Louisville news: Thanksgiving at the Beshear house--Dad, pass the tax breaks edition [News]

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  • "State representatives and local advocates are asking Gov. Steve Beshear to consider changes to Kentucky’s child welfare system. The request comes after reports of a child’s death uncovered that a state caseworker failed to investigate previous allegations of child abuse. This has led some to question the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is responsible for investigating alleged abuse." [WFPL]
     
  • "Contrary to 65 percent of the political advertisements/rhetoric that we Kentuckians have been subjected to over the last six months, the EPA’s regulations to prevent the coal industry from further poisoning our air and water have not, in fact, destroyed Kentucky jobs and the coal industry. On the contrary, ever since the Beshear-labeled 'War on Coal' started, coal employment has gone… up." [LEO Weekly]
     
  • "The Kentucky Center is hoping to go green, planning to spend millions of dollars for what could become Louisville’s largest and most visible environmentally friendly roof. Center officials have been working with an architectural firm on the design, costs and expected energy savings of a new roof covered with water-storing sedum plants, possibly even on the curving vertical section." [Courier-Journal]
     
  • "Well it is our [Toast on Market's] last weekend here at 736 E Market. Sunday at 3 we will close the doors here for the last time. If all goes well we will be open at 620 E Market St Thursday at 1030 am for lunch." [Facebook via Consuming Louisville]

And in case you missed it from right before Thanksgiving:

  • "A Hindu ground-blessing ceremony for a new company in Elizabethtown became a campaign controversy last month after Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear participated and his Republican challenger criticized him for it. What went unnoticed is that one of Beshear’s sons, Louisville attorney Andrew Beshear, is paid to represent the company in question, UFLEX Ltd. of India, as it successfully moves to collect $20 million in tax breaks from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The cabinet has granted UFLEX preliminary approval for tax breaks, but the flexible packaging factory first must achieve specific jobs- and investment-based goals. It’s eventually expected to employ 250 people." [Bluegrass Politics]

Photo: Courtesy Beshear / Abramson 2011

About Zach Everson
Travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Eater, 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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