Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting http://wfpl.org en 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, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting & R.G. Dunlop 9137 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky At-Risk Youth Agency's President Resigns Following Inquiry Kentucky Gets ‘B’ Grade In Government Transparency http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gets-b-grade-government-transparency <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The national leader just five years ago, Kentucky is starting to fall behind other states in disclosing how state government spends the public’s money.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:46:13 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 9088 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Gets ‘B’ Grade In Government Transparency Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-got-hefty-donations-power-plant-proponents <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: proxima-nova, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:13:19 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9064 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses http://wfpl.org/post/churchill-downs-inc-preps-big-race-and-executives-win-big-bonuses <p>The Kentucky Derby is still more than a month away, but Churchill Downs Inc. executives are already celebrating a big payday.</p><p>A lot of money passes through CDI. The Louisville-based gaming company owns five horse racetracks, six casinos and the nation’s top online wagering site, <a href="http://TwinSpires.com">TwinSpires.com.</a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:14:33 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8999 at http://wfpl.org Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-based-kindred-healthcares-chairman-snares-loaded-retirement-package <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Kindred Healthcare Inc., retirement gifts have gone way beyond the farewell cake, the cheap wristwatch and the sendoff reception at the local sports bar.</span></p><p>Last December the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain announced that its chairman, Edward Kuntz, would be quitting the board of directors after its annual shareholders meeting in May. Kuntz is 68 and has been chairman since 1999. Until 2004, he was also the company’s chief executive. “</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:31:00 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8957 at http://wfpl.org Louisville-Based Kindred Healthcare's Chairman Snares Loaded Retirement Package Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-ethics-commission-seeks-guidance-council-members-and-zoning-decisions <p>The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.</p><p class="c4"><span class="c2">With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:57:37 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8930 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions Would the Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant be Good for the Environment? http://wfpl.org/post/would-eastern-kentucky-biomass-plant-be-good-environment <p><em>This story is part of a series from the <a href="http://kycir.org">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting</a> and WFPL. &nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read the other stories<a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/">&nbsp;here.</a></em><a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8924 at http://wfpl.org Would the Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant be Good for the Environment? How Politics, Misinformation and Money Fueled a Power Plant in Kentucky's Coal Country http://wfpl.org/post/how-politics-misinformation-and-money-fueled-power-plant-kentuckys-coal-country <p>HAZARD, Ky.—Up a steep dirt road, atop a former strip-mine, sits a concrete slab roughly 30 feet square. It’s the only visible sign that a wood-burning, electricity-generating plant could someday occupy this remote industrial park.</p><p>Supporters say the biomass plant, 11 miles northwest of Hazard, would be an economic godsend for Perry County, creating hundreds of jobs and pumping millions of dollars into the heart of poverty-plagued Appalachian Kentucky.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 8923 at http://wfpl.org How Politics, Misinformation and Money Fueled a Power Plant in Kentucky's Coal Country James McNair Joins Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting http://wfpl.org/post/james-mcnair-joins-kentucky-center-investigative-reporting <p>Veteran finance and business reporter James McNair is the newest addition to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.&nbsp;</p><p>McNair's nearly 30 years in journalism includes positions at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Miami Herald, where he's done work to uncover fraud and unethical business practices.</p><p>He's worked since 2007 as an independent researcher for hedge funds, in which "he is responsible for combing through records, digging through corporate filings and assisting the company in analyzing the health of businesses," a news release said.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:10:26 +0000 Joseph Lord 8827 at http://wfpl.org James McNair Joins Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting