Woo, Downtown Gets More Consultants To Consult!

The Americana Community Center showed off its renovations to the former Holy Rosary Academy campus in an open house Thursday morning. [WDRB]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer touted the city’s strides under his leadership, laid out a series of goals and lobbied for a local-option sales tax during his annual State of the City address Thursday. Will the local option tax be just like the library tax and flow directly into the general fund, never to be used for its intended purpose? [C-J/AKN]

The Zoo is seeking to hire seasonal positions in various departments including Admissions, Education, Gift Shop, Guest Services, Horticulture, Membership, Rides and Attractions and Splash Park. Just don’t drive the train! [WHAS11]

A pension fund for Chicago public employees has voted to divest its holdings in three companies that manufacture assault weapons, an official with the fund confirmed on Thursday. [Reuters]

Businessman Ed Hart and his fellow investors are promising to bring Louisville a first-class and safe amusement park when they reopen the long-shuttered Kentucky Kingdom. [WLKY]

Studying the costs and benefits of school closures and outsourcing various services have been outlined as bullet points by Greater Clark County Schools’ strategic planning committee. [News & Tribune]

The University of Kentucky has rehired Chester Grundy, a long-time civil rights activist whose dismissal from UK last year prompted publicity and protest letters. Interesting how that works. Interesting timing, as well. [H-L]

The Louisville Downtown Development Corp. has hired a team of consultants to develop a 10-year plan for development of downtown Louisville. Just what the city needs, right? More consultants. [Business First]

A warning to parents about their children’s health care. At the beginning of the year, Kentucky increased the options of Medicaid managed care providers and it could mean some of the biggest hospitals in the city are no longer in network. [WAVE3]

Eboni Cochran says there’s a lot to like about her neighborhood in Louisville’s West End. “You make a right and you will hit lots of green space, beautiful parkway with beautiful tall trees, with nice houses,” she says. [WFPL]

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