Jacob Ryan

Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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  Protest organizers on Monday issued a dozen demands to Louisville Metro Police, including a call to remove local police union president David Mutchler from the department.

The protest was a response to an open letter sent last week by Mutchler. In the letter, Mutchler blasted residents who had criticized police actions and tactics.

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The number of Kentuckians who are “underbanked”—that is, people who don’t participate in the banking system—has increased.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed his support for the request that the U.S. Supreme Court consider the state's same-sex marriage cases.

Kentucky is among the worst states in the U.S. at providing vulnerable populations with accessibility to critical elements of the justice system, according to the Justice Index study released this month by the National Center for Access to Justice.

Kentucky high schools aren't the most inviting spaces for LGBT students, according to a study released this week by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN.

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky.

In fact, the results of a recent report from the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the state spends $561 less per student in fiscal year 2015 than in fiscal year 2008. Adjusting for inflation, the rate is about 11 percent less than than the 2008 rate.

State legislators are slowly turning the rate around, said Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Kentuckians default on student loans at one of the highest rates in the U.S.

About 11,700 people had defaulted on student loans they were supposed to begin repaying in 2011 for attending a Kentucky college, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. 

That puts Kentucky's default rate at 17.5.

A program developed in Kentucky that aims to curb sexual violence in high schools showed success in a five-year study.

On Wednesday, University of Kentucky researchers presented preliminary findings from the study that looked at the impacts the Green Dot violence prevention program had in a select group of Kentucky high schools.

Kentucky had the highest percentage of obese high school students in the U.S. in 2013, according to a report released this week  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and nonprofit group Trust for Americans Health.

A challenge was issued in 2008 for Kentucky education leaders to accelerate academic improvement in a way that would allow the state to break into the top 20 in national rankings by 2020.

And it seems to be happening—in some areas. That's according to a report released Wednesday that examines Kentucky's academic progress in various categories. 

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