Articles by Dylan Lovan

Louisville Welcomes Justice Dept. Investigation of City’s Policing

For the people marching in the streets for more than a year after the killing of Breonna Taylor, a wide-ranging new federal investigation of policing in Louisville is seen as one more chance for justice. The demonstrations big and small …

Mayor Calls for ‘Transformation’ of Louisville Police Dept. After Sweeping Report

The Louisville Metro Police Department needs more diversity among its leadership and must work to improve trust with the community, especially among Black residents, a consulting firm said in a sweeping report of the department. The city hired the Chicago …

Kentucky High Court Orders Online Poker Site to Pay State $1B for Illegal Gambling

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last month that an online poker company must pay more than $1 billion to the state for illegal gambling losses in a court battle that began a decade ago. The ruling from the state’s high …

As Production Declines, Coal Miner Fatalities at Historic Low

Five miners died in U.S. coal mines in 2020, an all-time low mark for an industry in a year that saw continuing declines in production as electric providers move away from burning coal. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, …

Kentucky Teen Settles Lawsuit Against Washington Post Over D.C. Encounter

A Kentucky teen and The Washington Post have settled a lawsuit over the newspaper’s coverage of his encounter with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington last year. The teen’s lawyers said on social media Friday that …

Kentucky to Allow Restaurants to Reopen for Dine-In Service Before End of Month

Kentucky’s restaurants will be allowed to resume limited dine-in service later this month as part of another phase of business reopenings announced by Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday. The next phase includes plans for reopening movie theaters, fitness centers, child …

Kentucky Teen’s $250M Defamation Suit Against Washington Post Dismissed

A federal judge has thrown out a Kentucky teen’s lawsuit accusing the Washington Post of falsely labeling him a racist following an encounter with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial. Nicholas Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High …

Mine Worker Advocates Worried Coal Firm’s Tax Cut Jeopardizes Black Lung Fund

The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead …

Kentucky Fines Justice Companies Additional $3M Over Coal Mine Clean-Ups

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s family coal companies are breaching their environmental responsibilities, according to Kentucky regulators, who are seeking millions in additional fines for surface mining areas that haven’t been cleaned up. The Justice companies, which are now being …

Kentucky Coal Mine Supervisors Face Charges Over Rigged Dust Monitoring

Eight former supervisors and safety officers at a Kentucky coal company were indicted on federal charges that they rigged dust monitoring in underground mines, forcing miners to work in the kind of dirty conditions that can lead to black lung …