President Trump's proposed budget calls for big cuts in a wide array of domestic programs — among them, agencies that fund the arts, humanities and public media.

Funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be cut to zero under the proposal, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely, the first time any president has proposed such a measure.

Thousands Gather for On the Table Lexington Discussions

Mar 16, 2017
Mary Meehan

Lexington area citizens gathered Wednesday for community discussions in the city’s first “On the Table” event. They gathered in community centers, coffee shops, houses of worship and other venues to talk about issues affecting quality of life in the city.    


With hopes of passing a charter schools bill out of the legislature by the end of the day, the Senate Education Committee Wednesday approved last-minute changes to a bill that would allow the organizations to open up across the state.

Gov. Matt Bevin showed up to the committee to once again throw his support behind the bill.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that it’s needing a debate at this point,” Bevin said. “This idea that some would say ‘well we’re not ready, we haven’t had time, we haven’t studied it.’ Really?”

With time running out on the legislative session, the Republican-led General Assembly approved or advanced several bills on Tuesday. But important measures dealing with charter schools, REAL ID compliance and criminal recidivism haven’t yet moved.

A new version of the charter schools bill, House Bill 520, will be considered in the Senate Education Committee at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The House approved the bill earlier this month, but it hasn’t been taken up in the Senate as negotiations take place behind closed doors.

Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept.

Later this year, Madison County will join about 15 other Kentucky communities that offer needle or syringe exchanges. The county’s fiscal court gave unanimous approval Tuesday morning.   

Like most of the state, Madison County has seen alarming increases in the number of Hepatitis C infections caused by sharing of dirty needles by drug users.

The County’s Board of Health held two informational meetings earlier this year in Richmond and Berea before considering the resolution to establish the program.

Marisa Hempel

We’ve been hearing a lot about “fake news” and “alternative facts” lately. Some folks say these are symptoms of challenges to journalism.

 



On this week’s Eastern Standard: Fake News and other Challenges to Journalism.

 

Downtown Development Corporation

 

Well over 10,000 people are signed up to participate in community discussions in Lexington Wednesday as On the Table meetings are scheduled all over the city.

 The On the Table format for community conversations is patterned after meetings that have been held each year in Chicago for four years.  Lexington is the first of ten cities holding similar get-togethers with support from the Knight Foundation.

 

Kentucky.com

The state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is implementing monthly alcohol serving classes across the state aimed at creating a consistent training schedule as the number of wet counties grows.

The Server Training in Alcohol Regulations or STAR classes are for ABC licensees and their employees.  Classes are intended for people who serve or sell alcoholic beverages.  They'll be held monthly at state park venues.  Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Christine Trout said the training is not state mandated.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is speaking out against Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.

Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a "no brainer" and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to do so. Matt Markgraf speaks with Comer about how the U.S. and Kentucky's first district could stand to gain from easing restrictions and expanding trade relations with the Caribbean island.

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Note: Some readers may find this subject matter disturbing.

When Beth Jacobs was 16 years old, she needed a ride home. She had missed her bus after work again after promising her father she was responsible enough not to make it a habit. She asked a man she thought was a friend to give her a lift. He offered her a drink from his car’s cup holder. She took a sip and woke up in a parking lot hours later.

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The Road To Recovery

On a recent gray winter morning Tomas Green drove the rain slick streets of Ranson in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. No matter the weather, Green helps transport clients working through addiction at the Jefferson Day Report Center get to their treatment sessions and meetings.


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