Senate Committee Passes Alternative Safety Measure for Buggies

A proposal to allow more safety options for religious groups that operate buggies is making its way through the General Assembly. Senate Bill 75 unanimously passed committee today. It allows for one-inch reflective tape to be placed on buggies instead of a state-mandated reflective triangle. The change comes after many Amish in western Kentucky have […]

Public Safety Survey Released

A public safety survey for Metro Louisville is now available online. It’s part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Merger 2.0 Task Force, which was formed to look at the progress of the 2003 merger between county and city governments. This is the second survey by the task force measuring public opinion of the public safety sector, […]

NY Times on Fireworks Bans and Tax Revenue

Several American cities, counties and states (including Kentucky) have recently lifted or relaxed longstanding bans on fireworks. As the New York Times reports, the changes are expected to generate more tax revenue for cash-strapped governments. And while some southern states have put new limits on pyrotechnics to avoid wildfires in the wake of dry weather, […]

Louisville Ranked Among Least Safe Cities for Pedestrians

Louisville has been named one of the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians by the group Transportation for America. The organization looked at pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 and concluded that Louisville is the 19th most dangerous metro area in the country, and second in the Midwest, behind Detroit. Cassandra Culin with the Neighborhood […]

Louisville Ranked 4th in Postal Worker Dog Bites

According to the United States Postal Service, 40 letter carriers in Louisville were attacked by dogs in 2010. That makes us 4th on the list of cities with the most attacks. The Postal Service says 5,669 postal workers were attacked nationwide in 2010. The announcement coincides with National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21).  The […]

Former Massey Foreman Pleads Guilty in Case Stemming From Upper Big Branch

The first guilty plea has been entered in the federal criminal case that was launched after last year’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia. Former Massey Energy foreman Thomas Harrah’s plea agreement includes the admission that he faked his foreman’s credentials while working at Upper Big Branch, then lied to federal agents about […]

National Transportation Safety Board Chair Traveling to Louisville

Deborah A.P. Hersman will left Washington D.C. Wednesday, in the passenger seat of a tractor-trailer. She will ride with five different truck drivers on her trip, which is meant to give her first-hand knowledge of the challenges drivers face and any potential safety hazards on the roads.