From Michael L. Jones’ story on west Louisville residents questioning the uptick in activity by Southeast Christian Church in their neighborhood to a look at the new Omni Louisville apartments, here are Insider’s top stories this week. 

Questions are being raised about Southeast Christian’s activity in west Louisville

The influx of public money into west Louisville is turning the once neglected part of town into a hotbed for new development, and Southeast Christian Church has emerged as an unlikely player in this transformation, reported Michael L. Jones. However, some west Louisville residents are concerned the East End church is using its partners and assets to shape the future of their community.

Bevin appoints Heiner, others to Kentucky Board of Education

Gov. Matt Bevin announced his appointees for the Kentucky Board of Education on Monday, including Hal Heiner, who resigned from his cabinet post as education and workforce development secretary to accept the position, reported Olivia Krauth. She also said Heiner, a critic of the Jefferson County Public Schools, is one of six new appointees on a list that includes Bevin’s former communications director Amanda Stamper.

Sources: Education Commissioner Pruitt to be ousted Tuesday

Boris Ladwig reported on Monday that State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt likely will be let go Tuesday in a special meeting of the board of education, according to two state education experts. And the next day, Olivia Krauth reported that just hours after swearing into their positions, the board accepted the immediate resignation of Pruitt in that special meeting. The board selected Wayne Lewis, a known charter school advocate and executive director of education policy and programs at the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, as interim commissioner.

Cakes, cookies and goodies galore: Selling homebaked goods now legal in Kentucky

House Bill 263, aka the Home Baking Bill, allows people like Paducah resident Jennifer Lopez — not that one — to legally earn money by making and selling baked goods out of their houses without the need for a commercial kitchen, wrote Caitlin Bowling. Lopez helped lead a charge to change Kentucky’s law after moving to the state from Missouri where she ran a custom cake business out of her house.

Sneak peek: Omni’s luxury apartments nearly ready for May move-in date
Residents have access to their own pool, separate from the hotel’s. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

IL reporter Caitlin Bowling checked out the Omni Louisville’s new luxury apartments on Wednesday and shared many photos she took of the experience. She wrote: Perched above the Omni hotel, The Residences at Omni Louisville offers a range of studio to three-bedroom units, with one to two bathrooms per unit. Monthly rents range from $1,545 to $9,235, which does not include utilities.


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