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LouisvilleKY’s Rick Pitino is off the UofL team, fired today by Board of Trustees

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley   Louisville, KY., – Multiple news sources are reporting that Rick Pitino has officially been fired from the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program. Pitino had been on administrative leave since Sept. 27 when the FBI announced an investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball.  The university’s board of trustees voted this afternoon to formally terminate the Hall of Fame coach’s contract. According to ESPN.com, Pitino’s attorney (Steve Pence) submitted an affidavit on his behalf at today’s meeting, stating the termination was unjust. “I do not dispute ULAA’s right to terminate my employment at its discretion,” Pitino’s…


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LouisvilleKY Vote to be rescheduled on Butchertown Stadium Development District bond

Mayor agrees to push vote to Oct. 26 to give council more time for review Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and the Louisville City Football Club jointly announced today that a vote on a $30 million bond for a new Butchertown Stadium Development District will be pushed back to Oct. 26, to give the Metro Council additional time for review. “I want the Council to have the time they need to understand what a smart opportunity this is for our city,” the Mayor said. “This stadium will anchor a $200 million project that develops…


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LouisvilleKY’s strong economy, sound management leads to positive credit ratings from ‘Big 3’ agencies

Louisville, KY., – Three nationally recognized credit rating services are citing Louisville Metro’s strong economy, sound management, and budgetary flexibility as the basis for again granting positive bond ratings. The new acknowledgments from “The Big Three” credit agencies — Fitch Ratings, Inc., Moody’s Investors Service, and Standard & Poor’s — strengthen Metro’s position to invest in the city. The investments complement the $11 billion in capital investments since 2014 from other sectors to further grow the local economy. “We’re seeing economic momentum that’s unprecedented in Louisville’s modern history, fueled by public and private investments in every corner of the city,…


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Property tax rates down again in LouisvilleKY Metro for third consecutive year

Louisville, Ky., – For the third consecutive year, property tax rates will go down for Louisville residents, according to Metro Government’s Office of Management and Budget. “The benefits of our economic momentum reach Metro residents in many ways,” said Mayor Fischer. “A decrease in property tax rates is one of them.” This year, the countywide Metro real property tax rate will go from 12.45 cents per $100 assessed value to 12.35 cents. That change amounts to a one dollar savings for every $100,000 of assessed property value. “Continued growth in our local economy and a strong real estate market are…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor calls for review of all public art, in preparation for community discussion about their place in the city

  LOUISVILLE —Mayor Greg Fischer announced Sunday that he’s directing the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review its catalogue of public art to develop a list of pieces that can be interpreted to be honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery. This is in preparation for a community conversation about their display. “I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our history,” Fischer said. “But we need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints. That’s why a community conversation is crucial.” “Both our human values…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves Anti-Harassment Policies and Procedures

  Anonymous Tip Line ordinance amended to include Metro Council employees Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has approved a Resolution adopting Anti – Harassment Policies and Procedures for council members and council employees.           The Metro Council has also approved an Ordinance amending the Anonymous Tip Line operated by the Metro Government Office of Internal Auditor to now include council employees.           “This policy has been months in the making and I appreciate the support of my colleagues as we have worked through this tough, but necessary process. I believe what was passed tonight is…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor details comprehensive, six-point crime plan, outlines call to action

  “Be The One” identifies ways to reduce violence, built resilience   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 6, 2017) — Speaking to hundreds of community and civic leaders during an I Am Ali Festival event this evening, Mayor Fischer outlined the many factors contributing to a recent spike in homicides in Louisville and the nation’s other largest cities — including gangs, drugs and an unprecedented number of guns on the streets. Intertwining data, graphics, photos and videos of people ranging from former Mayor Charles Farnsley to Muhammad Ali, the Mayor discussed the contributors to crime, including racial disparities that create concentrated poverty, which…


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LouisvilleKY asks to not be included in California travel ban

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has sent an open letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to exempt Louisville from a travel ban to Kentucky. The California ban of state-funded travel was issued to several states last week, citing laws Becerra says are discriminatory against the LGBT community. Here is the letter Mayor Fischer sent to Becerra:    


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Forbes names LouisvilleKY No. 1 city for manufacturing

Story from Louisvilleky.gov Louisville, KY., –  Citing a resurgence in the auto industry, Forbes magazine has named Louisville as the No. 1 city in the U.S. where manufacturing is thriving. Since 2011, manufacturing employment in the Louisville-area has grown 30.2 percent, bringing the employment total to 83,300 jobs, representing 12.41 percent of jobs in the local economy. “Louisville continues to lead the way with our long-standing tradition of excellence in manufacturing. And that tradition provides the foundation necessary to be a global leader as we shift into a new era of flexible, advanced manufacturing,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This No….


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves 2017-2018 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government

Louisville – By a vote of 24 and 0 and one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2017-2018 Capital and Operating Budgets that have a continued emphasis on road paving, vacant and abandoned properties, criminal justice and quality of life investments. “This is a well balanced budget that addresses many needs in our community and allows for pilots programs to address vacant and abandoned houses and to treat our mentally ill through the Living Room concept.  By trying new programs we are only making our community better and addressing the needs from many avenues,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler…