The home of beep baseball is officially open and active this Memorial Day weekend. A one-of-a-kind playing field was dedicated Friday in Frankfort. Beep baseball is a way of giving visually-impaired players more opportunities on the field. The modified game features a sound-emitting ball and buzzing bases.
Two multiple-inch snow events this past winter are causing Lexington city leaders to rethink snow removal strategies. The matter came before Council's Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee this week.
Public Works Commissioner David Holmes says, if Council members want to see more done in neighborhoods, there could be additional costs. "I think that's gonna depend on how deep into the neighborhoods the Council wants us to get and how quickly. We're working on the economics of that," said Holmes.
The upcoming season of "Broadway Live" and "Variety Live" at Lexington's Opera House will include a number of prominent shows. The combined eight-show lineup, announced this week, features seven Broadway musicals and one international dance performance.
With this the 39th year, Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin says there's an eye toward Season 40. “It's one of those crazy things where the first Broadway Live show happened in the spring of 1976, so it's like when do you really celebrate that, the year before the year after," said Franklin.
Officials with a central Kentucky based missionary program are continuing medical services in Nepal.
Nepal Pastor Babu Varghese is in the bluegrass to meet with Go International officials in Wilmore. He says several medical teams have traveled to his country since 2010. Varghese says health needs in villages are only intensified in the aftermath of the earthquake. "Many times people are very poor in the villages where they cannot get enough money to go and visit private doctors," said Varghese.
State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a re-canvass after he lost Tuesday's primary election to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes. Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count because it's almost entirely electronic. "In the old days it was much easier to transpose numbers, put them in different columns and so on, and lots of mistakes were uncovered," said Cross.
Lexington city leaders appear ready to move forward with plans to develop a linear park through the downtown area. Ideas for financing the $75 million Town Branch Commons project were discussed Tuesday at city hall. Council member Kevin Stinnett sees benefits to the plan, which includes water features and a bike-pedestrian trail. "I think this is one of those projects that comes along once in a lifetime for our city," Stinnett said. "It's transformational for our whole downtown and it will bring a new generation of people to downtown. It can be a destination."
The state's most prominent democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor. That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed.
The loser in Tuesday’s democratic primary for Kentucky governor remains intent on battling the overwhelming winner in court. Jack Conway received almost 80 percent of the vote. His opponent, Geoff Young, has maintained throughout the campaign that Conway and a few high ranking democrats rigged the election. "They've done this before,” said Young. “This is not that a small, a very small group at the top of the Democratic Party has tried to dictate to all democrats in Kentucky how things are gonna be."
Fayette County Health officials are continuing to wrestle with higher than usual gastrointestinal illnesses in both children and adults. The upcoming swimming pool season will bring with it another opportunity for the sickness to spread.
From left: Justin Bathon; Cynthia Warner; Susan Cintra and John Hingsbergen
A hundred teachers from across the country have been singled out for their successes in integrating digital technology into their schools. They have been named PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators. On this week's show we'll meet one of them, Susan Cintra of Madison Central High School, and other guests.
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Jack Conway, in his run for governor, is seeking to advance to a higher office for the third time in his career. The 45 year old Louisville native has been involved in politics for much of his adult life.
Conway has a political past. At age 25 he joined Paul Patton's gubernatorial campaign and served in the Patton administration. The two term state attorney general also made unsuccessful runs for Congress in 2003 and the U.S. Senate in 2010. Now, he has his eye on the governor's mansion.
Much of the media attention in the 2015 gubernatorial primary race for Kentucky governor has focused on the GOP contest. But, there's also competition on the democratic side. Retired state engineer Geoff Young is making his third run for public office. The longtime social activist feels he's fighting an uphill battle.
Work is continuing on Lexington's $100 million Newtown Pike extension project. City leaders received an update last week on the traffic and neighborhood revitalization effort. Eventually, one portion of the road extension will lead into the entrance of the UK campus. Traffic engineer Andrew Grunwald says in time, the project will lessen congestion in the downtown area. "When you open up the entire project it reduces the through traffic, which has a significant impact," Grunwald said.
Caps and gowns will be prevalent at both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University this weekend. The ceremonies come as the state is seeing a slowdown in the number of college graduations.
Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls. Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year. "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.
Following a two-year summer reading initiative, officials at an eastern Kentucky elementary school say their students' reading scores increased significantly. Owsley County Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools that participated in the national non-profit 'Reading is Fundamental' program.
Federal, state, and local officials joined hundreds of interested residents in Pikeville Monday for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit. The meeting gave participants an opportunity to strategize on action steps to help move forward the eastern Kentucky economy.
The commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Criminal Justice Training says there have been some 30 studies since 1929 on policing in America. John Bizzack addressed participants Monday at the National Citizens Police Academy Association Conference in Lexington.