Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Investigation
7:45 am
Thu July 31, 2014

A Look at Jefferson County's Worst-Rated Judge and Her Controversial Comments

When Darryl Broaddus stood before Judge Sandra McLaughlin last summer for his arraignment on drug charges, he already had one strike against him. That strike: a Barack Obama T-shirt.

“He’s lucky to get out of here alive,” McLaughlin said within earshot of Broaddus and a full courtroom. Twice, she stated that the shirt was “not helping” his cause.

“Did you see his T-shirt? Barack Obama, ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ That was a double whammy,” she said, according to video footage of the courtroom.

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Investigation
1:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.
Credit Alix Mattingly/KyCIR

 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.

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.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu July 17, 2014

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield in 2013.
Credit www.facebook.com/RepEdWhitfield

For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky,  owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from WFPL's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Dunlop spent three months delving into Whitfield's relationship with a well-known, national lobbyist and discovered the pair had a longstanding financial partnership. 

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Education
1:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit

Students at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus earlier this year.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.

Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

KyCIR, WFPL Win National Murrow Award in Investigative Reporting

R.G. Dunlop
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and WFPL on Tuesday won a national Murrow Award for a 2013 story about a serial criminal who murdered a 17-year-old Clarksville girl.

The radio story was reported by the KyCIR's R.G. Dunlop, with production assistance from WFPL's Laura Ellis.

Listen here:

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Local News
3:30 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Major Points in the KFC Yum! Center Economic Impact Study

The KFC Yum! Center
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

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.

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.

“This is a real economic engine,” said John Kaatz, a principal in the Minneapolis office of CSL International.

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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Brendan McCarthy is WFPL's New Interim News Director

Brendan McCarthy
Credit Louisville Public Media

Starting today, Brendan McCarthy leads the newsrooms for both WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

He'll be the interim news director, adding on the responsibilities of Gabe Bullard, WFPL's director for news and editorial strategy. Bullard is heading to Harvard University in August for a Nieman Fellowship. Before departing, he'll help with the transition and work on other strategic initiatives. Bullard will return to Louisville in June 2015. 

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Politics
4:05 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

In a Letter, Kentucky Prosecutor Asked Former Grand Jurors to Support a Judicial Candidate

In the days leading up to Tuesday's primary election, Kentuckians tended to get a lot of mail soliciting support for candidates.

Maybe it's a postcard touting (or criticizing) 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. 

That's the case in Northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting revealed today.

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires

Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

  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.

And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January. 

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.  As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.

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Local News
7:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Richard Hooten, the Indiana Man With Many Chances, Accepts Life Sentence in Plea

Richard Hooten in 1985
Credit Kentucky Department of Corrections

This story was written by R.G. Dunlop of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

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.

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