Matt Mencarini, The Courier-Journal

Matt Mencarini

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by Matt:

Browsing the stacks in Kentucky: 5 independent bookstores have lasted a combined 210 years

Five of Kentucky's longest-running independent bookstores — from used books to children's books to new releases — have been around for decades. → Read More

A Courier Journal analysis of PPP data shows significant disparities

A quick look at The Courier Journal's analysis of federal loan data for the Paycheck Protection Program. → Read More

'We will be prepared': Beshear activates Kentucky National Guard for Biden inauguration

Gov. Andy Beshear activated the state's National Guard to assist with protection at the state Capitol and in Washington, D.C. → Read More

David Sparks sentenced for murder of Savannah Spurlock, young mom buried in his yard

A judge sentenced David Sparks to 50 years in prison for the murder of Savannah Spurlock, the prosecutor said. → Read More

Louisville police's 'no-knock' warrants most often targeted Black residents, analysis shows

Louisville Metro Police disproportionately targeted Black residents for "no-knock" search warrants, like the one that led to Breonna Taylor's door. → Read More

Wounded cop says Breonna Taylor would be alive if police burst in sooner. Experts disagree

Jonathan Mattingly said if police had done true no-knock raid Breonna Taylor would still be alive. Policing experts point to other errors that night. → Read More

Mattingly attorney: 'Absurd' to say anyone but Breonna Taylor's boyfriend shot officer

Kent Wicker, an attorney for LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly said the idea his client was shot by fellow officer is "not grounded in fact or reality." → Read More

Jefferson County polling locations could increase from 8 to 20 for November election

Secretary of State Michael Adams tweeted Friday night that a new plan submitted by Jefferson County could increase polling locations to 20. → Read More

Breonna Taylor live updates: Reports of golf balls thrown at protesters Friday night

Louisville protests over the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor are expected to continue Saturday. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Larynzo Johnson pleads not guilty in Louisville protest shooting, bond set at $1 million

The man accused of injuring two police officers with gunfire in protest in Louisville over Breonna Taylor's death has pleaded not guilty. → Read More

Louisville cop injured in Breonna Taylor shooting threatens lawsuits over being called 'murderer'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly intends to file civil lawsuits against those who have called him a "murderer" for his role in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, according to an attorney.Todd McMurtry posted video to Twitter on Thursday night that appeared to show Mattingly being put onto the back of a truck bed and driven away after he was shot March 13 at… → Read More

Officer called 'murderer' in Breonna Taylor shooting hires attorney who threatens lawsuits

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was not indicted by the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case, has hired a civil attorney. → Read More

Everything you need to know about the Breonna Taylor decision (and the reaction) for Thursday

The long-awaited grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case came on Wednesday. Here are some takeaways from the day. → Read More

FBI investigation into Breonna Taylor case continues even after grand jury indicts officer

A grand jury decision to indict one officer involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor doesn't close out all investigations. → Read More

What's next for the 2 officers who weren't indicted in the Breonna Taylor shooting?

The two officers who weren't charged in relation to Breonna Taylor's death are not yet cleared to return to street duty. → Read More

Kentucky faces wave of evictions if Andy Beshear's protections go away, advocates warn

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise again in the state, some estimates put one in four Kentuckians at risk of eviction. → Read More

Charles Booker injunction request helps reopen Louisville polls as voters pound on doors

U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker won a court order that let Louisville's only polling site reopen to voters who missed the initial cutoff. → Read More

Coronavirus roundup: Kentucky reports record number of daily deaths as state slowly reopens

After its highest number of daily reported deaths, Kentucky has seen 366 total deaths from the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in March. → Read More

Kentucky will give $300M to local governments for coronavirus expenses

On Thursday, local governments can start applying for a portion of the $300 million the state received from the federal governments for COVID-19 expenses. → Read More

A Louisville nurse followed 'her calling' to New York to join the fight against COVID-19

Nina Dotta, 48, is a traveling nurse who took an assignment in an ICU for COVID-19 patients in New York. Her first shift was Thursday night. → Read More