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Kentucky Told to Pay Attorney Fees in Same-Sex Marriage Case

4 hours ago
Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys' fees for a county clerk who refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Jim Bunning says Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was acting for the state government when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her personal religious beliefs. He ordered the state to pay $222,695 in attorneys' fees and another $2,008 in costs. He said the county government and Davis herself are not liable.

Copley/Hendren on Legally Blonde, Other Weekend Events

11 hours ago
Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

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 with a mention of the Lexington Theatre Company production of “Legally Blonde.”


Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2017 was 5.1 percent, according to the state's Office of Employment and Training.

The June  rate was up one tenth of a percentage point from the five percent reported in May.


Lisa Autry WKU Public Radio

Every first Saturday in May, Kentucky is home to the most exciting two minutes in sports.  On August 21, the state will be home to the most exciting two minutes in astronomy…two minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years.  For a town of just over 30,000 people, it’s a really big deal.   


Grant Willoughby

Last year around this time we asked, "What do the latest Ghostbusters, SpiderMan and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?"

We attempted to answer that question and others as we examines the topic of Diversity in the Media and we won an award for the show.


lexingtonky.gov

The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach well into the 90s at least through Saturday, so the Lexington Fayette Urban Government is opening “cooling centers” for those who need a break from the heat. 

Pixaby

More than two million people across the Ohio Valley live in areas that lack any option for fast and reliable internet service.

This week some of them had a chance to tell a member of the Federal Communications Commission what that means for their work, studies, and everyday life.  


Cheri Lawson

The City of Williamstown has rejected the latest request by the Ark Encounter theme park to reduce the amount of a new “safety assessment fee.”

Earlier this year, the city imposed a per-ticket charge of 50 cents to cover the cost of increased police and fire services.


Lexington Opens Fourth Skate Park

Jul 19, 2017
Stu Johnson

Another public skate park is now open in Lexington.  

The official ribbon-cutting for the five-obstacle ramp skate park at Valley Park took place Tuesday.


wkms.org

Close to a million dollars in state grant funds will be used to help make railroad improvements at 14 crossings in seven Kentucky counties. 

The work will include the installation of signals, lights, barriers, gates, and bells. Naitore  Djigbenou with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says mishaps at crossings play a significant role in determining grant awards. 

Ky Auditor Rolls Out Audits of Ten Counties

Jul 18, 2017
kentucky.com

The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts has released financial reviews of ten more county governments this week. 

The state official is required by law to conduct yearly audits of county fiscal courts, sheriffs, and county clerks.


Glynis Board/Ohio Valley ReSource

Thanks to singer-songwriter John Prine, Paradise Fossil Plant might be the only coal-fired power plant that has a household name. “Paradise,” Prine’s 1971 ballad, drew on boyhood memories from the small town of Paradise, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, to relay the environmental and social costs of our dependence on coal.

“Mr. Peabody’s coal train,” he sang, had hauled away the Paradise from his childhood.


Stu Johnson

Lexington is ramping up its campaign to persuade motorists not to give cash directly to panhandlers along streets. 

Signs encouraging citizens to “Change the way you give” are now up at 46 intersections.

The signs, at intersections known to be frequented by panhandlers, urge citizens to contribute at the website www.lexgive com


Tom Martin talks with Roscoe Klausing about his eco-friendly approach to business landscaping.

A visitor to WEKU dot fm, using the alias “Solo Boy,” wrote in response to Cheri Lawson’s story that aired Friday, Ark Encounter's First Year a Slow Voyage for Williamstown.

He writes, “Any reason why Cheri Lawson neglected to mention that Elmer’s General store is located 2 miles away on the other side of Interstate 75?"


Kentucky Horse Park Hosts Model Horse Fest

Jul 14, 2017
kentuckytourism.com

For the 28th consecutive year, thousands of people are converging on the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend to see and show off model horses. 

This year's Breyer Fest features an India theme.

In addition to "live" and model horse activities for collectors and visitors, the three-day festival includes a focus on cultural aspects of India.  BreyerFest participants can take in Bollywood dancing, tent-pegging, and polo.  


Copley/Hendren on Keeneland Concours, Other Events

Jul 14, 2017
Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

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 this weekend marks the 14th year for the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. 


Cheri Lawson

 

A controversial theme park in Grant County is celebrating its first anniversary. But, so far, the Ark Encounter hasn’t floated everybody’s boat.

Taking pictures at the park’s entrance under an amusement park sized orange sign with big white letters announcing "ARK Encounter," the Botcher family from South Milwaukee is enthusiastic about their vacation in Kentucky.

 

"It’s The Ark so we’re hoping to see the size and get to see some of the animals inside."

 

Stu Johnson

Dozens of protesters in Lexington braved the sun and heat Wednesday during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit with local business representatives.  

Most of the raised signs and wide variety of chants carried messages related to healthcare. 


lexingtonky.gov

A golf is recommending several significant changes in how Lexington operates its five  public golf courses.

The suggestions discussed at Tuesday’s council work session include increasing greens fees, keeping only Picadome golf course open during the winter, and changing senior golfer discount eligibility.


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EducationKy.gov

According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

Vice President Mike Pence visited Lexington Wednesday to help bolster support for the Republican-sponsored health care bill being considered in the U.S. Senate. 

Having met with small business owners and other invited guests at Bryant’s Rent-All on Red Mile Rd, the Vice President made public remarks.   


Stu Johnson

Among the Lexington area business representatives scheduled to meet with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday is council member Kevin Stinnett.

Stinnett says all members of council were invited to the afternoon event at Bryant’s Rent-All.  


kentucky.com

Lexington’s General Government and Social Services Committee has voted to revise the city’s ethics law. 

The ethics ordinance has been in existence for close to two decades, but never undergone such extensive revisions.


Courtesy: /www.csbsju.edu

NOTE: As of Wednesday July 12, Lexington officials say that, due to a large expected crowd, the  location for the public meeting, and possibly the date, are likely to change.: 

Lexington residents with concerns about their cable television or Internet service get a chance next month to air those grievances in a public meeting.  

The opportunity to sound off was announced during Tuesday’s Lexington council work session.

 


Vice President is traveling to Kentucky Wednesday to help build support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Pence will meet with business owners in a private invitation-only event.

The Vice President’s visit follows Sunday’s rally in Northern Kentucky featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

kentucky.com

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President  will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.  


Stu Johnson

Three former chairs of the Paris Pike Corridor Commission including a former governor Monday offered historical perspectives of the decades-old process that ended in 2003 with a reconstructed highway from Lexington to Paris Kentucky.  

Only two of the nine members attended the downtown meeting.  


New Downtown Lexington Art Features Henry Clay

Jul 11, 2017
Stu Johnson

Downtown Lexington is now home to a new piece of public art. 

The official dedication ceremony Monday included acknowledgment of a well-known historical figure.


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