Rural Blog: National, state statistics show EPA head Scott Pruitt’s claims about coal jobs are false

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent claim that coal jobs are up 20 percent this year is false, according to national and state figures. Pruitt made the claim during an interview with Louisville’s WDRB-TV last week. Scott Pruitt U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that there were around 50,000 coal mining employees in January 2017 and 51,200 employees as...

Commentary: Guilty until proven innocent? Status quo defenders slow to see voters’ desire for change

By Blake Brickman Special to KyForward In 2015, the majority of Kentuckians in 106 counties voted for a governor they believed would change the trajectory of the state for the better: Matt Bevin. Voters were tired of the political status quo—unfunded pensions, deep-seated political corruption, false promises, and thousands of jobs lost to neighboring states. That momentum carried through to the...

Rural Blog: Herald-Leader building vandalized; Community Newspaper plant receives bomb threat

Kentucky newspapers are a little more on guard Wednesday after windows were shot out at the Lexington Herald-Leader Sunday morning and a Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. plant in London received a bomb threat with a ransom note that seems to have to been false and part of a pattern. Herald-Leader Publisher Rufus Friday said in a news story about the vandalism, “It’s concerning,” especially given...

Commentary: Despite what you might have read, Bevin does give interviews — I had one

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward I recently sat down with Gov. Bevin for an exclusive interview to hear about significant legislative progress, continuing challenges and current initiatives to address Kentucky’s most pressing needs. We talked about a host of issues including foster care and adoption reform, education policy, the state pension crisis, and a special session to modernize the...

Rural Blog: Bevin among group of prominent politicians using social media to bypass traditional reporters

Perhaps taking a cue from President Trump’s approach to the media, other politicians have followed suit with attacks on stories that don’t show them in a favorable light. One such politician is Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican elected in 2015 who had never held a political office. Bevin has been ramping up his attacks on journalists, on Tuesday on Facebook Live referring to some...

Grant provides opportunity for MSU journalism students to learn from Lexington Herald-Leader staff

Eleven Murray State University journalism and advertising students recently received training in digital media strategies through an opportunity afforded by a Bring Learning to Life grant from Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, heard about the Lexington Herald-Leader’s successes with digital advertising campaigns during...