The State Department of Education is proposing new legislation to help Kentucky's two largest school districts address achievement gaps. The issue was discussed Monday during a state legislative committee meeting.
Officials are finalizing details for a 30 year master plan for the Breaks Interstate Park. The 4,800 acre park, dubbed 'the Grand Canyon of the South,' is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia border.
Park Superintendent Austin Bradley says over the years, the Bluegrass side of the Breaks has seen little development. He says the new master plan calls for major improvements on the Kentucky side. "We're looking at everything from primitive camping opportunities in Potters Flat to equestrian and riverside like Kayak canoeing campsites," said Bradley.
A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky. UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena. After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer gave high praise for UK's defensive effort. "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.
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Robert left us a voice message last Friday, attempting to pass on some traffic information while the Lexington Traffic Management Center website was out of commission. He called the main station number only to find he was stuck in voice mail limbo, “And I spent 15 minutes listening to the person say, ‘We’ll get to you to take your pledge, the recording over and over.”
The new Kentucky Creative Industry Report is being hailed as a barometer of the economic impact of the arts industry. The state's Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary calls the report 'ground breaking.'
Kentucky's first lady is making a pitch for bluegrass crafted gifts this holiday season. Jane Beshear Friday morning helped officially launch 'Give a Gift Made in Kentucky' month at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea. "So many of us give the same kind of things over and over and over again. Here, you've got so many different choices and they are handmade. Sometimes you have the opportunity to meet the artist," said Beshear.
The Better Business Bureau of central and eastern Kentucky is warning citizens of a holiday phishing scam. Spokeswoman Heather Clary says the Lexington office has received several reports about an email hoax.
One in seven Kentuckians or more than 600 thousand people seek emergency food assistance each year. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.
Association Director Tamara Sandberg says a hunger-free Kentucky is possible, but research confirms food banks can't do it alone. "We believe that together we can solve hunger in Kentucky, but it's gonna require all of us to come together and do our part from policy makers, to business owners, to farmers, to charities," said Sandberg.
With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky. Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation.
State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says getting a flu shot remains the primary recommendation. "Each flu season unfortunately, thousands of Americans die from flu or flu-related complications and the flu shot is folks best protection against influenza," said Humbaugh.
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Lexington city officials are making final preparations for the new 'Housing First' program. Announced this past summer, the initiative aims to help area homeless people who are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
The city of Lexington is looking for a new police chief. The news comes as the current head of the division of police moves on to a new administrative role.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has promoted Police Chief Ronnie Bastin to the position of Public Safety Commissioner. The search begins immediately for Bastin's replacement. Bastin joined the force in 1984, worked his way up through the ranks, and was named chief in 2008.
Lexington city leaders continue look for ways to help ride sharing app firms and traditional taxi companies share the road. City officials are awaiting action on state regulation pertaining to the relatively new ride sharing businesses. Council member George Meyers believes it's important to strike a fair balance. "We as a government have to be flexible enough to make it all work because we don't want to shut anybody out of the marketplace or disadvantage our community when you look at what other cities are doing as opposed to what we might do," said Meyers.
The University of Kentucky Hospital this week unveiled a brand new cardiovascular inpatient unit. Patients will move in to the new addition this weekend.
UK officials say the 64 bed inpatient unit is one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care facilities in the country. It features a combination of the latest medical technologies as well as lots of windows to the outside world. Officials say it's that view which can help the recovery process.
Frogdice is an independent game development studio in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1996 by Michael Hartman, Frogdice creates online and digital download games of the role-playing or "RPG" variety. Tom Martin talked with Michael about his company and about gaming.
There's been a sizeable increase in resolutions to school violations across Kentucky. That's according to research released last week from the Kentucky Center on School Safety. For the first time, Center Director Jon Akers says the report includes data on in-school removals. "Far more kids are put into in-school removal, maybe for an hour, sometimes a couple of hours, or sometimes for a couple of days. But, we never recorded that in our reports heretofore. It was never given to us in that format," said Akers.
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