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Chris Thieneman has filed paperwork to start the process of running for mayor as an independent, and will follow through on that if Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell wins his primary tomorrow and Mayor Fischer does not fire LMPD Chief Steve Conrad -- who he accuses of covering up the Youth Explorer scandal.
The administration of Mayor Greg Fischer is refusing to disclose the guest list from its Derby eve parties at Metro Hall in each of the past two years, asserting that such a list is exempt from public disclosure because it is a "preliminary draft" and could discourage prospective companies from locating in Louisville.
The $15 million, 55,000-square-foot Rabbit Hole Distillery is located in NuLu between East Market and Jefferson streets and features a state-of-the-art facility that showcases the bourbon-making experience from glass to grain.
Citing cost-saving measures in the next city budget, LFPL's director Jim emailed staff last week to inform them of coming major changes at the main downtown branch, including transferring staff to new and expanded libraries and consolidating all services to the first floor.
Mayor Greg Fischer told Metro Council that his proposed city budget for the next fiscal year would increase investments in public safety and infrastructure without layoffs -- despite what he called a "challenging budget cycle" cause by a sharp increase in employee insurance and pension costs.
The Urban League and ACLU are urging the General Assembly to not pass House Bill 169 — the so-called gang bill — when the legislature reconvenes for the last two days of the session on Friday, pointing to similar bills in other states that have been accused of leading to racial profiling.
The new Opportunity Zones designed to incentivize capital investment in low-income areas includes 19 census tracts in Louisville, consisting of areas surrounding downtown and stretching south to the Fairgrounds.
Gov. Bevin issued a veto on Thursday for House Bill 362, which would allow local governments and school boards to phase in increased employer pension costs over a 10-year period, in addition to the option of letting employers withdraw from the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) with a buy out.
Gov. Bevin said a pension bill that lowers dramatic increases to the pension costs of local governments is "a bad bill" that shouldn't pass, though Mayor Fischer says Louisville will face "draconian" cuts if it doesn't, as he hopes for a compromise that includes tax reform and new revenue.