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Letcher County Coal Miner Killed, Orchestra Talks Resume, UofL Football Team on Winning Streak: Afternoon Review

Here are some of the stories we’ve covered this afternoon, in case you missed them.

A coal miner has been killed in an equipment accident in Letcher County. The accident was at the Hubble Mining Company’s Number 9 mine at Eolia in Letcher County.

A week after the Louisville Orchestra management threatened to replace musicians who had not agreed to a final contract offer, talks have resumed.

After struggling to a 2-4 start, the University of Louisville football team has won three straight games and will become bowl eligible next weekend with a win against Pittsburgh.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is permanently reopening the front doors of Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003.

And Louisville Collegiate School officials say one staff member remains hospitalized in stable condition from last week’s bus accident; all students have been discharged.

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Fischer to Reopen Metro Hall’s Front Entrance

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is permanently reopening the front doors of Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003.

The opening will be held November 19 on the front steps at 1 p.m. and is a free public celebration that includes tours of the building and music by local choirs.

Fischer is following a similar symbolic step made by the Metro Council, which reopened the main entrance to City Hall in December 2010.

“This historic, beautiful building should be experienced as architect Gideon Shryock intended. Ascending the stone front steps and entering the impressive rotunda is a humbling experience,” says Fischer.

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City Hall Front Entrance Re-Opened

Visitors to Louisville’s City Hall can now use the building’s front door. The 6th Street entrance has been re-opened, and one city lawmaker says it’s an important symbol for the city.

The main entrance at the top of the stairs has been closed for nearly a decade due to security concerns. In that time, the molding and paint started to deteriorate.

Council President Tom Owen led the efforts to renovate and re-open what he calls the people’s entrance.

“I think it is an important statement that this building is for the people and open to the people and that you can come into it in the front door,” he says.

Owen says the new entrance will convey a more positive message to citizens…who previously had to enter the building through the lower level and take elevators to the council chambers or offices. Those entrances are still available for disabled visitors.

The renovations cost 30 thousand dollars and were paid for with money leftover from previous council budgets.

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City Hall Front Entrance Renovations Underway

Crews will spend the next month refurbishing the front entrance to Louisville City Hall. The work is part of a plan to improve security in the building.

The 6th Street entrance to City Hall was closed years ago. Metro Council President Tom Owen started the campaign to make the front door the main entrance again. The renovations will be done next month, and Owen says a security guard will be in place soon.

Owen says moving the entrance will make the building more secure. And City Hall employees will be given the chance to attend safety seminars.

“Nothing has provoked it, but the goal is to enhance our awareness of what to do in case there is a tornado, in case there is a fire, in case there is a dangerous person in the building,” he says.

The repairs will cost about 16 thousand dollars. The money will come from the council’s rollover fund, which is made up of unspent dollars from previous council budgets.

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Community Art Gallery Set Up at City Hall

A Community Art Gallery is being set up at Louisville’s City Hall.  

Metro Council President David Tandy says they’ll start taking submissions on Monday from student, amateur and professional artists.  He says a committee of artists and curators will determine what will hang in public spaces at City Hall.

“We do have to keep in mind that when you are in a public building that it’s the people’s building, and there are a number of different opinions and viewpoints out there that we’re trying to balance, so we’re going to be mindful of that,” he says.

Tandy says there is room for approximately thirty pieces of art at City Hall.  

He hopes there will be enough interest for the selections to rotate on an annual basis.