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Noise & Notes Podcast: The Killing Fields of Parkland

The brazen shootings in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood is still being felt almost two weeks later, with a new task force being formed by the mayor’s office to deal with long-term violence.

Several city leaders and community activists have held press conferences to discuss the matter, but there are still many unanswered questions about the incident itself.

What led to a shooting that left three dead and three injured? What role did gang affiliations or past conflicts play, if any? And how does the city’s public safety policies in Metro Police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney office impact these sorts of events?

For this week’s show, I sat down The Courier-Journal‘s crime reporter Jessie Halladay, LIFE Institute CEO Eddie Woods and defense attorney Brandon Lawrence.

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West Louisville Group Rallies to Save Thanksgiving Tradition

Several community groups have come together to help continue a Thanksgiving Day tradition in west Louisville at the recently closed Parkland Boys & Girls Club.

In October, the Salvation Army shut down four area Boys and Girls Clubs due to a budget shortfall. One of the facilities that closed was the community center in the Parkland neighborhood, which hosted an annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for needy children.

Since the closure, a group of community activists have organized an advisory committee to help maintain lost programming and encourage support to re-open the community center.

Parkland Advisory Board Chairman Waymen Eddings says the organization also found there was an outcry in the community to maintain the holiday feast as well.

“We are trying to fill the gap and makes sure it’s a successful event that the kids who are used to eating at this event have this service provided for them this year as well. We have a long-term view of support that recognizes even though the economy has downturned, the community still needs and the kids still matter,” he says.