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Irene Ambler, publisher of the weekly Hurricane Breeze newspaper, died Tues

April 20, 1995

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) _ Irene Ambler, publisher of the weekly Hurricane Breeze newspaper, died Tuesday. She was 76.

Her father, Robert Forth, purchased the newspaper in 1913, and Ambler helped him run it until he died in 1983. She then co-published the paper with her daughter, Cookie, and son-in-law, Ron Allen.

Mary Bingham

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Mary Bingham, matriarch of a family that built a Louisville publishing empire and was then torn apart by it, died Tuesday of a heart attack during a Rotary toast in her honor. She was 90.

Nine years ago, her family was split by a bitter and public conflict that resulted in the sale of the Bingham media empire, the cornerstone of which was The Courier-Journal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper known for its liberal positions.

After her husband’s death in 1988, she took over his role in the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund, which has now distributed $59 million, for everything from folk art to the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

The Bingham publishing empire began in 1918, when Robert Worth Bingham bought a controlling interest in The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times. He started radio station WHAS in 1922 and later founded Standard Gravure, which printed Sunday magazines and advertising supplements.

His son Barry Bingham Sr., took control of the companies in 1933 and became publisher and president in 1937. Barry Bingham Sr. started WHAS-TV in 1950.

Dissension among the children surfaced when daughter Sallie Bingham challenged Barry Bingham Jr.’s control of the companies. She and her sister, Eleanor, were ousted from the board of directors. Sallie Bingham turned down a family offer of $26.3 million for her stock, and in 1986 Bingham Sr. decided to sell the company.

Morton Liebman

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Morton Liebman, a publisher and businessman who helped start the Santa Fe Reporter weekly newspaper, died April 7 of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Liebman published the Bergen News and owned Allied Printing Corp., which printed Rolling Stone and The New York Review of Books.

In 1974, he bought the Santa Fe News and co-published it for one year. The publication then was sold to owners who modified the newspaper into the Santa Fe Reporter.

After the sale, Liebman worked as business manager and continued to provide financial assistance during the paper’s early years. He also founded the company Copygraphics.

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