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Election Day is over and here’s how your favorite LouisvilleKY candidate fared

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley The votes have been tallied and it’s now the Day After.  Here is a list of the election results, courtesy of the Jefferson County Elections Center…   SUMMARY REPORT RUN DATE:11/06/18 RUN TIME:10:16 PM VOTES PERCENT PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 623). . . . . 623 100.00 REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 0 BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 291,591 BALLOTS CAST – BLANK. . . . . . . 10 Straight Party (VOTE FOR) 1 Republican (REP) . . . . . . . . 52,916 36.10 Democratic…

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Airbnb Delivers $2.1 Million in Tax Revenue Kentucky in First Year of Agreement

FRANKFORT, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that it remitted over $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing platform to automatically collect the 6% state sales tax and the 1% state transient room tax on behalf of its host community and remit the revenue directly to the commonwealth. That agreement took effect October 1, 2017, infusing a new revenue stream for the…


LouisvilleKY’s Library Director Jim Blanton announces departure

Mayor appoints Lee Burchfield to serve as Interim Director Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week Jim Blanton is leaving his post as Director of Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) in early November for a similar post in Asheville, N.C., to be closer to family. “Vibrant, modern libraries are critical for a thriving city like Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “Jim’s leadership has been instrumental in the phenomenal, future-leaning growth of our library system over the last three years. Under his watch, we opened the state-of-the-art South Central Regional Library in Okolona and started work on the Northeast…

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Today is the last day to register to vote LouisvilleKY!

Louisville, KY! – In case you haven’t heard, the General Election is less than a month away on Nov. 6, 2018. Are you registered to vote.  You have until 4 o’clock TODAY to do so! Check here at GoVoteKY.com. If you aren’t registered, you can do so on the website by 4 p.m. OR drop them off at any DMV in Jefferson County OR mail the registration cards to Jefferson County Election Center,  701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 301, Louisville, KY, 40203    If you mail it, the card needs to be postmarked by today’s date, Oct. 9.

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New bicycle pump track unveiled at LouisvilleKY’s Shawnee Park

Photos from Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton’s Facebook page… Louisville, KY., – Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and others were on hand Saturday as Louisville Parks and Recreation unveiled a new bicycle pump track in Shawnee Park as part of the West Louisville Appreciation Day festival. “This pump track is another exciting way for young people in West Louisville and throughout our city to experience the outdoors and have fun in one of the many award-winning parks right here in our community. It was an honor to join Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and so many West…

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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves new budget

Louisville – By a vote 21 to 3, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the Fiscal Year 2018- 2019 Operating Budget for Metro Government. By a vote of 20 to 4, the Council gave its approval to the Capital Budget for the coming year.           “The approved budget continues to heavily fund public safety and infrastructure, including paving and sidewalks. It increases funding for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, which is helping to reduce crime in ways proven to work around the country.  It maintains historically high funding for affordable housing. The Council has increased appropriations to the…

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LouisvilleKY Earns Bronze Medal on Policies that Improve Residents’ Health and Quality of Life

Louisville makes progress in promoting health and quality of life, according to new CityHealth report Louisville, KY., – Louisville earned a bronze medal in an evaluation of whether its policies improve residents’ health and quality of life, according to the CityHealth initiative’s updated city ratings. CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, offers a close look at whether the nation’s 40 largest cities have nine key policies in place that experts say help residents lead healthier lives and make communities thrive. For each of these nine policies, CityHealth awarded each city a gold, silver, bronze, or…

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Metro Council Budget Committee to hold second Public Hearing for LouisvilleKY’s Budgets

Louisville – The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hold its next public hearing on Tuesday, May 15th on Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2018 -2019 Capital and Operating Budgets. “There were 26 groups that came before the Committee last week to discuss their program needs. This second hearing will offer other the chance to come forward and give their views on how the Metro Council should spend tax dollars,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Chair of the Committee. This year, the committee is adding a third opportunity for the public to speak about the budget on Monday, May 21 at…

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LouisvilleKY hosts 23rd Festival of Faiths this week

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Information from www.festivaloffaiths.org Louisville, KY., – The 23rd Annual Festival of Faiths officially opens this week with a Tuesday evening opening ceremony at Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption. The five-day, internationally-known event seeks to celebrate “multi-faith music, poetry, art, film and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners and teachers. This year’s theme is Sacred Insight and Feminine Wisdom and features a schedule of speakers and artists exploring “the feminine aspects of the divine, non-dual thinking, the wisdom of the natural world, suffering, healing, emotional intelligence, and creativity. The Festival seeks to offer deeper insight into the Sacred Feminine…


Former LouisvilleKY mayor Jerry Abramson to begin stint at Spalding University

Story from spalding.edu Louisville, KY., – Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, has accepted the position of Executive in Residence at Spalding University, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure announced Tuesday. Abramson will teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Spalding and is expected to play a role in Spalding’s development of academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices. He will be available to teach and guest lecture in courses on comparative leadership, public finance and innovation in…