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Lexington To Roll Out "End Panhandling Now" Van

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Stu Johnson

Lexington city officials along with a non-profit agency serving homeless people are implementing new strategies to reduce street corner panhandling.  The launch of a new job centered service was unveiled Tuesday.

Stu Johnson

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr received strong and outspoken reaction from a crowd packed itno the Lafayette High School auditorium Monday night.  Shouts of discontent came early and lasted throughout much of the hour and a half program.

The first very audible reaction erupted when the congressman commented that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. 

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April Showers bring may flowers... but the flowers and vegetables don’t just happen without some knowledge and work.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll welcome experts in gardening and horticulture to talk about how we can get the most out of our greenery.

 

 

 

 

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The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has adopted tuition, room and board, and meal plan rates for the fall semester.  The board Monday also got an update on campus construction projects.

The EKU board voted to increase undergraduate resident tuition by 5%, or $214 dollar per semester.  In addition, the meal plan costs will go up 3.5%.  The regents acted to up residence hall rates by about 10%, with some variation among dorms and living arrangements.  The  tuition rates must still go before the State Council on Postsecondary Education for its approval.

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A site in eastern Kentucky is set to serve as the home for future development of drones, robots and unmanned vehicles. As Government and education leaders revealed plans for the USA Drone Port: National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center Monday in Hazard.

Focus On Business: Brad Flowers on "Paired Core Values"

Apr 24, 2017

Tom Martin talks with Brad Flowers, co-founder of the Lexington marketing and branding firm "Bullhorn Creative" about the set of "paired core values" the company's staff of fourteen has been developing as a means of defining their culture and mission.

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The city of Lexington is in the midst of a $600 million dollar federally mandated sanitary and storm water sewer improvement program.

Madison County Jail Overcrowding Persistent

Apr 24, 2017
Stu Johnson

A central Kentucky county detention center is housing close to twice the number of inmates it’s designed to hold. The Madison County Jailer doesn’t expect a state corrections emergency regulation to ease overcrowding in the short term. 

Gov. Bevin Pushing for Tax Reform

Apr 21, 2017
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Jim Carroll started working for Kentucky’s state parks system in 1978 making $780 a month.

“So I knew the pay wasn’t good but I knew that it was a place where you could advance over time,” Carroll said. “It was stable, and retirement was part of that.”

Carroll later worked in the tourism cabinet and retired in 2009. Since then, he’s organized a group of concerned state pensioners called Kentucky Government Retirees.

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Law enforcement commanders from agencies across the country have participated in a Lexington conference focusing on changing the culture of the public safety profession.  

The two day event, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Police Department, was called “Transform Law Enforcement.”  UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says the problems facing law enforcement include the perception of the public, the way officers present themselves, and the way police behave. 

Police Standoff with Suspect Causes Interstate Shutdown Near Richmond

Apr 21, 2017
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The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a police standoff with a suspect along interstate 75 near a Richmond exit ended without injury earlier this afternoon.  Police shut down I-75 in both directions for a period of time when the wanted man refused to exit his vehicle. 

Police were attempting to arrest him at a gas station in Scott County when he took off.  He was wanted on a felony warrant related to a home invasion. 

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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
Stu Johnson

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.

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.

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.

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
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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.

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.

Stu Johnson

University of Kentucky medical researchers will use just over $11 million to further study the metabolism of cancer. 

The formal announcement of the National Institutes of Health’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant was made Monday.

Kentucky has disproportionately high rates of cancer and metabolic disorders. 

In the past few years, many so-called “traditional values” have been challenged. The legalization of same-sex marriage.  Efforts by transgender persons to gain acceptance, to say nothing of shifts in gender roles that have been under way for decades.    It's an encore of a show we first aired in October of last year but we’re still glad to hear from you at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com.

You can also post a comment to the WEKU Facebook page or tweet us @wekuEST.

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The director of Kentucky’s Center for School Safety applauds legislative efforts to bring more attention to problems associated with human trafficking.   One provision pertains to schools across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Reaches Settlement in Radioactive Waste Dumping

Apr 16, 2017
Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in the dumping of radioactive waste in an Appalachian landfill.

 

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said Friday it reached the settlement with Fairmont Brine Processing, which operates a wastewater treatment facility in West Virginia.

Kentucky officials accused Fairmont Brine of arranging for the disposal of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill.

Lexington Officers Punished for Traffic Accidents

Apr 15, 2017
Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Two Lexington police officers are being punished for causing traffic accidents while on duty.

The Urban County Council ordered Officer Nathan Barks' to give up his police cruiser for two weeks and Officer Roman Sorrell received a 20-hour suspension without pay.              

                             

The Herald-Leader reports Barks has been involved in three recent at-fault collisions, two of them in December and a third in February. In one of the incidents, he backed into a utility pole and hit a guardrail in another.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for President Donald Trump say he did nothing wrong as a candidate when protesters said they were roughed up by his supporters at a campaign rally in Louisville last year.

 

Trump's team responded Friday to their lawsuit in federal court, saying the protesters waived their right to sue by buying tickets to the event. Trump's response also says he's immune as president from such suits.

Trump's team also denies that he was urging the crowd to take action against the protesters when he repeatedly said "get them out of here."

Lexington Kite Festival Sure Sign of Spring

Apr 14, 2017
Stu Johnson

There are many ways to spot the change of seasons in the Bluegrass.  But, a Lexington tradition this weekend is sure to count as another official sign of spring. 


Copley/Scherer on Lex Phil Concert, Kite Fest, Other Easter Weekend Events

Apr 14, 2017
Rich Copley rcopley@herald-leader.com

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This week, he is joined by the newspaper’s features editor Sally Scherer.  


Lexington Council Considering Vicious Dog Revisions

Apr 13, 2017
Kentucky.com

Lexington council members will be voting on a revised vicious dog ordinance in the coming weeks.  A committee gave unanimous approval this past week. 


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