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Chris Otts


Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Heine Brothers union reaches tentative deal on 1st labor contract

Newly unionized workers at Heine Brothers Coffee are in line for regular wage increases, more control over their schedules, additional paid time off and extra holidays under a tentative agreement → Read More

LG&E says electric restoration will be a 'multi-day' process in Louisville, across Kentucky

As of 11:30 a.m., there are still over 80,000 customers in Jefferson County without power. → Read More

Humana to exit commercial insurance, focus on government programs

Commercial insurance has been a diminished focus for years for Humana, which makes most of its money offering Medicare Advantage plans to seniors. → Read More

Wilderness Trail dispute highlights investors' turn to bourbon

A Seattle hedge fund is suing Campari-owned Wilderness Trail Distillery for failing to deliver 12,500 bourbon barrels. The dispute shows how big-money investors see bourbon as an alternative asset. → Read More

Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant cancels work for second-straight week

More than 3,000 workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant will be jobless for the second-consecutive week. → Read More

Ford idles Louisville Assembly Plant amid rocky launch of new Escape

Thousands of workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant are laid off this week as the automaker sorts out production issues with its refreshed 2023-model Escape SUV. → Read More

Papa Johns to sell Louisville corporate campus, CEO tells employees

Papa Johns International is listing its corporate office in eastern Jefferson County for sale about two years following the company’s decision to move many corporate functions to a new headquarters → Read More

Ambitious 'One Park' project nears final zoning approval

The expansion portion known as One Park North took a step forward Tuesday. Whether taxpayers will help fund the development is a separate question. → Read More

Sunergos, Please & Thank You ensnared in federal tip-sharing investigation

Heine Bros. is not the only Louisville coffee chain which illegally allowed managers to share in tips meant for rank-and-file workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. → Read More

'Skill for idiots' | ‘Gray machines’ push limits of gambling in Kentucky

So-called 'skill' games are popping up at bars and convenience stores all over Kentucky. Powerful interests are set to clash in Frankfort over whether the games should outlawed, regulated or → Read More

From 'shop rat' to university president: A Q&A with U of L's Kim Schatzel

New University of Louisville President Kim Schatzel discussed her path from business to higher education and her priorities for the university in a one-on-one interview on Thursday, her second day → Read More

Trader Joe's challenges union vote at Louisville store

Trader Joe’s is challenging last month’s vote by workers at its Louisville store to form a union, alleging that pro-union workers “created an atmosphere of fear and coercion and interfered → Read More

Humana names key executive, gets Medicare back on track

Louisville-based Humana Inc.’s corporate reorganization came into sharper focus Wednesday when the company announced a leader for one of its two main segments. → Read More

Fatal Elizabethtown accident raises question: Who makes sure tall signs are safe?

As authorities in Elizabethtown continue their investigation, the tragic incident raises a question about the myriad of tall, free-standing signs along major roads and highways: Who makes sure they are → Read More

Kentucky regulators seize bourbon from Louisville, Lexington shops

Kentucky regulators on Tuesday raided the Louisville and Lexington locations of Justins’ House of Bourbon, a specialty bourbon shop, seizing “numerous” bourbon bottles and other evidence of suspected “improper” purchases → Read More

GameStop to close Shepherdsville, Ky. distribution center

“The entire facility will be closed and all employees at the facility will be impacted,” according to a letter sent to employees. → Read More

Sazerac blames longtime distributor for store shortages, unpaid bills

The parent of Kentucky's Buffalo Trace Distillery claims distributor Republic National Distributing Co. owes it $38 million and counting after the two private companies' relationship went sour. → Read More

GM to launch hybrid version of Kentucky-made Corvette

The 2024 Corvette E-Ray will begin production at General Motors’ Bowling Green, Ky. plant “later this year,” according to GM spokesman Trevor Thompkins. → Read More

Prospect sues to stop low-income apartment development

It's the latest salvo in the years-long fight over Prospect Cove, a proposed three-story apartment complex that would contain 178 units off U.S. 42. → Read More

Developer updates plan for massive NuLu Crossing project

New renderings filed with Metro government show an eight-story building that will include 284 residential units, a grocery and office space. → Read More