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Conway Urges Pabst to Pull “Blast” Colt 45

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is calling on Pabst Brewing Company to stop selling “Blast” by Colt 45, a new premium malt beverage with natural fruit flavors, saying its marketing plan targets minors.

Joining 17 other attorneys general, Conway signed a letter to the Illinois-based beer company that expresses concern about the alcoholic content of the drink and its packaging, which Conway says is appealing to underage drinkers.

The letter says Pabst is also targeting African-American youth in particular, pointing out that the company has hired hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg as its celebrity spokesperson.

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West Louisville Population Shrinks

Following a national trend, demographic trends in Louisville  indicate that more African-Americans are leaving the urban core and moving to the suburbs.

The city’s black population grew 18 percent over the past decade to 154,246, according to census figures analyzed by the Courier-Journal. However, the growth was not in the historically black neighborhoods in the West End.

From the C-J:

…while demographers say tracts in western Louisville saw large declines due to people losing their homes and leaving and older residents not being replaced with younger generations.

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Town Hall To Address Mental Health Stigma In African-American Community

The Department of Health and Wellness and the University of Louisville are launching a new campaign to fight the stigma of seeking treatment for mental illness.

They’ll hold a panel discussion and town hall meeting Tuesday to encourage people to seek help. Panel member Dr. Monique Upton says the meeting is aimed specifically at African-Americans.

“The African-American community traditionally has been a little bit more distrustful of the medical community as a whole partly due to the effects of segregation and discrimination and unfortunate happenings like the Tuskegee Experiment,” she says.

Upton says the stigma may also stem from a general lack of understanding about the causes and treatments of mental illness.

“Many people, they don’t realize that mental illness is actually illness and things like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia…they all have biological basis,” she says.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm at Bates Memorial Baptist Church.