The Memorial Day Weekend is sometimes thought of as the beginning of the summer recreational season.  In Kentucky, that includes a lot of boating on state waterways.  Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Mark Marraccini says the Commonwealth ranks behind only Alaska nationally in the number of navigable waterways.

Stu Johnson

A new Lexington task force is being formed to tackle issues of redevelopment, preservation, and displacement of residents.  A wide group of interests will be represented at the planned monthly meetings.

Lexington Council Discusses Budget Modifications

May 24, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are discussing modifications to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended budget for next year.  One issue brought up during Thursday’s Council Committee meeting was the need and cost of a new shelter for the city’s police dogs.

The Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee will continue its work Thursday to find a replacement for Bob King who is retiring this summer.  King took over the reins of the statewide university governing organization in 2009.

A veteran Kentucky political observer expects the fall congressional race between incumbent Andy Barr and first time candidate Amy McGrath to be competitive. 

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, anticipates references to President Trump during the campaign. “The president will be a big factor in this race.  The president feeds the appetite for change because most democrats, almost all Democrats are unhappy with him and even a lot of Republicans are unhappy with him,” said Cross.

Cheri Lawson

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky’s 6th congressional district last night. The crowd at a community potluck supper in Richmond cheered when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray conceded the race.

Stu Johnson

Former Lexington Council Member Linda Gorton was the clear cut winner in yesterday’s mayoral Primary Election.  Gorton and former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin will now compete in the fall for the top government job.

Gorton’s supporters showed their appreciation as she stepped down from the podium after her victory speech last night.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray returns to his city hall duties after falling short in his bid to secure a seat in Congress.  Former Marine Fighter Pilot Amy McGrath easily defeated Gray and five others in yesterday’s Primary. 

In addressing his supporters downtown last night, Gray urged them to get behind the democratic nominee.  “It was a spirited campaign and I know that Andy Barr is in for the fight of his life.  I am ready to help Amy and I want all of you to join me,” said Gray.

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr easily defeated first time candidate Chuck Eddy in yesterday’s GOP Primary.  Now the three term congressman faces former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in the fall. 

Barr, a sixth generation Lexingtonian, believes the Republican agenda in Washington is looked upon favorably by many in central Kentucky. “And I don’t think any of our constituents are going to want abandon an agenda that has delivered a booming economy, the most prosperous economy in over two decades,” said Barr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An English professor at Murray State University has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.

Paul Walker defeated Alonzo Pennington in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. He will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Comer in the November general election.


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Henderson is a small city of about 30,000 people on the Ohio River. 

For most of the last 50 years, the city has run on coal power. And the coal is locally sourced: all of it comes from Western Kentucky coal fields from within a 30 miles radius. 
Henderson Mayor Steve Austin is giving a tour around downtown. He remembers growing up beside the plant. 

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Far from the ocean and Puerto Rico’s famous beaches, narrow roads wind into mountains not unlike the country roads of our home, West Virginia. After hours of driving we reach a rural community in the island’s center called Tetuan Tres. Like so many places in rural Appalachia, you don’t come here accidentally.

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LaRue County, Kentucky, dairy farmer Gary Rock sits in his milking parlor, overlooking what is left of his 95 cow operation.

“Three hundred years of history is something that a lot of people in our country cannot even talk about,” Rock said.

That’s how long the farm has been in his family. While the land has turned out tobacco, soybeans and other crops over the years, since 1980 dairy has nourished the family in and out of tragedy.