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LouisvilleKY Councilman urges colleagues to increase Affordable Housing Trust Fund Budget

May 11, 2017 Louisville – Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) is calling for the Metro Council to increase the proposed funding in the 2017 – 2018 Capital and Operating Budgets to $5.5 million. From Councilman Ackerson: “The year before I took office, the Louisville Metro Council created the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the express purpose of advancing Affordable Housing opportunities.  Specifically, it was envisioned that the fund would eventually be investing $10,000,000.00 annually, acknowledging that a “multi-year approach will be necessary to achieve full and adequate funding for the Fund.” A $1,000,000.00 investment was made in 2009 from the Metro…


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Hundreds of really smart people marched in Downtown LouisvilleKY March for Science Sunday

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Louisville, KY., – One day after most of the world held their respective marches, post-Thunder Louisville held its own March for Science. I, for one, am certainly NOT one of those really smart people, but I and my family did want to add our voices to those in support of science and send a message to this current administration to ignore the “alternative facts” and use some common sense — something that seems to be really lacking in this country lately. After a few speeches from local scientists, future scientists and activists in front of Metro Hall, the…


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A slightly bit of better news for LouisvilleKY’s crime rates

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville’s strategy for reducing violence in part by focusing on high-crime areas is showing progress, including a 13 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, 16 percent reduction in burglaries and 29 percent drop in robberies in those communities. Speaking today to Metro Council, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad also cited a 49 percent increase in arrests over the past three months in the neighborhoods where violent crime has been highest, as well as a 50 percent increase in citations issued; and 58 percent increase in self-initiated police activity. He also noted that police have confiscated 207 guns…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: From Tailspin to a Turtle’s Appearance, and on to the Gravy Cup,

Much was focused this week on Mitch McConnell’s appearance at a luncheon sponsored by the Jeffersontown Chamber. Plenty of protesters showed up at the Marriott, but none were able to get anywhere close to the Senator, who took only a few questions from the audience, mostly about healthcare. Of course, Mitch and his colleagues don’t like talking about a topic for which they don’t have an answer. But let’s move on to more pleasant topics, like how I’m never going to lose any weight with this kind of schedule. It all started Saturday at the Tailspin Ale Fest at Bowman…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: A Sweet Artistic Treat For Your Sweetie

Perhaps the best, and surely the sweetest, treat of the week was last night’s reception at Cellar Door Chocolates. Two of the loveliest Rusty Satellite alumni have teamed up to offer Barnhart Bars, a series of chocolate bars packaged with artistic, romantic images of women. Erika Chavez-Graziano, the entrepreneur behind Cellar Door, and Jeaneen Barnhart, the local artist known for beautiful images of horses and women, debuted the Barnhart Bars at Cellar Door’s 4th Street location Thursday to an approving, capacity crowd. Chavez-Graziano described the care that has gone into creating the new product. The bars sell for $12. “We…


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Mayor Fischer breaks ground on LouisvilleKY’s Jacob School redevelopment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Fischer joined Councilwoman Marianne Butler to break ground on Bywater Development Group’s rehabilitation of the former Jacob School buildings in south Louisville. The comprehensive, historic redevelopment will create 58 affordable senior apartments. The two historic school buildings will be completely rehabbed, producing high-quality, energy-efficient apartments as well as the creation of common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab and other program areas. “The seniors living in these units will not only have a safe, affordable place to live but the community will also be glad to know that these historic buildings will be put back to…



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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Despite All That, a Super Week

We’re only a few weeks into this Trump thing, and our focus seems to be jumping from one scary concept to another. My vote for the most troubling thing Trump said in the last week is his determination to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment. It may not sound like much, but it would allow churches across the country to become politicized and, I think, to become a focal point for campaigning. Trump wants to allow religious leaders, whose businesses are tax-exempt, to openly campaign for causes and candidates. Here at home, there were protests galore downtown in reaction to Trump’s immigration executive order,…


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Another Day, Another Local Rally Against Trump’s Immigration Order

The group Indivisible KY held a rally on Tuesday in front of the Gene Snyder Federal Building in downtown Louisville. The focus of the rally was Kentucky’s senior Senator Mitch McConnell. Indvisible KY, a new statewide activist organization, complained that McConnell refused to listen to those urging Congress to “stop the ban on Muslim refugees entering the U.S. and to stop the planning of the construction of a wall on the Mexico border.” An estimated 250 participants attended the event, many holding telephones and signs asking McConnell to call them, a reference to the senator’s lack of communication with constituents about…


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John Schnatter Headlines LouisvilleKY’s Chamber Annual Meeting

(Louisville) – With a focus on innovation, Greater Louisville Inc.- the Metro Chamber of Commerce kicked off Annual Meeting at The Palace Theatre on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017.    “Innovation is the lifeblood of business evolution and evolve we must to fly high enough to escape the gravity of the status quo,” GLI President & CEO Kent Oyler told the audience of more than 1000 business, civic, and community leaders. “Winning means attracting and growing the industries of the future.” Founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, John Schnatter, gave the keynote address and answered questions from the Founder and President of…