A nonprofit association that advocates for hemp growers is hosting an annual conference with a keynote address by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Work Begins on $80 Million Facility at Georgetown Toyota Plant

Aug 20, 2015

A groundbreaking at the Georgetown Toyota plant this week signaled the start of construction of an $80 million production engineering campus. Toyota is consolidating engineering services for vehicle assembly at the Georgetown complex. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg says, once completed, some 700 engineers will work at the new facility.  “The engineers that we’ll have at Georgetown aren’t product engineers, but they’re process," Hesterberg explained.

Kentucky Center For School Safety Releases Report

Aug 20, 2015

This year’s school safety data report has been released.  Drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern.

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Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin said again this week that some recipients of welfare benefits should be tested for drugs as a condition of receiving public assistance.

Recent allegations against Planned Parenthood have resulted in calls for de-funding the non-profit provider of family planning services.  Among them is Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.

Work on New Lexington High School to Resume

Aug 19, 2015

Construction of a new high school in Lexington is expected to resume soon.  A building permit is expected to be issued this morning. 

The judge in the lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis says the clerk will have to resume issuing marriage licenses by August 31 unless an appeals court says otherwise.

Pickleball Comes to a Lexington Park

Aug 19, 2015
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The game of Pickleball is now officially a part of Lexington’s park system.  The dedication of six outdoor pickleball courts took place Wednesday at Kirklevington Park.

Pickleball is described as a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played with small paddles, a whiffle ball, and a low net.

Lexington council members should be expecting a request in the next week or so to hire an architectural firm to design new uses for the old courthouse.  Council was updated on the project during Tuesday’s work session.   Jenifer Wuorenmaa with the Chief Administrator’s Office says the plan is to form a for-profit general partner to take advantage of tax credits.  “This project has to sort of work together with exterior work, some internal work, and some roof replacement so we can start spending money and capturing as much of those expenses as we can," said Wuorenmaa.  

Despite Telling GOP Otherwise, Paul Hasn't Transferred Money for Proposed Caucus

Aug 19, 2015

Although U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wrote in a letter last week to nearly 350 members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's central committee that he had transferred $250,000 to a state GOP account to cover the initial costs of holding a presidential caucus next year, Paul hasn't provided a dime, committee members told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

Lexington Council Reschedules Meeting on Minimum Wage

Aug 18, 2015

A Lexington council meeting focusing on a proposal to raise the minimum wage citywide has been postponed.  The decision to reschedule came during Tuesday’s work session.

EKU President Outlines Priorities During Convocation

Aug 18, 2015
John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday spelled out academic, facility, and campus lifestyle priorities for the Richmond school.  Benson’s thoughts came during the annual convocation at the EKU Center for the Arts.

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The appointment of Kentucky’s top education official would be subject to state Senate confirmation under a bill pre-filed last week in the General Assembly.

McConnell Covers Range of Topics Before Scott County Chamber Group

Aug 17, 2015
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The majority leader in the U.S. Senate visited his home state Monday.  Senator Mitch McConnell discussed various issues but would not touch on the current field of presidential candidates.

Agencies Battling Heroin to Receive Federal Grant Money

Aug 17, 2015

Kentucky law enforcement agencies fighting heroin use will receive a portion of more than $2 million in federal funding.  Appalachia is one of five High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas that will get support.  Madison County is included in the HIDTA program.  Sheriff Mike Coyle says eight task force members from four law enforcement agencies have been working heroin cases this year.  “There’s quite a few of our cases that are still clandestine in nature, because we can’t do anything yet until we work them a little bit more and then I think the public will see quite a few arrests stem from

Lexington Begins Food Truck Fire Safety Inspections

Aug 17, 2015

The city of Lexington is initiating a fire inspection program for food trucks.  Details were spelled out last week during a council committee meeting.  Lexington Fire Marshal Mike Farmer says the review covers many aspects of cooking on food trucks.  “We have a meter that will try to ascertain if there’s a propane leak, if they’re using propane to cook with," Farmer said. "We check their fire protection systems like their hood system.  We’re gonna check their extinguishers to make sure they’re up to date and current.” 

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The Kentucky Coal Association is under fire for again planning a closed-door meeting with the state’s leading gubernatorial candidates.

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A Kentucky county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage will not have to issue marriage licenses while she takes her case to a federal appeals court.

Here’s an update on transmitter problems in Hazard and Pineville:  First, the tough one, Hazard. We are awaiting a response from an insurance adjuster about that situation, hoping our claim of possible storm damage will provide some funds to help us get a new transmitter on the air.  As for now, 90.9 is still operating at about 500 watts.  That about 5% of the normal power for that station.

Lexington's Alumni Drive Near UK to Reopen Sunday

Aug 14, 2015

After undergoing significant modification, a heavily used Lexington road that connects two main thoroughfares reopens this weekend. A realigned portion of Alumni Drive will be open to traffic on Sunday.

Woodland Art Fair Celebrates 40 Years in Downtown Lexington

Aug 14, 2015
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This weekend marks four decades of artists gathering at Lexington’s Woodland Park to show and sell their items.  The Woodland Art Fair will once again attract various artists from all over the country.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the fair signifies more than a weekend boost for the local economy.  “Events like this always give a shot to the local economy, but what I think they also do is add to the quality of life,” Gray said.  “So, when people know that they can have access to this sort of an event, they’re very comfortable in living in a place like Lexington.”

Transition From College to University in Midway

Aug 13, 2015
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The former Midway College became Midway University earlier this summer. The school’s president outlined the conversion process for Lexington Rotarians Thursday.

The Lexington Council is exploring new regulations regarding distribution of unsolicited materials to residents. Much of the focus this week at city hall centered on the Lexington Herald Leader’s Community News publication.  Richard Morgan is with operations at the Herald.  “Our home delivery subscribers do not get this publication," said Morgan. "It’s just designed for people who are not subscribers to the Herald Leader and to give them the opportunity to receive those advertising supplements, but also see some of the news content that we can provide to them."

John Flavell / Lexington Herald Leader

A same-sex couple has been denied a marriage license in Rowan County one day after a federal judge ruled that the clerk there had to resume issuing marriage licenses to couples, no matter their sexual orientation.

    Two civil war related statues and a historical marker in downtown Lexington are at the center of a review.  The Urban County Arts Review Board heard from Mayor Jim Gray Wednesday.

Trick or Treat Under Review at Lexington City Hall

Aug 12, 2015

Halloween is more than two months away, but Lexington’s Council is already discussing the holiday. Trick or Treat is scheduled between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on October 31.  That’s also the last day of the highly anticipated Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland, and the date of an evening University of Kentucky football game.  Council member Richard Moloney is worried about traffic between the Keeneland race track and Commonwealth Stadium.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses.

New Firm Steps Up to Take Over CentrePoint Project in Lexington

Aug 11, 2015


A New York based commercial real estate firm appears ready to take over downtown Lexington's high profile CentrePointe project.  But, it’s not a done deal.

Bridgeton Holdings is poised to invest millions to pump new life into the CentrePoint project.  The New York firm is listed as an owner, operator, and developer of commercial and residential real estate.  The new plan calls for $166 million to complete the high rise development, beyond what has already been spent.

Lexington Mayor and Council Members Remember Ed Lane

Aug 11, 2015

Flowers sat in front of an empty chair Tuesday afternoon at the Lexington Council meeting in memory of former council member Ed Lane. Lane passed away on August 2.  Fellow Council Member Richard Moloney says he remembers how Lane fought for the state’s longest standing business.  “If it wasn’t for Ed we would have shut that Valley View Ferry down and that’s the oldest business in Kentucky," said Moloney. "Ed really had a passion to make sure that stayed open.”

A new, more rigorous version of the GED test has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Kentuckians receiving a high school equivalency diploma.