The city of Lexington is launching a program intended to increase the use of public golf courses and reward the players. As a result, golfers are likely to see video cameras at some holes beginning this spring.
Lexington leaders are looking for ways to enhance management of the city's recycling center. Members of a council committee reviewed recommendations Tuesday following an internal audit of the Materials Recovery Facility.
Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget. House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Governor Beshear.
A new effort is being launched to better promote the agricultural economy of 37 eastern Kentucky counties. State and federal officials were on hand Monday in Knott County to announce the trademarked brand “Appalachia Proud: Mountains of Potential.”
A successful treatment of stroke-related ailments usually includes a reliance on medical technology along with an involved team of caregivers. That point was emphasized Monday in Lexington as University of Kentucky HealthCare becomes a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Transylvania University's new president comes to Kentucky from New England. The new head of the Lexington school is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Seamus Carey succeeds Owen Williams who came to the liberal arts college in 2010.
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Here's part of a note from listener, Phyllis, referring to an Eastern Standard show earlier this month, “I’m appalled that people persist in thinking that fruits and vegetables are too expensive." She continues, "Let me refer you to US Dept of Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 790, 'How Much Do Americans Pay for Fruits and Vegetables,' July 2004, p.26, Table 5. Seven ways to eat 3 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables per day for a dollar or less.'
Eight cars that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green last week will be getting a little tender loving care. The prized sports cars were damaged when a 40 foot wide by 25 foot deep sinkhole swallowed them early last Wednesday.
Kentucky senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to a large crowd of supporters Thursday evening in the Prestonsburg Mountain Arts Center. Jan. 16, 2014
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The Bluegrass Poll, which The Courier-Journal and its partners rolled out just over a week ago, is supposed to give a snapshot of what was going on at the time the poll is taken and isn’t meant to predict what will happen when elections are held months from now. But Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, spotted some trends that could suggest problems for Republicans decades from now unless the party rethinks some of its positions. What Voss noticed was that on social issues, voters between the ages of 18 and 34, including many who are just now figuring out where they stand on the political spectrum, were markedly more liberal than older Kentuckians.
Linda and Kevin Helmintoller, both of Tamp, Fla., stand in front of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum which swallowed a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette they donated to the museum, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.
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The red 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion ZO6 Corvette that Kevin and Linda Helmintoller donated to the National Corvette Museum had been on display in the museum’s Skydome just six weeks when a sinkhole swallowed it last week.
The tower from which WEKH (90.9 FM) transmits high atop Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY.
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We just thought you'd like to know what it takes sometimes to keep a network of public radio stations on the air. Follow this link to the WEKU Facebook page for a complete photo album with more shots from a trip up Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY. to put WEKH (90.9 FM) back on the air.
With record cold temperatures and snow, especially for Kentucky, we're wondering what's going on. And we bet you are, too! On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll discuss this unusual winter weather and attempt to understand why it's going on, and what to expect as we get closer to spring.
The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system. It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state. The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.
This weekend begins with some musical choices for Valentine’s Day and ends with a romantic film at the Kentucky Theatre. Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be on stage at the Lexington Opera House.
By Brendan McCarthy and Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
Kristina Hall, Judge Leigh Anne Stephens and Clinton Stacy.
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Whether they opt for a traditional ceremony, something a bit more offbeat, or even a short courthouse certificate signing, pretty much every bride-and groom-to-be has an ideal wedding. But one couple in eastern Kentucky never imagined their wedding would take place…in a grocery store.
Next Wednesday marks the midway point for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly. Typically, much of the heavy lifting regarding legislation occurs during the second half of the 60-day session. This winter’s lawmaking exercise seems to be following that tradition.
A glimpse of what it's like in the sinkhole that opened up Wednesday under a wing of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
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Security cameras were rolling Wednesday when a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. As we reported earlier, eight of the iconic sports cars were sucked down into a hole about 40 feet deep.
A slice of Appalachian Kentucky life once again descended on the State Capitol for the annual “I Love Mountains Day." The rally at the mid-point of the General Assembly traditionally attracts a large group from eastern Kentucky. That proved to be true again on Wednesday.
A measure being filed in the Kentucky House would increase the monthly statewide wireless fee by 30 cents. Proponents say the increase is needed to offset the loss of revenue as a result of declining land-line phone service.
U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn has struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., issued a statement commending the judge's ruling: “I am proud of the four Kentucky families who are standing up for marriage equality in this lawsuit and of the thousands more who continue this fight every day. Today’s ruling is an important step forward in the march toward recognition of all marriages under the law and full equality in our Commonwealth.”
Meanwhile, the Family Foundation issued a statement taking the opposite point of view. According to the foundation's news release: "Kentucky marriage policy will now be dictated from places like Boston and San Francisco," said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation said in the release.
A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
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Updated 9:43 a.m.
Officials say the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Eight cars were affected by the sinkhole, several others that were in the domed area of the museum remain in place. Reversing an earlier decision, the museum has announced that it is closed at the moment.
A bill that would allow bar owners to open their doors to concealed weapons has won approval by a Kentucky Senate committee. Current state law prohibits anyone to enter a bar with a gun that is not openly visible.
Designs released February 10, 2014 show the renovations of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. This is a view of the renovated Rupp Arena from Triangle Park.
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Plans for the 310 million dollar Rupp Arena project were unveiled Monday. The "reinvention" of the 38-year-old facility will include construction of a new convention center. Funding for the massive Lexington development is still being finalized.
Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon.
Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.
Lexington mayoral candidate Danny Mayer believes infrastructure and economic development strategies need to extend beyond downtown. The 38-year old joins incumbent Jim Gray and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty in this year’s race for mayor.