The official Labor Day driving period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and traffic along Kentucky's interstates is sure to pick up. A declining fatality rate does not diminish concerns associated with excessive speed on the state's highways.
The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways has declined in recent years. Still, with 638 fatalities in 2013, law enforcement officials would like to see more days of what they refer to as "zero days." That's a day when no one dies on Kentucky highways.
Rainy weather for several days sapped some of the attendance out of this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The 110th edition of the fair wrapped up this past Sunday. It drew just under 516 thousand visitors. The count fell below 600 thousand for the first time since 2012. Rain fell on eight of the eleven days of the state fair. Despite the decrease in attendance, other areas saw growth including the competitive entry departments and the World’s Championship Horse Show.
Early Thursday morning, six to eight horses worked over the new dirt surface. Conversion of the main track from a synthetic polytrack surface to dirt began May 19th. At first glance, Keeneland's new track looks very much like the old one. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the new track features a unique draining system. "We feel that, when there's rain water, it will flow very quickly off the track toward the inside and outside rails and that will carry it away from the track and eliminate a lot of ponding," said Gregory.
University of Kentucky football fans are facing a few challenges off the field before they see the first kicked off this weekend.
UK and city officials have detailed several changes, many which are related to the stadium construction and renovation project. Gates ten and eleven will be closed due to construction, so fans entering through the south side of Commonwealth Stadium will use gates seven, nine, 12, and 14.
Lexington city leaders are hoping to use workforce related data to design a new job placement strategy.
Business and Education Network Director Billie Peavler updated Urban County Council members this week. Peavler says a report detailing workforce needs for 11 industries is expected later this year. "This is really about identifying what our current labor pool is, what our future needs of our employers are and building that pipeline for that. Attracting, retaining, and developing a skilled, educated, and talented workforce," said Peavler.
"Our district wants to do better," said Breathitt County High School principal Derek McKnight. "The fear is, if the state left tomorrow, would we go back to the same practices that we were seeing before? And I'm afraid that we would."
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The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.
While the Rupp Arena project is on indefinite hold, Lexington city leaders still have expenses tied to the venture.
Plans to renovate Rupp and build a new convention center were postponed earlier this year. The decision came after the state general assembly turned down a request by project developers for $60 million. Project Manager Frank Butler's contract with the city runs through December of next year.
Lexington is proceeding with a new program to provide permanent housing for the city's homeless. The $200,000 "Housing First" project is being coordinated through the new Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.
This week's show features an "encore presentation" of our show from last spring with Joel Aalberts, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011.
The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky.
University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record. Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.
Going from finding herself a 20-year old unwed mother with only a 2nd grade education - who had just received custody of her six younger siblings - to earning a spot among the 20 winners of USA Today’s 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team, as well as a Coca Cola New Century Scholar, and graduating this year from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with a 4.0 GPA and associate degrees in Science and the Arts. Intrigued? This is the story of Ebony Nava. She spoke with Tom Martin.
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It may sound quieter this weekend on Kentucky’s waterways but there could be more boaters than usual. State Fish and Wildlife Boating Education Coordinator Zac Campbell says, increasingly, kayaks and canoes are becoming popular on Kentucky lakes and rivers.
Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus. Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director. McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements. "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium. I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum. The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.
Several hundred people, most of the Campbellsville University students, gathered on the campus on Aug. 21, 2014 for a prayer service after two firefighters were seriously injured earlier in the day in an accident at the school.
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Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."
Some Lexington area residents were hit twice this week by power outages. Electricity was interrupted for about an hour and a half Friday morning in parts of downtown, the University of Kentucky and portions of Nicholasville Road.
In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.
Judge Fred Moses presented his caseThursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.
In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol drug courts in the country. Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has climbed out of the recession. Gray offered an assessment of his first three years in office to Lexington Rotarians Thursday. The first term mayor admits job creation efforts never end. "Lexington has come out of the recession as a university city faster than other cities our size. Now, we have many challenges ahead of us. That's the nature of good management," said Gray.
Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
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Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.