Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard, Defining Fairness

Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard was born in Promised Land, South Carolina, the son of a Southern Baptist Minister, and says, “I grew up in church as much as I was in home.” He was given his nickname at the age of three, when his grandfather noticed his ability to replicate any dance move he saw. When […]

Religious News with Peter Smith: State of the News

Do voters like their candidates talking religion on the campaign trail? The Courier-Journal’s Peter Smith brought us up to date on religious news—including research that seeks to answer that question—on Friday’s State of the News. We also talked about the latest on whether Amish buggies will be allowed to display reflective tape rather than orange […]

Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll talk about this week’s metro news, including U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta‘s upcoming visit to Louisville, and the end of Kentucky’s Virtual High School program. Segment B: Kenny Colston joins us to talk about managed care companies’ claim that they’ve fixed problems with Medicaid payments, where the dropout bill and pseudoephedrine bill […]

Ark Park Land Purchase Complete, Groundbreaking Not Scheduled

by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio Plans for a replica of Noah’s Ark in northern Kentucky are moving forward, but the pace of the project has slowed. This week, officials with Ark Encounter closed on the last and largest piece of property needed for the biblically-themed amusement park. The development has been promised $40 million in […]

Senate Committee Passes Alternative Safety Measure for Buggies

A proposal to allow more safety options for religious groups that operate buggies is making its way through the General Assembly. Senate Bill 75 unanimously passed committee today. It allows for one-inch reflective tape to be placed on buggies instead of a state-mandated reflective triangle. The change comes after many Amish in western Kentucky have […]

Skeptics Continue Questioning Hospital Merger

A group that’s critical of the pending hospital merger has released another round of questions for the merging partners. Honi Goldman leads the unnamed group. Her questions for University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives largely concern funding for the merger and the final management structure of the merged entity. The deal is […]

Audio: Hospital Merger Partners Speak at Board of Health Forum

Two hours of explanation did not silence the critics and skeptics of a pending hospital merger, though many new issues and complications have been revealed. The Louisville Metro Board of Health brought representatives from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives to a public forum Wednesday evening. The partners took questions from […]

Amish Men Found Guilty of Traffic Violations

Two Amish men must pay fines for refusing to post reflective triangles on their horse-drawn carriages. Levi Hostetler and Joe Stutzman were found guilty on misdemeanor traffic charges during a Graves County Circuit Court session Monday. The men say the posting the state-mandated warning emblems violates their religious beliefs. Stutzman was fined $173 and Hostetler […]

Beshear Says He Needs More Information on Hospital Merger

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he needs more information on the proposed merger between University of Louisville Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives. Beshear met today with officials from the hospitals. The meeting came after increased questions over what would happen to reproductive health and end-of-life services after CHI owns a majority stake in University Hospital […]