Amid Controversies, U of L Foundation Paying PR Firms To Push Message

by Kate Howard – Facing growing scrutiny from donors and its own university, the University of Louisville Foundation is paying $11,500 a month in retainers alone for external public relations firms. In contract proposals submitted in July, the firms shed light on strategies they intended to employ to combat rampant criticism of the Foundation. The documents, obtained by WFPL’s…

Bevin hasn’t named new jobs chief after 9 months in office

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT — Sixteen months after Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes announced his retirement and nine months into the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky still does not have a full-time secretary to oversee the cabinet that attempts to create jobs in Kentucky. The $250,000-a-year job to attract new industries and help existing companies expand…

Can Republicans win the Kentucky House? 7 races to watch in November

by DANIEL DESROCHERS, ddesrochers@herald-leader.com – Just like Chicago Cubs fans, Republicans in Frankfort are saying this will be the year. For more than 90 years, Democrats have controlled the Kentucky House of Representatives, but Republicans are on the offensive in several House races this fall as Kentucky’s electorate continues its slow march to the political right. Democrats have…

OD count still rising in NKY and across Ky.

by Terry DeMio, tdemio@enquirer.com – Overdoses continue to plague Northern Kentucky and the rest of the commonwealth, health officials say. St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s hospital emergency departments reversed 94 overdoses from Aug. 28 through Saturday. The numbers are “still extremely high,” said spokesman Guy Karrick. The Kentucky Public Health department released its own count, which numbered 15…