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Ky. Democrats hire Sanders’ alum as party director

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director.

The party announced Mary Nishimuta (Nish-ah-moo-tah) of Frankfort as the new executive director on Friday. She will serve under state party chairwoman Sannie Overly, a state representative from Paris.

Nishimuta was a national team leader for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and was a delegate for him to the Democratic National Convention. Sanders narrowly lost Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

A graduate of Georgia Tech, Nishimuta has worked for various Fortune 500 companies and is the co-owner of the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe in Frankfort. She said her goal is to build a strong party in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

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Law enforcement commanders meet in Ky.

LEXINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement commanders from around the country are meeting in Kentucky to discuss how to address current issues facing officers.

The University of Kentucky says in a statement that its police department is hosting the conference in Lexington to highlight the need to transform the culture of law enforcement.

One session on Friday includes information about causes of critical incident stress and potential effects it can have during a use of force incident. The session includes information on how critical incident stress affects policy decisions in officer-involved shootings and how proper training can reduce critical incident stress.

Another session will focus on how police officers are at risk of developing insulin resistance and how they can reverse it with proper management.

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WKU student government calls for free tuition as reparations

BOWLING GREEN, (AP) — Western Kentucky University’s Student Government Association has passed a resolution calling for free tuition for black students as reparations for slavery.

News outlets report that the resolution, which passed 19-10 with one abstention, also urges the creation of a special task force to research test-optional and geographically-weighted admissions to reduce inequality in higher education.

Student Government Association senators Andrea Ambam and Brian Anderson wrote the resolution, which they describe as a message to the administration.

Outgoing WKU President Gary Ransdell says he understands the resolution as a conversation-starter, but the university will not adopt it as official policy. He says he has spent the last year engaging in dialogue with black student leaders and the university is focusing on assisting underrepresented minorities, low-income and first-generation students.

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