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The University of Louisville Foundation's chairman says the organization's assistant secretary has been placed on paid leave in another shake-up at the school's fundraising arm.

The Courier-Journal reports that in her role as assistant secretary, Kathleen Smith ran the foundation's day-to-day operations.

Smith also served as former UofL president James Ramsey's chief of staff. The 69-year-old Smith retired as the president's chief of staff earlier this month but had wanted to stay on through the end of the year at the foundation to complete some projects.

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The number of youth smoking in Kentucky is at an historic low according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

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A Franklin Circuit Judge has ordered Florida-based student loan company Liberty Tax and Student Loan Defense to stop operating in Kentucky. 

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Kentucky’s Attorney General is accusing Governor Matt Bevin of “dragging his feet” on returning millions of dollars to the state’s colleges and universities. 

A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups.  It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond.

The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption.  The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall. 

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down.

The state Department of Education said in a news release last week that the number of students scoring at the top two levels in May is up between 4 and 5 percent from last year.

However, the number of AP test takers and the number of AP tests given by schools dropped slightly this year.

Scores of 3 or better can qualify students for college credit for the course, which officials estimate saves Kentucky students more than $23 million a year in college costs.


Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.

Eastern’s four year graduation rate has almost doubled in the past seven years.  Of freshmen who entered EKU in the fall of 2012, 29.5 percent graduated this year.  Associate Vice President for Student Success Gene Palka says part of the gain can be attributed to additional financial resources.  Still, household income limitations can be significant in Kentucky.

“When I look at why students don’t graduate, most of the time, financial resources play a big factor,” Palka said.

Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University today.  The debate came during the first Campus Safety Summit.

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Richmond police continue their investigation into an overnight downtown disturbance which resulted in alerts to Eastern Kentucky University students and staff. Authorities believe "fired shots" came after an altercation at a downtown bar.

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Leaders of the University of Louisville and its foundation are pledging to continue working through their differences even amid more public dissent.