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Local News
7:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Says Demolishing Beecher Terrace Would Take Time

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The plans to tear down Louisville's largest remaining public housing complex will take at least a decade to be finalized, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Talks began last week about razing Beecher Terrace, a 760-unit complex near Ninth Street and Muhammad Ali Blvd in West Louisville.

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Local News
3:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More

Greg Fischer
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Mayor Greg Fischer joined us  Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the city budget, downtown violence (and the alleged racial profiling that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.

Listen below:

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Local News
9:38 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Community Organization NC3's Closure a 'Huge Loss' to Louisville, Former Participant Says

Credit makechangetogether.org

Keishanna Hughes would be "lost" had Network Center for Community Change staff members never knocked on the door of her Sheppard Square home.

“I would probably be somewhere in the projects feeling like a mother that had no chance because I didn’t know where to get the support from," she said.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhoods Seek One-Year Ban on Transitional Housing

Homeowners in two West Louisville neighborhoods are fed up with the influx of transitional housing and are seeking to ban such units in their part of the city for at least a year.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is sponsoring the ordinance, which would impose a 12-month moratorium on granting any permits for the construction or establishment of such units in the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Rand Paul Holds Economic Freedom Zones Roundtable in West Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talking about Economic Freedom Zones
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., met with nearly a dozen community and business leaders in Louisville on Monday to discuss his push for Economic Freedom Zones in the city’s West End.

The proposal would dramatically cut income and corporate tax rates for companies and job creators, and eliminate the capital gains tax.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood

 Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.

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Education
3:54 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation

Simmons College
Credit Simmons College

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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Politics
3:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Web Ad Features Former Democratic Aide

Saying Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has abandoned Kentucky values, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new web ad Tuesday ripping the GOP leader's record.

The video features west Louisville mother Tanesha Booker, who outlines why she believes McConnell is out of touch. She goes on to say McConnell makes her nervous about her 6-year-old daughter's future.

"We are fighters in the West End," she says. "We're fighting to take care of our families. We're fighting to fulfill our dreams."

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal'

The old Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.

Last November, WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.

Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.

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Politics
10:50 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Noise and Notes: Stop Ignoring West Louisville

Louisville Magazine's cover story on the West End
Credit louisville.com

Stop ignoring the West End!

At least that’s the message from a recent Louisville Magazine cover story about the nine neighborhoods encompassing west Louisville.

The 38-page exposé tells the community's history, and also outlined the current disparities in income, property values and education levels. Many know anecdotally about the so-called Ninth Street Divide, but the stark realities when compared to the East End is eye-opening.

Statistics show residents in east Louisville make three times more and seven times as many have a bachelor's degree or higher than their West End counterparts.

It's a bleak picture of the predominately African-American part of the city, which is increasingly isolated.

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