Linda Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader

Linda Blackford

Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, KY, United States

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Past articles by Linda:

Amy McGrath couldn’t beat Andy Barr. Can she topple Mitch McConnell?

While many McGrath supporters are excited about her early morning announcement Tuesday that she would take one of the most powerful politicians in the country, it’s hard to imagine that any Democrat can prevail in a statewide election these days, much less defeat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. → Read More

Kentucky doesn’t require tracking of domestic violence deaths. Is it finally time?

Kentucky still doesn’t track domestic violence deaths. → Read More

Even the campaign trail shouldn’t lead a doctor to forego science on vaccinations

On campaign trail, state Sen. Alvarado says government shouldn’t require vaccinations. It’s disturbing to see this nonchalant approach to science from those who are supposed to promote it. Even on the campaign trail. → Read More

Homeless, hungry students. We can’t expect Kentucky schools to fix this alone.

We’re blaming schools for societal problems rather than blaming societal problems for issues at our schools. → Read More

Lexington mayor welcomes immigrants as U.S. government abuses them at the border

In the face of possible immigration raids across the United States, Gorton noted that Lexington police won’t help U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in raids here unless there is a court order or imminent public danger, but she also welcomed immigrants. → Read More

Fans don’t like watching horses die. It’s time for racing to face this — and fix it.

A rash of deaths on race tracks has led to the resurrection of a bill to regulate horse racing under one authority. → Read More

Celebrate fairness this month. And thank Joan Callahan, the ‘wolf mama’ of a movement.

LGBTQ civil rights warrior Joan Callahan, who made Lexington a more progressive place, died on June 6. → Read More

UK’s tuition going is going up — and down — next fall. See how rates are changing.

For the first time in 15 years, University of Kentucky students will pay the same tuition rates, no matter which year they are in school. → Read More

State grants fraction of tax breaks sought for Coldstream Research Park development

State officials approved a much smaller tax break for new developments at Coldstream Research Park than requested to build new housing, office space and hotels at the sprawling site on Newtown Pike. → Read More

UK HealthCare’s secretive medical foundation must disclose its records, judge rules

The foundation that bills patients and collects millions of dollars for UK HealthCare doctors is a public agency and must turn over documents under the Kentucky Open Records Act, a Fayette Circuit Court judge has ruled. → Read More

Why are Kentucky breast cancer survivors upset about this proposed tattoo ban?

Kentucky health officials appear to be backing off a controversial proposal to ban tattoos on scarred skin, a regulation that upset many breast cancer survivors and others. → Read More

Transylvania University names alum as interim president following Carey’s departure

Transylvania University will name an alumnus who is currently dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry as its interim president, following the surprise departure of President Seamus Carey last week. → Read More

UK journalism professor takes aim at bosses in federal lawsuit

University of Kentucky journalism professor Buck Ryan has sued four top officials at UK, saying they defamed him and then retaliated against him when he fought their efforts to fire him. → Read More

This black community was cleared for Memorial Coliseum. Now it’s history is uncovered.

UK officials unveiled a historical marker at the back of Memorial Coliseum to commemorate the historically black Adamstown neighborhood and Pierre Whiting, an Adamstown resident who worked as a janitor at UK for 57 years. → Read More

In surprise announcement, Transylvania University president steps down after 5 years.

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey will step down this summer after five years on the job for another position in New York, officials said in a surprise announcement on Monday afternoon. → Read More

UK announces tuition increase to help pay for faculty and staff raises

The University of Kentucky will raise tuition by 2.4 percent for in-state undergraduate students, creating a price tag of $12,538 per year, according to a campus email sent Tuesday by President Eli Capilouto. → Read More

Future of Transylvania student news site in doubt after school stops payments

Students and administrators at Transylvania University are battling over the future of the school’s digital news site, The Rambler. → Read More

Maximum Security, 4-1 favorite, wins 145th Kentucky Derby

Maximum Security, the 4-1 favorite, has won the 145th Kentucky Derby. → Read More

From the clever to the cliche, how every 2019 Kentucky Derby horse got its name

Tacitus was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire who wrote about the reigns of the emperors Tiberius, Claudius and Nero. His name is famous, and now adorns → Read More

‘I want to open doors.’ UK graduate with Down Syndrome breaks another barrier.

On Sunday, Megan McCormick graduates from the University of Kentucky as possibly the first student with Down Syndrome to earn a bachelor’s degree. → Read More