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Light Up Louisville returns to Jefferson Square Park

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Light Up Louisville, which kicks off the month-long celebration of Louisville’s Holiday in the City, is returning to its roots at Jefferson Square and Metro Hall. Now in its 37th year, Light Up, the official starting point for the holiday season in Louisville, brings together people from all over the city, along with family, friends and visitors, to enjoy a day full of excitement, entertainment and community. “For so many of us, the holidays mean ‘coming home,’ gathering with family and friends in traditional ways and comfortable spaces,” the Mayor said. “So…


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LouisvilleKY’s Week of Valor is underway to honor city’s veterans

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville are currently hosting a series of events this week to honor and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of active-duty military, veterans and their families. Coinciding with Veterans Day, the 2017 Week of Valor features 18 educational, patriotic, community or civic events through Nov. 18. Citizens are encouraged to recognize, support and honor veterans. “The Week of Valor is a special and exciting time to focus on contributions veterans make to our community, to educate the public about issues important to veterans, and to bring residents together to celebrate…


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LouisvilleKy Zoo Reduces Winter General Admission Price and Announces Kroger Wild Winter Days Food Drive

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo adult (12–59) general admission will be reduced to $9.95 and $6.95 for children (ages 3–11) and seniors (60+)  now through Feb. 28, 2018.   The Louisville Zoo is proud to team up with Kroger to help Dare to Care again support families in our community with a winter food drive during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 28.  Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care or who show their Kroger Plus card will receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission. If…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to upgrade parking lots and more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), one of the world’s most historic sports and entertainment venues, has unveiled plans to improve the parking and transportation experience for guests traveling to the Kentucky Derby. The $32 million project will feature a significantly enlarged, highly-efficient bus depot and additional transportation infrastructure for more than 170,000 guests that attend the Kentucky Derby each year, while also enhancing the overall traffic and parking flow for guests who visit the historic racetrack throughout the year. For the 2018 Kentucky Derby Week race events, Churchill Downs will package official parking permits with advanced orders for…


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LouisvilleKY vacant lot now a new park in Smoketown

Mayor Fischer joins Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to cut ribbon on May Hillerich Park Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Facebook page Louisville, KY., – To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has transformed a vacant lot in Smoketown into a park for the public’s use. Mayor Fischer joined the company to officially open May Hillerich Park at 813 Jackson Street earlier this week. May Hillerich was the sister of Bud Hillerich, creator of the Louisville Slugger, and played a critical role in the early success and growth of the company. “I would like to thank Louisville Slugger…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor reminds people the Affordable Care Act is still the law, open enrollment starts this week

Enrollment period is shorter this year and ends Dec. 15. ‘Don’t wait,’ Mayor says LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today joined agency officials and public health advocates to remind those without health insurance that they can enroll for a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act starting on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The open enrollment period is much shorter than in years past, ending on Dec. 15. “With all the news about what’s been going on and not going on in Washington in regard to the Affordable Care Act, people may not realize that they can still enroll,”…


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LouisvilleKY’s New Roots receives financial boost from Humana Foundation

Louisville, Ky., — The fight for food justice just got a little easier thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to New Roots, Inc., a local organization that believes access to fresh food is a basic human right, by enabling over 1800 families from across the Commonwealth and southern Indiana to access affordable, organic farm-fresh food from 50 Kentucky family farms.   New Roots and partners from the Humana Foundation, Smoketown Fresh Stop Market @ Coke Memorial UMC, Russell Fresh Stop Market @ Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith will be on hand at Coke…


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11th Annual Derby City Cup this weekend at LouisvilleKY’s Joe Creason Park

  Louisville, Ky. – A new cyclocross course at Joe Creason Park will debut at the 11th annual Derby City Cup for amateur and professional cyclocross competitions Nov. 4-5. Athletes and spectators also will be treated to new sounds and tastes at the B4 Festival – bikes, bands, beer, and barbeque – at the venue on Nov. 4 during the world-class bicycle competitions. Races on Saturday will feature the nation’s best pro women and men as they battle for the $35,000 prize purse in the grand finale of the Sho-Air US Cup-CX Series. These UCI Category 2 races also provide points for USA Cycling’s Pro Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). On…


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LouisvilleKY-based WellCare reports Pilot Program Reduces Opioid Dispensing by 50 Percent Among At-Risk Populations

Company to implement program solutions across Medicaid markets in 2018 to help prevent opioid misuse, abuse and addiction LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the nation faces a growing opioid crisis, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, saw a 50 percent reduction in opioid dispensing among members participating in a pharmacy management program in the company’s Kentucky market. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States has quadrupled since 1999, and 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. These numbers…


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LouisvilleKY ranked a top 10 city for small business friendliness

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Louisville has earned an A grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States. Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed. “This recent ranking affirms that Louisville’s entrepreneurial community is thriving,” said the Mayor. “We pair our strong pro-business culture with a strong…