University of Kentucky

UK Police “Disappointed” In High Court Gun Ruling

by Rick Howlett on April 27, 2012

From Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio

The University of Kentucky’s chief of police says he’s disappointed in yesterday’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that students and staff members at UK and the commonwealth’s other universities may legally store guns and other deadly weapons in a car’s glove compartment, but that the schools may continue to regulate them elsewhere on campus.

The decision came in the case of University of Kentucky graduate student and anesthesia technician Michael Mitchell, who lost his job in 2009 after campus police found a semi-automatic pistol in his car.

Mitchell, who has a concealed weapons permit, sued the university, claiming he was wrongfully fired for having the gun in his car.

Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson says the ruling is a clear example of state law, which allows a law-abiding gun owner to store a firearm in a car’s glove compartment, trumping a university’s safety policy.

“There are some very, very strong feelings in support of the second amendment that allows people to own and possess firearms around the country.  So does this surprise me?  No, because the legislature made, you know, they said that that was an exemption from any university regulations and that was that you can have it on university property so long as it was in the glove box,” Larson said.

“Our top priority is to protect the safety of students, faculty and staff at UK,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe in a statement. “We are concerned about anything that potentially limits the options police have in safeguarding the campus. In the coming days, we will be reviewing the ruling in greater detail to determine the legal and policy options at our disposal in addressing this serious issue.”

Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled in favor of the university. The high court reinstated Mitchell’s suit and sent it back to Fayette Circuit Court for further proceedings.

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Police Make Arrests as Fans Celebrate Kentucky Victory

by Gabe Bullard April 3, 2012

From the Associated Press One man was wounded by gunfire early Tuesday in Lexington, numerous small fires were set and dozens were arrested as thousands celebrated Kentucky’s win over Kansas to claim another NCAA title, authorities reported. Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services said he saw the shooting […]

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Sports Writers Predict Outcome of Dream Game and Its Effect on City

by Laura Ellis March 31, 2012

Tonight, men’s basketball teams from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky will meet in a Final Four game. On Friday’s State of the News, we were joined by sports journalists Bill Doolittle and Eric Crawford (the latter joining us from UofL’s warm-up session in New Orleans), who talked about how the rest […]

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Kentucky Advances to Final Four, Will Face Louisville

by Gabe Bullard March 25, 2012

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky men’s basketball teams will play each other in the NCAA tournament. Yesterday, Louisville beat Florida to secure the West Region title. Today, UK topped Baylor to win the South Region. The Cardinals and Wildcats will face each other […]

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U of L Advances To Big East Semifinals With Win Over Marquette

by Rick Howlett March 8, 2012

The Louisville Cards have advanced to the semifinal round of the men’s Big East basketball tournament with an 84-71 victory over Marquette tonight. Kyle Kuric led U of L with 20 points; Peyton Siva added 18. The seventh-seeded Cards will take on Notre Dame at 9:00pm tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. In other action, Indiana […]

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College Basketball: Road Games for U of L, UK; MSU Tries To Recover From First Loss

by Rick Howlett February 10, 2012

In college basketball, the Louisville Cards return to action tomorrow at West Virginia. U of L is riding a five-game winning streak and is hoping to improve its position in the Big East Confererence, where the Cards are tied for fifth place. Tipoff at Morgantown, West Virginia is at noon. The Kentucky Wildcats take their […]

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UK, U of L Presidents Say Sixth Straight Year of Budget Cuts May Lead to Drastic Measures

by Kenny Colston February 2, 2012

Kentucky’s two largest universities are facing grim futures with more budget cuts planned for the coming years. But the schools’ presidents say they can survive University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and University of Louisville President James Ramsey addressed the Senate Education Committee today. They did not attempt to talk their way out of proposed […]

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Shaughnessy Uses Basketball to Create Discussion Over Higher Ed Graduation Rates

by Kenny Colston January 6, 2012

A state Senator from Louisville has come under fire for trying to legislate that the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville play each other in basketball and football. Democratic Senator Tim Shaughnessy has filed a bill that includes language that requires UK and U of L to play each other every year. But Shaughnessy says […]

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University of Kentucky Hosting Conference on Elder Abuse

by admin November 14, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A center at the University of Kentucky is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing elder financial abuse. The Justice Center for Elderly and Vulnerable Adults, which is hosting its inaugural conference today in Lexington. “Older adults have the lion’s share of the wealth in the country. They are targets […]

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Work Has Begun on New Energy Research Facility at UK

by admin November 8, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research has begun work on a facility that could someday lead to changes in where and how the U.S. fuels transportation needs. Center director Rodney Andrews says the $5.7 million building will serve as a process development unit. “It’s a facility […]

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