Murray State offers new undergraduate programs in game development, design and unmanned aerial systems

  MURRAY, Ky. — In an effort to continue meeting the needs of current and prospective students, Murray State University is expanding its undergraduate program offerings to include specializations in game development and design as well as unmanned aerial systems. “Our colleges and departments constantly seek ways to innovate and make available new academic opportunities for our students…

University of Louisville may move medical programs from Jewish Hospital

The University of Louisville is making “contingency plans” to potentially move its medical programs based at Jewish Hospital to other facilities given uncertainty about the hospital’s future. By Chris Otts –  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville is making “contingency plans” to potentially move its medical programs based at Jewish Hospital to other facilities…

‘We have a better foot to put forward.’ KY Senate GOP floor leader faces challenge.

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Several Republican leaders in the Kentucky Senate face challenges this week to keep their positions of power.Kentucky Senate Republicans plan to meet privately Friday in the Capitol Annex to elect their leaders for the next two years. Legislative leaders determine the flow of bills and make committee appointments. Republicans…

Bevin: If Supreme Court Rules Against Pension Reform it’s for Political Reasons

by MICHON LINDSTORM | KENTUCKY –  CINCINNATI- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, says if Kentucky’s Supreme Court rules against pension reform they are “poking the legislature in the eye”. While speaking on conservative radio station 55KRC’s The Brian Thomas Show, Bevin spoke about the importance of the Kentucky Supreme Court upholding the pension reform bill passed the…

‘Brutal’ or ‘safest’? Kentucky prepares to defend abortion ban in court

by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal – A federal judge on Tuesday will hear arguments over whether a state law that bans an abortion procedure is constitutional. About 500 patients a year at Kentucky’s only abortion clinic undergo the procedure. Supporters of the law say it ends a procedure they see as “brutal and violent.” Opponents say it will severely…

Financial health of Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky improves slightly

by JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — The Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky had 57.7 percent of the money it’s expected to need to honor its future pension obligations as of June 30, bringing its unfunded liabilities to $14.3 billion, the agency’s trustees were told Tuesday. The pension system’s funding level is up slightly from the previous…

Republicans want to keep major cases from judge who struck pension law

by Tom Loftus, Louisville Courier Journal – In the frenzied April 2 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, a bill almost slipped through that your Granny probably wouldn’t have liked. Wochit FRANKFORT – Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s order striking down the new Republican-backed pension law led to a lot of criticism from majority-party leaders, including…

Murray State Interim President Bob Jackson Talks Enrollment, Young Alumni, Dining, More

By MATT MARKGRAF –  Murray State University interim president Bob Jackson recently discussed with WKMS News Director Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good efforts to boost enrollment (2018-19 enrollment is 9,466 students) – including the military discount initiative and the Road Scholars Program, engaging young alumni, a new dining services partnership with Sodexo and the upcoming legislative session.