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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This week, they begin with a mention of a new Lexington area shopping destination.  Rich tells us Harriett has already checked it out.  


Matt Goins - Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Students, teachers, and staff at a Lexington high school are mourning the sudden unexplained death of a student athlete.  15-year-old Star Ifeacho died shortly after coming off the basketball court at Dunbar High School Wednesday.

Basketball Coach Scott Chalk says Ifeacho had complained of being light-headed and was in the training room with the trainer when the medical issue occurred. The coach praised the trainer and other students for administering immediate care.  

Stu Johnson

For some four decades competing horses and riders from around the world have been coming to the bluegrass in the springtime.  This weekend is no exception with the Rolex Three Day Event being held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Lexington Council Member Indicted on Theft Charges

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Lexington council member Sasha Love Higgins has been indicted on multiple theft and other felony charges stemming from her former position at a local motel.

The 34 year old was indicted Tuesday on charges of identity theft, forgery, and three counts of theft by deception, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Higgins’ attorney Fred Peters says she will plead not guilty.  Peters also says the first term councilwoman will likely step down from the council.  He says the likely resignation is not an admission of guilt. 

$1.3 Billion Aluminum Company Comes to Northeast Ky

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Just over a billion dollar manufacturing investment is being made in northeast Kentucky, a region which is still feeling the effects of job losses in the coal, steel and railroad industries.  

Governor Bevin made the economic development announcement Wednesday in Wurtland.

Lexington Mosquito Spraying Reduced this Summer

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Fayette County Health Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh Tuesday presented mosquito control strategies to leaders at city hall.  

Humbaugh says citywide overnight spraying to control mosquitoes is not planned this summer.  The commissioner says mosquito traps will be used as surveillance to determine where to spray. “So, high mosquito activity areas will be where we’ll be concentrating,” said Humbaugh.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A public meeting is being held Wednesday evening about the next step in repairing Rough River Lake Dam. The 132-foot-high earthen dam helps regulate the reservoir in Breckinridge, Grayson, and Hardin counties.

The dam was installed to reduce flood damage downstream, and is more than 50 years old. Workers are finishing up exploratory grouting along the dam, which confirmed that a cutoff wall needs to be constructed.

Kentucky’s Thapar, Trump Appeals Court Nominee, Gets Confirmation Hearing

Apr 25, 2017
kentucky.com

A Kentuckian nominated by President Donald Trump to a federal appeals court will be questioned during a confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amul Thapar to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which considers appeals from federal cases originating in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.

Thapar serves in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Kentucky and previously as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District; both appointments were made by President George W. Bush.

Stu Johnson

Lexington city officials along with a non-profit agency serving homeless people are implementing new strategies to reduce street corner panhandling.  The launch of a new job centered service was unveiled Tuesday.

Stu Johnson

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr received strong and outspoken reaction from a crowd packed itno the Lafayette High School auditorium Monday night.  Shouts of discontent came early and lasted throughout much of the hour and a half program.

The first very audible reaction erupted when the congressman commented that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. 

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How Asian Politics Could Affect U.S. Coal

Apr 12, 2017
Peabody Energy, Inc., via Wikimedia Commons

With Australia coping with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and China turning back imports of coal from North Korea this week as apparent punishment for missile tests, U.S. coal exporters are hoping for a boost.

But analysts aren’t predicting a coal comeback. 


Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers.

 

Farmers here have been big winners under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and while farm country voted overwhelmingly for Trump, his talk about scrapping NAFTA has farmers like Jed Clark nervous.
  

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