Lexington/Richmond http://weku.fm en 'Pop Bottle' Bombs Found at Area High School, Activities Canceled http://weku.fm/post/pop-bottle-bombs-found-area-high-school-activities-canceled <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A bottle bomb exploded at a Lexington school Wednesday, chasing band members inside and bringing police to the scene.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:01:55 +0000 Associated Press 62852 at http://weku.fm 'Pop Bottle' Bombs Found at Area High School, Activities Canceled Central Kentucky Winery Sold at Auction http://weku.fm/post/central-kentucky-winery-sold-auction <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A one-time tobacco farm that had been converted to a winery has now been converted to multiple tracts of land and a lot of equipment scattered about to new owners.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An auctioneer sold off the Acres of Land Winery in Richmond at a foreclosure liquidation sale Tuesday as the former owners attempted to settle more than $1 million in debt.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:52:51 +0000 Associated Press 62848 at http://weku.fm Central Kentucky Winery Sold at Auction Lexington Mail Plant Moving in 2015 http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mail-plant-moving-2015 <p>A mail processing plant in Lexington is scheduled to move to Louisville and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The processing center is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for consolidation.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:47 +0000 Associated Press 62847 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mail Plant Moving in 2015 Work Begins on Art Garden to Recognize Legendary Lexington Jockey http://weku.fm/post/work-begins-art-garden-recognize-legendary-lexington-jockey <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>After years of planning, Lexington's best Thoroughbred jockey is being honored with a downtown art garden.&nbsp; One speaker at Monday's groundbreaking called the late Isaac Murphy the "Lebron James of his time."</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:14:11 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62432 at http://weku.fm Work Begins on Art Garden to Recognize Legendary Lexington Jockey Public Safety Agencies Gearing Up with New Radio Technology http://weku.fm/post/public-safety-agencies-gearing-new-radio-technology <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fayette County public safety agencies are tuning in to a new emergency radio network.&nbsp; The digital radio system allows for seamless communications among first responders and offers clear reception inside buildings county wide.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:00:41 +0000 Stu Johnsons WEKU News 62431 at http://weku.fm Public Safety Agencies Gearing Up with New Radio Technology Lexington's Illegal Drug Habit Estimated at $1.5 - $2 Million per Week http://weku.fm/post/lexingtons-illegal-drug-habit-estimated-15-2-million-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:05:26 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62391 at http://weku.fm Lexington's Illegal Drug Habit Estimated at $1.5 - $2 Million per Week Lexington Mayor Authorizes Police Cruiser ‘Take-Home’ http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mayor-authorizes-police-cruiser-take-home <p style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;">Lexington's mayor Friday issued an executive order that will reinstate a program allowing personal use of police cruisers.&nbsp; The action by Mayor Jim Gray&nbsp;comes after the police union suspended a vote on a proposed 50 dollar monthly fee for personal use of vehicles.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:28:28 +0000 Stu Johnson 62344 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mayor Authorizes Police Cruiser ‘Take-Home’ Lexington Police Cruiser Policy Change in Limbo http://weku.fm/post/lexington-police-cruiser-policy-change-limbo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington's police union has&nbsp;suspended&nbsp;a vote&nbsp;on a cruiser&nbsp;"take home"&nbsp;policy&nbsp;originally scheduled to continue through the weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;The proposed policy&nbsp;calls for a monthly 50 dollar fee for officers who want to use their vehicles&nbsp;for personal reasons.&nbsp; The issue may not be resolved until collective bargaining negotiations resume in early 2015.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:28:19 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62269 at http://weku.fm Lexington Police Cruiser Policy Change in Limbo Lexington Schedules ‘Peace Walks’ to End Violent Crime http://weku.fm/post/lexington-schedules-peace-walks-end-violent-crime <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington's Mayor&nbsp;and&nbsp;sheriff,&nbsp;some&nbsp;pastors, and community activists gathered in Duncan Park Thursday to call for&nbsp;"peace&nbsp;walks"&nbsp;to&nbsp;put an end to recent&nbsp;violence&nbsp;in the city.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:26:15 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62268 at http://weku.fm Lexington Schedules ‘Peace Walks’ to End Violent Crime Vacant Lot Program Could Include Higher Taxes for Owners of Dilapidated Properties http://weku.fm/post/vacant-lot-program-could-include-higher-taxes-owners-dilapidated-properties <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:00:14 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62186 at http://weku.fm Vacant Lot Program Could Include Higher Taxes for Owners of Dilapidated Properties Lexington Police Consider Fee for Personal Use of Cruisers http://weku.fm/post/lexington-police-consider-fee-personal-use-cruisers <p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:29:07 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62160 at http://weku.fm Lexington Police Consider Fee for Personal Use of Cruisers Lexington Council Backs Annual Funding for Housing http://weku.fm/post/lexington-council-backs-annual-funding-housing <p></p><p></p><p>Lexington city leaders are moving forward with a plan to help&nbsp;establish more affordable housing.&nbsp; The first units under a new&nbsp;program could be built next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen brought an&nbsp;extensive report before council Tuesday. &nbsp;In it, he recommends&nbsp;spending two million dollars annually out of the city's housing fund&nbsp;for housing.&nbsp;&nbsp; Three million dollars is already set aside for housing.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:34:51 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61850 at http://weku.fm Lexington Council Backs Annual Funding for Housing Community Health Improvement Project Examines Neighborhood Safety Issues http://weku.fm/post/community-health-improvement-project-examines-neighborhood-safety-issues <p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:43:43 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61663 at http://weku.fm Community Health Improvement Project Examines Neighborhood Safety Issues Lexington Mayor, Challenger Respond to Weekend Violence http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mayor-challenger-respond-weekend-violence <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Five weekend shootings in Lexington are prompting the mayor and his political challenger to comment on crime matters.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:13:08 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61571 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mayor, Challenger Respond to Weekend Violence Lexington Looking for Economic and Social Gains Through Beautification http://weku.fm/post/lexington-looking-economic-and-social-gains-through-beautification <p></p><p>Lexington is working to put its best 'bloom' forward.&nbsp;This week, the bluegrass community is participating in the national "America in Bloom" program.</p><p></p><p>America in Bloom is a national non-profit which promotes community beautification programs through the use of flowers, plants, and trees.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:22:37 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61498 at http://weku.fm Lexington Looking for Economic and Social Gains Through Beautification Lexington Mayor Cancels Rupp Project Due to Lack of UK Support http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mayor-cancels-rupp-project-due-lack-uk-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended the City’s efforts to reinvent </span>Rupp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena and build a new convention center. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he city says it&nbsp;</span>cancelled<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> its plans because the University of Kentucky changed its mind about</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a new facility lease in 2018.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:06:36 +0000 John Hingsbergen 61217 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mayor Cancels Rupp Project Due to Lack of UK Support Lexington Council Works Out Budget Changes http://weku.fm/post/lexington-council-works-out-budget-changes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Council members are putting their stamp on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.&nbsp; The Urban County Council spent the better part of their day at city hall, considering and endorsing changes to Mayor Jim Gray's original proposal.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:51:44 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60835 at http://weku.fm Lexington Council Works Out Budget Changes Newtown Pike Extension Housing Construction Begins http://weku.fm/post/newtown-pike-extension-housing-construction-begins <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been a long time coming, but a start to the residential portion of a massive redevelopment project in downtown Lexington is visible.&nbsp; Federal, state, and local officials all hailed the community land trust's affordable housing initiative today.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:43:11 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60779 at http://weku.fm Newtown Pike Extension Housing Construction Begins Lexington Looking at Splash Pads to Beat the Heat http://weku.fm/post/lexington-looking-splash-pads-beat-heat <p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:24:02 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60448 at http://weku.fm Lexington Looking at Splash Pads to Beat the Heat Lexington Council Looks to Speed Up Hiring of Jail Security Guards http://weku.fm/post/lexington-council-looks-speed-hiring-jail-security-guards <p></p><p></p><p>Members of Lexington's Council are looking to speed up the hiring process for jail security officers.&nbsp; Lexington Mayor Jim Gray proposes hiring eight officers this summer and seven more&nbsp;the first of 2015. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:26:34 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60252 at http://weku.fm Lexington Council Looks to Speed Up Hiring of Jail Security Guards Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project http://weku.fm/post/capilouto-letter-raises-new-concerns-about-rupp-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's </span>Rupp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena project. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the </span>Rupp/Convention<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Center project forward.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the letter dated May </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, UK President Eli </span>Capilouto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:52:29 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 59998 at http://weku.fm Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project Lexington Could Enlist Private Help in Leaf Collection Efforts http://weku.fm/post/lexington-could-enlist-private-help-leaf-collection-efforts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington city officials are planning revisions to its leaf collection program this year.&nbsp; Members of a Council committee got an update last week.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 01:12:47 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59454 at http://weku.fm Lexington Could Enlist Private Help in Leaf Collection Efforts Officials Look for Cause of Fire That Killed Thoroughbreds http://weku.fm/post/officials-look-cause-fire-killed-thoroughbreds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A barn fire near Keeneland in Lexington has taken the lives of eight Thoroughbred horses.&nbsp;&nbsp; Joe Best of the Lexington Fire Department says the call came in just before one a.m. Friday morning.&nbsp; </span> Sat, 10 May 2014 02:20:44 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59392 at http://weku.fm Officials Look for Cause of Fire That Killed Thoroughbreds Lexington Park Barring Policy Gets Full City Hall Review http://weku.fm/post/lexington-park-barring-policy-gets-full-city-hall-review <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked&nbsp;extended&nbsp;discussion Tuesday&nbsp;at city hall.&nbsp; The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report.&nbsp; A council committee approved the policy change.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 02:48:40 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59295 at http://weku.fm Lexington Park Barring Policy Gets Full City Hall Review Lextran Budget Constraints Remain Despite Ridership Increase http://weku.fm/post/lextran-budget-constraints-remain-despite-ridership-increase <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with Lexington's mass transit system have detailed budget figures before city leaders.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bus system has grown substantially in dollars and services.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:05:52 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59260 at http://weku.fm Lextran Budget Constraints Remain Despite Ridership Increase Strategy Renewed to Reopen Lexington's Historic Courthouse Building http://weku.fm/post/strategy-renewed-reopen-lexingtons-historic-courthouse-building <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The future of Lexington's historic 116-year-old courthouse remains in limbo.&nbsp; The downtown landmark was shut down almost two years ago following concerns about lead, asbestos, and structural integrity.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 02:10:39 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59138 at http://weku.fm Strategy Renewed to Reopen Lexington's Historic Courthouse Building Candidates for Lexington Mayor Face Off http://weku.fm/post/candidates-lexington-mayor-face <p>Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. I<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ncumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and </span>Anthany<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Beatty.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:30:06 +0000 John Hingsbergen 59027 at http://weku.fm Candidates for Lexington Mayor Face Off Lexington Group to Set Affordable Housing Agenda http://weku.fm/post/lexington-group-set-affordable-housing-agenda <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A diverse group of government, business, and social representatives are developing more structure for the affordable housing cause in Lexington. &nbsp;The panel met for the first time Wednesday.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:08:53 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59003 at http://weku.fm Lexington Group to Set Affordable Housing Agenda Officials to Unveil Economic Development Plan for Madison County http://weku.fm/post/officials-unveil-economic-development-plan-madison-county <p></p><p><br />Madison County civic and government representatives will unveil an economic development plan today for the cities of Richmond and Berea.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The theme for the two year economic improvement effort is rooted in collaboration among local governments, public schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and medical facilities.&nbsp; The initiative is also aimed at increasing jobs by capitalizing on intellectural &nbsp;assets, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and commercialization of technology.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:18:07 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58846 at http://weku.fm Officials to Unveil Economic Development Plan for Madison County Looking to Better Ensure Safety in Lexington Parks http://weku.fm/post/looking-better-ensure-safety-lexington-parks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City officials in Lexington are considering ways to enhance safety in neighborhood parks throughout the bluegrass community.&nbsp; A number of recommendations are made in a just-released task force report.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It comes on the heels of a fatal shooting this past weekend in Duncan Park.&nbsp; Lexington Council member Chris Ford says the death of 21 year old Antonio Franklin Junior demonstrates a need for the initiative. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:17:35 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58636 at http://weku.fm Looking to Better Ensure Safety in Lexington Parks