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The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by Morgan:

Kentucky Supreme Court rules abortions will stay banned until lawsuit is decided

The Kentucky Supreme Court's ruling maintains the state's near-total "trigger" ban on abortions for now. The procedure remains illegal in most cases. → Read More

Abortion could be prosecuted as a homicide under new Kentucky legislation

Rep. Emily Callaway of Louisville wants to apply the same legal principles in the homicides of a person "born alive" to cases involving a fetus → Read More

What McGarvey, McConnell and other Kentucky congressmen said about the State of the Union

This was Rep. Morgan McGarvey's first State of the Union address since Louisville elected him. He didn't want to be cheesy but called it "incredible." → Read More

LIST: Here's the latest on key bills from the 2023 Kentucky legislature

Lawmakers filed hundreds of bills each session. Here are the ones you should keep an eye on. → Read More

Graduation rates and Ford Pintos: A Q&A with University of Louisville President Kim Schatzel

The University of Louisville's new president, Kim Schatzel, officially started on the job this week. We interviewed her on her first day. → Read More

What is delta-8 THC? 7 things to know about the marijuana alternative

Delta-8 is sometimes described as "marijuana lite," and it can be indirectly made from hemp. It is being sold legally in Kentucky. → Read More

Poll: Andy Beshear tops 4 key Republican candidates in 2023 Kentucky governor's election

Yet another poll brings good news for Gov. Andy Beshear, who's up for reelection this year. It offers interesting data on the Republican primary, too. → Read More

Brooklawn to appeal state's decision to revoke license for treating kids at facilities

The government revoked its license as a residential treatment facility for psychiatric patients and the relocation of patients. → Read More

Ryan Quarles backs out of event featuring officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting

Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Quarles said he won't go "due to the controversial nature of another speaker" - ex-LMPD officer Jon Mattingly → Read More

Meet Rebecca Blankenship, Kentucky's first openly transgender elected official

Rebecca Blankenship was sworn in as a member of her community's school board this month, following her historic election by Berea voters in November. → Read More

Gov. Andy Beshear to give State of the Commonwealth address: Where to watch

Governors traditionally give these speeches every year. The Courier Journal will livestream it on our website Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. → Read More

Mitch McConnell sets new record as US Senate's longest-serving party leader

Sen. Mitch McConnell broke a congressional record Tuesday and celebrated the Democratic senator who previously held that record in a speech. → Read More

Clogging, milk and squirrels? Here are 6 of Kentucky's weirdest state designations

From clogging to gray squirrels, Kentucky lawmakers have made some strange state designations over the years. Here are six that you may not have known → Read More

Gov. Andy Beshear announces $38M more in eviction relief aid for Louisville

Outgoing Mayor Greg Fischer indicated some of the money will give renters direct assistance but more will go toward building new affordable housing. → Read More

Kentucky Sen. Karen Berg asks for 'tolerance and grace' after transgender son's death

Kentucky Sen. Karen Berg asked people to "practice tolerance and grace" following the death of her transgender son, Henry Berg-Brousseau. → Read More

Louisville Mayor-elect Craig Greenberg invites public to open house on Inauguration Day

Mayor-Elect Craig Greenberg wants to meet his constituents once he's inaugurated on Jan. 2. That afternoon, he'll host an open house at Metro Hall. → Read More

Gov. Andy Beshear looks back at 3 achievements in 2022 and ahead to 1 challenge for 2023

Beshear is coming to the end of this third year in office as governor. → Read More

Mitch McConnell snubbed by fallen officer's family at Jan. 6 medal ceremony

Sen. McConnell also reacted to Donald Trump's suggestion that the Constitution could be terminated, so he could quickly return to the White House. → Read More

Who is Kim Schatzel? What to know about University of Louisville’s new president

Kim Schatzel is officially taking the top job at the University of Louisville. Here are a few things worth knowing about her. → Read More

University of Louisville picks Kim Schatzel of Towson as new president

The new president was named nearly a year after former U of L President Neeli Bendapudi suddenly left in December 2021. → Read More