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300 Sower Blvd. Location of the first Kentucky Board of Education meeting, on Feb. 4.

Kentucky’s Search for the Next Commissioner of Education

February 18, 2020

When newly elected Governor Andy Beshear replaced all board members of the Kentucky Board of Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis resigned. Governor Beshear’s campaign to have an education first outlook included a promise to "clean house" and remove appointees by former Governor Matt Bevin. In an interview with the Herald-Leader Governor Beshear said “... my commitment is that we are going...

Scholastic journalism faces censorship, and many students find themselves at odds with administrations that aim to stifle their voices.

Student Voices, New Voices

February 14, 2020

New Voices legislation aims to give greater protection against the censorship of school-sponsored publications and news sites. Currently, 14 states have enacted these laws: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Student journalists can find themselves at the whim of administrators who ask...

Many support the notion that adopting pets is preferable to buying from breeders and possibly supporting puppy mills.

Shelter Animals are Kentucky’s New State Pets

February 7, 2020

In late January, Kentucky legislators passed House Bill 27, an act relating to state symbols with an aim to designate cats and dogs that "reside in or have been adopted from Kentucky animal shelters or rescue organizations" as the official pet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. State symbols are representations of a state's culture, history, and treasures. Adopted pets becoming the new official sta...

President Donald Trump attending a campaign rally in Minneapolis on October 10, 2019.

Trump Acquitted

February 5, 2020

On Feb. 5 President Donald Trump became the third President in American history to be acquitted by the Senate. After three bitter weeks, the impeachment trial has come to an end. Trump was accused of withholding millions of dollars of military aid in order to gain dirt on Joe Biden. This was the final straw for House Democrats who then decided to pursue impeachment. Then, having been impeached b...

A tweet about controversial blogger Kaitlin Bennet's visit to UK's campus caused a stir among students.

UK Student Applauded for Response to Campus Visit from “Gun Girl”

January 27, 2020

The new semester can be full of surprises with difficult classes and unpredictable weather. But University of Kentucky students returning to campus after winter break found one more surprise: they’d gone viral. Conservative personality and host of the YouTube channel Liberty Hangout, Kaitlin Bennett interviewed UK students late last year. In a video published in November 2019 entitled “College Students Have No Morals,” ...

After the Jan. 14 debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren said to Senator Bernie Sanders,

Tensions Rise at the Democratic Debate

January 16, 2020

In the seventh debate, only six candidates qualified for the debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Notably absent from the stage was Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Both failed to meet the DNC requirements to qualify.  Just days before the debate Sen. Cory Booker suspended h...

A railroad with a train cart on top of it.

Unpaid Coal Miners Protest in Front of Railroads for Second Time

January 15, 2020

For the second time in six weeks, Coalminers from eastern Kentucky blocked a coal train outside of Quest Energy mine on Jan. 13, claiming to have not been paid for several weeks. After three days of striking, Pike County miners finally received paychecks from American Resources Corporation.  According to CNN, the miners claimed that around 50 miners had not been paid since Dec. 16. American Resources Co...

President Donald Trump came to Lexington to encourage Kentuckians to vote for Matt Bevin.

Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

November 7, 2019

The whole nation watched as the Kentucky Gubernatorial Election was happening on Nov. 5. Exceeding the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' prediction, 42 percent of registered voters cast a ballot--the state’s largest voter turnout since the election in 1995. This is a large increase from the 2014 election which elected Matt Bevin with only a 30 percent voter turnout.  The race between Republican Matt B...

PLD Custodians spent the evening sanitizing classrooms after a confirmed case of whooping cough.

Whooping Cough Case Confirmed at Dunbar

October 1, 2019

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a rare and highly contagious bacterial respiratory tract infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are fewer than 200,000 cases per year. It spreads easily through airborne droplets from a cough or a sneeze, through saliva or even through a handshake or hug. Mia Williams, an epidemiologist from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, issued a letter...

This photo from early 2017 shows that the call for Impeachment began from the beginning of Trump's presidency.

The Process of Impeachment

September 30, 2019

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, there has been scandal after scandal, but the most recent may be the most devastating. On Sept. 13, 2019, House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff announced he would be subpoenaing the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. Adam Schiff revealed the acting D.N.I. did not inform Congress of an “urgent” whistle-blower complaint, w...

Sandy Hook Promise is working towards ending gun violence

“Know the Signs” Campaign

September 21, 2019

On Sept. 18, 2019, a Public Service Announcement by the Sandy Hook Promise debuted on the TODAY show. In the PSA entitled "Back to School Essentials," students were depicted using ordinary "back-to-school supplies" such as jackets, colored pencils, socks, and scissors as defense tools in an active school shooter situation. The PSA was used as part of the "Know the Signs" campaign by Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook Promise is a national...

Around 500 students at Dunbar will be receiving new schedules on Sept. 17.

Overcrowding Creates Schedule Changes

September 16, 2019

Students and faculty were unexpectedly affected by a large number of those enrolled at Dunbar this year. “On day one we had approximately 1,975 students enrolled and ready to start. Over the course of the first few weeks of school, enrollment fluctuates due to students enrolling and withdrawing. As of [Sept. 11], we have 1,993 students enrolled,” registrar Ms. Michelle Ginn said. The distric...