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LouisvilleKY has new child abuse law aimed at LMPD

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has signed into law an ordinance that would require Louisville Metro Police to report allegations of child abuse against one of their own to state authorities. The law codifies a policy Mayor Fischer put into place this spring requiring an extra layer of reporting when it comes to Metro employees accused of child sex abuse. The policy and ordinance, passed recently by Metro Council, was spurred by the abuse allegations in the LMPD Explorer case. The Mayor cited the Metro policy and ordinance as examples of the city’s process working correctly. Once a weakness in reporting requirements was…


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Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Kendall Boyd as Director of the LouisvilleKY’s Metro Human Relations Commission.

  Louisville, KY., – Boyd, an attorney who has been assistant director of Human Resources for Louisville Metro since 2014, replaces Carolyn Miller-Cooper, who died late last year after nearly two decades with the Commission. The Human Relations Commission seeks to bridge the many ethnic, racial and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement and education/outreach. The commission works to ensure that every Louisvillian is able to participate fully in civic activities, and strives to bring awareness and appreciation of the community’s diverse populations. (Learn more about the Human Relations Commission) The commission monitors contract compliance for entities doing…


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Safer exit ramp project kicks off major south LouisvilleKY’s Dixie Highway improvements

Ramp realignment in Shively is first phase of substantial project to transform city’s busiest highway into a safer, more business-friendly destination Louisville, KY., – A long-awaited project to make a Watterson Expressway exit safer is underway, making travel into Shively and Dixie Highway more efficient and less hair-raising for drivers and pedestrians. The construction is the first phase of an accelerated plan to improve safety and traffic efficiency throughout the Dixie Highway corridor – a comprehensive set of projects that will invest more than $50 million along the highway over the next two years in the city’s busiest highway. Mayor…


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Old Forester Distillery Installs Column Still in new LouisvilleKY facility

Centerpiece for new distillery marks milestone in construction PR Newswire LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire/ — Old Forester has  installed the centerpiece of its new distillery – the column still. Produced by Vendome Copper and Brass Works, the Old Forester still is 24 inches wide and 44 feet tall, weighing in at 4700 lbs. The column still’s key role in bourbon making is the separation of the fermented mash (corn, rye, malt and barley) to create ‘new spirit,’ essentially serving as the heart of the distillery. The column still traveled down Main Street from Louisville’s Vendome company for installation. The still was lifted from a…


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LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens Receives $1 Million Donation from Sam Shine Foundation

Louisville, KY., – Botanica, Inc. has received a gracious donation of $1 million from the Sam Shine Foundation, a charitable organization founded by area businessman and philanthropist Sam M. Shine, to advance development of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Mr. Shine is founder, president and owner of Samtec, Inc., a $40 million corporation headquartered in New Albany, Indiana, that manufactures electronic connectors. A lifelong New Albany resident, Mr. Shine graduated from Indiana University in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in marketing. Including the $1 million donation, Botanica has raised $5.7 million for the first phase of the project….


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Finally, a bit of good news about LouisvilleKY’s crime

All eight LMPD divisions report declines Homicides remain high, but Mayor says overall crime strategy shows progress Louisville, KY., – Louisville has experienced a 4 percent drop in crime overall for the first half of 2017, with declines in all eight LMPD divisions and in every category except homicides, Mayor Greg Fischer and Chief Steve Conrad announced today. (See Louisville crime data for 2017.) LMPD data from the first six months of 2017 compared to the same six months of 2016 show: Violent crime overall is down 5 percent. Homicides are up 20 percent Rape is down 15 percent Robbery…


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Varanese Restaurant Celebrates 10 Years on LouisvilleKY’s Frankfort Avenue

Party and Retrospective Dinner will be held to honor the 10-Year Anniversary   Photos from Varanese’s Twitter page Louisville, KY (August 1, 2017) – Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, has been bringing creative, fresh cuisine and nightly live jazz music to the Clifton neighborhood for almost a decade. Since its opening in August of 2007, over 500,000 people have been served at Varanese. To celebrate this 10-year anniversary milestone, the team at Varanese has planned a community party and a special dinner. The 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, August 20th from5:00pm-11:00pm and will feature live music by Jeff Sherman’s 4-piece jazz band…


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LouisvilleKY Launches 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness

Louisville is one of five U.S. cities to set ambitious goals to end homelessness among young people in their community Louisville, KY (August 1, 2017) – The Coalition for the Homeless and a team of local providers, community leaders and government members today launched the 100-Day Challenge, a project designed to stimulate intense collaboration, innovation, and execution, all in pursuit of an ambitious 100-day goal to end homelessness for a large number of young people in our community. In 2016, there were 443 homeless young adults (age 18-24) in Louisville, plus an additional 450 youth below age 18 served by YMCA Safe…


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LouisvilleKY’s Neighborhood Place releases busy August schedule

Neighborhood Place Partners Offer Workshops for Expectant Mothers, Fatherhood Training and More Louisville, KY – Neighborhood Place partners offer resources to help expectant parents and enhance fathers’ roles as well as an information session about becoming a foster parent. To learn more about these offerings and several others please refer to the list below. Also six back to school events remain in early August featuring free school supplies, sponsored by Neighborhood Place and numerous community partners. Two Opportunities for “4 Your Child – Dads Making the Difference” workshop series For more information and to register, contact Dr. Cheri Langley at (502) 709-9323. …


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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…