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Wright's stories have appeared in the Sacramento Bee, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Kentucky Kernel. He has won statewide and national awards for his work, including tenth place for the National Scholastic Press Association's Story of the Year award in the feature category.

 

 
 

The Kentucky Kernel

 
 Photo by  Michael Reaves , from  kykernel.com .

The Woman Behind The Mask

Robbing banks seemed like her only option. The gun, the getaway car and the bags of cash are hazy memories for this former UK employee who tried to balance work with her double life as a serial bank robber.

 
 Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer/TNS, from  kykernel.com .

Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer/TNS, from kykernel.com.

Polls defied, campus divided in Trump victory

After one of the most heated and divisive campaign seasons in recent history, Republican Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

The millionaire businessman and president-elect secured Kentucky’s eight electoral votes with more than 60 percent of Kentuckians casting Republican ballots. He beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and defied pollsters, nearly all of which predicted a Clinton victory.

 
 Front page Kentucky Kernel editorial, from  kykernel.com .

Front page Kentucky Kernel editorial, from kykernel.com.

UK's fight for secrecy leaves truth behind

The Kentucky Kernel’s legal battle with UK is about more than just one open records request. 

It’s about more than the case of sexual assault at hand, and about more than the student newspaper standing up to the university.

So when President Eli Capilouto sends campus-wide emails saying UK fights for the privacy of victims of sexual assault, the Kernel takes issue. 

 

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

 
 Kittugwiki (via Wikimedia Commons), from  kycir.org .

Kittugwiki (via Wikimedia Commons), from kycir.org.

The New Conservative Push To End Capital Punishment

After decades of defending capital punishment, some conservative Republicans are walking away from the death penalty.

In Kentucky, lawmakers such as Rep. David Floyd, a Nelson County Republican, now oppose executions on grounds of fiscal responsibility and pro-life values.

 
 Franklin County Regional Jail, from  kycir.org .

Franklin County Regional Jail, from kycir.org.

Legislators, Police Alleged To Be Among Prostitution Ring's Clients

State legislators and police officers were allegedly among the customers of a sprawling Frankfort prostitution ring, according to court documents.

The public officials allegedly patronized prostitutes through a private security business run by Thomas Banta, a former Franklin County constable.

 
 From  kycir.org .

From kycir.org.

USDA Launches New Attempt to Revoke Tiger Petting Zoo License

The operator of a roadside zoo in Southern Indiana could lose his license and pay up to $1.1 million in fines under a new complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The complaint filed last week outlines more than 100 alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act by Tim Stark and his animal exhibit, Wildlife In Need. It alleges that Stark abused animals, denied them medical care and allowed an escape.

 

The Lexington Herald-Leader

 
 Photo by Pablo Alcala, from  kentucky.com .

Photo by Pablo Alcala, from kentucky.com.

City struggling with pigeon poop, bird carcasses at notorious South Broadway bridge

A South Broadway bridge has gained a reputation with pedestrians for all the wrong reasons: piles of bird feces and decaying pigeon carcasses.

Hundreds of pigeons have made their home in the railroad overpass between the Newtown Crossing apartments and Tolly-Ho restaurant. They roost in the support beams, they defecate on the sidewalk, and many lie dead in their own filth, left to decay or be torn apart by strong-stomached scavengers.

 
 Photo by Alyssum Pohl, from  kentucky.com .

Photo by Alyssum Pohl, from kentucky.com.

UK graduate from Lexington is kayaking the Mississippi River for adventure, research

It was day seven, and the exhaustion was about to set in. Alyssum Pohl was in her tent hopelessly trying to sleep while a group of drunken twentysomethings spent the night shooting guns and yelling just outside.

With no sleep and more than 20 miles to paddle, it was a safe bet that the next day was going to be a long one.

 

Millions of gallons of sewage leaking into river that leads to popular lake near Pikeville

More than a million gallons of raw sewage has been pouring each day into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River near Pike County for nearly three months.

The raw sewage has been leaking since March 4 in Buchanan County, Va., about nine miles upstream from the Kentucky border. Once in Kentucky, the water flows about 10 miles to Fishtrap Lake, a popular boating and fishing destination near Pikeville.

 

The Sacramento Bee

 

Grand jury slams Herald fire district for financial, personnel mismanagement

A new Sacramento County Grand Jury report calls for an audit of the Herald Fire Protection District, saying fire officials used an unauthorized bank account to conduct business and the fire chief is not managing district personnel in accordance with state law.

The report also found that Fire Chief Chris McGranahan has at times viewed photos of “nude and scantily-clad women on his work computer” that were then emailed to another employee.

 

World War II bomber stars in historic aircraft show at Mather

The fuselage of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber is a hot, unwelcoming place, full of sharp corners and so loud that it’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation.

Walking, or more accurately, crawling, from the tail to the cockpit brings home the message that it is a machine made for war, not for comfort.

 

Sacramento libraries plan to boost services after voters approved new tax

For the first time in years, the Sacramento Public Library isn’t trying to figure out how to do more with less.

Voters in the city of Sacramento earlier this month affirmed their support for public libraries by approving Measure B, a $12 annual tax on single-family homes in the city.