From the resignation of the Louisville Veterans Affairs hospital director to the cancellation of the IdeaFestival to the latest masterpiece to visit Speed Museum, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

Head of Louisville VA Hospital resigns after being cited for whistleblower retaliation

Martin Traxler has resigned as the director of the Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, following the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposing that he be removed from his position due to misconduct, reported Joe Sonka. Read more about how Traxler resigned from his position effective Feb. 2, the same day that the VA proposed his removal from federal service for whistleblower retaliation, conduct unbecoming of a senior executive and lack of candor.

New restaurant to bring burgers back to Kaelin’s

Nearly two years in the making, the owners of the restaurant and malt shop 80/20 @ Kaelin’s are ready to talk about their plans for the Louisville landmark at 1801 Newburg Road, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how the name 80/20 comes from the ratio of meat and fat in most hamburger recipes, a nod to Kaelin’s most famous menu item, and the menu, which is still in the works, will feature house-ground burgers, fried chicken and other Southern comfort food.

IdeaFestival organizers cancel 2018 event

The city of Louisville will not be the same in September — IdeaFestival has been canceled. Read more about how IdeaFestival, which has produced 15 events since 2000, is undergoing a “complete re-evaluation of every aspect of the enterprise.”

Speed Art Museum nabs rare French masterpiece, on display through May

The Speed Art Museum unveiled its latest masterpiece, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. — French painter Jean Honoré Fragonard’s “Young Girl Reading,” reported Sara Havens. Read more about how “This painting is one of the most beloved works in the National Gallery of Art’s collection,” said Yuriko Jackall, National Gallery’s specialist of 18th-century French paintings, in a news release. “It doesn’t leave the National Gallery often, so this is a rare opportunity for the Speed to showcase this painting to the public.”

SCALA members and family have contributed $44,000 to Mayor Fischer’s campaign since forming in July
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer | Photo by Joe Sonka

Steering Committee for Action on Louisville’s Agenda (SCALA) members and their close family members have contributed at least $44,000 to the re-election campaign of Mayor Greg Fischer — who is a SCALA member — since the group formed last July, according to a search of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance database. Read more about the contributions.

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