KyCIR: U of L may sue its own foundation if unable to reach agreement over misspent funds

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The University of Louisville is considering suing its own foundation in the wake of a damaging audit and months of talk about recouping misspent money, according to leaders at the U of L Foundation. Earl Reed III, chairman of a U of L Foundation subcommittee, said in an affidavit provided to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that...

KyCIR: Fugitive Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn’s latest trick: Turning flight risk into reality

By Eleanor Klibanoff Kentucky Center for Investiogative Reporting Eric Conn, eastern Kentucky’s infamous fraudster, has been running from the law for over a month now. Facing up to 12 years in prison, Conn sliced off his ankle bracelet, dumped it onto I-75 and — depending on who you believe — hightailed it to a country that’s difficult to extradite from, perhaps Cuba or Ecuador or Thailand. For...

Trouble Behind Bars: Kentucky jail deaths go largely unnoticed despite one every 15 days

  (KYCIR photo/Thinkstock)   First in a series   By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting   HAZARD—Larry Trent was just one of the 154 or more inmates who died in a Kentucky jail during the past six and a half years.   Arrested on July 5, 2013, in his car outside a Hazard doughnut shop, the 54-year-old Trent told police he drank “about four beers and mouthwash”...

Police in Kentucky town ship mentally ill
man to Florida, defying judge’s order

  Adam Horine appears in court. (Photos from video footage)   By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting   Adam Horine leaned on the courtroom podium in Carrollton, wept and begged.   He called himself “crazy,” but insisted that he could represent himself. He said he was dying.   The April 22 hearing before Carroll District Judge Elizabeth Chandler...

Special Report: How politics, misinformation, money fueled power plant in Ky. coal country

View from the site of the projected ecoPower plant (Photo by Frankie Steele/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting)   By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting   HAZARD–Up a steep dirt road, atop a former strip-mine, sits a concrete slab roughly 30 feet square. It’s the only visible sign that a wood-burning, electricity-generating plant could someday occupy this...