Mock funeral held in Kentucky Capitol, where higher education was ‘killed’

by LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com –  A small group of mourners in black followed an empty coffin into the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda Monday morning to protest state budget cuts to Kentucky’s higher education system. More specifically, the funeral was held to say goodbye to Eastern Kentucky University’s theater program, a casualty of about $25 million in program…

3 battling for state Senate seat

  The incumbent and two challengers are vying for the state Senate seat in the 18th district. Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, is facing Democrat Chester “Chuck” Highley of Rush in the primary. The winner will run against Republican Scott Sharp of Ashland in the general election. Webb, a lawyer, has served in the Senate since…

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2018) – Gov. Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.  Jenean Hampton, Joe Allen Carpenter, Rebecca Gillis, Henry Bertram, Gregg Martin Bayer, Richard Payne, Ronnie Lee Day, Dana Lynn Jenkins, Brian Houillion, Douglas Tackett, Ryan Martin Halloran, Edward J. Meiman III, Michael Dossett, Michael Blaine Hedges, Mike Sunseri, Mike…

Kentucky’s education commissioner is out. A JCPS audit is looming. What it means for schools

An abrupt shakeup at the Kentucky Education Department could have far-reaching impact on the future of the state’s public schools. So, what’s happened so far? After criticism from the governor and pressure from the state education board, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt resigned Tuesday. An interim leader is already in place. That’s on top of seven new…