a tech executive, was in the running for the coveted foreign relations position along with Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Noise and Notes: Anthony Smith's Vision for Safer Louisville Neighborhoods

Safe Neighborhoods Director Anthony Smith
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What makes a Louisville neighborhood safe?

Community activist Anthony Smith hopes to answer that in his new Metro government role aimed at crime prevention.

The city's director of Safe Neighborhoods was created as a result of the violence prevention task force, which submitted a report containing over six dozen recommendations in response to a brazen triple homicide last year.

Since that shooting spree onlookers have awaited to see if the work group's plan will be more than just another study.

Smith is a Louisville native who acknowledges residents are impatient when it comes to previous promises to help improve dangerous areas.

"There's always going to be this idea around are we doing enough as a city and are we moving fast enough," he says. "And I think we've got to understand this is a long-term situation—we didn't get here overnight so it's not something you can just put some programs in place and it's all gone."

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