On a WFPL News Special Monday, Mayor Greg Fischer said urban crime is up across the country, but the city is reviewing national models to address the violence.
The chief of police told Metro Council members earlier this year that crime is up eight percent, and the crimes are more brazen—including a homicide in the Old Louisville neighborhood yesterday with an assault rifle.
“What we see about these is these are not random acts of violence; 80 percent of homicide victims know their assailant," Fischer said. "So these are people that are typically dealing with criminal activity. Drugs are frequently involved. Obviously, handguns are in involved. They’re not random. The key is, how do you break this cycle?”
According to Metro Police, there have also been reports of gang recruitment in some neighborhoods, and council members have warned the city is ignoring the problem, and police should reinstitute a gang unit.
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City becomes charter member of national network dedicated to increasing the number of low-income students reading on grade level
Louisville was named an All-America City by the National Civic League today based on its ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
Chosen from a field of more than 100 entries, Louisville’s plan was submitted by a community coalition that included Metro United Way, the Louisville Office of Youth Development, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance, MUW Community Impact Cabinet, Louisville OST Coordinating Council, and the Wallace Foundation. The community was one of 14 awardees selected from 32 finalists.
"I am delighted that the All-America Cities program recognizes the potential of our plan," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "As a city, we are united with one common agenda: to make Louisville a well-educated city where getting off to a good start toward learning is part of everyone’s job and is ingrained into our DNA. It is now time to add muscle to our work – there is no limit to what we can achieve through focus, teamwork and perseverance."
A task force has told Mayor Greg Fischer that Louisville Metro Parks should consider raising user fees and selling some parkland, steps the mayor would take only as a last resort to fixing an annual funding shortfall of around $15 million, compared with spending on park systems in other cities.
“We now have a blueprint as we begin to look strategically at the parks department,” Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter said.
Poynter said the administration has begun to analyze the report and prefers not to comment yet on specific suggestions. But he said Fischer believes the city has budgeted all the money for parks that it can afford. “We know there isn’t enough money to go around and that the maintenance needs are many,” he said. Poynter said he said Fischer would support raising user fees or selling land only as a last resort.
FRANKFORT, KY. — Sen. Perry Clark invoked the legacy of the late marijuana advocate Gatewood Galbraith on Thursday, announcing plans to refile legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The bill, called the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, would reclassify the drug as a Schedule II substance available for medical treatment under a doctor’s direction.
It also would allow patients to possess up to 5 ounces of marijuana or cultivate up to five plants for their own medicinal use.
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