Given the scope of Lexington’s sewer overhaul, the paperwork could overwhelm the council. Currently, it must approve many changes because usually there’s also an increased cost. But, some of that responsibility could be shifted onto Lexington’s administrators.
A statewide committee of volunteers is on target with its plan for a campaign to make Kentucky a healthier state, an expert in state and local health told the committee Monday. “You guys are absolutely on the right track,” Julie Willems Van Dijk of theUniversity of Wisconsin told the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation at its annual meeting in Lexington. Read more...
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Nov. 3 that the federal health-reform law may "bankrupt" rural Kentucky hospitals "by overwhelming them with Medicaid patients." However, health-care leaders in the state "say its hospitals stand to benefit, since the expansion would provide insurance to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to pay their hospital bills," reports FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan service of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more...
Among the litany of conscious-consumer labels like “certified organic” and “fair trade,” you might already be familiar with the Kentucky-specific “Homegrown by Heroes.” That logo tells you, for example, that the jar of Eastern Kentucky sorghum was produced by farmers who served in America’s armed forces.
This week, we'll discuss Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky, with an update on efforts to eliminate abuse of prescription medications and limit their availability. We'll discuss law enforcement efforts, the state's Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and options for treatment and rehab for addicts.
For years, hard rains in Lexington have caused sanitary and storm water sewer systems to overflow into streams and even homes.
These illegal “Sanitary Sewer Overflows,” are the basis of a 2006 lawsuit filed against the city by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Kentucky. A 2011 Consent Decree gives Lexington 10 years to fix the problem.
The agreement requires the city to establish a Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). It was developed by a seven-member task force that produced 19 recommendations for a plan submitted early this year to the EPA.
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Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins and three others from her office were accused Friday of theft from Kentuckians who purchased automobiles out of state. Instead of receiving a tax rebate form the clerk’s office like they were supposed to, Blevins allegedly kept the money, said the attorney general's office. Kentucky State Police and the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigation executed a warrant Friday morning against Blevins.
Walt Robertson, left, vice president of sales at Keeneland, and Greg Ladd, owner of Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington stood with LeRoy Neiman's Flat Racing tile mural, the largest piece for sale in The Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland.
FRANKFORT—The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around determining which parties should be accused. The hearing resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month.
A committee of the Urban County Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday providing benefits to domestic partners of employees. The vote comes nearly a decade after the city first tried to implement benefits that include same-sex partners. The ordinance must get final approval from the full council. It is not expected to face opposition. If it passes later this month or in early December, Lexington will join Louisville, Covington and Berea as Kentucky cities that offer domestic partner benefits in a state that does not allow same-sex couples to marry. Read more...
The governor's secretary, Debi Gall, receives the petition from Sister Claire McGowan.
FRANKFORT—Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office Tuesday morning, citing concerns over the project's impact on the state's environment and asking the governor to block it.
If approved by the Coast Guard, shale gas waste water from such storage ponds could be barged down the Ohio River to disposal sites on the Gulf Coast.
The US Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. The wastewater is currently stored at drilling sites or transported by truck or train to treatment plants and deep underground wells.
An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties. The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases. Read more...
The Army is ending 13 officer training programs nationwide, including the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The Army approved the closures after a comprehensive review of resources last month. The 13 programs are mostly in rural areas that are producing too few officers to justify their operation. Along with UT at Martin, Tennessee closures include Tennessee Tech University, East Tennessee State University. The only Kentucky program shuttered was at Morehead State University. Morehead Military Science Chairman Lt. Col. Robert Mason said the cuts may be aimed at changing the program's demographics.
After some years of decline, enrollment this fall at Eastern Kentucky University this year is holding steady. Over 16-thousand students now attend classes at EKU. Vice President Elizabeth Wachtel says declines are not necessarily bad. Wachtel says the school might now be at its optimal size.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions—like carbon dioxide –from existing power plants next June. But Kentucky regulators are preemptively trying to influence the agency’s decision-making. Read more...
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Eastern Kentucky University is working to improve its staying power with prospective students, potential donors, and the community at large. The field is narrowing for a new position of Vice President for University Relations and EKU Branding. The first of three open meetings with finalists is scheduled later Monday on the Richmond campus.
Portions of the Fayette County Circuit Courthouse building will reopen this morning. The four story structure has been shut down since Monday, October 21 following a water line break. The break caused extensive damage to sections of the first through the fourth floors. Most of the first and fourth floors plus courtrooms on the second and third floor will open up today.
Road crews in southeastern Kentucky could have a new weapon in their snow and ice fighting arsenal this winter. State transportation officials met with workers recently to outline this year’s snow removal strategy. Les Dixon, from the Manchester district office, says a new salt product called ‘clear lane’ is being considered.
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How are military veterans from Kentucky faring? What Services are available to them and how are we failing them? How have public perceptions of veterans shifted from one armed conflict to another? These are some of the questions we'll pursue and that we're inviting you to answer.
Kentucky State Police are using every available sworn unit today for what it calls the largest one day drug round up in agency history. The aim is to arrest 479 individuals. Troopers from all KSP posts along with numerous other law enforcement officers began arresting individuals before daybreak.
Dance, music, and theater are all on the arts agenda this weekend in the Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Youth Ballet offers up its performance of the 'Day of the Dead' event this weekend in downtown Lexington. Rich Copley has his weekly rundown of arts activities. He spoke with WEKU'S Stu Johnson.
A task force within the State Fire Marshal’s Office is working on new fire prevention strategies. Fire fatalities across the Commonwealth have exceeded 60 for a number of years. Kentucky Fire Marshal Bill Swope says work on the new program began this past summer. He says the hope is to pilot some aspects of it next spring.
Successful early childhood education efforts in southern Kentucky are bringing the U.S. Secretary of Education to the Commonwealth Friday. Arne Duncan plans to spend part of the afternoon in Williamsburg. He is scheduled to visit with a Whitley County family in ‘Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program. Save the Children administrator Mark Shriver says the program is currently found in ten Kentucky Counties, serving more than 12 thousand children.
As the days begin to get colder, Kentucky will see higher natural gas prices. On average, customers who use about ten thousand cubic feet of natural gas, can expect to pay about 19 percent more than last November. Still, State Public Service Commission Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says it’s far less than a few years ago.
A well known fast food restaurant chain is promoting the General Education Document program in almost half of Kentucky’s counties. People dining at McDonald's restaurants in 53 counties will be encouraged on customer tray liners to take the GED test.
Trick or treating in Lexington has been moved to tomorrow night. It will still run from six until eight p.m. The weather forecast calls for strong storms to move into the Bluegrass later today. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the decision to make the switch comes with weather predictions which the mayor says have ‘gotten worse.’ For families who can’t change their plans, Gray adds there is still indoor trick or treating at Fayette Mall, the Lyric Theater, and the Kentucky Horse Park.
Halloween can lead to increased safety concerns in children filled neighborhoods. Those worries may be tied to the traffic found moving about on Halloween night. As the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says Thursday nights are already a time of heightened risk for alcohol related incidents.