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UofLouisville_logoUniversity of Louisville researchers will serve up a buffet of diverse subjects — urban conservation, handcrafted glass, tobacco-use perceptions and capital sentencing – through a luncheon lecture series this fall.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings.

The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $15 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or no later than the Monday before each event.

Here are the fall 2016 semester talks:   Continue reading

Councilman Tom Owen will be meeting’s featured speaker August 29

Metro Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the first in a series of three public meetings on Beargrass Creek restoration efforts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 29 at the Douglass Community Center.

Metro Parks and the Corps are partners in a planning effort entitled: “Beargrass Creek Trail Conceptual Shared Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan.”

The plan area will extend generally along Beargrass Creek from its confluence with the Ohio River to the area of the Grinstead Drive/Lexington Road intersection.

As part of the planning effort, there will be three public meetings over the next five months to gather public input and to share the planning team’s findings, alternate courses of action, and final recommendations.

The Douglass Community Center is located at 2305 Douglass Blvd, 40205.

The intent of this meeting will be to seek public input on potential shared use path segments in the study area. A highlight of the meeting will be Eighth District Metro Councilman Tom Owen discussing the history of Beargrass Creek.

One of only 16 schools receiving five-star rating

Brian_BufordThe University of Louisville has been named among America’s “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly universities by a national nonprofit organization that rates colleges and universities according to their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

UofL is one of only 16 schools in the nation to earn five stars out of five in the Campus Pride Index, released this week by the organization Campus Pride. The index showcases 30 top-rated colleges and universities with LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices.

UofL is the only public university in the South ranked among the “Best of the Best.” Other universities being recognized range from Ivy League schools Cornell and Princeton in the East to UCLA and University of Washington in the West.

“Being recognized at this level is the collective work of so many people, including faculty who are teaching LGBT-focused courses, alumni who are creating new LGBT scholarships, admissions staff recruiting talented LGBT students, administrators, and that list goes on and on,” said Brian Buford, assistant provost for diversity and LGBT Center director. “We are really embracing the title of ‘Best of the Best’ all across the University of Louisville, and that’s what makes us stand out among our peer institutions.”

Buford said UofL’s ranking benefited from several new efforts in 2015-16. Those included establishing three new scholarships for LGBT students, including one targeted specifically to LGBT students of color. UofL also drew national attention for developing the eQuality Project, an effort to help its School of Medicine students understand and appreciate issues specific to LGBT patients. The university’s LGBT Center also assembled and provided more than 200 emergency survival kits for homeless LGBT youth in Louisville and Atlanta.

For comment or more information about UofL’s ranking, call Buford at 502-852-0227. For more information on Campus Pride and to see all the rankings, visit

KSF2015_8810The opening weekend of the Kentucky State Fair may be in the books, but there is a lot of Fair left to enjoy.

The Midway is open throughout the fair, which lasts through Sunday, August 28th.  The midway is open for the duration for fair visitors who wish to try their hand at games of skill or seek some thrills on the rides.  The indoor exhibits, including Main Street Kentucky, Health Horizons, Pride of the Counties, Heritage Hall, Gourmet Garden, the Product Showcase, and the Performing Arts Showcase also last through the end of the fair.

Also at various time throughout the fair are numerious free shows, which include Miller’S Border Collies, The Buck Trout Show, Cuzzin’ Grumpy’S Porkchop Revue, Neecha’S Amazing Dobermans Show, Lady Houdini, Chinese Acrobats Of Hebei, a simulated Trial By Jury, and The Magic Of David Garrard.

If those acts don’t satisfy your appetite for entertainment, there are also still several free Turf Concert Series shows left, including Newsboys with special guest 7eventh Time Down tonight, the Happy Together tour tomorrow, and Chris Janson, Brooke Eden, Dylan Schneider; Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Bice, Stephen Bishop; American Authors, Public; Rachel Platten, Jeffrey James; Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, Lauren Daigle, and Finding Favour later in the week.  On the main stage, Chris Young and Brett Eldredge will be performing with special guest Chris Lane on the 28th.KYSF2016_8739

For the animal lovers, different animals will be rotating into many of the spaces in the West Hall and Pavilion on changeover day today.  Dairy goats, dairy cattle, poultry, pigeons, mules, and rabbits will be on display through tomorrow while today is the last day to see the meat goats.  Tomorrow and throughout the week, visitors will have the opportunity to see the sheep, swine and beef cattle.  This Thursday will feature the 4-H & FFA Sale of Champions and the Draft Horse and Mule Pull will be on Sunday the 28th.

Be sure to stay with Louisville Dispatch for more about the 2016 Kentucky State Fair online and on our Facebook Page – where you can see our photos from the fair and share your own.

County Attorney’s annual list has netted $14.8 million in 10 previous years

ChildSupportListJefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell today announced the eleventh publication of delinquent child support obligors is now printed in The Courier-Journal and the full list is available online.

The Child Support Division has collected $14.8 million, sent wage withholding orders to 11,029 employers and found 18,266 new addresses directly attributable to the lists printed each year since 2005.

“Children are our community’s most precious asset,” said O’Connell. “All of us in Jefferson County – parents, family members, employers and concerned citizens – can play a role in tracking down those who are not fulfilling their obligations to their kids.”

This year’s list of 4,034 names can be found online at Only 538 names appear in the printed insert, with this year’s focus on some of the county’s newest child support orders and those with recent court action.

“The nearly 200 employees in our child support division have a singular focus: connecting kids and families to the money that is rightfully theirs. Early intervention and proactive communication with parents owing support gives them a better understanding of their responsibilities and helps collect the financial support crucial to the futures of these children.”

Child support collection is one of the public’s most cost-effective programs. For every $1 spent, federal child support programs collect $5.25. In Kentucky that figure rises to $6.45 for every $1 spent.

Anyone with information that could help locate someone on the list should call 574-0821 or email   Continue reading

Company to invest $36.4 million in move to Northern Kentucky, anticipates creation of 500 Kentucky-resident jobs

CTIlogoGov. Matt Bevin today announced CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, a global, privately held company providing therapeutic expertise to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, will relocate its headquarters to Covington with a $36.4 million investment projected to create up to 500 Kentucky-resident jobs.

“We are grateful for the decision by CTI to move its headquarters to Northern Kentucky and bring with them hundreds of highly skilled jobs,” Gov. Bevin said. “Our administration and local officials are committed to providing the space and resources needed for CTI to continue its growth in the years ahead. CTI is a recognized leader in the life sciences industry and we are delighted to welcome them to Kentucky.”

CTI plans to move its headquarters from the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash, Ohio, closer to the region’s urban center. It will lease about 125,000 square feet in the RiverCenter building. The relocation will help the company consolidate its locations and facilitate future growth.

“We’re thrilled for CTI to be starting a new chapter at RiverCenter,” said Timothy Schroeder, CEO of CTI. “We feel that this location will be a state-of-the-art headquarters for our staff, enabling collaboration and innovation. This site allows us to retain and grow the most talented team in the industry who are helping to develop some of the most innovative life-changing therapies.”

Founded in 1999 by Schroeder and Lynn Fallon, CTI is a global leader in clinical research, working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to plan, manage and analyze clinical trials, a critical step in bringing new drugs, therapies and medical devices to market. The company is therapeutically focused on critically ill patient populations, chronic diseases and unmet medical needs including the areas of regenerative medicine, cell and gene therapy, rare disease, immunology, transplantation and oncology.

CTI has associates in more than 25 countries and has worked on over 2,700 projects across six continents. CTI has contributed to more than 100 new drug and device approvals by regulatory agencies around the world.

Sen. Christian McDaniel, of Taylor Mill, said the company’s relocation and employment growth will serve Northern Kentucky well in the coming years.

“This company’s relocation from Blue Ash to Covington is yet another example of Kentucky’s business-friendly atmosphere and opportunities for economic growth,” he said. “I am excited to welcome CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services to Covington and I look forward to their future endeavors in our region.”

Rep. Arnold Simpson, of Covington, said the location of CTI is evidence of the region’s ability to support large-scale business growth.

“This is great news for Northern Kentucky,” Rep. Simpson said. “We are encouraged by CTI’s confidence in the Commonwealth with this significant investment and trust that other corporate leaders will take note. I want to thank CTI for making this decision and bringing these jobs here. We look forward to making their employees feel right at home in Covington.”

Rep. Addia Wuchner, of Florence, chairwoman of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, said CTI’s move will advance the area’s biomedical industry.

“On behalf of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, we extend a warm welcome to CTI,” Rep. Wuchner said. “We look forward to a surge in the life sciences industry in our region with CTI’s leadership.”   Continue reading

GLI_metro_hMore than 300 people turned out to celebrate the best local small businesses during the 16th annual Inc.credible Awards, presented by Strothman and Company, at the Galt House on Friday. The luncheon was presented by U.S. Bank.

Mayor Greg Fischer and business leaders from across the region were on hand as winners were announced live. Here is a summary of the companies who took home trophies.

Small Business of the Year Award – Presented by Integrity HR

Ladyfingers Catering offers custom designed food services for gourmet box lunches, black tie events, outdoor cookouts, and so much more. The “Ladyfingers Family” includes chefs from all over the world who offer authentic international menus with Southern Charm. Ladyfingers Catering is committed to supporting Kentucky vendors, businesses and farmers and continually strives to reduce waste and limit their carbon footprint. The Ladyfingers team also takes annual educational culinary trips as an added bonding experience.

Very Small Business of the Year Award – Presented by Mortenson Family Dental

Level 12 is a custom software design-build engineering firm that combines technical skill with customer advocacy and business savvy to offer profitable solutions for clients. Level 12 sets itself apart from competitors by responding to issues from a businessman’s point of view rather than strictly as a coder. Level 12 offers all employees profit sharing opportunities and they work hard to harness each employee’s individual strengths to help the company excel. Additionally, Level 12 is the sponsor for Louisville’s DerbyPy Meetup which aims to spread awareness for Python as a programming language.    Continue reading