Louisville news: Not that the law was going to stop you, but Metro Council re-approves fireworks edition [News]

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  • "In stinging statement, Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, called for the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee to begin investigating the city’s overtime compensation to public employees. Earlier this week, Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a review of the practices and procedures after learning about potential abuses in the system. At least 10 percent of city workers were earning $15,000 or more in overtime annually while a handful of employees doubled their salaries." [WFPL]
     
  • "A city leader suspended as a result of a WAVE 3 investigation is back on the job. Mike Heitz, the director of the Louisville Metro Parks Department, was suspended without pay on October 26, one day after being confronted by WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Eric Flack for drinking and then driving his city take home vehicle." [WAVE3]
     
  • "Public defenders and other defense lawyers hailed the Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Report and the proposed moratorium, while Attorney General Jack Conway disputed its conclusion that the system is broken and said suspending executions 'disregards trial verdicts, years of judicial review and the surviving family members of victims,' [Attorney General Jack Conway said.] But they were not, however, joined by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway...Other things that such a suspension would disregard: Jack’s ability to green light the execution of (potentially innocent) people, so that he can look like a tough-on-crime guy in whatever race he runs in next." [LEO Weekly] Disclosure: I'm on the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's board of directors.
     
  • "Several Occupy Louisville demonstrators attended Thursday night’s Metro Council meeting. Each demonstrator addressed the council on a different issue affecting area residents. Demonstrators got up one after the other and tackled issues that have previously been discussed in Occupy Louisville general assembly meetings. Some spoke of the school district’s student assignment plan, others of pollution near Cane Run Road." [WFPL]
     
  • "State tax incentives approved this week will guarantee that the headquarters of Long John Silver’s and A&W Restaurants will remain in Kentucky as Yum! Brands spins the chains off to new owners." [Courier-Journal]
     
  • "A divided Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night reversed a position it took just three weeks ago and approved the controlled sale and use of more powerful and dangerous fireworks." [Courier-Journal]
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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