A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

BCTC announces new leaders for Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Lawrenceburg Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has announced that Lynn Godsey will lead the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, and Tiffany Drury will lead the Lawrenceburg Campus. Lynn GodseyGodsey has more than 15 years of progressive experience in manufacturing training and development, particularly in Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Strategic Planning, and Leadership. Her extensive experience with...

Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital now one of three with national certification

Norton Children’s Hospital has received national recognition for its treatment of children with diabetes. The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accrediting organization, has awarded the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital with a Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. Norton Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of Louisville, is...

UofL receives $5 million donation for institute to study environmental conditions affecting health

With a $5 million gift from leading Louisville philanthropist Christina Lee Brown, through the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, the University of Louisville has established an Envirome Institute in its School of Medicine to “develop integrated knowledge of the environmental determinants of health.” Christy Brown, U of L President Neeli Benapudi and Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the...

Almost half of Kentuckians 30 and older have advanced gum disease that can cause tooth loss

Kentucky Health News Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can also lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. The CDC data found that 45 percent of Kentuckians aged 30 and older had periodontitis, with...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

U of L’s Ichor, Pikeville’s K2 Medical take home top honors at Idea State U competition

A product that helps top athletes bounce back through cold therapy and a startup working on an innovative way to assist first responders in lifting patients each won first-place prizes at the 11th annual Idea State U finals in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business concept competition, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation among Kentucky’s college and university students. This year’s...

As opioid crisis spreads, new program will enhance autopsy services and training of forensic doctors

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville announced a new partnership today that will strengthen the state Medical Examiner’s Office, a vital step amid the deadly opioid epidemic and a national shortage of forensic doctors. Under the agreement, the Justice Cabinet will contract with the universities for forensic pathology services, combining...

Jamie Vaught: Lexington native, Cleveland Browns legend Frank Minnifield building business back home

Remember Frank Minnifield? One of the top players in pro football many years ago, he is a Cleveland Browns legend who grew up in central Kentucky. Minnifield, who now has several business ventures in the Lexington area, played for the Browns during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a three-time All-NFL choice by the Associated Press. In addition, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been nominated...

Paris attorney Brian Privett appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brian Privett, of Paris, to the office of Circuit Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2, of Kentucky. Brian Privett Privett is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Beginning his legal career in 2007, he has practiced civil litigation, real property, wills and estates, family law, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, collections,...

University of Louisville names Neeli Bendapudi as 18th president; she will start May 15

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, provost at the University of Kansas, has been selected as the 18th president of the University of Louisville. She has extensive academic and business experience. The provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas was selected after a months-long search that drew more than 50 candidates from across the nation. The UofL Board of Trustees approved her appointment...

Jamie Vaught: University of Louisville’s Jeff Walz adds to impressive resume with third Final Four

If you look at Jeff Walz’s coaching resume, it is a very impressive one already. And the youthful-looking U of L women’s basketball coach is only 46 years old. After guiding his Cardinals to last Sunday’s 76-43 victory over Oregon State in an Elite Eight matchup at Rupp Arena, Walz can now add another NCAA Final Four trip – his third one as head coach — to his resume. In 2009 and 2011,...

Report says Xavier’s Chris Mack will become University of Louisville’s new basketball coach

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The long-talked-about hiring of Xavier’s Chris Mack as the new University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach is apparently coming to fruition. Citing an unidentified source “with direct knowledge of the deal,” Courier-Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that Mack and U of L have agreed to terms on a seven-year deal. The move comes as no surprise...

University of Louisville must vacate 2013 title, 2012 Final Four appearance and pay fine, NCAA rules

The University of Louisville must vacate men’s basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received...

In a state thick with cancer, threatened research and screening organizations make cases for state money

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years calls for cuts to five cancer research and prevention programs, including screenings for breast, colon, cervical, lung and ovarian cancer, and for research on lung cancer, all of which plague the state. The programs are included in a list of 70 that Bevin proposed to eliminate to save the state...

Kentucky college presidents tell budget committee how Governor’s proposed budget will affect schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s public university presidents appeared before a legislative committee on Thursday to describe how Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget will affect them. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education that the cuts in programs contained in the state’s two-year spending plan will impact...

Council on Postsecondary Education to sponsor free workshop for educators on assignment design

The Council on Postsecondary Education is sponsoring a free faculty workshop aimed at improving student learning in the area of written communication, an essential skill needed for today’s workforce. The workshop, which focuses on assignment design, will be held Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. “We are very pleased to sponsor this workshop for faculty,...

Top sports stories of 2017: #1 is University of Louisville firing of Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rick Pitino is the only coach in history to lead rival schools Kentucky and Louisville to a national championship and he is no longer coaching basketball in the state after a pay-for-play scheme led to his dismissal before fall workouts were set to begin in October.   The former Kentucky coach was fired by the Louisville following a string of incidents during the past...

Kentucky’s Cats give fans the game they wanted, clobber Louisville 90-61

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Well now. Any questions? 
Kentucky gave its fans the game they have been expecting all season against its biggest rival, pulverizing Louisville 90-61 on Friday afternoon in Rupp Arena. 
Fans questioning the potential of the Wildcats need not worry any longer after a performance in front of a national television audience that let everyone know they have a lot to look...

Cats made it look so easy against rival Cardinals in rivalry blowout, 90-61

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today So we now know this much about Kentucky’s basketball team. They can play and play well. 
Kentucky’s 90-61 victory over Louisville on Friday was about as thorough as it was surprising. I mean, really, who saw this coming? 
Just last Saturday, the Wildcats were caught sleepwalking in an 83-75 loss to UCLA. Something was missing and it didn’t look good. This freshmen...