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.


Wednesday is the first day of school for thousands of Lexington area students.  It’s also the first day of school for the superintendent of the state’s second largest school district.

Lawmakers Gather in Lexington to Review Heroin Legislation

Aug 10, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Issues with drug abuse for mothers and their babies are an ongoing focus of neo-natal health care providers.  These matters were the focus of a legislative meeting in Lexington Monday.

'Play Ball' Month Declared in Lexington

Aug 10, 2015

Lexington is joining more than 130 communities nationwide in making the call to ‘play ball’ during August.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made it official Monday.  The mayor has declared August “Play Ball Month.”  It’s an initiative supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Major League Baseball, and Minor League Baseball.  Mayor Jim Gray, a former youth baseball player, says whether tossing a ball in the backyard or playing in an organized league, the sport has a positive effort on the community.

When he made the transition last year from Lexington’s Chief of Police to Public Safety Commissioner, Ronnie Bastin left some big shoes to fill. So, it was quite a statement about his chosen successor when a search committee – including representatives of the criminal justice community, local businesses and the Urban County council - voted unanimously to recommend 28-year veteran Mark Barnard.

In the midst of our efforts to find the funds to replace our transmitter for 90.9 in Hazard, we have a situation in Pineville.  The transmitter for 90.1 WEKP went off the air, possibly during a storm last week and remains off the air today.

Our engineers traveled to the site on Friday and are working with the manufacturer to diagnose and repair the problem keeping it off the air.

Groups such as the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association support the idea of needle exchanges as ways of reducing the spread of diseases like hepatitis among drug users.   Such programs distribute clean needles to drug addicts in exchange for dirty needles and encourage addicts to enter treatment programs. / Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington's long delayed CentrePointe project could be moving ahead.

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

A fourth defendant is facing up to a year in jail in connection with a Kentucky bourbon theft ring that investigators say sold thousands of dollars of bourbon illegally.

Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events.

A Federal Communications Commission fund is paying $21 million annually to Windstream Communications Inc. to make broadband Internet service available to more than 62,000 rural homes and businesses in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police

UPDATE 5:07 pm 08/06/15

Police have charged an Oregon man with use of a weapon of mass destruction after discovering an alleged improvised explosive device in his car during a traffic stop on interstate 24 in Lyon County. 

Kentucky News Network

Ahead of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, a top ally to U.S. Senator Rand Paul has announced he’s taking a leave of absence from Paul's super PAC. 

Jacob Ryan, WFPL

Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor is pledging to defund Planned Parenthood operations in the state if he’s elected.

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen Kevin C. Brown as interim commissioner while its search continues for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

A Kentucky historic commission has voted to keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda.

Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

Most Kentucky voters support keeping the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda, according to Bluegrass Poll results released Monday.

EKU Football Begins Preseason Camp

Aug 4, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team reports to campus Tuesday and will have its first preseason practice on Wednesday.

Lexington police say about 20 homes have been evacuated while repairs are made to a leaking gas line.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s final draft of the Clean Power Plan includes stricter regulations than originally proposed.

Kentuckians may be changing their minds—very slowly—when it comes to same sex marriage, a new poll suggests.

J. Tyler Franklin / Louisville Public Media

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he’ll again sue the Environmental Protection Agency over new federal carbon dioxide rules. 

Greg Kocher / Lexington Herald Leader

A filter has been connected to an igloo at Blue Grass Army Depot where a mobile laboratory detected a low-level release of mustard vapor.

Lexington Fayette Urban County Councilman Ed Lane has passed away.

Fancy Farm 2015

Aug 3, 2015
J. Tyler Franklin / Louisville Public Media

For some in Western Kentucky, the Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.