Although Lexington's city council has made a number of changes to Mayor Jim Gray's proposed budget, two high profile projects remain intact. Much debate occurred during meetings Tuesday that ran just short of ten hours.
$22 million to refurbish the old Fayette County Courthouse and $10 million toward a downtown linear park remain in the spending plan.
An added 40 thousand dollars is increasing the number of Kentucky's low income children who receive summer meals. Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear made the announcement Tuesday.
The funding goes to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. The Summer Food Service Program helps ensure children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. 20 thousand dollars in state money is being matched with another 20 thousand in a private grant from 'Share Our Strength.'
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15 Kentucky sites are seeking a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings include a Murray tobacco warehouse, a Woodford County elementary school, and a Daviess County carriage and buggy manufacturer.
State Sen. Joe Bowen says there aren't many potential solutions to Kentucky's pension crisis.
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Analysts say Kentucky will need to hire more state employees or have them pay more into the retirement system in order to reverse the state’s pension crisis, painting a grim portrait of Kentucky’s main public pension system.
Bluegrass music is an integral part of Kentucky's culture. It routinely sounds out in formal and informal settings. That includes the weekly get-togethers at Carl and Norma's Lil' Opry House in Maytown. The down-home venue in Morgan County has become a breeding ground for young musicians.
Every Tuesday night, local bluegrass musicians gather at the Maytown Opry for their weekly jam session. The small white building, formerly a grocery store, is lined with church pews, with an American flag hanging behind the stage.
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The budget proposal before Lexington Council members includes a number of neighborhood park refurbishing projects. The mayor's plan calls for almost $2 million in improvements. General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says parking lot developments and upgrades to playing courts could be completed within a year or so. "Some of the other projects that they're discussing like new bathrooms which involves construction, interaction with neighborhoods for the planning process of where folks want things, what they want them to look like which parks is very good at doing may take a little longe
In the coming fiscal year, Lexington city leaders are considering spending more than $757,000 on emergency shelter programs. The city's homelessness services director says that figure doesn't cover Lexington's ongoing need.
Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law. The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.
There's an ongoing demand for law enforcement dispatchers across Kentucky. Last week, the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at Eastern Kentucky University graduated its 100thclass. Training Supervisor Mike Keyser says upon receiving their degrees, the 20 new graduates began taking emergency calls right away. "One of the graduates had to work that evening at four o’clock,” said Keyser. “Whenever they graduated they went to work, either that day or if they had the good fortune to have a couple of days off, I guarantee you they were working by Monday morning."
A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas. The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services met Thursday at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine. Hospital CEO Susie Starling says the panel is reviewing day to day experiences. "It's providing them with real life situations and perspectives that they may not have gotten without coming into the communities and talking with the people who are actually living it every day," said Starling.