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Current Kentucky office-holders have joined other national, state and local leaders in commenting on the passing of Former U.S. Senator and baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning.  Bunning died Friday at the age of 85.    

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council has given final approval to an ordinance aimed at reducing panhandling on street corners. 

The Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Ordinance approved Thursday night designates more than 70 streets where people are prohibited from walking onto the pavement to retrieve cash from drivers. 

It also bans panhandling on higbway medians.  

Ground Broken for Transylvania Academic Center

May 26, 2017
Transylvania University

Transylvania University officials have broken ground for a $4.5 million renovation project on the Lexington campus.  

The work  will center on the long-standing Haupt Humanities Building.

Stu Johnson

A grant of $10,000 will be used to expand Lexington’s financial literacy program for residents with limited English proficiency.

The grant to GLOBAL LEX comes through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   

GLOBAL LEX serves immigrants, refugees, visitors, and others.

Lexington's council has decided not to expand funding for its Purchase of Development Rights program beyond what’s proposed in Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s budget. 

The matter received an up-and-down vote Thursday at City Hall.

Hazard Hosts Appalachian Medical Research Day

May 25, 2017

Kentucky medical researchers are trying to determine why lung cancers strike more often in Appalachia than in many other places in the U.S.  

This investigation was only one of the community-based studies reviewed Wednesday during Appalachian Research Day in Hazard.

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The true costs of the deep cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would fall disproportionately on many of the poor and working class people in the Ohio Valley region who helped to elect him, according to lawmakers and policy analysts.

Lexington Homeless Shelter in Its New Home

May 24, 2017
Stu Johnson

The transformation of a well-known Lexington provider of services to the homeless is officially complete. 

Government, business, church, and volunteer representatives participated Wednesday in the ribbon-cutting for the new Catholic Action Center.

It’s not likely Lexington will get a new City Hall anytime soon.

That became evident as an architectural consultant gave Council details Tuesday on three options for constructing a government center within the block adjacent to the current Main Street City Hall. 

John Hingsbergen

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, their families and other supporters gathered for the annual Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Wednesday.  

The event featured the customary 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

A Fayette County family court judge calls it “very common” for same-sex couples to adopt children in Lexington. 

Judge Lucinda Masterton’s comments come following a recent decision by a southern Kentucky judge not to hear such adoption cases.

Lexington council members are coming forward with suggested changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s proposed budget.  Decisions about amendments will likely be finalized Thursday.  

Council is being asked to spend nearly a million dollars for twelve additional personnel to work on a new ambulance unit. 

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It’s the time of year when people are either beginning holiday and summer travel or finalizing their plans.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss the Joys of Travel, in light of recent events and changes, especially in the airline industry.



Cheri Lawson

East Central Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and other outdoor activities. A Cincinnati man is now offering nature loving visitors there an experience that’s off the grid and off the ground.

At age 19, Django Kroner moved to Red River Gorge, known for its natural stone arches and sandstone cliffs. He went to pursue rock climbing and ended up building and living in a treehouse 45 feet off the canopy floor for three years.

A Kentucky Medicaid managed care company Monday announced $180,000 in funding for two new scholarship programs.  

WellCare of Kentucky’s support aims to increase the number of doctors and nurses working in primary medicine and psychiatry in eastern Kentucky.

Lexington council members today are expected to review consultant suggestions for a new City Hall just a block away from the current urban county government center.

One - The Alltech Ideas Conference has attracted thousands of people from some 80 countries this week to Lexington. 

The Nicholasville-headquartered company, specializing in animal health and nutrition, crop science, brewing, and distilling, is sponsoring its 33rd conference.   

Suzanna Elliot is communications manager for Alltech. “Used to have these kind of very scientific names like “the biology of the gut.’  And here we are now, ‘One-the Alltech Ideas Conference-Disrupt the Disrupters,’ so it’s evolved quite a bit,” said Elliot.

Stu Johnson

Competitors from as far away as Washington state, Minnesota, and Massachusetts faced steamy Bluegrass conditions over the weekend as they battled in the Ultimate National Championships. College division three ultimate disc title winners were decided at the Kentucky Horse Park.


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  As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley after Obamacare. See more stories here >>


Lexington's 5-year Comprehensive Plan is due for updating in 2018. Today, Tom Martin talks with Jim Duncan, director of Lexington’s Division of Planning and in charge of leading an update process that has included a series of public meetings - among them the Blue Grass Community Foundation's "On the Table" event that gathered more than 11,000 citizens at locations around the city for a day of discussions.

Lexington House Fire Claims Fourth Victim

May 20, 2017
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UPDATE Sunday 5/21/17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a boy has died after a house fire in Kentucky that also killed his parents and sister.

The Fayette County coroner's office says in a news release that 8-year-old Wiley Brown was pronounced dead Sunday of smoke inhalation.

The coroner's office said 54-year-old Jeffrey K. Brown, 59-year-old Nancy Brown and 8-year-old Cassie Brown were pronounced dead Saturday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital as a result of smoke inhalation and burns.

Judge Opposed to Gay Adoptions Has Rule Change Blocked

May 20, 2017
Lisa Autry - WKYU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge who declared his conscientious objection to handling adoption cases involving gay adults has been blocked from changing how he reviews adoption cases.

Judge W. Mitchell Nance submitted the proposed rule to the state's chief justice, John D. Minton Jr.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Leigh Anne Hiatt said Friday that Minton had denied the request on procedural and substantive grounds.

Nance declined comment through a court official.

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Gov. Matt Bevin said the man he has appointed to oversee the state’s adoption and foster care system is being unfairly criticized.

Bevin tapped Dan Dumas, a senior vice president with Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to be Kentucky’s adoption “czar” earlier this month.

Democrats have criticized the appointment for its high pay and Dumas’ lack of experience working in the adoption system.

Stu Johnson

Mayor Jim Gray has appointed longtime realtor and lifelong Lexington resident Joe Smith to the Urban County Council representing the Second District.  

Smith’s appointment comes following the April resignation of Sasha Love Higgins.  

Love Higgins stepped down following felony theft indictments against her.

Bluegrass Ultimate

Flying discs will fill the air in high numbers this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park’s polo fields. 

Some 750 players from across the country will gather for the national Division three College Ultimate Championships.

During the month of May, police agencies in Kentucky and across the U.S. take time to remember and honor their fellow officers who have fallen in the line of duty.   

The chaplain of Lexington’s police department says memorial events can be meaningful for officers, their families, and the community at large.

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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 tell us that the Moonshiners’ Ball is this weekend. It’s known as the annual “kickoff” of the music season in Lexington and Central Kentucky.