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One of Kentucky’s best known gardeners uses out of state appearances to spread the word about Kentucky’s attractions, which can offer a healthy boost in tourism dollars.  Jon Carloftis gave a presentation Thursday before the Lexington Rotary Club.

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This year’s Appalachian Research Day event in Hazard focused on efforts to address the opioid epidemic.  The one day program Wednesday included innovation stations from schools throughout eastern Kentucky. 

 

The hometown of the “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe finally has its own museum honoring the legendary musician. 

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Only 32 percent of Kentuckians surveyed this month approved of Republican Governor Matt Bevin’s job performance. Political Science Professor Joel Turner heads the Social Science Research Center at Western Kentucky University, which conducted the poll. He says despite Bevin’s low approval rating, his hardcore supporters appear to appreciate his recent efforts during the General Assembly.

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Three Central Kentucky Democrats vying for Congress participated in a WLEX televised debate last night at Transylvania University. This is the first time these three candidates laid out their platforms during this type of format.

The hour long debate heard on WEKU opened with each candidate talking about key planks in their political platforms.  For former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath it was working to protect the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act was never perfect, but it was something that greatly benefitted Kentucky,” said McGrath.

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The Lexington-Fayette Health Department is expanding it’s needle exchange program.  The program, launched in the fall of 2015, now offers clean needles in exchange for used syringes on Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00. 

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Lexington city leaders have quizzed local law enforcement and a prosecutor on criminal gang activity.  There was a presentation Tuesday on the Project Safe Neighborhood Program.

Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn told members of a council committee that a critical component of the program is identifying high risk offenders.  “Your law enforcement community, your state, local, and federal law enforcement community and your prosecutors in this county are working together like they’ve never worked together before,” said Red Corn.

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The Kentucky Board of Education has voted to accept the resignation of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt.

The board's decision comes one day after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced most of the board with new members. The appointments mean everyone on the board has now been chosen by Bevin, who took office in December 2015.

Lexington Council Begins Budget Review

Apr 17, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s city council got a more thorough explanation of Mayor Jim Gray’s budget funding rationale during a workshop Tuesday at city hall.  

FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To

Apr 17, 2018
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Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley.

The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald Trump said the administration was examining the utility’s request.

“We’ll be looking at that 202, you know what a 202 is, we’ll be looking at that, we’re trying,” he said.

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Billy Hobby’s days are largely filled by two things: church and pool.

“I play everyday, mostly,” Hobby said, sitting next to his wife, Barbara.

“Well, I enjoy watching him play,” Barbara Hobby said. “He’s got health problems, can’t go out of town and play all the time.”

 

 

Billy and Barbara were in Cadiz, Kentucky, about 20 miles from their home in Princeton so that the 86-year-old pool player could compete in a weekly tournament.

Trump Visits West Virginia Hints at Utility Bailout

Apr 5, 2018
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President Donald Trump today visited West Virginia for a roundtable discussion on the recently-passed tax bill. The president also indicated the administration is looking closely at a recent emergency request made by regional electric utility FirstEnergy.  

Trump told a crowd in White Sulphur Springs he is looking closely at a request by the Ohio-based utility for emergency aid to keep its struggling coal and nuclear plants running.


Soy Vey! Ohio Valley Farmers Caught Up in Trade War

Apr 5, 2018
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China buys more than half of the soybeans produced in the Ohio Valley. While a new 25 percent tariff is just a threat from the region's largest buyer, the signs of a trade war between President Trump’s tariff list and China’s has farmers caught in its crosshairs. This all comes as the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits the region this week.

Each morning Davie Stevens wakes up to check commodities online, Wednesday morning was no different, except the market price of soybeans had dropped almost 40 cents.

“At a projected crop of 4.3 billions bushels of soybeans this year. Soybean farmers by overnight have lost 1.72 billion in value. So is it a big deal? It's a huge deal.”

 


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