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Remembering Janet Reno's Swing Through The Bluegrass

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Kentuckians are paying their respects to former Attorney General Janet Reno, who passed away at her Florida home Monday.

Reno visited the University of Kentucky in 2004 as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision – right on the heels of her testimony on the September 11th terrorist attacks.

While Brown was the reason for her appearance, Reno also addressed her testimony before the 9/11 Commission just the day before.

"I found the questioning from both sides to be very thoughtful and very constructive, and I thought I was treated with thoughtful kindness," she said.

The former Clinton Cabinet official went on to defend the administration’s record on terrorism.

"We had published a strategic plan for the year 2000 to 2005 and terrorism was listed as a tier one priority, and we specifically listed Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda," Reno recalled.

That intelligence would have been handled differently in the summer of 2001, she said, had the previous administration still been in power.

Current Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently traveled to UK to speak on the state’s opioid epidemic. She released a statement Monday calling Reno a “trailblazer” for women in government and law enforcement. 

After leaving office and mounting an unsuccessful bid for governor in Florida, Reno traveled the country giving speeches on criminal justice issues.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.