And the ban played off: Despite a task force report that recommended banning trans fat in the city, health department director, Dr. Adewale Troutman, told the Metro Council’s Health and Human Services Committee that Metro government should not implement a ban on the sale of foods that contain hydrogenated oils. According to Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, who has repeatedly tried to pass an ordinance banning the substance, Dr. Troutman’s about-face was politically motivated. It had been reported that the mayor and council members had voiced opposition.
Oh the Humana-ty: The Louisville-based and mega-health insurer’s 1,400 layoffs will certainly have an affect in the short-term. It is expected that about 750 of the highest paying jobs in the city will be lost as a result. That isn’t good news for Metro government revenue, which depends largely upon occupational taxes and must fill a $12.7 million dollar budget deficit.
Tweet goes the candidate: If you’re a political junkie who likes paying close attention to the 2010 mayoral campaign, here’s your overdose. You can now follow the candidate’s Twitter updates thanks to a list of tweeting campaigns compiled by blogger Steve Magruder, who operates Louisville History and Issues.
Mint condition: We’re not sure why Republican mayoral candidate Chris Thieneman used his campaign as a platform to throw stones at the University of Louisville over its split with the Mint Jubilee event before a recent mayoral forum. The Louisville developer co-founded the Derby weekend event and it has been an ongoing dispute. It certainly isn’t the wisest decision, but there’s a story there worth checking out.
End these times: Originally, The New York Times had only suspended business reporter Zachery Kouwe while it investigated charges of plagiarism, but he quickly resigned rather than face disciplinary action.