State News in Brief


WKU investigating racial incidents on campus

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Officials at Western Kentucky University are investigating after someone slipped a statement under an assistant dean’s office door, attacking her race.

WKU Provost David Lee told the Bowling Green Daily News Monday that Assistant Dean Michelle Jones of the University College recently found the statement in her South Campus office.

He says the note attacked Jones for being African-American and said she should go back to Africa.

Lee says they are determined to find out who wrote the note.

Last month, a black student at WKU found her parked car keyed with a racial epithet and other scratches.

WKU President Gary Ransdell said in a statement Sunday that police are investigating both incidents. He says the actions of the few do not represent the entire university.

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UK opens historic renovated building, honors female pioneers

LEXINGTON (AP) — The University of Kentucky’s first women’s dorm has reopened as a classroom building and administrative center following a $15 million renovation.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a dedication ceremony was held Monday for Patterson Hall, which opened in 1904. It’s now the administrative center of UK’s themed dorms, known as “Living Learning Communities.”

Also dedicated were four new residence halls surrounding Patterson that have been named for some of the university’s female pioneers, including Sarah Bennett Holmes, UK’s dean of women from 1942 to 1957; Cleona Matthews Boyd, a classics teacher and president of the UK Woman’s Club for 25 years; Frances Jewell McVey, who taught in UK’s English department from 1915 to 1921; and Georgia M. Blazer, who served on the UK Board of Trustees from 1939 to 1961.

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Perryville working to restore natural habitat, species

PERRYVILLE (AP) — State officials say crews at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site are working to restore native species in an effort to make the land look more like it did during the Civil War.

A statement from the Kentucky Department of Parks says several organizations have formed a partnership to convert fescue to native grasses and wildflowers on 625 acres at the park, which is expected to attract Bobwhite quail, turkey and other species. The statement says plans call for Perryville Battlefield to also become a wildlife viewing and birding area.

Officials say it will take about two years for native grasses to become established. In the meantime, the restoration project could lead to dead or yellowed grass during this year’s re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville on Oct. 8-9.

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State to hold info sessions for former ITT students

FRANKFORT (AP) — State officials will hold information sessions for Kentucky students impacted by the closure of ITT Technical Institute.

ITT announced last week it was closing all of its campuses, including two Kentucky. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will host two sessions this week to help students transition to another school to finish their degrees

The first session is Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Leestown Conference Center at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College located at 164 Opportunity Way in Lexington. The second session is Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Health Sciences Hall on the Downtown Campus of Jefferson Community College, located at 110 W. Chestnut St. in Louisville.

Students should bring their transcripts, grade reports and any industry certifications.

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Speed Museum showcases sneakers as art

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Louisville’s Speed Museum is hosting a temporary exhibit that’s all about the shoes.

The museum says its exhibit called “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” is the first of its kind in the country to feature the sneaker’s “complex and fascinating” design history.

The exhibit shows nearly 150 sneakers, plus film footage, photographic images and design drawings.

Among the highlights are an 1860s spiked running shoe, an original 1917 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes and the original Nike Air Force 1. One portion of the exhibit is devoted entirely to the popularity of Nike’s Air Jordan.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 27 and is $8 for non-members, $6 for members.

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