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Governor vetoes Senate Bill 48; would have allowed his Governor’s Office phone number to be private

Governor Andy Beshear vetoed Senate Bill 48 Thursday afternoon and unlike previously vetoed legislation, the General Assembly won’t have a chance to override it. That’s because passage of an amended SB48 came in the final two days of the 2021 session. The legislature went Sine Die on Tuesday, March 30, meaning any bills passed March 29 or 30 could be […]

‘No Bigger Job’ Than Small-Town Journalism: Remembering Al Smith, 1927-2021

Daily Yonder hosts roundtable with noted Kentucky journalists to remember Al Smith Kentucky journalist Al Smith helped start multiple state and national organizations, steered to safety a federal agency that Ronald Reagan targeted for elimination, and produced and hosted one of the longest-running public TV programs on government affairs in America. But, according to his memoir, Wordsmith, none of his many jobs […]

KPA staff, some newspapers are part of fraudulent unemployment claims

At first, we thought former KPA staff member Buffy Sams had left the Kentucky School Boards Association. After more than 20 years as assistant bookkeeper for KPA/KPS, Buffy resigned three or so years ago to take a job at KSBA. Opening the mail one morning, we had an unemployment insurance claim “filed” by Buffy Sams. Since she had resigned on […]

Hall of Fame ceremonies set virtually for May 4

Ten to be inducted in 41st class The 2021 induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. ET May 4 online at http://ci.uky.edu/jam/hall-of-fame . For more information, contact UK School of Journalism and Media Project Manager John Cruz at john.cruz@uky.edu or 859-257-3904. This year’s 10 inductees are: Michael Collins, who covers economic issues and the White House for USA Today; […]

7 questions to help local media rebound in 2021

By Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute As the pandemic peaks and declines with the increased distribution of vaccines, businesses everywhere should be looking ahead to a rebuilding phase that takes into account our new realities. In many local newsrooms, however, those conversations aren’t happening, or are focused primarily on narrow questions such as how and when journalists will return to […]

Attack of the morale-killing bosses

By John Foust, Advertising Trainer In my advertising and training career, I’ve observed – and heard about – a lot of boss-employee encounters. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been instructive. In many cases, we can learn as much from the negative incidents as we can from the positive ones. Here are several examples: 1. The […]

KPA asks Governor Beshear to veto Senate Bill 48; KPA’s statement in opposition

A letter was delivered Thursday by email, by fax and by mail to Governor Andy Beshear, seeking the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 48. Included with the letter was a copy of the Kentucky Press Association’s Statement of Opposition to Senate Bill 48. Typically, legislation can be vetoed by the governor and then the House and Senate can override the […]

Would you ever know if law enforcement, judges, prosecutors didn’t pay their county taxes?

You wouldn’t so here’s hoping Governor Beshear vetoes this ‘disastrous’ Senate Bill 48; makes House Bill 312 minor league It’s about this time each year, county clerks start the process of publishing a list of delinquent taxpayers in the local newspaper. It’s required by law with a 1/2 page notification the week prior that the list is going to be […]

If only he had mentioned the ‘rest of the story’ about the late Senator Albert Jones

As the final hours of the 2021 General Assembly were winding down, Sen. Danny Carroll rose to have a Senate Resolution read in memory of the late Senator Albert Jones. Carroll went on and on about Senator Jones and noted his contributions to Paducah, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to the United States. He mentioned several projects and issues […]

10 to be inducted in Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on May 4

By Duane Bonifer, UK Journalism Alumni Association LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late-20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony will be held online May 4. This year’s 10 inductees are: Michael Collins, who covers economic […]


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