Louisville news: Is Fourth Street Live getting weird? edition [News]

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  • "Kentucky Finance Secretary Lori Flanery used her government-issued iPad and state email account earlier this month to solicit contributions for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign, a move sharply criticized by Republicans." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Attica Woodson Scott, a 39-year-old community organizer with a 15-year career working on social justice issues, was elected Thursday night as the newest member of the Louisville Metro Council. Scott, one of 13 candidates for the open District 1 seat, replaces Judy Green who was expelled from the council last month by a unanimous vote of her council colleagues." [Courier-Journal]
  • "After an hour long-debate, the Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance along party lines that exempts union contracts from being subject to mandatory financial reports. The legislation passed by a 16-9 vote after it had divided the council and caused a contentious partisan debate, with council Republicans arguing the amendment bars the full cost of negotiated contracts from being known to the taxpayers." [WFPL]
  • "The University of Louisville Board of Trustees continues to be impressed by President James Ramsey as a contract extension through 2020 was approved Thursday. It’s no surprise the board wants to keep Ramsey whose contract is scheduled to expire next summer. Earlier this year the panel praised him for meeting all the university’s goals and for increasing the foundation’s campaign goal to $1 billion." [WFPL]
  • "After years of ignoring Louisville operators in favor of national chains, is The Cordish Companies getting ready to invite local independents to the Fourth Street Live party? John Varanese, who owns Varanese on Frankfort Avenue in Clifton, said he got an email solicitation from Hogan Real Estate about the Red Star Tavern space, which is slated to close because of non-payment of rent. Varanese said the pitch, which he deleted, was not to him personally, but appeared to be a mass email." [Insider Louisville]

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About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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