Lexington Officials Say Homelessness Down

15 hours ago
wtvq.com

Lexington officials say homelessness in the community has dropped by a quarter since 2014.  The annual “point in time” count conducted each January shows chronic homelessness has been cut in half.  Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says ongoing efforts need to focus on housing shelter residents. 

He says living in a homeless shelter is still considered homeless, “We’ve really had to put the emphasis on how do we help get people not just off the streets, but also out the shelter and into housing.”

EKU Faculty Task Force to Tackle Funding Cuts

23 hours ago
libraryscience.edu.edu

Eastern Kentucky University’s effort to deal with state funding reductions includes formation of a “Faculty Efficiency Task Force.”  The issue was discussed during last week’s university Board of Regents meeting. 

Following the April 27 meeting, Faculty Senate Chair Shirley O’Brien wasn’t sure what formation of the task force would involve, saying,  “This has been the first that we’ve discussed it today and I’m waiting to further look for faculty representation and better understand where are efficiency needs are.”

Focus On Business: Rodney Vinegar on Human Resources

23 hours ago

During his 18-year professional career, Rodney Vinegar has been responsible for recruitment, training, professional development, human resources leadership, and labor relations with such global companies as UBS Investment Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Pepsi and Scripps Network Interactive.  Rodney recently returned from New York to his home state of Kentucky and joined Tom Martin to discuss some HR issues common in today’s workplace.

A listener from Frankfort emailed us with what she called some “observations about the WEKU stream vs. other Kentucky public radio streams.” 

She says, “The broadcast volume is about 30% of what some other stations broadcast. For example, to hear WEKU at the same volume as other stations, I have to put my speakers at 20-30% volume vs. 5-10% for others.” 

WalletHub Study Ranks Kentucky Low in Gambling-Related Issues

May 2, 2016
bustle.com

With the Kentucky Derby just days away, much attention this week will focus on which horse to wager on.  A recently-released national study on gambling ranks Kentucky low in gambling related problems.

The study by the personal finance website WalletHub focused on what the site calls “gambling friendliness” and “gambling problems and treatment.”  Kentucky ranked 43rd overall. 

Chelsea Clinton Campaigns For Hillary In Lexington

Apr 29, 2016
kentucky.com

Ahead of Kentucky’s May 17 Democratic presidential primary, Chelsea Clinton stopped in Lexington on Friday to stump for her mother, Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to about 200 people crowded into Clinton’s storefront field office, the younger Clinton called this year’s presidential election the most important of her lifetime.

“If I think about healthcare or education or our economy or women’s rights, I worry that all of that is currently under threat,” she said.

Walk-In Absentee Voting Opens Statewide

Apr 29, 2016
kentuckycountyclerks.com

Friday marks the required opening day for in-person absentee voting at Kentucky’s county clerk offices.  But, the president of the statewide county clerks association doesn’t expect an increase in foot traffic in her Danville office.

EKU Board Grants Contract Extension for Benson

Apr 29, 2016
president.eku.edu

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents is extending President Michael Benson’s contract by two years.  The school’s governing board approved the extension Wednesday.

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

On their minds this week are performances by comedian Amy Schumer and the postponed show by Hal Holbrook plus some other shows and concerts.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

State Dedicates Workers To Cut Benefind Backlog

Apr 28, 2016
Ryland Barton Capitol Reporter

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is bringing 91 field workers from around the state to Frankfort to help deal with the backlog of applications in Benefind, the new umbrella portal for Kentucky’s welfare programs.

Since the February rollout of Benefind, people trying to get benefits have had to deal with long wait times at local Department for Community Based Services offices and over the phone. The system also erroneously sent out notices to some people that their benefits had been canceled.

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