Senate Bill 118 dead for this session

While there were some signs it wasn’t moving, despite having its first and second readings midway through the 2017 General Assembly, word came late Wednesday night that Senate Bill 118 was not going any further “for this session.” SB118 is legislation that would have allowed school districts to publish their financial statement on the district’s website as opposed to printing […]

Herald-Leader vows to fight new ‘litter’ ordinance

BY BETH MUSGRAVE, The Lexington Urban County Council on Thursday approved an ordinance that would require businesses to put unsolicited fliers and circulars on doorsteps or mail slots or face fines. The 9-5 vote came despite a warning from the Herald-Leader that it would sue the merged government if the ordinance was passed. Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the […]

KPA’s Inauguration coverage spills over into Canada

For the last few Inaugurations, KPA has provided full-day coverage of the parade, the swearing in and the Governor’s Ball. It’s become a pretty popular service since our newspapers can’t get to Frankfort to get pictures of their local band or dignitaries. Wednesday afternoon, I got a call from Tim McKenna with the Toronto Globe and Mail. The Globe and […]

‘Spring Forward’ is coming soon

So when do we change to Daylight Savings Time? Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m. is the official time that clocks get moved forward one hour and signals the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Remind your readers next week or they could be arriving for church one hour late.  

Now it’s ‘March Madness,’ ‘Final Four’ wording advertisers can’t use

It was just a month ago I reminded you that advertisers were not permitted to use “Super Bowl” in their advertising. Now we move on to the next big sports event — the NCAA championship. And along the way, saying March Madness or Final Four may be the most frequently used words in sports fan’s vocabulary. But they can’t. These […]

Autopsy bill faces changes but we still have exemption

House Bill 67, sponsored by Rep. James Tipton, R-Spencer County, breezed through the House several days ago with a 94-0 approval. But when it got to the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was slowed down. The committee, composed of several lawyers, started questioning the need for the release of autopsy photos and why anyone would want to see them in the […]

Accident report bill laboring in Senate Transportation

Another Open Records bill we’re working on is House Bill 215, sponsored by Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville. Currently, accident reports in possession of the Kentucky State Police are not released to the public, including the news media. Here’s the current language in KRS 189.635 making these closed records: All accident reports filed with the Department of Kentucky State Police in […]

A busy June: Shemberger to attend Education Writers National Seminar then Scripps Howard Leadership Academy

First it’s to the largest gathering of education beat journalists Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University, received a full scholarship to attend the Education Writers Association National Seminar, May 31-June 2 in Washington, D.C.The scholarship will cover registration, travel and lodging in the conference hotel. The EWA National Seminar, with the 2017 […]

Chip Hutcheson to retire; Jared Nelson named GM

A leadership change within the offices of The Times Leader is scheduled to take place in the coming months. Times Leader Publisher John S. “Chip” Hutcheson III has announced his intent to retire from the newspaper at the end of June. Executives with the paper’s parent company, the Kentucky New Era Media Group, have named Jared Nelson, Times Leader news […]

Body cam legislation headed to the interim

House Bill 416, legislation addressing the availability of police worn body cam videos, was on the House Local Government Committee Wednesday but at the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Michael Meredith, announced the bill would not be heard in committee. Instead, in calling the legislation an important issue that needs to be discussed at length, body cam legislation will be […]