Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal

Darcy Costello

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Darcy:

Louisville's $4 million budget surplus will likely fund pensions, rainy day fund, police

The moves are in line with how Mayor Greg Fischer's administration had proposed spending the money, but still faces final Metro Council approval. → Read More

More police department changes to come amid shrinking force and budget cuts, chief says

A reorganization already combined four divisions into two. Next year, more changes could come for detectives in major crimes or other divisions. → Read More

One Park proposal clears Metro Council committee despite concerns about 'flawed process'

The One Park development in Cherokee Triangle has cleared a Louisville Metro Council committee and heads to a full council vote. → Read More

Downtown Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith won't run for reelection in 2020

Barbara Sexton Smith ran for the downtown-area seat for the first time in 2016 to bring voices together. → Read More

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to co-chair Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he is co-chairing Michael Bloomberg's 2020 presidential campaign because Democrats need a center-left candidate. → Read More

Mayor Fischer backs former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's Democratic presidential bid

Michael Bloomberg, 77, announced his candidacy on Sunday, a late entrance that comes 10 weeks before primary voting starts. → Read More

LMPD sues to avoid releasing Explorer case records, including 9,000 found in hidden folder

The move follows a ruling from the Kentucky attorney general that said The Courier Journal was entitled to the investigatory files. → Read More

Metro Council demands final say over Louisville golf course contracts in emergency move

Louisville Metro Council on Thursday took a strong stand in support of current golf course management. Again. → Read More

Taxes, guns and vaping: An early look at what Louisville will push in the General Assembly

The idea of a consumption-based restaurant tax is on Louisville's list for revenue plans. → Read More

Louisville has a $4 million year-end surplus. Here's how Mayor Fischer wants to spend it

The $4 million surplus comes on the heels of a budget season with $25 million in cuts, but the money itself is from the prior budget, ending June 30. → Read More

Your Bird ride may be changing. What to know about tweaks to Louisville's scooter rules

It's been more than a year since Bird scooters first landed, and fleets have multiplied. Catch up on the latest tweaks to the city's scooter policies. → Read More

Louisville's cold snap worries city, homeless advocates: 'It's going to be a challenge'

Louisville officials and homeless outreach teams are keeping a close watch on the mid-November cold snap and snow forecast. → Read More

On election night, this woman jumped on stage and declared Bevin the winner. (He wasn't)

Before Gov. Matt Bevin gave his speech refusing to concede, an unknown woman appeared on stage with some different news. → Read More

Trump: It's not my fault Bevin lost in Kentucky. (Says 'Fake News' will blame him anyway)

President Donald Trump said he helped him to "run stronger than expected" in what became a very close race. → Read More

Jefferson County's top election official hasn't been involved in elections for weeks

Bobbie Holsclaw has appointed a clerk "pro tem" to take her place. Sue Toole has held the position since September, with no end date. → Read More

Fischer to take step forward with golf course bids, over council's clear disagreement

The move sets up a likely clash over golf course management contracts between Fischer's team and a council that's proven willing to fight for courses. → Read More

3 LMPD officers accused in overtime scheme to plead guilty and pay back $170,000

Former LMPD officers Brian Stanfield, Todd Roadhouse and Mark Final are expected to enter a guilty plea to federal wire fraud charges on Monday. → Read More

Louisville Metro Police reorganization leaves lingering questions amid chief's warning

Police Chief Steve Conrad warned that the changes were "only the start of more difficult changes to come." → Read More

Louisville Metro Police Department to merge units in 'significant' reorganization

Chief Steve Conrad has said the department's leadership was working on a plan to "constrict the department" to reflect the reality of its staffing → Read More

'Everything's an upgrade': New animal shelter opening Monday after years of need

As adoption expectations and a community changed around it, Louisville's animal shelter stayed the same. But not for long. → Read More