Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal

Darcy Costello

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Darcy:

It won't be 'waving of a wand,' but chiefs are open to more city-suburban fire cooperation

It's not a simple issue to fix, Council President David James said, but it's one citizens expect to be fixed, to some degree. → Read More

Conservative refuses to serve on Louisville panel with McConnell protester

Josh Crawford, of the Pegasus Institute think tank, resigned from Louisville's Synergy Project after asking that Chanelle Helm be removed → Read More

Louisville could still get a new aquatic center — and talks about it will renew next month

A study about an indoor aquatic center isn't dead yet. It was put on pause, and city officials say they'll pick it up again next month. → Read More

Kentucky appeals court rules Louisville must turn over Amazon HQ2 bid to Courier Journal

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that Louisville Metro Government must turn over its bid for Amazon's HQ2 project. → Read More

Metro Council passes a safety ordinance that restricts panhandling, but with a few tweaks

Amendments allayed some legal questions, but the ACLU of Kentucky says it has lingering policy concerns and will monitor it. → Read More

Louisville officials propose slight bump in property tax rates, as called for in budget

It's not the insurance premium tax, but Louisville will likely see a small tax hike later this year. → Read More

The Middletown library will reopen next month, and Mayor Fischer isn't happy about it

Mayor Greg Fischer said the library's reopening is "not fiscally responsible and deepens inequities across our community." → Read More

Intersection panhandling in jeopardy as Louisville ordinance's clears hurdle

The ACLU of Kentucky and some union members have raised questions about the ordinance's legality and effect on organizing. → Read More

Dispute over Paristown lot promised to two developers to cost city $150K in settlement

The lot in Paristown Pointe will be parking for the Kentucky Center's Paristown Hall music venue. The other developer will get a total of $650,000. → Read More

Suspect's statements right after Marshall County school shooting could be thrown out

Gabe Parker's attorneys contend his statements to police in the minutes after the Marshall County High School shooting "were not voluntary." → Read More

Schools won't have LMPD resource officers come August. Who will replace them?

Deanna Thomas was one of Louisville Metro Police's 16 resource officers told to head back to the streets. She'll become a teacher instead. → Read More

If you panhandle or jaywalk, a proposed Louisville road safety ordinance could mean a fine

The proposal is meant to improve public safety and limit distracted driving, Louisville Metro Council members say. → Read More

Crime spike sparks fresh LMPD approach, not 'traffic stop after traffic stop,' chief says

Rather than "traffic stop after traffic stop," officers are getting out of cars, doing foot patrols and engaging with residents of "challenged" areas. → Read More

Cut fire station will actually stay open under new plan, Louisville Fire says

The Grade Lane fire station will stay open and the department is saving money by replacing a truck and engine with a "quint." → Read More

More people will end up on the streets, in jail or worse as crisis response project ends

That means the hundreds of people it has served since opening will instead sleep on the street, be taken to Louisville's jail or hospitals — or worse. → Read More

Louisville funerals for people without loved ones nearly lost in city budget tug of war

Responsibility for indigent burials in Louisville was in a budget tug of war this year. And some advocates worry about its future. → Read More

Analysis: Louisville's new budget saves pools and a library, but here's where it will hurt

Their plan strips funding from the Living Room, the "interrupter" program, public safety spending and Youth Detention Services. → Read More

Louisville Metro Council finalizes proposed budget. Here's the final list of cuts

Louisville Metro Council members signed off on a budget that finalizes cuts that have been warned of and discussed for months. → Read More

Library hours, police recruiting, pools: What's at stake at Tuesday's budget vote

Louisville Metro Council is expected to pass a city budget Tuesday night. Here's what's at stake and how to follow the discussion tonight. → Read More

Metro Council members could use more neighborhood money on their offices under proposal

New legislation would let Louisville lawmakers move more money from an account dedicated to bettering the community to one for their own offices. → Read More