Louisville news: Money--UofL, Mayor Fischer and part-time state employees are getting it edition [News]

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  • "State data shows the number of children who have died as a result of abuse and neglect dropped from the previous year." [Bluegrass Politics]
     
  • "When the U.S. Department of Education released its annual revenue and expense figures for college sports last month, the University of Louisville’s totals lit up the scoreboard. For the fiscal year that ended in June, U of L reported $87.74 million in athletic revenue, ranking 16th in NCAA Division I, the organization's classification for its largest schools. And for the first time in this government index, which was created to monitor gender equity statistics among schools, U of L’s revenue exceeded that of the University of Kentucky." [Courier-Journal]
     
  • "Thirteen months after Greg Fischer was elected as Louisville’s mayor, cash continues to flow into his campaign account — more than $21,000 since Jan. 1, according to a newly submitted report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Fischer’s continued willingness to accept money from contributors to pay off personal loans he made to his campaign last year is in stark contrast to his three main opponents from last year. Collectively, they have assumed responsibility for more than $2 million in personal loans they made to their respective campaigns and closed out their accounts." [Courier-Journal]
     
  • "Hundreds of city council members and county magistrates in Kentucky are participating in a state-run retirement program even though some people question whether the officials work enough to qualify for the benefit." [Bluegrass Politics]
     
  • "Danita Fentress-Laird was one of at least two political appointees who were awarded merit positions in the Department of Agriculture last year. According to charges released Friday by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Fentress-Laird used her position to create a merit position and then made sure that she was hired into that job. Fentress-Laird was appointed as a director in the Division of Personnel and Budget by Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is leaving office this January. Political appointees serve at the will of the commissioner. But the merit system protects employees from being dismissed without cause." [Bluegrass Politics]
     
  • "The families of 1996 murder victim Tyrone Camp and accused killer Kerry Porter unite for a vigil to call for Porter's release on a wrongful conviction, and to continue the search for the real killer." [WLKY]
     
  • "The University of Louisville football team will take on North Carolina State on December 27 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina." [WFPL]
     
  • "The University of Louisville men’s soccer team ended its season Saturday with a loss to UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament." [WFPL]
     
  • "The Forecastle Festival, the country’s premier music, arts and environmental activism festival, announced today the launch of The Forecastle Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting local environmental education and international conservation. While the festival has touched on a number of environmental issues over it’s ten year life and partnered with over 150 partner organizations, the Foundation will now become the central focus of Forecastle activism." [Forecastle Festival]
     
  • "Wagering on Churchill Downs fall meet fell nearly 4 percent, according to betting figures released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission." [Courier-Journal]
     
  • "The debate likely will never be settled, whether this Trinity football team is the nation's best. The Shamrocks got big nights from running back Dalyn Dawkins and quarterback Travis Wright, posted 600 yards of offense and solidified their No. 2 ranking in the USA TODAY Super 25 poll by routing Scott County (Bowling Green, Ky.) 62-21 in the Russell Athletic Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Class 6-A championship game." [USA Today]

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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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