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Amye Bensenhaver: ‘Sunshine is a disinfectant’ and the law; reporter Yetter tells stories of child deaths

In 2016, the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a scathing opinion to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in an open records dispute involving access to child fatality or near fatality records maintained by the Cabinet. Reporter Debby Yetter’s devastating analysis of where Kentucky is today — three years after the court condemned the culture of secrecy in the Cabinet and nine years after the...

University of Louisville hopes to reach agreement by June 20 to take over Jewish Hospital

“After trying to sell Jewish Hospital and other local operations for about two years, KentuckyOne Health may finally be close to striking a deal, according to an email obtained by the Courier Journal,” Morgan Watkins reports for the Louisville newspaper. Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville (Photo from KHN) Deborah Lee-Eddie, the interim CEO for KentuckyOne’s Louisville market,...

Kentucky by Heart: The work of C-J’s Allen Trout offers ‘folksy’ look back at Kentucky in the 1940s

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward January 9, 2018. By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I picked up an interesting title on a recent visit to a used bookstore in Lexington. Published in 1947 by the Courier-Journal, it’s called Greetings from Old Kentucky, by Allan M. Trout. It’s mostly a collection of long-time C-J writer Trout’s columns with the same title, which...

Kentucky by Heart: The work of C-J’s Allen Trout offers ‘folksy’ look back at Kentucky in the 1940s

I picked up an interesting title on a recent visit to a used bookstore in Lexington. Published in 1947 by the Courier-Journal, it’s called Greetings from Old Kentucky, by Allan M. Trout. It’s mostly a collection of long-time C-J writer Trout’s columns with the same title, which originated in 1939. No doubt, some of the material Trout penned has its share of what easily could be construed as racially...

HIV outbreak in Appalachian Ky. ‘just a matter of time;’ majority of counties have no syringe exchange

An outbreak of the human immunodeficiency virus, which leads to AIDS, is “just a matter of time” in Appalachian Kentucky because of conditions in the region and the lack of syringe exchanges for intravenous drug users in most vulnerable counties. That’s what Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky, told the Courier Journal’s Laura Ungar for a story updating...

Ag Commissioner calls on Congress to remove industrial hemp from list of contolled substances

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has called on Congress to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under federal law and challenged the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on consumable hemp-derived products in remarks delivered Wednesday at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Industrial Hemp Advisory Board meeting. “When I became Commissioner...

Commentary: Governor, calling journalists insulting names has no place in civil discourse

Note: An ethics complaint has been filed against Gov. Matt Bevin, who purchased a house near Louisville from a supporter for $1.6 million. Bevin’s attorneys have appealed the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s assessment of more than $2 million. Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus visited the house in March to check reports that Bevin was living there. Despite the fact Loftus,...

Reporters to speak at UK on the importance of journalism in the world’s largest Democracies

Laura Ungar, an investigative journalist with 26 years of reporting experience, is coming to the University of Kentucky on Monday, March 20, to address students in the College of Communication and Information about the current journalistic climate and the need for more high-impact journalism. Joined by her colleague Sujoy Dhar, the pair will give a lecture, “Making a Global Difference: The need...

Billy Reed: Blunt and self-confident, Earl Cox was known for his love of sports, Kentucky

Editor’s Note: Former long-time Courier-Journal sports editor Earl Cox died Tuesday at the age of 86. Earl Cox was a Kentucky original, a guy who grew up in Irvine – or “West Irvine,” as he liked to correct me with a laugh – and reached his lifetime dream when he became executive sports editor of both The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times in the mid-1960s. We had much in common....

Old Time Kentucky: Christening U.S.S. Kentucky with water may have resulted in early retirement

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist When Christine Bradley was invited to christen the U.S.S. Kentucky, she spurned champagne for water. The daughter of Gov. William O. Bradley was ardently anti-alcohol. Her parents were teetotalers, too. “The use of water to christen the Kentucky has furnished food for many a jest since Miss Bradley’s plan was proposed,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported...

Berry Craig: Louisville publisher, diplomat Bingham saved historic St. Mary’s Parish in England

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist (Note: Berry Craig is spending his summer touring historic sites in Europe. This is his first dispatch from his trip) A Louisville publisher-turned-diplomat saved the historic old parish church of St. Mary’s in Wilton, England. Robert Worth Bingham was U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom when he heard about the plight of the 15th-century house of worship and donated...

The Death of Floyd Collins film revisits tale
of famous cave explorer and his sad fate

By Michael Crisp Special to KyForward   The Death of Floyd Collins is a project very close to my heart. As a Kentuckian, I’m often attracted to projects that tell compelling stories about Kentucky people, and Floyd’s epic journey, as well as the sad fate that befell him, definitely fits into this category. In the early part of the 20th century, the tourism industry was rapidly growing, especially...

David Hawpe: Six most serious challenges facing Kentucky — got some solutions?

Distinguished journalist David Hawpe, retired editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville and lifelong Kentuckian, shared his thoughts on the major challenges facing his home state as he led a panel discussion at the recent Summit on Philanthropy held in Lexington.   Many who have gathered here today have no doubt about what the major challenges facing Kentucky are. But, let me single out...