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Constance Alexander: FBI historian to share family stories, great moments at annual Easley Lecture

At age four, when the rest of us were playing in the sandbox and learning to tie our shoes, Douglas Charles was paying attention to history in the making. He even remembers the 1976 bicentennial in detail, including a picnic, carnival games, and the blue plastic tri-cornered hat he wore as he watched the fireworks over the local elementary school. His appreciation for family stories developed at an...

Bill Straub: In legal dispute with school newspaper, UK’s Capilouto doesn’t have a leg to stand on

WASHINGTON – This is a tale about stonewalling at an institution that, sadly, remains more revered for its basketball prowess than its academic excellence, a place where a commitment to openness and lively debate should be welcomed as opposed to being treated like an annoyance. It involves the University of Kentucky and its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, and the ongoing narrative...

Ethics Reporter: Kentucky is 9th best in U.S. when it comes to government integrity laws

Special to KyForward   Compared to the other 49 states, Kentucky scored well (ninth best in the nation) in a recent survey of state laws on open records and meetings, conflict of interest and whistleblower protections, although the survey found weak laws in most states.   Better Government Association’s state-by-state analysis shows government integrity laws lack strength, transparency...