Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday night updated city leaders and community members on plans to transform the Richmond campus. Benson presented at the Town and Gown Vision 2020 Forum.
The state of Kentucky is the recipient of $3.7 million to support community service projects. The AmeriCorps funding goes to 12 programs, many serving southeast Kentucky. Operation Unite Education Director Debbie Trusty says a $543,000 grant allows 44 AmeriCorps workers to meet one on one with school children and provide math tutoring and drug prevention education. "The program gives them activities to be able to be involved in where they can take a stand in their school and be a leader and practice drug resistance skills with a group of like-minded students," said Trusty.
This will be the fifth year that flying fireworks can be sold in many parts of the Commonwealth. The Kentucky General Assembly enacted the change in 2011. Prior to that, many Kentuckians traveled to Tennessee to get more powerful fireworks. State Fire Marshal Bill Swope says the number of vendors selling in Kentucky hasn't changed much. "I think it has remained rather consistent in terms of if we were to measure it against the number of vendors that are registering to sell,” said Swope. “That number has remained relatively consistent."
A person with experience in helping lead large school districts in New England is coming to head Kentucky's second largest school system. Manny Caulk got the nod during a special Fayette County board meeting this past weekend.
The 43-year-old Caulk comes to Lexington from Portland Maine where he headed the state's largest school district.
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Last week, we aired a Facebook message from listener Rebecca, wondering if others shared her view that it was time to re-think the airing of The Best of Car Talk and we tossed it to you. As of this weekend, we have had a total of three responses. One from Tom in Lexington agreeing with Rebecca.
The Supreme Court last week issued a much-anticipated ruling last week, declaring that marriage can no longer be denied to same-sex couple anywhere in the U.S. On this week's show, we’ll meet some of the people involved in the issue in the Commonwealth.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, Marcus Roland, left, and Scott Shive received the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in Lexington on Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Clerk's office.
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By mid-afternoon Friday, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says about 10 gay couples had visited his office seeking marriage license applications.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided. That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.
Audio of Gov. Steve Beshear's statement on immediate recognition of same-sex marriages in Kentucky and changes in the state's marriage licensing procedures.
Lexington is playing host to the 32nd annual Kentucky Public Retirees meeting. A big crowd with a vested interested in the issue gathered Thursday.
The hotel conference room was full of former state workers including George Hoffman, who worked for three decades in state transportation. He's optimistic the legislature will continue to monitor pension fund issues. "I've got hope that they won't let it just crumble, because there are people that really depend on it," said Hoffman.
Eastern Kentucky University officials have plans to move into a higher athletic division. EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner says the goal is to move up to the Football Bowl Series. He says whether or not it happens this year is not the issue. "I think the message is that we're elevating our athletic program, our expectations are higher and we assume we'll also have better results,” says Turner. “The more branding we can do for the university, this is just one of the other mechanisms to keep the university in the forefront."
Children and adults alike will be schooled this weekend in Lexington on a variety of safety issues. Officials with the inaugural Summer Safety Fair aim to provide positive interaction between police and children.
Lexington leaders are moving forward with the purchase of body cameras for police. Council members had previously decided to wait until the fall to take up the $600,000 project due to questions about future costs pertaining to video storage. City Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton told council Tuesday that those questions have been answered. "When that answer was given to some of the storage, things automatically changed because that was the big issue that was the real stumbling block here," Hamilton said. "Not the cameras, but how you store all this stuff and access it all."
The Lexington Council is endorsing a needle exchange program. The initiative is a part of a new state law aimed at lowering diseases related to heroin use, including Hepatitis and HIV. Fayette County Health Commissioner Rice Leach brought the plan before city leaders Tuesday. He says participants must bring in a needle to receive a clean one. "If you bring in one, you only get one” said Leach.
Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with plans to upgrade student housing on the Richmond campus. The EKU Board of Regents received an update on the project Monday. Plans call for tearing down three dorms, as well as a portion of family housing, and constructing new facilities.
Governor Steve Beshear announced plans Monday for a major road project in Jessamine County. The long-awaited project has been on hold for years.
The city of Nicholasville, like many in the region, has grown considerably over the years. Along with growth comes increased traffic. Governor Beshear says work on a remedy could begin this fall. "After years of planning and talking, we're finally going to build the east Nicholasville Bypass," said Beshear.
C-SPAN is in Lexington this week to conduct recordings for an upcoming summer history series. During an announcement Monday at city hall, C-Span coordinating producer Debbie Lamb said five to six segments about Lexington will air in July. "There's a lot of interesting older political stories like John C. Breckinridge,” said Lamb. “The horse breeding, the thoroughbred history there. That's unique to Lexington."
About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists "liars and race-baiters" and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.
State social service officials in Northern Kentucky say they lost track of nearly 100 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect, with some languishing for months before being recently rediscovered.