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Baptist Health chief compliance officer Don Riggs to retire, Marea Aspillaga named replacement

Donald R. “Don” Riggs, chief compliance officer for Baptist Health, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 27 years with the health system. For the past six years, the 58-year-old has headed the health system’s Compliance team, which he helped form in 2013. The Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that the system’s hospitals, medical group and affiliated organizations...

Oleka selected as president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on Dec. 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since...

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

Commentary: One thing on which there is no rivalry; We are one when it comes to preventing child abuse

By Dr. Melissa Currie and Dr. Christina Howard It’s finally Fall in the Commonwealth, which means cooler temperatures, leaves changing, and college football season. As child abuse pediatricians at University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, we are well aware of the deep rivalry when it comes to our sports programs, and we both proudly support our team. As competitive as our respective universities...

Rick Pitino’s attorney wants more information; UofL board of trustees were asked about payments

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The fallout continued Wednesday from the bombshell revelation that a University of Louisville board of trustees member may have been a key figure in the sex parties. And it isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. For starters, Rick Pitino’s attorney in his suit against U of L, filed a motion to “explore David Grissom’s claim” that a trustee...

Bevin, University of Louisville, KentuckyOne Health strike deal for acquisition of Jewish Hospital

Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi have announced a plan to secure the future of the Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties and their employees. Under the deal, University Medical Center Inc., owned by U of L, would acquire Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health assets located in the metro Louisville region and then integrate them into...

Former UofL board chairman testifies president was aware a trustee funded basketball sex parties

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Consider this: You are the chairman of the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. The U of L president tells you that a member of the board was the cash source of payments made to the strippers and prostitutes in the school’s sex parties two years ago. Would you: (a) demand to know the identity of the culprit; (b) pass that information on to authorities...

Troops to Teachers program helping Kentucky veterans hone tools to succeed in the classroom

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Kentucky has given its veterans a pathway to teacher certification. The next step is to make sure they are ready to succeed in the classroom. A number of veterans who have turned to teaching got some of the tools they’ll need to become successful teachers last week at a workshop held by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the University of Louisville (UofL). Norma...

EKU football standouts McCleskey Jr., Patrick and Moore chosen to All-OVC preseason team

Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. Running back Daryl McCleskey Jr., defensive end Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III earned spots on the preseason team, which was selected by OVC head coaches and communications directors. McCleskey was a third team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele after the 2018 season. The...

Former Coastal Carolina assistant Patrick Blake joins EKU men’s basketball coaching staff

Patrick Blake has joined the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Wednesday. Blake comes to EKU following four successful seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University. He helped the Chanticleers transition into the Sun Belt Conference with back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. “It’s...

11th annual Jane Austen Festival to be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville

The 11th annual Jane Austen Festival will be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville. The event is sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of Greater Louisville and will be held at 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Tours of the house will be provided Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Friday hours are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will...

American Cancer Society names Erica Kellem Beasley executive director for Kentucky

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Erica Kellem Beasley the executive director for Kentucky. She began her duties March 18. Erica Kellem Beasley As executive director, her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky area plan to support the mission of ACS, build a strong area board of directors, and lead the team in Kentucky. Kellem Beasley brings 24 years of experience working...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans, transitioning military personnel to aircraft mechanics

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville, and the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs...

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,...

U of L to host free event in Oldham County May 10 to discuss aging, pain management and addiction

The University of Louisville Trager Institute will offer a free community event to discuss the dangers of medication misuse and addiction for older adults, alternative solutions to chronic pain management and advocacy for making alternative pain strategies accessible for older adults. (Kaiser Health News photo) “There is often a stigma around talking about pain and pain management, in addition to...

Judicial Branch to host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, on May 16 at Spalding University

The Kentucky Judicial Branch and the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission will host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, in Jefferson County to educate the public about the different departments and agencies that play a role in the legal and judicial systems. The event will be May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Spalding University Center, 824 S. 4th St., in Louisville....

Kentucky ophthalmologists urge eye protection for recreational and professional sports

New research shows that about 30,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency departments each year with sports-related eye injuries, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported. This April during Sports Eye Safety Month, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind the public that the right protective eyewear is the best defense against...

McConnell Center Young Leaders Academy seeking applications from Kentucky High School students

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Applications are being accepted for the McConnell Center Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference June 19-22 at the University of Louisville. The program, open to students who will have completed at least one year of high school by summer 2019, helps participants hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history. The...

Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...