Controversy clouds presidential search at Kentucky State University

BY LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com – Some Kentucky State University faculty and alumni are pushing back after the school’s board of regents announced Friday that their $120,000 search for a new president had produced two finalists with controversial backgrounds and one with less than two years experience in higher education. Left off the list of finalists was interim…

Mayor Greg Fischer wants a gun violence prevention talk with state leaders

by Phillip M. Bailey , @phillipmbailey – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer talks Louisville’s poor neighborhoods, jobs, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments on gun violence in Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer wants state lawmakers to consider giving Louisville better tools to prevent gun violence, including repealing a law that forbids police from destroying confiscated firearms. Speaking to Metro Council Democrats on Thursday,…

Reebok releases McConnell inspired T-shirt

by Madeline Janicki – The words U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to end a floor speech from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have become a rallying cry among feminists and Democrats, and now Reebok is putting the phrase on a shirt. Last Tuesday, McConnell, R-Kentucky, defended the use of rule 19, a regulation that bars…

Bevin touts bright future as many Dems skip state of the Commonwealth

 by Scott Wartman , swartman@nky.com – With the Republicans in complete control of all branches of state government, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin painted a rosy picture of Kentucky’s future on Wednesday. It was Bevin’s first State of the Commonwealth address since Kentucky Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives this past election. That might be why…

Senate GOP leader wants to change how library boards are chosen

BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Wednesday that he wants to place limits on the taxing authority of local library boards by requiring their members to either be elected or appointed by an elected official, such as the county judge-executive. Staring at a hearing room full of library supporters wearing yellow…