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LouisvilleKY’s Metro Corrections and Seven Counties Services launching new ‘Second Chance’ program

Goal is to reduce recidivism among ‘dual diagnosis’ inmates LOUISVILLE (September 20, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced a new program today that is designed to reduce recidivism at Louisville Metro Corrections by better ensuring that people arrested while battling mental health challenges and substance abuse get the support necessary to make more stable lives for themselves when released from jail. The Second Chance Reentry Grant Program is a two-year, $600,000 project, funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders. Seven Counties Services is the community…


LouisvilleKY one of four cities named to take part in special entrepreneurship training program

SBA Partners with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Justine PETERSEN to Launch $2.1 Million in Entrepreneurship Training and Microloans for Previously Incarcerated Citizens Initial rollout planned for Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, St. Louis PR Newswire DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2016 DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and microlender Justine PETERSEN today announced the formation of the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative, a groundbreaking new $2.1 million partnership to expand access to entrepreneurial education and microloans for formerly incarcerated individuals, with a specific focus on those who are parents. Initial rollout for the initiative…

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Hopcat, Hair Policy and Finally, Ramsey is Not U of L’s President

The end of July 2016 will go down for a few big things in Louisville — it was the time when the giant Hopcat opened at Bardstown and Grinstead, officials argued over a hair policy at a local high school, and while it wasn’t pretty, it was the week James Ramsey was finally ousted as the U of L president. And, also, America’s Democratic Party nominated a woman, Hillary Clinton, to be President of the U.S. Sneak Peek at Hopcat: The folks from Michigan seem to have everything figured out as they launch their $5 million restaurant in the Highlands….

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LouisvilleKY neighborhoods have new social network

Louisville Metro partners with Nextdoor social network LMPD already using to enhance police-neighborhood communications LOUISVILLE (July 19, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville is joining cities around the country in partnering with Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods that is designed to improve city-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Louisville Metro Police have been using Nextdoor since April to convey targeted information to residents of hundreds of neighborhoods that have signed up for the free service. For example, after a series of car break-ins in the Highlands, LMPD was able to use Nextdoor to advise of an…

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LouisvilleKy’s metro council committee sends budget for vote tonight

Metro Council Budget Committee approves 2016-2017 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government Budget to be considered at tonight’s (June 23rd) Metro Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Budget Committee of the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2016-2017 Capital and Operating Budgets for Metro Government with a continued emphasis on  road paving, deferred maintenance and public safety. “The entire Council came together to develop a budget that invests in our community, workforce and metro assets. The document presented is one to be proud of and one that continues to move our community forward,”…

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New website for LouisvilleKY group battling city violence

One Love Louisville campaign gets its own website Promotes the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods’ violence prevention efforts   LOUISVILLE (May 24, 2016) – Since January 2015, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) has been home to “One Love Louisville,” a campaign and comprehensive action plan to reduce community violence and preventable deaths such as homicide, suicide and drug overdoses in Louisville. Now, One Love Louisville has its own stand-alone website to better promote and share its anti-violence resources with the community. The website was built by the local experiential data and design firm, Kale & Flax….


LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Eating, Drinking and Talking About What the Hell is Going On

Welcome in to THE WEEK here at We had a Slushie, or two, at the Cocktails with Champions at 3rd Turn Brewery, along with 120 of our close friends. I had a couple before they ran out, and was glad to help raise a little money for the Bike MS event (which I’ve promised to ride in) coming up in June. And I celebrated the 150th episode of the Rusty Satellite Show with newly-elected Brandon Coan and Heine Bros. chief Mike Mays. Here’s a bunch of other cool news items: Eat. Drink. Listen:  Our new website, and podcast, is…


LouisvilleKY schools focus of Harvard poverty study

Mayor Fischer, Superintendent Hargens and Community Leaders Begin Harvard Project to Tackle Systemic Poverty Issues “By All Means” initiative kicks off with two-day session in Cambridge CAMBRIDGE (May 19, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens and other Louisville leaders on Wednesday wrapped up two days of intensive learning at the first session of a two-year Harvard Graduate School of Education initiative to study and develop solutions to tackle the impact of poverty on education and child achievement. “Over and over again, people share with me their dream to develop a system that gives every child a…

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LouisvilleKy citizens called to mobilize against gun violence

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods calls for community mobilization against gun violence People urged to walk and turn on porch lights Wednesday as a sign of solidarity   LOUISVILLE (May 10, 2016) – The Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is calling for citizens across Louisville to be part of a community mobilization effort on Wednesday to oppose gun violence and show support for its victims. As part of that, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is asking every place of worship in Louisville to forgo its weekly Bible study on Wednesday night (May 11), in…


LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Thurby, Furby, Derby and Strange Tales of the Track

Happy Derby! So much to tell you, so much to do. I spent much of Thursday driving for Uber and Lyft (click links for free rides), meeting out-of-towners from places like Utah and California, amazed at our trees and the fact that the kids are out of school for Oaks. Also, Churchill Downs hosted a wonderful media gathering, and the Oaks Eve Bash out at Woodhaven was a big success.  And here are some things I’m hearing: Two Shot: Just my opinion, but when WAVE and WDRB sent out “News Alerts” yesterday that a shooting had occurred near the Pegasus…