Democratic gubernatorial candidate Geoff Young says he is being unfairly slighted in Kentucky's primary election. The retired state engineer appeared Monday on KET'S Kentucky Tonight. Young is suing his opponent Attorney General Jack Conway and other powerful state democrats, claiming he is illegally being dismissed as a candidate before voters have a chance to make their choice. "I just strongly disagree with that idea," said Young. "It's not democratic. It resembles more like an organized crime operation than it does a political party."
Many Kentuckians may be seeking to lend financial assistance to the earthquake ravaged area in Nepal. One option is through contributions to the American Red Cross. Bluegrass Chapter Director Terry Burkhart says there are online and traditional mailing options for donors. "We would say whatever is most convenient for the donor; if it's easier to just go online and make the donation that's great," said Burkhart. "If you'd rather be more comfortable providing the check through our office, that works too. Either works just fine."
With Keeneland's spring meet now in the books, most Kentuckians are turning their attention to Louisville and this weekend's Kentucky Derby. But, Lexington leaders are also thinking about a major horse racing event that will take place this fall.
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A coalition of Lexington area child welfare agencies is recognizing those working to reduce abuse and neglect. Stand Up For Youth sponsored an appreciation event Friday morning at the Plantory. Sunflower Kids coordinates supervised visitation, often court ordered by a judge. Director Stephanie Hoffman says her agency works with some 140 families each year. "Educating parents about how having safe stable relationships with both parents is important.”
Hoffman adds there can’t be abuse by one parent and expect it not to affect the child.
A study just released by the University of Kentucky says Keeneland last year generated $590 million for Lexington and Fayette County. The economic boost goes beyond traditional racing days.
The new study, the first of its kind on Keeneland, focused on fall and spring racing meets, along with four international Thoroughbred sales. The economic impact study was conducted by the University of Kentucky's Center for Economic Research.
Equine competitors from around the world meet this weekend for the 37th time at the Kentucky Horse Park. A record number of horses are registered for a record amount of prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.
This year's winner of the Kentucky Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award says candidates running for governor need to hear from citizens regarding a statewide smoking ban. Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department, was recognized Thursday during a Lexington conference. "It's really nice that Allison Adams talks to the governor candidate and says 'what do you feel about smoke free?' but I'm just one vote," said Adams.
Lexington area students are spending a little more time at school this week. Public schools in Fayette County are extending the school day by 30 minutes to make up for missed instruction time due to wintry weather. Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm says 177 days of strong instructional focus are required. "It's not only an obligation, I think it's what we desire,” said Helm. “As educators, you want to make sure that you are giving your students a full instructional year."
Board member Doug Barnett reviews rezoning recommendations
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Members of the Fayette County School Board are asking questions about the student redistricting plan. A workshop was held Tuesday to preview recommendations after a year-long review.
The rezoning committee, comprised of some two dozen people, drafted plans for boundaries for elementary, middle, and high schools in the state's second largest district. The workshop offered Board members a chance to ask about specific movement of students from one school to another.
From left to right, Becky Cox, Marion Cox, Dr. John Slevin
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A Georgetown man is benefiting from a portable infusion pump that delivers a drug to treat his Parkinson's disease symptoms. The device is designed for patients who have seen little success with traditional, oral methods. 70 year old Marion Cox participated in a University of Kentucky clinical trial. Cox says the drug delivery method has made a big impact on his life. "I've referred to it as a new lease on life, where I came from versus were I am," said Cox. "It's hard for me to believe and it was in my skin."
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A third arrest has been made in connection with the fatal shooting of 22 year old Jonathan Krueger. The University of Kentucky student was fatally shot along Maxwell Street early Friday morning. Lexington police have charged a 17 year old juvenile with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. Police do not anticipate more arrests in the case.
The official opening of a new outpatient center in Lexington also marks a rebirth of a portion of the former Turfland Mall. The 85-thousand-square-foot University of Kentucky HealthCare at Turfland sits on the one-time site of a Dillard's store.
Chief of Ambulatory Services Dr. Marcus Randall says family and community medicine takes up a big part of the center, "So that's a large chunk of the space. Not only do they have their clinic space here, but they also have their academic offices here. Their teaching location is here.”
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Picking up litter in central Kentucky's downtown communities will be widespread this Wednesday. The effort is connected to the 45th Earth Day Commemoration.
The main street clean sweep program is being coordinated by Bluegrass Greensource, which serves 19 central Kentucky counties. Director Amy Sohner says the trash pickup blitz will take place in many towns this week from 11 am to 1pm. "And the idea is to go in mass, 15 communities, 15 cities in central Kentucky, picking up litter all at the same time to celebrate Earth Day," said Sohner.
Lexington police have made an arrest in the Friday morning shooting death of a University of Kentucky student. The fatal shooting appears to be robbery related.
Jonathan Krueger, 22, of Perrysburg, Ohio died early Friday morning after being shot along Maxwell Street near Transylvania Park. Police have arrested 18 year old Justin Smith of Lexington and charged him with murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing and evading. Police do not believe the two men knew each other.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says if he’s elected governor he’d essentially offer Kentucky students a $20,000 degree to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville if they can graduate in four years and then stay in the state.