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Supreme Court of Kentucky announces pilot project to reduce eviction cases in Jefferson County

In an effort to mitigate the effects of homelessness and streamline eviction cases, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has established the Eviction Diversion Pilot Project in Jefferson District Court. The project will connect tenants and landlords with rental assistance through Louisville Metro Government and other community organizations to help them avoid eviction for nonpayment of rent on residential...

‘You can’t fight violence with violence,’ says mother of Louisville shooting victim Breonna Taylor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear held a press conference on Monday to discuss the violence in Louisville these past few days in the wake of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black EMT worker who was shot to death at her home in March by police. The protests followed the release of a 911 call Taylor’s boyfriend made on March 13, moments after the 26-year-old was shot eight times...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp canceled due to pandemic; event to resume in 2021

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that it has canceled its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but plans to resume the event in September 2021. The prestigious seventh annual event was scheduled for September 21–26. Ticket sales were set to open last week for more than 30 rare, one-of-a-kind experiences at 22 participating KDA distilleries,...

Louisville Zoo temporarily closing to the public starting Tuesday to help prevent spread of COVID-19

The Louisville Zoo will be temporarily closing to the public starting on Tuesday (March 17) following recommendations of Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo, the decision to close was made to further support efforts to reduce the rapid spread of the virus and to protect the health...

Beshear names state’s teachers as grand marshals of his parade; also names co-chairs of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...

Bevin calls for Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to end use of reformulated gas

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his strong endorsement for ending the mandated use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Louisville and the surrounding counties, noting that improvements in automobile technology and cleaner gasoline from refineries have resulted in the Commonwealth’s citizens paying far too much for too little benefit. “Today, I call on Mayor [Greg] Fischer to direct the Louisville Metro Air...

Court of Appeals sides with Bevin administration, independent cities in solid waste case

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a judgment from Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd and unanimously ruled in favor of the Bevin administration and Jefferson County’s 83 independent cities in an important case regarding the decision-making powers of local governments. House Bill 246, a 2017 law championed by Rep. Jerry Miller, restructured the relationship between a county in a...

USA Cares Care Package Drive collects thousand of items for local veterans during ‘Give a Day’ week

Last month, USA Cares hosted a Care Package Drive to benefit local homeless veterans as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give a Day” Week of Service campaign. During the nearly two-month-long collection, a variety of local businesses and volunteer supporters joined together in gathering thousands of essential items to be donated, resulting in over 540 care packages prepared for homeless...

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana announces $21 million expansion project

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) has revealed plans for a $21 million expansion that will nearly double its capacity to keep out-of-town families close to the local hospitals where their sick children are receiving treatment. The Louisville-based nonprofit organization will redevelop the former Greater Louisville Medical Society Building at 101 W. Chestnut St., adding 20 new guest...

Louisville files federal lawsuit against three major opioid companies for damages

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Monday that Louisville has filed a federal lawsuit against three major wholesale drug distributors. “We have lost a generation of people to opiates,” Fischer said. “We’ve seen a spike in violent crime tied directly to the sale and misuse of opioids. And we are spending millions of dollars on health, public safety and justice expenses,...

KyCIR: Bevin among political leaders who sometimes block their critics on social media accounts

By Brendan McCarthy and June Leffler Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Gov. Matt Bevin in recent months has turned to social media platforms to slam local media and share his political views directly with followers. But as Bevin ramped up his criticism and online dispatches, he’s also blocked more than 500 Twitter users from following him, according to records released this week by ProPublica,...

Relocation of TwinSpires headquarters to Louisville from California creates 70 high tech jobs

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday the transition and creation of more than 70 high-tech jobs in Kentucky, as it relocates the TwinSpires headquarters to Louisville from Mountain View, California. TwinSpires now employs more than 200 full time employees in the state. TwinSpires, a wholly owned division of CDI and the official mobile betting partner of Churchill Downs Race Track, the Kentucky...

Former champ Holyfield bringing boxing back to Louisville with Real Deal Championship series

Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and his company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment announced Friday that he will kick off his Real Deal Championship Boxing series June 24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville in partnership with locally based Top Knotch Boxing and Kentucky Venues. The undercard at Freedom Hall will consist of three amateur and eight professional bouts, including local boxers....

Work begins on 413-job, $33 million expansion of LINAK U.S. Inc. operation in Louisville

With ground turned Tuesday during a ceremony at LINAK U.S. Inc.’s plant, which manufactures linear actuators for hospital beds, office desks, farm equipment and other uses, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the company on its $33 million expansion that will create 413 full-time jobs. “Since locating in the commonwealth more than 20 years ago, LINAK has steadily grown its business and presence, in Louisville,”...

Care Innovations expanding Louisville operation, creating 24 jobs on investment of nearly $1.7 million

Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher announced that Care Innovations LLC, a telehealth company specializing in designing, developing and optimizing remote care delivery programs, on the planned relocation and expansion of its research and development center, a nearly $1.7 million project expected to create 24 high-wage jobs in Louisville. “Care Innovations located in Prospect 18 months...

Ernst & Young to open Louisville support center, create 125 jobs on $4.3 million investment

Ernst & Young LLP, one of the world’s largest business-services organizations, plans to open a 125-member office for executive assistants and other shared professional functions in downtown Louisville with a $4.35 million investment, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced. “We are delighted to welcome EY’s professional service center to Kentucky and we are grateful for...

Billy Reed: Juice Bowl incident shows it’s not acceptable to just stand by and do nothing

After this weekend’s conference championship football games, the euphoria at Kentucky and the shock at Louisville both will be penetrated by the news of what bowl games the teams have earned. Despite their stunning loss to the Wildcats, who entered the Governor’s Cup game as 26-point underdogs, the Cardinals are still entertaining faint hopes of the Orange Bowl. The Wildcats, on the other hand,...

Global appliance maker Midea America breaks ground for R&D Center in Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer congratulated Midea America Corp., a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest appliance makers, as leaders broke ground on a research and development center in Louisville, a $10 million facility projected to create up to 25 jobs. “We are honored to welcome the construction of Midea’s first U.S.-based research and development center to Louisville,”...

UPS breaks ground on $310 million expansion in Louisville; 300 new jobs will be created

During a groundbreaking event Thursday, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed the 300 full and part-time jobs global shipping giant United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) plans to create with an approximately $310 million expansion of its Centennial Ground hub in Louisville. “This expansion by UPS, a global leader in logistics and shipping, will further improve the speed and service...

Louisville Plate Glass opens new facility, plans to add up to 90 new jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin Thursday congratulated Louisville Plate Glass, a century-old manufacturer of architectural window and building-panel glass, on opening a $5 million production facility, a project expected add up to 90 jobs. “Louisville Plate Glass is setting a great example for all manufacturers by recognizing and acting on an opportunity to expand. The result is the creation of 65 new jobs in Kentucky,”...