Elizabethtown Police: Suspect arrested in double homicide Thursday, May 21 2020 

The Elizabethtown Police Department said Taynandree Reed, 27, was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday in Versailles, Kentucky, on suspicion of assault, robbery and homicide.

Councilmembers say police chief’s departure ‘has been a long time coming’ Thursday, May 21 2020 

In recent years, his leadership has been plagued by the Explorer Program sex scandal, a lack of confidence from his own officers, and now, the Breonna Taylor case.

        

Shively Community Center hosting free drive-thru COVID-19 event Thursday, May 21 2020 

The free testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

After Conrad’s retirement, LMPD Deputy Chief Robert Schroeder to lead department during search for new chief Thursday, May 21 2020 

As for the search for LMPD's next chief, many are now calling for the city to take that effort nationwide.

Indiana reopens: Fitness studios, gyms, community pools may open Friday Thursday, May 21 2020 

And Hoosiers also can again engage in recreational sports such as basketball, tennis, soccer and baseball -- but contact sports are still prohibited.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad to retire in June in wake of controversial Breonna Taylor shooting Thursday, May 21 2020 

Louisville police face national criticism for its handling of the fatal March shooting of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in her home near Pleasure Ridge Park during a narcotics raid.

Kentucky families will get ‘Pandemic EBT’ for students on free or reduced lunch programs Thursday, May 21 2020 

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program will provide each eligible student with a one-time payment of $313.50 to cover meals students missed out on between March and May.

Traditional face masks pose challenges for the deaf, hard of hearing Thursday, May 21 2020 

On a recent trip to her local grocery store in Lexington, a woman who is hard of hearing said she felt dismissed due to the barriers of face masks.

        

Daycares and childcare centers get green light, guidelines to reopen, here’s the plan Thursday, May 21 2020 

Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear provided answers on how and when child care centers will reopen in Kentucky.

        

Jefferson County School Board Passes 7-Cent Property Tax Increase Thursday, May 21 2020 

Jefferson County Public Schools busThe board of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) approved a 7-cent property tax increase Thursday night by a 5-2 vote. The move raises the tax rate from 73.6 cents per $100 assessed value to 80.6 cents.

“It’s beyond time,” board chair Diane Porter said.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio recommended the 7-cent tax increase, saying it is needed to help address $1.2 billion in facilities needs, raise teacher pay and provide more support to struggling schools.

The district had been advising an 8-cent increase, the maximum allowed under state law. But the final recommendation was 7 cents.

“We looked at the numbers, and we saw that 7 cents would help to generate the revenue that we need to do the things we need to do in the future,” district spokeswoman Renee Murphy said.

Forefront for Pollio Thursday night was the need for funds to renovate and build new schools in West Louisville, which has not seen a major facilities investment since 1990.

“The residents of West Louisville should be upset with JCPS for not investing in that community for the last 30 years. It is time to right that wrong,” Pollio said.

Because the tax hike represents a revenue increase greater than 4%, it can be recalled by voters in a referendum. To put the increase on the November ballot, those opposed must file a petition with at least 35,000 signatures within 50 days.

Board members Diane Porter, Chris Kolb, Joe Marshall, James Craig and Corrie Shull voted in favor of the increase. Linda Duncan and Chris Brady voted against.

How Board Members Explained Their Votes

Member Chris Kolb, a professor at Spalding University, supported the tax hike, saying the increase was an “urgent necessity” because for many years, past boards had chosen not to raise taxes.

“Our buildings are literally falling down,” he said. “I’ve heard people say this is a tough time, and it is. But you know what? The 65,000 kids in our schools who live with poverty have been dealing with tough times their whole lives.”

Noting the opportunity for a referendum, board member and classroom teacher Joe Marshall called the board’s approval a “suggestion.”

“We’re making the suggestion that our kids matter, that our teachers matter. That our administrators matter. That where you learn matters,” he said.

Diane Porter, a former educator and administrator, said the need for funding goes beyond facilities.

“Our kids, no matter where they live, they need academic help,” she said. “All schools should be performing at a level higher than they are.”

Board member Corrie Shull took issue with some board member’s reticence to increase taxes during the pandemic, and resulting economic downturn.

“This is the time to do what is right and what we must for our communities,” Shull, a local pastor, said. “Without investing in their potential today, we lose opportunity to really make the strongest possible impact on students.”

He noted the board would have to wait two years before considering another increase beyond the 4% cap.

James Craig, a lawyer, called out past boards for failing to increase revenues, and said the pandemic makes the need for more funds even more pressing.

“We haven’t funded this district enough to meet the needs of the poorest in our community,” he said. “The needs are greater today than they ever have been, and they’re getting worse.”

Chris Brady, an IT professional who previously supported the tax hike, voted against it Thursday, citing the economic downturn due to the pandemic.

“When this crisis has passed or we’ve learned to live with it, then this community should absolutely support an increase in revenue,” he said. “However I cannot in good conscience vote to raise taxes at this time.”

Linda Duncan, a retired longtime JCPS educator, also voted against.

“A pandemic changes everything,” she said. “Unfortunately things that we want right now might not be able to happen right now. There are lots of people feeling like that right now.”

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