Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fischer green lights razing of Iron Quarter

The city of Louisville and developer Todd Blue have reached an agreement that allows the local businessman to demolsih the row of historic cast-iron buildings along Main Street within 90 days. In a consensus reached Monday, Blue has agreed to drop his federal lawsuit against Metro government while the city has said it will help […]

Kentucky Lottery has millions in unclaimed winnings

The Kentucky Lottery was left holding 13.6 million dollars in unclaimed prizes last year and are currently searching for three high dollar winners to step forward, including a $250,000 ticket holder. On average the state lottery has between $8 to $10 million dollars that aren’t awarded, but saw a significant jump in unclaimed winnings this […]

For fourth straight year, Yarmuth donates salary to local charities

For the fourth straight year, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has donated his Congressional salary to over two dozen Louisville charities. It’s a practice Yarmuth has been doing since taking office in 2006. “We are very fortunate to have so many charities and organizations dedicated to improving our city and supporting individuals and families in […]

U.S. of Shame

We regularly post statistics showing Kentucky near the bottom of some unsavory list, but the comedic blog Pleated Jeans proves that every state ranks dead last in at least one category. The map shows that whether its suicides in Alaska, unemployment in Michigan or ugliness in North Dakota, every place needs improvement. The worst thing […]

McConnell Center “Mystery Guest” Revealed: It’s Joe Biden!

Sweet fancy moses! The real Joe Biden, aka Mr. Vice President, will grace the McConnell Center on February 11, so be sure to get some tickets and ask him why he’s appearing in Hennessy ads and supporting corrupt Egyptian dictators. From a press release: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will speak Feb. 11 at the University of […]

Taco Bell in damage control over fake-beef allegations

Pushing back against negative publicity over a class-action lawsuit alleging that ground beef is a minor ingredient in its meat products, Louisville-based Yum! Brands subsidiary Taco Bell purchased advertisements in several major daily newspapers today claiming that such charges are baseless because, well, it was printed in the goddamn newspaper so it’s gotta be true. […]

Yarmuth selected to serve on Ethics Committee

After being named to two key panels last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has been appointed to serve on the high-profiled House Ethics Committee in the 112th Congress. In the minority for the first time, Yarmuth is one of only five Democrats chosen for this committee, which is officially charged with upholding the House […]

Council Democrats and ethics

In this week’s LEO, my Sixth & Jefferson column brought attention to the frustration Metro Council Democrats have with the local press due to a number of stories questioning their ethical decision-making. I thought it would be relevant to share parts of the conversation during their caucus meeting that couldn’t fit into this week’s edition, […]

State of the City: Fischer says status quo is unacceptable

Delivering his first State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer said Louisville must be better than a second-tier city to be relevant in the 21st Century and called for a new economic development vision to spur job growth and investment. Speaking before the Downtown Rotary, Fischer acknowledged the city’s bleeding job market and delivered […]

Kentucky ranked 6th for worst mercury pollution in America, spurs new “coal justice” blog

A new report by Environment America reveals that Kentucky’s coal-fired power plants emitted 5,930 pounds of mercury in 2009, placing the commonwealth as the 6th worst emitter of toxic mercury in the nation right behind Indiana (ranked 5th), which spewed 6,046 pounds during the same year. Titled “Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury,” (Warning: […]