ORBP Rally, Ruling on Home Entry Case, Fischer Meets with Obama, Green Buildings: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis on September 20, 2011

Prominent supporters of the Ohio Rive Bridges Project and members of the Louisville Metro Council held a rally today, supporting a resolution drafted Monday in reaction to the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, which was shut down September 9 after cracks were discovered in some load-bearing supports. They also blamed conservation group River Fields for blocking progress on the ORBP and ignoring the city’s infrastructure needs.

The Indiana Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, upheld the ruling of a lower court who held that citizens don’t have the right to resist police officers who illegally enter their homes. The ruling drew protests that it violated constitutional protections against illegal searches and centuries of common law precedent regarding homeowners’ rights.

President Barack Obama will visit the Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky later this week, and he’s issued an invitation to Mayor Greg Fischer to meet him there. Mr. Obama is travelling to rally support for and urge Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, which includes $50 billion in infrastructure funding. The mayor plans to stress to the president that the Ohio River Bridges Project needs to begin as soon as possible.

Green buildings are often seen as a luxury; many are costly and take years to recoup their costs in energy savings. But as energy prices rise, sustainable building methods are starting to make even more fiscal sense for all types of structures.

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