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The chair of the biology department at Berea College sees significant academic and infrastructure benefits to a future new home for sciences.  The final beam of the new building will be put in place at a ceremony scheduled this afternoon on the southern Madison County campus.

EKU Events Recognize American Chestnut

Apr 20, 2017
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With this month’s Arbor Day recognition fast approaching, officials at Eastern Kentucky University staged various tree related activities at the historic Elmwood estate Thursday. The emphasis was on the American Chestnut.

Ky Grassroots Group Proposes Energy Plan

Apr 20, 2017
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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a well-known grassroots social justice organization is proposing a long term energy plan.  

The report called, “Empower Kentucky” is described as a people’s plan to shape a just transition to a clean energy economy.  Josh Bills, a mechanical engineer from Berea and a KFTC member.  “The plan is long and detailed and full of recommendations and action steps that could be taken today by mayors, city councils, campuses, congregations, businesses, the state legislature, the public service commission, and utilities,” said Bills.

Lexington city leaders are beginning to evaluate the use of electronic billboards along certain roadways in the central Kentucky community.  The idea prompted a number of questions during Tuesday’s council committee meeting.

Members of Kentucky Adoption Task Force Named

Apr 19, 2017
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Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has announced a new task force that will overhaul the state’s adoption process. A bi-partisan group of eight House members are tasked with streamlining the process and making it more affordable. 

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections this week is implementing an emergency regulation aimed at expediting the release of certain offenders.  These inmates have already been approved for parole.

The move impacts some 570 inmates whose cases have been reviewed by the state parole board as part of the normal discharge process.  The regulation is designed to free up prison and jail beds.  High inmate numbers in the most crowded county jails have raised concerns over safety and operations.  Since January of 2016, the state inmate population has grown 6.9%. 

Lexington City Leaders Discuss Panhandling

Apr 19, 2017
wkyt.com

Panhandling in Lexington received a thorough discussion Tuesday at City Hall.  Mayor Jim Gray says he’s held three meetings on the issue over the last week and a half.

The mayor says he gathered a task force of sorts and recommendations will be coming to council.  One member, Fred Brown says his wife was harassed in a parking lot. “They’re not only holding signs up now. They’re approaching the vehicles and knocking on the windows,” said Brown.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders packed Louisville’s Palace Theater Tuesday night during a campaign-style rally intended to unify and rebuild the Democratic Party after last year’s elections.

“We need to make the Democratic Party not just the party of the east coast and the west coast, but the party for all 50 states,” Sanders said.

The event was part of a speaking tour through conservative states across the country with the new chair of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez.

Stu Johnson

The 39th annual of Lexington Picnic with the Pops is set for August 18 and 19  at Keeneland.  Details of the summer event were revealed  Tuesday inside the Kentucky Theater lobby. 

On Friday August 18, the Lexington Philharmonic will perform the soundtrack from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  The following night the orchestra will present the music of Michael Jackson.  

Lexington Teens Weigh In on New Curfew

Apr 18, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington has a new curfew law in effect.  The new curfew ordinance sets midnight every night as the time for those under 18 to be inside.  The previous law established 1:00 a.m. as the deadline on weekends.  

Teenagers experienced the biggest change for the first time this past weekend.

It was a warm spring Saturday night when seven teenagers gathered at a Lexington Sonic Drive-In.

Several of the teens, including 18-year-old Luke Florence, 17-year-old Lindsey Campbell, and 16-year-old Annie Vandenburg, voiced their opinions about the curfew.

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How Asian Politics Could Affect U.S. Coal

Apr 12, 2017
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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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