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Councilwoman McCraney To Hold Budget Talk With District 7 Constituents
Mayor Greg Fischer has indicated that Louisville Metro faces a serious budget situation with an anticipated deficit of $65 million
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Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival Makes Its Anticipated Debut
Premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents continues to show its love for Louisville with a third addition to a massive fall festival series
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Residents Of Council Districts 6 And 8 To Vote On Publicly Funded Projects
After months of working together to collect and review more than 400 ideas, residents of Metro Council Districts 6 and
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  • World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research (2/13/2020)

    Leading health experts from around the world have been meeting at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease, identify gaps and work together to accelerate and fund priority research needed to help stop this outbreak and prepare for any future outbreaks.

    The 2-day forum was convened in line with the WHO R&D Blueprint – a strategy for developing drugs and vaccines before epidemics, and accelerating research and development while they are occurring.

    “This outbreak is a test of solidarity — political, financial and scientific. We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders, ensure that we have the resources necessary to bring this outbreak to an end and bring our best science to the forefront to find shared answers to shared problems. Research is an integral part of the outbreak response,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “I appreciate the positive response of the research community to join us at short notice and come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together.”

    The meeting, hosted in collaboration with GloPID-R (the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness) brought together major research funders and over 300 scientists and researchers from a large variety of disciplines. They discussed all aspects of the outbreak and ways to control it including:

    • the natural history of the virus, its transmission and diagnosis;
    • animal and environmental research on the origin of the virus, including management measures at the human-animal interface;
    • epidemiological studies;
    • clinical characterization and management of disease caused by the virus;
    • infection prevention and control, including best ways to protect health care workers;
    • research and development for candidate therapeutics and vaccines;
      ethical considerations for research;
    • and integration of social sciences into the outbreak response.

    “This meeting allowed us to identify the urgent priorities for research. As a group of funders we will continue to mobilize, coordinate and align our funding to enable the research needed to tackle this crisis and stop the outbreak, in partnership with WHO,” said Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, chair of GloPID-R. “Equitable access – making sure we share data and reach those most in need, in particular those in lower and middle-income countries, is fundamental to this work which must be guided by ethical considerations at all times.”

    During the meeting, the more than 300 scientists and researchers participating both in person and virtually agreed on a set of global research priorities. They also outlined mechanisms for continuing scientific interactions and collaborations beyond the meeting which will be coordinated and facilitated by WHO. They worked with research funders to determine how necessary resources can be mobilized so that critical research can start immediately.

    The deliberations will form the basis of a research and innovation roadmap charting all the research needed and this will be used by researchers and funders to accelerate the research response.

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Kentuckiana News Headlines


The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Will Receive An Update On Syringe Exchange Program
Louisville – The Metro Council’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will receive an update on the syringe exchange program operated by the
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Louisville Awarded $1.5 Million in ‘Transportation Alternatives Program’ Funding
Louisville has received $1.5 million in federal funding for a project to improve conditions in downtown Louisville for pedestrians and
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Metro Council Meetings For The Week Of November 23rd
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there are no meetings of the Metro Council and its committees scheduled for next week.
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Blanket Firearm Ban at KFC Yum! Center Lifted
After being challenged by the Kentucky Concealed Carry Coalition, or KC3, the blanket ban on weapons at the downtown KFC
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Metro Council Meetings for the Week of November 10th
Planning & Zoning – Tuesday, November 10th 1:30pm This is the regular meeting of the Committee. The agenda is pending.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Dixie Highway Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A Fans Await Opportunity to Score Free Food for a Year Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) joined Nicklies Development and excited
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2015 General Election Results – Bevin Takes Governor Seat
As of 10:16 PM today, 100% of the counties have reported their results.  In Jefferson County, 193,875 ballots were cast
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Volunteers Requested for Brightside Community-Wide Planting Day
Event set for Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am to 2:00pm Brightside is putting out a call for volunteers this Saturday
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Council Members Dedicate Welcome Sign for South Louisville Neighborhoods
Sign will welcome everyone to South Louisville neighborhoods at Third Street and I-264 exit ramp Four South Louisville Neighborhoods now
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Council President Tandy sees Dixie Highway Grant as a significant part of improving the Urban Core of Metro Louisville’s infrastructure
Grant covers Dixie Highway improvements from downtown and beyond Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) joined other Metro Council members,
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Metro Council Meetings for the week of November 2nd
Ad Hoc Committee on the Land Development Code – Monday, November 2nd 3:00pm The Committee will continue its review of
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3rd District Councilwoman Praises $16.9 Million Dixie Highway Grant
Effort will invigorate District 3 for residents and businesses The announcement of a $16.9 million federal TIGER Grant to Metro
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New Welcome Sign to be Dedicated in South Louisville
Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) and Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) will be joined by neighborhood residents and Public Works for an
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Free Leaf Drop-off begins November 10th
Louisville Metro residents have three good options for disposal of falling leaves this autumn. The best option is a “Love
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Injuries reported in LG&E Power Plant Explosion
Emergency crews are responding to a report of an explosion that happened shortly after 1:30PM today at LG&E’s coal-fired Mill
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Last FFA Convention for Louisville Starts Wednesday
The 88th National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Convention and Expo opens tomorrow and runs through October 31. Registration is
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KY General Elections 2015
Election day will be Tuesday, November 3rd this year. There is a hotly contested race for Governor this year as
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Attorney General Conway’s Election Fraud Hotline Open November 3rd
As voters prepare to head to the polls next Tuesday, Attorney General Jack Conway reminds Kentuckians that they can help
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Attorney General Conway Announces Mailing of Daymar College Settlement Claim Forms
Attorney General Jack Conway and his  Office of Consumer Protection today announced that the Daymar College settlement administrator will be
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Gov. Beshear Celebrates Progress on Radcliff Veterans Center
Visit highlights governor’s commitment to support veterans; 4th veterans nursing home to open in 2016 Governor Steve Beshear today toured
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