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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…


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American Red Cross in LouisvilleKY and more suffer blood and platelet shortage

Story from redcross.org… Louisville, KY., – Severe winter weather across the U.S. coupled with an influenza outbreak impacting 36 states, has caused the American Red Cross to reissue their emergency plea for blood and platelet donations. During the month of January, snow, ice and cold temperatures has caused the Red Cross to collect more than 14,000 fewer donations—resulting in Red Cross blood donations being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. With more cold weather and heavy snow predicted across the U.S., it is important that eligible individuals in areas unaffected by the weather make an appointment to give…


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LouisvilleKY government to offer free tax preparation help

  Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined several community and government today announced the opening of free federal and state income tax preparation for eligible residents. The Louisville Asset Building Coalition’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and AARP Tax Aide programs provide trained, IRS-certified volunteers to offer free tax services at 17 sites across the city. The service is available to individuals and families who earned less than $64,000 in 2018. VITA and AARP volunteers will also help determine if residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working…


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LouisvilleKY and Fund for the Arts announce new mural festival

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, the Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art have announced a transformational two-week mural festival set to launch in fall of 2019. The Imagine Mural Festival will bring talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods with the Smoketown neighborhood hosting the mural festival this year. Local artists are encouraged to submit their interests and qualifications by February 15, 2019 via www.fundforthearts.org/mural-festival. The central theme of the Imagine Mural Festival is Lean Into Louisville, a new initiative…


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LIBA Hosts 4th Annual LouisvilleKy Local Business Expo this month

Louisville, KY – You’ve proved you know how to shop local for holiday gift giving, but now let’s talk business. Where do you buy your printer paper? Who does your taxes? How do you market your service or product? Do you shop local for these services also? An upcoming event will give attendees the chance to ‘walk the talk’ and find quality, local vendors for their business purchases. The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), an organization with 900 local and independent business members, will host the fourth annual Louisville Local Business Expo on Tuesday, January 22 from 1:00pm-4pm at the Mellwood Arts…


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Red Cross to hold its 41st annual Holiday Hero Donorama in LouisvilleKY Dec. 27-28

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The American Red Cross is encouraging everyday heroes to give blood for all the little reasons – to ensure children never have to wait for blood products they need this winter. Roll up a sleeve at the 41st annual Holiday Hero Donorama Thursday Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ballrooms A and B, 830 Philips Lane in Louisville. This time of year, donations remain critical for patients like 16-year-old Elisa Torres-Yeckley who has B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LBL), a rare cancer that affects white blood cells that…


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LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award winners in Music and World Order recently announced

Stories and photos from grawemeyer.org… In Music: Louisville, KY., – Dutch composer Joel Bons has won the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for “Nomaden,” a one-hour work for cello solo and an ensemble of instruments from diverse cultures. Bons, 65, wrote the piece for French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, a group of 18 eminent musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Cello Biennale Amsterdam commissioned the work, which premiered in Amsterdam in October 2016 with Ed Spanjaard conducting. Besides cello, the work incorporates a wide array of Asian instruments – Chinese erhu…


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Theory explaining addiction wins LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer psychology award

Story and photo from grawemeyer.org Louisville, KY., – University of Michigan researchers Kent Berridge and Terry Robinson have won the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for explaining how our brains process “liking” versus “wanting” and how neural sensitization of the “wanting” system plays a key role in drug addiction. “Liking” and “wanting” may sound like similar processes, but Berridge and Robinson found they are produced by different brain systems. “Wanting” is driven by large pathways in the brain that use the neurotransmitter dopamine, while “liking” is controlled in smaller, pleasure-generating hotspots that do not use dopamine. The…


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Author of book predicting end to ‘White Christian America’ wins LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award

Story and photo from grawemeyer.org… Louisville, KY., – White Protestantism has dominated U.S. politics and culture for much of the nation’s history, but demographic change and an exodus from churches by the young are bringing the era to a close. That prediction comes from Robert P. Jones, founder and chief executive officer of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), who has won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, “The End of White Christian America.” Simon & Schuster published the work in 2016. University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly give the religion prize. America is no longer mostly…


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Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness to be held December 20th at New LouisvilleKY Venue

Louisville, Kentucky –  The Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held for the first time at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road, on Thursday, December 20th from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Previously held at the Clifton Center, the 8th annual event is a fundraiser for the Coalition for the Homeless’s efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness in Louisville. This year’s event will feature performances by local musicians and artists, soup from chef Finbar Kinsella, a raffle featuring fine bourbon and food items, and a cash bar. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets,…