Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting http://wfpl.org en Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret http://wfpl.org/post/despite-calls-openness-struggling-kentucky-retirement-systems-keeps-its-investments-secret <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative investments," and critics are calling for more transparency so the risks and potential pratfalls can be fully assessed.</p><p>In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the secrecy behind where the Kentucky Retirement Systems makes its alternative investments—and the concerns it raises.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:53:26 +0000 Staff 9837 at http://wfpl.org Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist http://wfpl.org/post/us-rep-ed-whitfield-kentucky-had-decade-long-financial-tie-lobbyist <p>For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, &nbsp;owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from </span>WFPL's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kycir.org">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:06 +0000 Staff 9783 at http://wfpl.org U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-releases-high-profile-audit <p>The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.</p><p>Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:20:25 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9691 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit KyCIR, WFPL Win National Murrow Award in Investigative Reporting http://wfpl.org/post/kycir-wfpl-win-national-murrow-award-investigative-reporting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and </span>WFPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Tuesday won a national </span>Murrow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Award for a 2013 story about a serial criminal who murdered a 17-year-old Clarksville girl.</span></p><p>The radio story was reported by the KyCIR's R.G. Dunlop, with production assistance from WFPL's Laura Ellis.</p><p>Listen here:</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Staff 9554 at http://wfpl.org KyCIR, WFPL Win National Murrow Award in Investigative Reporting The Major Points in the KFC Yum! Center Economic Impact Study http://wfpl.org/post/major-points-kfc-yum-center-economic-impact-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than four full years into operation, the KFC Yum! Center has accounted for an estimated economic impact of more than half a billion dollars since it opened.</span></p><p class="c1"><span>So says an outside consulting firm that added up the dollars from arena ticket, concession and merchandise sales, along with estimated spending on hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, shopping, transportation and other entertainment.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:30:49 +0000 James McNair 9493 at http://wfpl.org The Major Points in the KFC Yum! Center Economic Impact Study Brendan McCarthy is WFPL's New Interim News Director http://wfpl.org/post/brendan-mccarthy-wfpls-new-interim-news-director <p>Starting today, Brendan McCarthy leads the newsrooms for both&nbsp;WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:35:14 +0000 Staff 9429 at http://wfpl.org Brendan McCarthy is WFPL's New Interim News Director In a Letter, Kentucky Prosecutor Asked Former Grand Jurors to Support a Judicial Candidate http://wfpl.org/post/letter-kentucky-prosecutor-asked-former-grand-jurors-support-judicial-candidate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the days leading up to Tuesday's primary election, </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;tended to get a lot of mail soliciting support for candidates.</span></p><p>Maybe it's a postcard touting (or<a href="/post/attica-scott-council-democrats-blast-jessica-green-over-arizona-mailer"> criticizing)</a> a candidate. Maybe it's an official-looking letter from a commonwealth's attorney urging former grand jurors to support a candidate for circuit court judge.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:05:52 +0000 Staff 9374 at http://wfpl.org In a Letter, Kentucky Prosecutor Asked Former Grand Jurors to Support a Judicial Candidate Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-community-college-leader-earns-six-figures-even-after-he-retires <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Michael McCall is the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—and he's among the highest-paid community college administrators in the U.S.</p><p>And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January.&nbsp;</p><p>In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job. &nbsp;As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:16:45 +0000 Staff 9308 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea http://wfpl.org/post/richard-hooten-indiana-man-many-chances-accepts-life-sentence-plea <p><em>This story was written by R.G. Dunlop of the<a href="http://kycir.org/2014/04/17/richard-hootens-criminal-career-ends-with-plea-in-murder-case/"> Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></em></p><p>An Indiana man who has spent nearly half of his adult life behind bars pleaded guilty Thursday to the high-profile killing of a Clarksville teenager last year.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:02:36 +0000 Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 9164 at http://wfpl.org Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea Kentucky At-Risk Youth Agency's President Resigns Following Inquiry http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-risk-youth-agencys-president-resigns-following-inquiry <p>The president of the state’s largest non-profit agency for at-risk and foster children resigned late last week in the aftermath of an internal investigation of her performance. Neither she nor the organization’s board of directors would say why.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:37:33 +0000 James McNair & R.G. Dunlop 9137 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky At-Risk Youth Agency's President Resigns Following Inquiry