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Fischer Forms Work Group to Address West End Issues

by Gabe Bullard on May 25, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer has assembled a work group to address violence in west Louisville.

U of L Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson will chair the group, and the rest of the members will be chosen from civic organizations, government, churches and the business community. The group will first take count of all the youth services programs and charities in West Louisville. The next step is to create a crisis response team to help victims of violence.

The group is a response to two shootings last week that occurred minutes and blocks apart. In a statement, Police Chief Steve conrad said having a crisis response team on hand at the crime scene may have prevented the second shooting.

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Southern Indiana Mayoral Races Are Underway

by Devin Katayama November 8, 2011

The Jeffersonville, Indiana mayoral race may be decided by what voters think of incumbent Tom Galligan’s $65 million canal plan. The plan is partly a response to EPA requirements to fix sewer problems, but Galligan also expects the plan to increase business in the area. Republican challenger Mike Moore says the plan is too expensive. […]

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Chief White Leaving for Denver, Fischer to Launch Search

by Gabe Bullard October 28, 2011

Louisville Police Chief Robert White is leaving the city to be chief of police for Denver, Colorado. Mayor Greg Fischer announced White’s departure on Twitter, and is speaking about the search for a replacement this hour at Metro Hall. White was appointed by former Mayor Jerry Abramson and was the first chief of the merged […]

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Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle at Waterfront on Monday

by Cason Reily September 2, 2011

Thousands of Louisvillians are expected to head to Waterfront Park on Monday to participate in Mayor Greg Fischer’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike and Paddle. The event’s goal is to encourage fitness through outdoor activities. Louisville was recently ranked second-to-last on the American Fitness Index’s ranking of 50 major U.S. cities. Free shirts will be given […]

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Officials Defend GLI After Lackluster Review From Brookings

by Gabe Bullard August 10, 2011

Tomorrow, the mayors of Louisville and Lexington will announce the details of a study from the Brookings Institution on the potential for a super region between the two cities. The last Brookings study of Louisville was critical of several economic development efforts, including the city/county merger, the Bucks for Brains program and the creation of […]

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Louisville/Lexington Rail Link Plans Could Fall Apart

by Dalton Main August 1, 2011

Plans for a possible rail line connecting Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort are moving forward, but that progress could soon stop. The man behind the concept is leaving his job. Executive director of the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation Ralph Tharp first released his plans for the line earlier this year. But his contract with the corporation […]

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Fire Departments Merge in Southwest Louisville

by Devin Katayama July 11, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer formally approved the merger between two southwest Louisville fire departments on Monday. The all-volunteer fire station Dixie Suburban will now become Lake Dreamland Station 3. Increased costs and a decrease in volunteers led to the decision, said Dixie Suburban officials. Dixie Suburban covers about 1.5 square miles in southwest Louisville, and it […]

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Construction Begins on Big Four Bridge Re-decking

by Dalton Main July 6, 2011

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the Big Four Bridge today.  Construction will now begin on re-decking the old railroad bridge across the Ohio River. Congressman John Yarmuth congratulated Governor Beshear, Louisville Mayor Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan for their teamwork on getting the project started. “This will be something that will bring us […]

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Kansas Implements “Plan B” for Arts Funding

by Gabe Bullard June 14, 2011

When he introduced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer warned the Metro Council and the public that subsequent budgets would be much leaner. There’s a persistent $15 million gap in revenues, and Fischer says it will take fundamental changes to Metro Government to close that gap. Among those possible […]

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Fund for the Arts CEO Says Support Remains Strong After Cowen’s Departure

by Gabe Bullard June 8, 2011

After a tumultuous start to the year and with its city grant in danger, the Fund for the Arts will wrap up its annual fundraising campaign this month. The year started with complaints about long-time CEO Allan Cowen’s interactions with arts groups. Cowen was a skilled fundraiser, but his successor Barbara Sexton Smith says his […]

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