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Rep. Andy Barr on Graham-Cassidy Health Bill

Sep 22, 2017
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The U.S. Senate could vote next week on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Although still a major question mark, proponents have argued the chance of passage for this bill is better compared to a previous GOP health reform measure that failed at the end of July.


Stu Johnson

Friday’s ribbon-cutting for a major section of Lexington’s Newtown Pike Extension signals more than a change in traffic flow. 

Another key feature of the revitalized area is an effort to offer affordable housing.


Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touched on a number of topics in his annual address to Rotarians Thursday. 

That included numerous updates on high profile projects.


Barr Unveils Bill to Address Military Sexual Trauma

Sep 22, 2017
Stu Johnson

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr sees a proposed federal pilot program as a step to provide better care for military veterans who have suffered sexual assault while in service. 

The Republican representative detailed the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act in Frankfort Friday.  


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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.

They begin this with information about the Mary Chapin Carpenter concert at Equus Run.

 


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For more than 20 years emergency preparedness exercises have been held in and around the Blue Grass Army Depot. 

Wednesday’s drill comes as officials continue to ramp up for demilitarization of chemical weapons stored in Madison County.


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The closing of three Nicholasville Mexican restaurants Tuesday has an employee of at least one nearby business claiming it was related to an illegal immigration roundup. 

There’s no confirmation yet from federal authorities.


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A review of Lexington’s Purchase of Development Rights program by a Council committee Tuesday included discussion of a designated revenue stream to help support the rural land preservation effort. 

It would involve the use of hotel/motel tax money.


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A private Kentucky private university is launching a workforce development initiative aimed at boosting qualified workers for the film production industry in the state. 

Officials at Asbury University introduced the new Work Ready certificate program Tuesday.


Cheri Lawson

A man who spent three years living in a treehouse that he built in Red River Gorge and then started a treehouse village is being featured on nationwide  TV.

 

 Django  Kroner and The Canopy Crew are in  a pilot for a new TV show on the channel Animal Planet.

Just about six months ago, Cincinnati native Django Kroner gave us a tour of the beginnings of a treehouse village he’s building on private property in Red River Gorge .

Brian Burkhart

  How can the humanities expose and shatter racial stereotypes?  A community conversation in Lexington this week will explore stereotypes and racial consciousness.


Groups Review State Pension Reform Proposals

Sep 18, 2017
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As they draft pension reforms, Kentucky legislative leaders are seeking feedback from various interest groups. 

Indications are the state’s 138 lawmakers will go to Frankfort sometime in October to vote on changes to state public retirement programs.


Mary Meehan

Edwin Hall is dressed in a footed onesie covered in the pastel shades of monkeys and hippos.

Although Edwin is just seven weeks old, he already tells his mom when he’s hungry with a sharp and persistent yelp.

Soon after he gets her attention, Edwin is practicing his sucking technique. His mom, Sarah, with the dazed look of the sleep deprived, talks with a La Leche League volunteer at the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department about some breast-feeding challenges.


Lexington Veterans Commission Plans Move Forward

Sep 18, 2017
Nathan Morgan/The Daily News

Lexington’s council is expected to create a new veterans commission in the coming weeks.  

An ordinance establishing a 19-person panel got General Government Committee approval last week. 


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Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat has died at the age of 95. Chenery passed away Saturday in Boulder Colorado following complications from a stroke.


EKU Dedicates Science Building, Phase II

Sep 15, 2017
Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University students, professors, and administrators along with local and state government leaders today officially cut the ribbon on the state’s largest science building on any Kentucky campus.  


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Lexington’s mass transit system is the recipient of a $1 million federal grant.

The funding from the Federal Transit Authority’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program is far less than what was requested.


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Kentucky will play host to its first River Rock Music Festival this weekend. 

The event Friday and Saturday near Wilmore is the first Christian music festival of this type at a popular Jessamine County venue in five years.


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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 focus on the River Rock Music Festival, occurring on the site where the Ichthus Festival was held until a few years ago.  


Lexington's Chrysalis House to Host Head Start

Sep 15, 2017
Stu Johnson

Mothers and their children receiving services at the state’s largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women will be among the first to experience a rebranded child Head Start program. 


UPDATED: Includes a link to the archived video on YouTube

Tune in at 8:00 pm for a special broadcast of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour featuring the McLain Family Band,   "live" from the campus of Berea College....or watch it right here!

And a SPECIAL BONUS...the 6:15 show featuring the U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, Country Current and Richmond's own 17-year-old thumb-picking guitar champion.

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Lawmakers and union leaders are raising concerns about the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s practices amid an increase in coal fatalities.  


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State transportation funds of $75,000 will be used to stabilize and support a historic Kentucky bridge damaged by floodwaters this summer.

More substantial repairs will be done later on Mason County’s Dover Covered Bridge.


For the ninth year in a row, hundreds of individuals and families will go out to breakfast, lunch or dinner and, at the same time, help support a local service organization.

A total of 43 Lexington restaurants are participating in this year's Dining Out for Life.


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Members of the Kentucky Tobacco Research Board are considering potential future uses for burley and dark leaf tobacco grown in the bluegrass state.

Discussion at Monday’s meeting addressed proposed FDA regulation of nicotine levels in tobacco products.


Residents Assess Paint Lick Economic Revitalization

Sep 13, 2017
Stu Johnson

Part 2 of a two-part series

Paint Lick Kentucky is included on the National Register of Historic Places.  The rural town that sits on the Garrard-Madison County line was once home to a business district that featured banking, eating and shopping for groceries. There was even a car dealership.

Almost a year ago, the re-routing of Kentucky Highway 52 significantly changed the community’s landscape, virtually taking the town off the highway map.

But, there’s interest in a new form of business activity. 


Stu Johnson

On the day after Mayor Jim Gray announced a "conditional yes" by the Lexington Cemetery Board to accept two Confederate statues urban county council members offered their reactions. 

All their public remarks yesterday indicated satisfaction for how the matter is being handled.

Audio Pending...

Brian Burkhart

  

Texas was hit by Harvey.

Florida has Irma.

Could Jose be next and what about after that?

Better still, what does all this extreme weather mean? It it related to global climate change?

 


Stu Johnson

Part 1 of a two-part series

Almost a year ago, the opening of a re-routed stretch of Kentucky Highway 52 changed the dynamics in the rural community of Paint Lick. 

Some might say the by-pass wiped the town that hugs the Madison-Garrard County line off the map. 

A county government leader, a local entrepreneur, and a number of residents view the disconnect as a plus, not a hindrance.


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