Do You Want A Fancy Non-Horsey Casino, Folks?

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Former University of Louisville Dean and local historian, J. Blaine Hudson, has died at 63. [WDRB]

The new eastern bridge is getting a new look. With Indiana’s approval, the companies in charge of designing and building the span rejected the style that a committee of elected and community leaders selected more than six years ago. [C-J/AKN]

If expanded gambling is approved in Kentucky, Churchill Downs says it’s important they own and operate any casino in Louisville. No one disagrees. But no one in their right mind believes Churchill Downs (or any company) should be CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED ownership of a casino. [WHAS11]

The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. [WaPo]

The New Albany City Council will elect officers for 2013 during its first meeting of the year Monday. Chief among the selections will be the choice for council president — a role currently held by two-term Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti. [News & Tribune]

Questions concerning whether or not a 12-year-old who died from a self inflicted gun wound are being answered. [WAVE3]

Four eastern Kentucky coal mines are being idled, affecting 260 jobs. [H-L]

Police said they’ve solved a string of armed business robberies with the arrests of two men. [WLKY]

Although the Allstate Sugar Bowl had the lowest attendance in decades, the television rating for the game was up in 2013 from a year ago. An average of 10.1 million viewers tuned into Wednesday’s game in New Orleans between the University of Louisville and the University of Florida, according to ESPN. [Business First]

Starting this week, WFPL will begin airing a month-long series about past and present air pollution in the city’s Rubbertown neighborhood, and the health effects for those who live nearby. [WFPL]

The Clifton Center will show the controversial documentary “This Is Not a Film” as part of the Wild and Woolly Film Series on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. The documentary, much of which was secretly shot on an iPhone, was smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes Film Festival. [C-J/AKN]

3 thoughts on “Do You Want A Fancy Non-Horsey Casino, Folks?

  1. “A God Man, for Academe & the Community”

    Blaine Hudson was a rare academician, a public intellectual who served 36th St. and beyond as much as he did the UofL campus. He will be missed because he spoke in behalf of a larger public, many parts of which were powerless.

  2. In 2011 Louisville paid $2.4 billion to KY and received back $1.2 billion, this is probably the worst rate of return in the country and there is a cumulative effect from decade after decade of underinvestment in the State’s economic engine. KY has terrible economic fundamentals and is structurally built to favor rural interests. This situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Like it or not Louisville is most famous for Churchill Downs and gambling, specifically pro-sports wagering is a big part of Louisville’s brand. No we don’t need to be like Vegas but we do need a diverse economy that includes large numbers of mostly modest labor-intensive tourism/convention workers and the boost to downtown. To compete Louisville must maximize the economic potential of its unique cultural heritage by extending pro-sports wagering to competitors on 2 legs. We need the residents, media, and city leadership to stop living in a delusional fantasy world and to grasp the concept that economic fundamentals matter. Until you find a way to at least partially alleviate the State of KY’s unsustainable drain on Louisville’s resources and poor economic fundamentals, Louisville will struggle to develop a vibrant and diverse regional economy.

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