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Rose at 30: The landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the course of Ky public education

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association Jack Moreland had been expecting a call on the morning of June 8, 1989. It had been six months and one day since the Dayton Independent superintendent had watched an attorney representing his and 65 other school districts ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to force the state to adequately fund public education. As superintendent of Dayton Independent,...

Bill Straub: Reagan once said ‘there is no room for intolerance,’ but Trump didn’t get the message

WASHINGTON – I can’t say with absolute certainty that the filth that gushes from the mouth of President “Tiny’’ Trump-like sewage through a straight pipe contributed to the current run of violence plaguing the nation, including the incident involving two African-Americans gunned down at a Jeffersontown Kroger last week for being black. There are experts who study the relationship between...

Keven Moore: Relaxing current drug-testing policies a bad move from risk-management prospective

As a risk control and safety consultant who fields risk management-related questions on a daily basis, it amazes me each time I am asked, “Should we continue to drug test our employees?” During the last three decades, pre-employment and random drug testing the workforce has been a means to weed out costly, dangerous and undesirable employees. But now employees that smoke weed are becoming more...

Jamie Vaught: Sports, political biographies featuring Palmer, Trump headline summer reading list

This is the second of a two-part series about recently published nonfiction books that you may enjoy reading this summer. ​​ — “Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer” by Tom Callahan (Harper, $27.99) is a joyful biography about one of the country’s greatest golfers. Palmer was a likeable gentleman with movie star good looks who had great relationships with sports fans. When Palmer...

Jamie Vaught: Summer nonfiction reading include looks at Reagan, Nixon, Hillary … and the Cubs

This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy during your free time this summer. ​​– “Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero” by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano (Simon & Schuster, $26) is the story of a complicated baseball celebrity who was very private — an intimate portrait of one of the nation’s...

Jamie Vaught: Potential summer reading includes looks at Summitt, Reagan, 2016 presidential run

Summer vacation is just around the corner and most of us are planning relaxing trips to the mountains or beach. With that in mind, here is a list of recently published nonfiction books that you may enjoy.   — “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” by Maria M. Cornelius (University of Tennessee Press, $29.95) is a story of Summitt’s final coaching season in 2011-12 through...

Reagan love story was classic Hollywood, unmistakably human, McConnell says

Former First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the age of 94. She was married to former President Ronald Reagan for 52 years, until his death in 2004. Nancy Reagan (Wikimeida Photo) Like Reagan, she was a former actor and she also served as First Lady when Reagan was governor of California. While Reagan was president from 1980-88, Nancy Reagan was best known for...

University of Kentucky alum spends career archiving history for America’s presidents

UK alum Alan Lowe (far left) is director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library being constructed in Texas. (Photos from UKNow)   By Amy Jones Special to KyForward   Every Inauguration begins a new chapter in the history books as a president is sworn into office. A UK graduate has spent most of his professional life helping archive these sorts of historical events for various presidents....