Jim Beam donation to create Kentucky spirits institute
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam bourbon says it will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits to teach the next generation of...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A medical professor is suing the University of Louisville saying he was demoted over his comments on how to treat transgender children.
Former VP candidate Tim Kaine to speak in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be in Kentucky next month to speak at the University of Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple involved in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage has started a scholarship to help Catholic LGBT students at the University...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says it is launching a campaign aimed at decreasing the use of antibiotics.
A statement from the school's health sciences department says...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says the Gheens Foundation has pledged $2 million in unrestricted funds to the school.
Univ. of Louisville LGBT health center hires new director
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A New York health care specialist has been hired to lead The LGBT Center at the University of Louisville's Health Sciences Center.
A release from the university says Blaz Bush brings a skill set attuned to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
He had served as the director of care coordination of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan, one of the largest LGBT community health centers in the country.
Man arrested in rape, robbery at Kentucky university
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A New Hampshire man is accused of robbing several University of Louisville students at gunpoint and then forcing one of them into a walk-in closet where he raped her.
Basketball ‘escort queen’ says motel shared private data
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A woman who declared herself the "escort queen" of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville's basketball team says a motel posted her driver's license online.
Dental clinic offers help to those in drug recovery programs
BEVERLY, Ky. (AP) — A dental clinic in Kentucky is offering help to people in drug recovery and treatment programs.
CIA director outlines priorities for the agency
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Recalling her rise through male-dominated ranks, CIA Director Gina Haspel said she wants to champion diversity at the spy agency as she returned to her alma mater Monday for a public event where she outlined her priorities for the agency and disclosed a few personal details of her life.
CIA chief returning to University of Louisville for event
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — CIA Director Gina Haspel will return to the University of Louisville next week to discuss national security and her career in the spy agency.
Haspel, a UofL graduate, will appear on campus Sept. 24 as part of the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Joining Haspel on stage will be two other UofL graduates — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and political commentator Scott Jennings. Haspel will answer questions posed by Jennings.
Kentucky GOP won’t support nominee with ‘offensive’ comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky has disavowed a GOP candidate for the state legislature who is being criticized for racially charged comments he's made in the past.
Yarmuth pledges $10,000 to UofL student newspaper
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth has pledged $10,000 to support the University of Louisville's student newspaper.
The gift kicks off a fundraising campaign to save The Louisville Cardinal. The university announced last year it would cease funding for the publication, which has enough money to operate through the fall semester.
IRS to audit University of Louisville Foundation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it will audit the University of Louisville Foundation.
The Courier Journal reports the IRS notified the foundation on Aug. 24 it had been selected for an audit. Agents plan to visit the foundation Sept. 11-13 and have asked for documents related to mismanagement and employee pay.
University of Louisville announces $5M to help tree study
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says it has received $5 million to help fund a study that looks at the connection between a green environment and human health.
The school announced on Tuesday that the National Institutes of Health awarded the Green Heart project a $3 million grant over a five-year period and The Nature Conservancy awarded it a $2 million grant.
UofL’s freshman class includes more out-of-state students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says preliminary figures show its incoming freshman class includes a growing number of out-of-state students.
Of the nearly 2,800 incoming students, the university says 22 percent are from outside Kentucky. UofL administrators believe that may be the highest percentage of out-of-state freshmen in the university's history.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville will begin offering a new scholarship aimed at first-generation college students this fall.
The school says in a statement that an endowment gift of $2.5 million from Carl F. Pollard will support two scholarships annually beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Pollard is a former Humana executive and Churchill Downs chairman.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A woman who declared herself the "escort queen" of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville's basketball team has been indicted on theft charges.
The Courier Journal reports Katina Powell was indicted by a grand jury Thursday of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.
Free hepatitis C screenings offered in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville Hospital will be partnering with medical volunteers to offer free hepatitis C screenings later this month.
A statement from the university says screenings will be offered in 18 locations in and around Louisville on World Hepatitis Day, Saturday, July 28. The screening involves a finger prick with results available in 20 minutes.
Univ. of Louisville Drops Papa John’s Name
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he would remove Papa John's name from the University of Louisville's football stadium if he "had the ability to do that."
The Senate majority leader addressed reports that the Louisville-based pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, used a racial slur during a conference call in May. McConnell, an avid Louisville football fan, said "there's no place for racism in this country."
Annual butterfly count is Saturday in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A retired University of Louisville biologist is returning to Kentucky to lead an annual butterfly count.
U of L said in a news release that Charles Covell has led the event for four decades. He and regular volunteers show children and adults how to identify the butterflies they find at the university's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary and other locations.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The former president of the University of Louisville wants the court to dismiss the school's lawsuit against him that alleges he mishandled millions of dollars.
2 dead in single-vehicle crash in Kentucky
LEBANON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say two people have died in a single-vehicle crash in Marion County.
State Police Trooper Nick Hale in Columbia says in a news release that 18-year-old David B. Lawson of Lebanon was driving a pickup truck that left a road and struck a tree Friday six miles west of Lebanon. Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police have arrested the self-proclaimed "escort queen" at the center of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville's basketball team.
News outlets report Katina Powell was arrested Thursday, moments after the court told her to vacate her Louisville home, for allegedly cashing stolen and forged checks.
An arrest report says Powell is accused of stealing checks totaling $2,900 and trying to cash them last month at a liquor store.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three former officials of the University of Louisville Foundation are seeking to have their legal expenses covered in a lawsuit against them.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a car crashed into a Denny's in Kentucky, sending 10 people to the hospital.
Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley tells news outlets that officers responded to a report of a car hitting the restaurant near the University of Louisville late Tuesday night. She says the male driver had lost control of the car, which traveled about 10 feet (3 meters) inside the Denny's.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The former president of the University of Louisville wants the school's investment arm he's accused of mishandling to cover his legal expenses in its lawsuit.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have announced their spring commencement ceremonies.
UK said in a statement that this year's spring class in the largest in the school's history. The statement says four separate spring commencements will be held, two on Friday and two on Sunday. More than 3,500 students are expected to participate. Each ceremony will include a student speaker and remarks from UK President Eli Capilouto.
Kentucky seeks relief as autopsy requests surge
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As the opioid epidemic rages across Appalachia, one grim consequence has played out in Kentucky's medical examiner's office: A staggering increase in autopsy requests.
Autopsy requests for overdose deaths have jumped more than 26 percent since 2013.
The increase has overwhelmed the State Medical Examiner's Office, which consists of nine doctors for the entire state. And it comes amid a national shortage of forensic pathologists.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville sued its former president Wednesday, accusing James Ramsey of overseeing elaborate schemes to steer millions of dollars from the school's investment arm into unauthorized ventures, depleting the endowment while padding his own compensation.
After reviewing stacks of documents, UofL and its foundation filed the lawsuit naming several other ex-foundation officials as defendants, including Ramsey's chief of staff, Kathleen Smith.
The Latest: Lawyer: Ramsey ‘has done nothing wrong’
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the University of Louisville's decision to sue the school's former president and others (all times local):
In response to a lawsuit filed by the University of Louisville and its foundation, a lawyer for former university President James Ramsey says his client "has done nothing wrong."
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Ramsey and other officials claiming they conspired to divert millions of dollars from the foundation's endowment.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville's interim president was passed over for the permanent position but has received a $100,000 bonus for his leadership during a tumultuous time for the Kentucky school.
First artist-run Super PAC opens campaign headquarters
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Inside the University of Louisville's Cressman Gallery, there's now a 30-foot-long billboard propped against the gallery wall.
"(It) is a standard-size vinyl billboard you'd see on the side of the road," said Chris Reitz, the gallery director of the Hite Art Institute. "It depicts the two-minute warning at the Selma 'Bloody Sunday' Civil Rights march, where protesters are being confronted by the police."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed two new members to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. The selections come at a crucial time as the school searches for a new campus president.
The governor's office said Wednesday that Bevin has appointed Mary R. Nixon of Louisville and James Michael Rogers of Prospect as UofL trustees.
Nixon is a retired finance executive at fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc.
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The Latest: Senate leaders trade praise at Kentucky event
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's visit to Kentucky (all times local):
Senatorial courtesy was in full display when the Senate's top two leaders — Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer — shared the same stage in McConnell's Kentucky hometown.
Schumer — the Senate's top Democrat — presented his Republican counterpart with a bottle of Brooklyn-made bourbon during Monday's event in Louisville, which is home to some distilleries.
Psychiatrist to lecture on healing power of humor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky psychiatrist who believes humor is the best medicine will speak on its health benefits later this month.
The University of Louisville says Dr. Clifford Kuhn is known as "the laugh doctor."
Kuhn, a psychiatrist, says humor, even without laughing, can reduce stress, boost the immune response and relieve pain. Visitors to his lecture on Feb. 15 will learn how to share humor when laughter is not appropriate.
French films shown during festival at university, museum
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Several French films are being shown at the University of Louisville and Speed Art Museum, including the national premiere of the political drama "This is Our Land."
A U of L release says the Lucas Belvaux film will be shown Feb. 22 and 23 prior to distribution in New York this April. The film, released just before France's presidential election, chronicles the rise of far right French politics.
Kentucky’s ag commissioner to discuss anti-hunger efforts
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville is starting its latest lecture series with a discussion about hunger in Kentucky.
The center says state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will give a free, public talk on the subject on Jan. 24 at the Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium on the UofL campus.
Quarles' talk will cover a range of public policy issues, including the role of health care and education in rural and urban parts of Kentucky.
Kentucky population estimate up 0.4 percent from 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky remains the 26th largest state by population, based on newly released census data that shows an increase in residents of 0.4 percent from last year.
The Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville said in a news release that new estimates from the Census Bureau show the state's resident population was 4,454,189 as of July 1. The number is a 2.6 percent increase from the 2010 census.
A look at the top 10 Kentucky stories for 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Here are the top 10 Kentucky stories of 2017, according to an Associated Press poll of editors, news directors and reporters:
University of Louisville turmoil voted Kentucky’s top story
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — From the boardroom to the basketball court, the University of Louisville had a tough year. Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino was fired, the school dealt with a yearlong probation from an accrediting group and an audit found mismanagement at a foundation overseeing its investments.
The turbulent stretch in what became a transition year at UofL has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2017 in the annual Associated Press poll of editors, news directors and reporters.
University of Louisville hires administrator from Washington
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A university administrator from Washington state has been hired as chief operating officer for the University of Louisville.
U of L announced Wednesday that Joseph K. Han will succeed Harlan Sands, pending board of trustees approval in March. Sands left U of L in January.
UofL trustees resolve differences with school’s foundation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — University of Louisville trustees voted Thursday to resolve their differences with the school's investment arm, which was plagued by a period of mismanagement and excessive spending.
The agreement avoided a potential legal dispute between the university and the UofL Foundation after a scathing audit months ago that exposed problems at the foundation that included excessive compensation of administrators and flawed investments.
Kentucky autism center to train first responders
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Autism Training Center at University of Louisville is providing training to first responders.
Visitors can touch meteorites at new planetarium exhibit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new exhibit opening at the University of Louisville planetarium will include meteorites that visitors can touch.
A statement from UofL says the permanent exhibit will open Dec. 17 at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium and include 90 meteorites among 132 specimens, including dust from Mars. Planetarium Director Tom Tretter says the exhibit allows visitors to see and feel rocks that tell the story of the formation of our solar system.