Kentucky Supreme Court rules UofL board overhaul moot

09/28/2017 11:18 AM

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled the legal challenge over whether Governor Matt Bevin had the authority to disband and reorganize the University of Louisville’s board of trustees moot. The court said that the passage of Senate Bill 12 and Senate Bill 107 made the issue moot because the bills codified Bevin’s reorganization of the board. This decision is a legal victory for Bevin, who made that very argument before the court last month. However, Attorney General Andy Beshear... Read more 

University of Louisville accrediting agency begins three-day visit

09/19/2017 08:48 AM

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) begins a three-day visit to the University of Louisville on Tuesday. The purpose of the in-person visit is to verify documents the school has submitted in an effort to show its compliance with the agency’s standards. Here is a look back at the events that caused the agency to place UofL on probation and how lawmakers and the university have attempted to remedy the problem. September 2015: In September of 2015, a little more than... Read more 

University of Louisville will not disclose details in presidential search

09/15/2017 03:16 PM

LOUISVILLE – The University of Louisville’s Board Of Trustees will not be disclosing many details about their search for a new president. During the first meeting of the UofL trustees’ special litigation committee on Friday, Board Chair David Grissom handed out a letter giving details about their presidential search. “After careful consideration, and with the input of national experts in higher education, the Board has decided to conduct the search in such a way as to protect the confidentiality of all... Read more 

Confronting food scarcity: Policy and government's role in addressing the full picture

09/07/2017 01:00 PM

Editor’s Note: This is part three in a three part series on confronting food scarcity. Part one can be viewed here, and part two can be viewed here. There are a wide range of organizations throughout Kentucky focused on eliminating food insecurity. To maximize their impact, nonprofits form partnerships, creating a community infrastructure that helps connect people with resources. But their resources can only stretch so far. As a result, support from government agencies is crucial to help widen their reach... Read more 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces rescinding of DACA program

09/05/2017 11:38 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program (DACA) is being rescinded. In a briefing this morning, Sessions said that Department of Homeland Security would begin to wind down the program. Sessions’ comments come after reports from multiple news outlets that President Donald Trump would put an expiration date on the program, giving Congress six months to make DACA law. Tuesday morning, the President told Congress to “get ready to do your job,”... Read more 

Hurricane Harvey's impact on gas prices

08/31/2017 01:40 PM

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Hurricane Harvey is causing Kentucky drivers to see an uptick in gas prices before Labor Day weekend as oil refineries in the Gulf Coast shut down due to the storm. Business Insider reports that the largest oil refinery in the U.S. shut down on Wednesday due to increasing local flooding. The refinery had already decreased production by 60 percent on Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle. AAA shows that the current average price per gallon for regular gas... Read more 

Confronting food scarcity: Dare to Care challenging traditional food bank model

08/24/2017 11:42 AM

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a three part series on confronting food scarcity. Part One can be viewed here. On Thanksgiving Eve in 1969, nine-year old Bobby Ellis died of malnutrition in Louisville. The next morning, people across the region picked up their copy of The Courier-Journal and read how social workers found Ellis in bed weighing only 20 pounds. As Dare to Care Food Bank’s Stan Siegwald explains, the tragedy mobilized a community and... Read more 

McConnell tells KKK & neo-nazis they are not welcome in Kentucky

08/16/2017 10:50 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is telling white supremacist groups planning to rally in Lexington that they are not welcome in the Bluegrass State. “The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington,” McConnell said in a statement. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.” Groups such as the KKK announced their plan to... Read more 

Trump digs in on Charlottesville "both sides" argument

08/16/2017 10:43 AM

It took President Donald Trump more than two days after the events in Charlottesville, to condemn, by name, white supremacy groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis. But Tuesday, the President is doubling down on his words from Saturday, saying “both sides” are to blame for the violence. Washington, D.C. bureau Reporter Alberto Pimienta has more. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made similar comments Tuesday when talking about the removal of Confederate statues from government property. “There’s no side in any of... Read more 

State Rep. plans to file legislation to eliminate Confederate holidays in Kentucky

08/15/2017 02:31 PM

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky State Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, plans to file legislation for the 2018 session that does away with Confederate-related holidays in the state. “I think it’s important that we as Kentuckians say who we are,” Nemes said. “I decided that I’m going to prefile a bill to get rid of the Jefferson Davis holiday and the Confederate Memorial holiday.” However, Nemes wanted to make clear that this is not about the removal of statues. He says that he... Read more 

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