‘Bathroom Bounty Bill’ fails to pass in state Senate Education Committee Thursday, Feb 19 2015 

Henry Brousseau, a transgender student at Collegiate High School, testifying in Frankfort ThursdayTo the surprise of some observers, legislation to prohibit transgender students from using the gender-assigned restroom of their choosing in Kentucky’s public schools was not voted out of the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee on Thursday, falling one vote short. The … Continue reading

Always learning: Digital snow days at Assumption High School Wednesday, Feb 18 2015 

Assumption_high_schoolJust because snow shut down schools for the past three days doesn’t mean the girls at Assumption High School have stopped learning. This year, the Archdiocese of Louisville called upon local Catholic high schools to address the problem of lost … Continue reading

Joe Dunman: The University of Louisville must be held accountable Tuesday, Feb 17 2015 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleIn his forthcoming book, “The End of College,” New America Foundation director Kevin Carey describes the furious expansion of George Washington University under the guidance of former president Stephen Trachtenberg. Founded in 1821, GWU by the late 1980s was little … Continue reading

The Healing Place, Heroin and Helping Celebrate Freedom Tuesday, Feb 17 2015 

On Friday, the Healing Place holds its annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Laurie Dhue, a former cable TV news anchor who appeared on MSNBC, CNN and Fox, will be there to talk about her personal journey and recovery from addiction.

Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue

She will be a guest on my podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show, and I’m looking forward to speaking with her. If you don’t know about the work of The Healing Place, you should. Addiction is not pretty, and ruins more lives than you can imagine. I went to the Celebrate Freedom Dinner a few years ago, when the actress Ashley Judd spoke about her battles with addiction. She didn’t speak that night as an acclaimed actress, but as a recovering, humble addict.

If you’re not aware of how big the problem of addiction is, and how much it’s growing, consider what’s going on at the Healing Place. They’re undergoing a $20 million expansion, the need for services growing due to the heroin epidemic. Yes, the same heroin problem that Kentucky legislators are addressing this session, the one that doesn’t discriminate. The fastest-growing segment of the organization’s needy — 18-25 year-old heroin addicts from Louisville’s East End.

If you’d like to go to Friday’s event, click here for ticket info.

An Op-Ed in the Courier-Journal this week, written by Development Project Manager Laci Comer, illustrates the need:

The Healing Place is needed now more than ever. The heroin epidemic is exploding. Heroin addicts make up 96 percent of those coming in to detox. Our fastest growing population: 18 to 25-year-olds from Louisville’s East End and Oldham County. Heroin is one of the biggest reasons that we are expanding our men’s campus in downtown Louisville —we just can’t keep up with the demand for services.

U of L’s top brass receive millions from foundation Thursday, Feb 12 2015 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleThe top two officials at the University of Louisville received a combined $4.2 million in deferred compensation from the U of L Foundation last year, according to tax documents filed by the university. That is separate from their reported income … Continue reading

KTRS bonding legislation moves forward, weighing rewards over risks in unfunded liability crisis Thursday, Feb 12 2015 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (photo provided by LRC Public Information)Legislation to allow the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System to issue $3.3 billion in bonds — shoring up the underfunded pension plan for 140,000 active and retired teachers — passed the state House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Tuesday and will now head … Continue reading

Top U of L trustee to oversee university finance board, raising new questions about accountability Thursday, Feb 5 2015 

Oval-Commons-University-of-Louisville*Correction appended Recent tensions within the University of Louisville’s board of trustees over governance of university functions are expected to get at least some airing this afternoon, as members of the oversight body gather for their monthly meeting. But a … Continue reading

U of L provost is stepping down Wednesday, Feb 4 2015 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleShirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisville, announced this morning she is stepping down after 13 years in the position. Willihnganz will officially leave the post at the end of this academic school year. A veteran of … Continue reading

GLI partners with Junior Achievement for pilot entrepreneurship program Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 

busOn Jan. 19, more than 500 students in 13 Louisville high schools started a 13-week program called JA Company, a joint venture between GLI’s EnterpriseCorp and Junior Achievement. JA Company has been around since the beginning of Junior Achievement, but this … Continue reading

55,000 Degrees infographic: Stay in school, earn more money Tuesday, Jan 27 2015 

collegesIf you’re still paying off student loans, it can be easy to question the worth of that fancy piece of paper hanging on your wall. But your grandparents were right when they urged you to stay in school and not … Continue reading

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