Flower shop hosts art gallery to honor life of owner’s son Saturday, Jan 25 2020 

Local artists came together to celebrate and honor the life of Trinity graduate, Robert Streeter on Friday.

        

Architects to unveil designs for upcoming Eastern Parkway project Thursday, Jan 23 2020 

The public submitted ideas for changes to Eastern Parkway, including making the road more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

        

U of L Health CEO Says Faster Billing, Savings Contributed To Lower Request For State Funding Thursday, Jan 23 2020 

Kentucky lawmakers are moving closer to approving funding for the University of Louisville’s purchase of the Jewish Hospital system. In an address to the Rotary Club of Louisville Thursday, U of L Health CEO Tom Miller shed light on why the health system is asking for less money from the state.

Lower operational costs, higher reimbursements and the ability to bill faster than anticipated contributed to U of L needing less state funding, Miller said. He said Kentucky officials asked his team to be “respectful” of the fact that they’ll use state funds.

The university originally asked for a $50 million loan from the state last summer, but recently dropped its ask to $35 million. U of L purchased the struggling Jewish Hospital as well as other Louisville assets of Kentucky One Health in November.

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Jewish Hospital

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee passed a bill that would use emergency funds to give U of L the loan earlier this week. If approved by the full legislature, the state will loan U of L $35 million, which will be due back in 20 years. Half of that amount is forgivable if the hospitals meet certain conditions related to hiring and caring for under-served populations.

“As we try to establish a plan to be successful, to turn around, again, our goal is to operate University and Jewish Hospital as one hospital,” Miller said.

He said Jewish Hospital had about $100 million in payroll, a figure U of L Health could not accommodate without support from state and foundations, the latter of which put in $50 million.

Because of the purchase, the combined hospitals had to re-credential doctors and sites, reapply for licenses, gain approval from insurance providers and more. And while the system waited for federal approval for a change of ownership, it couldn’t bill patients.

“That was going to be about $150 million in costs…Our staff wanted to get paid. Our suppliers wanted to get paid during this process, but we couldn’t bill,” Miller said. “And so that’s why we needed the help because we just didn’t have the type of resources associated with it.”

But Miller said some approvals came in faster than anticipated, meaning the hospitals will be billing sooner. He said the remaining $120 million in bills will be sent by the end of January.

Looking ahead, Miller said U of L plans to pursue a turnaround strategy that includes enhancing what Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville offer so that patients don’t have to pass first through the downtown hospitals via a hub and spoke model. That includes building more outpatient care into the model, he said.

Bullitt County middle school students pack bus with food donations Tuesday, Jan 21 2020 

The Service Project Erupt at Eastside Middle School will donate the canned food items to those in need.

        

Local unions raising money for Kentucky Humane Society Tuesday, Jan 21 2020 

The Unions are proud to stand behind this Louisville nonprofit to help provide food, shelter and new families for deserving animals.

        

Local homeless outreach groups hit the streets during cold snap Tuesday, Jan 21 2020 

Both Jesus Cares at Exit 0 and Hip Hop Cares provided crucial items for the area's most vulnerable.

        

Kentucky vs. Florida: Big Blue SLAM kicks off Monday Sunday, Jan 19 2020 

The competition between states to see who can collect the most blood donations runs through Friday

        

Louisville Women’s March Encourages Unity, Support For Women’s Rights Saturday, Jan 18 2020 

Sign reads, "Ditch Mitch Dump Trump" at Women's March rallyDespite wind, rain and cold, more than a hundred people huddled outside Metro Hall Saturday to advocate for minority representation and women’s rights as part of the Louisville Women’s March.

The rally was one of more than a hundred marches expected to take place across the nation Saturday. Louisville speakers included State Representative Charles Booker, U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth and State Representative Attica Scott — who said the march represents multiple groups of women.

“We march today for our sisters who are struggling with addiction. We march today for our sisters with disabilities. We march today for ourselves,” Scott said. “I believe that we all need each other. And whether or not you believe you need me, I need you.”

Democratic State Representative Attica Scott speaking at the Louisville Women's MarchKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

Democratic State Representative Attica Scott speaking at the Louisville Women’s March

Democratic State Representative Charles Booker speaking at the Louisville Women's MarchKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

Democratic State Representative Charles Booker speaking at the Louisville Women’s March

Supporters who gathered outside Metro Hall waved signs in support, reading “Equality and Opportunity for All” and “Ditch Mitch Dump Trump.” Some chanted “Show Me What Democracy Looks Like,” and yelled to support the event’s speakers.

More than a hundred people gathered outside Metro Hall for the Louisville Women's MarchKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

More than a hundred people gathered outside Metro Hall for the Louisville Women’s March

Juli Gomez, 17, said she attended the event because society has not made enough progress to promote equality in misrepresented communities.

“There’s a lot of work left to be done, but I’m super optimistic because I really think people of my generation are much more prepared and equipped to take on those challenges than the ones before us,” Gomez said.

Her father, Alex Gomez, said he attended Saturday’s march because he sees challenges that women in his family endure and he wanted to advocate for their rights.

“It’s about time that we realize that they are probably better than we are at leading, and we need to give them a chance,” Gomez said. “Corporate America has realized the great leadership that they can find in women, and I think it’s just a matter of time.”

Sydney Crush (left), Alex Gomez (center) and Juli Gomez (right) outside the Louisville Women's MarchKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

Sydney Crush (left), Alex Gomez (center) and Juli Gomez (right) outside the Louisville Women’s March

The Women’s March was first organized after the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of protestors in Washington D.C. to march in support of women’s rights. Another march in D.C. today drew thousands of protestors

 

New city effort aims to build trust between police and community Friday, Jan 17 2020 

90-minute action sessions will be held for people in the community to become a part of that discussion with officers.

        

U.S. Attorney Seeks Solutions To Louisville Violence With Summit Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman is looking for more ways to fight violent crime in Louisville, and he hopes an upcoming summit with local leaders will offer some solutions. 

Coleman said his Louisville office has partly addressed crime by prosecuting more drug dealers and people who use guns illegally. But he said law enforcement cannot deter violence alone.

That’s why he’s invited local faith and business leaders to a private summit he’s organized for next week.

“Often times, the role of the U.S. attorney certainly is a very aggressive law enforcement posture, but it’s also getting people around the table figuratively and literally,” Coleman said in an interview with WFPL News. “I’m hoping to build some linkages, build some engagement, build the ability to scale up some of the solutions – to talk about some of the solutions so that we can have a substantive impact.”

Summit attendees will hear from crime victims and John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor David Kennedy. Kennedy will speak about the focused deterrence model of policing, which offers potential offenders incentives and resources if they avoid reoffending. 

Coleman first announced the summit last November after the release of a report detailing violence and trauma’s effect on Louisville youth. Kentucky youth experience trauma at a higher rate than the national average, and that trauma, sometimes caused by neighborhood violence, is linked to long-term issues with emotional health and behavior in school. Coleman said law enforcement work to reduce violence has worked, but other factors make the work difficult.

“We’re dealing with issues of systemic racism … We’re dealing with issues of long-standing, fractured relationships. This stuff is hard,” Coleman said. “If we want the city to move forward and families to flourish, we have to take responsibility for the fact that there are large sectors of this city that have had limited opportunity afforded [to] those residents.”

The Violent Crimes Summit will be held January 23. A representative from Coleman’s office said it will be closed to the public and media, so that attendees will speak freely.

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