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Before Contractor Billed TARC For No Work, She Worked For MSD Director

A scathing report released last week revealed widespread misspending and sexual misconduct at Louisville’s public transit agency. Much of the report focused on then-executive director Ferdinand Risco’s relationship with a contractor who was paid more than $228,000 for no demonstrable work. 

That contractor previously worked for another top city official: Tony Parrott, the executive director of the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District. When he worked in Cincinnati, Parrott paid the same contractor $3 million over five years, a deal one city councilman at the time called “unconscionable.” 

This is not a coincidence: Parrott introduced the contractor to Risco.

The referral came just months after an Ohio state audit revealed Parrott had misspent more than $750,000 on bloated, often unnecessary contracts during his time running Cincinnati MSD.

Risco was fired in February after sexual assault and harassment allegations from staff came to light.

The contractor that worked with Risco at TARC was not named in the report because she has accused him of sexual assault. But her attorney confirmed her identity, and the report makes it fairly clear who she is: the same woman who Parrott worked with closely for over a decade in Cincinnati. 

In a brief response to emailed questions, Parrott downplayed his role in connecting Risco and the contractor, saying it was simply a referral. He did not offer more details on why he would refer this specific contractor to TARC, or what services he thought she would be best suited to provide. 

Jean Porter, a spokesperson for Mayor Greg Fischer, also dismissed the concern, saying Parrott advised Fischer’s office that all he did was introduce Risco and the contractor at a “water equity task force meeting” years ago.

But the contractor told TARC investigators that Parrott was the one who initially reached out to her about an

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Walmart completes work remodeling Alliance location



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ALLIANCE  Walmart has completed remodeling projects in its store at 2700 W. State St.

The changes offer a new look and help customers save time, said Sarah Hall, store manager, in a press release. 

“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” she said.

Changes covered the basics: new signs, lighting and flooring throughout the store, remodeled bathrooms, new shelving and lower fixtures, and an increased number of products in the home, pets, sporting goods and hardware sections.



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Walmart has put in place safety protocols including mask wearing and social distancing.

The layout of the grocery has changed. There are new produce tables, a hot case and ready-to-go items in the new deli counter.

The electronics department now has interactive displays that allow customers to test products before making a purchase.

The store also has made changes to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It includes adjusted store hours — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — to allow employees to clean and stock shelves. Store employees now undergo screenings and temperature checks before starting work and are required to wear masks.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Walmart completes work remodeling Alliance location

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Economics Nobel goes to Paul R. Milgrom, Robert B. Wilson for their work on auction theory

This year’s Economic Sciences Laureates, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, have improved auction theory and invented new auction formats, benefitting sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world,” the academy said.

The 2020 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.”

“Auctions are everywhere and affect our everyday lives. This year’s Economic Sciences Laureates, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, have improved auction theory and invented new auction formats, benefitting sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world,” the academy said.

Robert Wilson developed the theory for auctions of objects with a common value – a value which is uncertain beforehand but, in the end, is the same for everyone. Mr. Wilson showed why rational bidders tend to place bids below their own best estimate of the common value: they are worried about the winner’s curse – that is, about paying too much and losing out.

Paul Milgrom formulated a more general theory of auctions that not only allows common values, but also private values that vary from bidder to bidder. He analysed the bidding strategies in a number of well-known auction formats, demonstrating that a format will give the seller higher expected revenue when bidders learn more about each other’s estimated values during bidding.

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A bust of Alfred Nobel at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on October 5, 2020.

 

The award caps a week of Nobel Prizes and is technically known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Since its establishment in 1969, it has been awarded 51 times and is now widely considered one of the Nobel prizes.

Last year’s award went to two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University, for their groundbreaking research into efforts

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‘The work we have been doing is transferred to Poland’: American Google’s contractors

Contractors employed by an external company to work at Google signal that they are no longer getting orders and their work is taken over by the company’s branch in Kraków. They claim that jobs have started to be moved to Poland because they wanted to create a trade union,as the American portal Vice informs. 

In September 2019, most of the 80 Pittsburgh contractors employed by HCL America voted to join another union – steelworkers. They were to work together under the name of the Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals. Now they claim that the duties they performed for Google are transferred to the company’s branch in Poland, specifically in Kraków, while the team in Pittsburgh is shrinking.

They were not hired to work for the technology giant, but by the aforementioned HCL America, for which – according to Vice – the union plans of contractors were a problem.

On Thursday, the US National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency that protects the rights of private sector workers, issued a formal complaint against HCL. It accuses the management of this company, that they interviewed employees about other people’s union activities, “threatened employees with stricter rules and policies” if they voted for the union and announced delays in granting promotions and raises, Vice reads.

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Renovation work at USM’s Cook Library nearing completion

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – A multi-million dollar renovation of the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at the University of Southern Mississippi will be wrapping up soon.



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Renovations to the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at Southern Miss should be finished in January.

Chris Crenshaw, senior associate vice president for facilities, planning and management at USM says work should be complete in January.

It’s an $11 million dollar project, which includes the construction of the Bower Academic Center.

That center is being funded with $1.7 million in private gifts.

“The Bower Center will probably be complete a little ahead of that schedule, we’re putting some finishing touches on that,” said Crenshaw.

Southern Miss is also completing work on Southern Station, a combination stage and event center which is funded by the USM Alumni Association, and the Union/Stadium Plaza, which has gotten a new stage area for live music and additional lighting.

A project to improve the outside of the William David McCain Library and Archives was finished in September and a new spectator section for beach volleyball has recently been completed.

“(The spectator section) was a privately-funded project and it provided basically decking, bathrooms, team areas for up to four teams,” Crenshaw said.

And this week, USM began work to upgrade the electronic message board at the intersection of Hardy Street and Highway 49.

That’s a $225,000 project.

“It’s going to be a much nicer, I think aesthetically-pleasing type sign there for the university and of course, for us, it’s a way to reach a lot of potential students and visitors,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw also said a new parking lot being built at the intersection of N. 35th Avenue and Montague Boulevard will add about 60 spaces.

He said it should be finished in December.

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