Lexington city leaders are moving forward with plans to establish a downtown management district. Businesses and residents in the designated area would be facing additional taxation.
The idea of the management district is to bolster safety, cleanup, and landscaping efforts within the boundaries. Lexington Downtown Development Corporation President Drew Flemming is helping to lead the charge. "We'll have increased power washing, gum removal, graffiti removal, bottles and cans on a daily basis," said Flemming.
WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately. The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.
The move comes after investigations by the Bowling Green Police Department and university uncovered evidence of violations of WKU’s Student Code of Conduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Assault Policy.
Rain is continuing to fall in many parts of Kentucky. Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says so far, no formal requests for assistance have come from county governments. He says residents are dealing with the third wettest spring on record. "The ground is wet and has remained wet all spring and until we get a good solid week of sunshine, I think our water tables are gonna stay high and the ground is gonna be saturated," said Rogers.
A drug roundup in Pulaski County is targeting lower-level dealers ahead of future efforts against higher-level offenders.
Forty-seven drug-related indictments with nearly 70 felony charges have been handed down this week by a local grand jury. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Karl Clinard says this week’s efforts by federal, state, county, and city law enforcement groups have been aimed at those selling prescription pills and methamphetamine, with a growing number of heroin dealers also targeted.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and The Courier-Journal have filed a motion to intervene in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the Legislative Research Commission by two former staffers of the agency.
The media organizations are trying to bring to light depositions of former Legislative Research Commission director Bobby Sherman and state Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat.
Overly is scheduled to be deposed on Monday and Sherman was deposed on Wednesday. They have tried to keep the depositions sealed, citing privacy concerns.
Education advocates say Kentucky still suffers from inadequate education funding 25 years after the legislature passed sweeping reforms.
The Kentucky Education Reform Act was signed into law 25 years ago this week and served as a model for national reforms. It included a $1.3 billion tax increase, gave parents a say in hiring principals and launched a daring, first-of-its kind accountability system for teachers based on how much children were learning.
More than a thousand people are expected at the Kentucky Horse Park tomorrow morning for the 17th Reforest the Bluegrass event. John Saylor, a senior arborist in Lexington, says there will be streamside tree plantings. "We've had a lot of rain this week, so a lot of standing water, a lot of flooding pooled up in certain spots out there in the placing area. Basically those trees will absorb that water and you won't have as much runoff going right into the channel," said Saylor.
exington Park officials are working to form community partnerships to help with programming and facilities planning. The matter was discussed earlier this week during the city council's General Government and Social Services Committee meeting. Council member Amanda Mays-Bledsoe says park interests vary throughout Lexington. "Not every kid in certain neighborhoods need ballparks,” said Mays-Bledsoe. “They might need softball fields. They might need just green space for kickball or for Frisbee golf. So, I'm encouraging not just to improve what we already have."
Breast cancer survivors from across Kentucky met at Keeneland Wednesday. They participated in Pink Day, an annual event held in conjunction with First Lady Jane Beshear's Horses and Hope Program. Kentucky Cancer Program Director Debra Armstrong says for some breast cancer survivors, it's their first day at the track.
"The race tracks have developed a bit of a following of women, who are now coming in from all across the state and have found that this is a very exciting event and they feel a part of it," said Armstrong.
Eastern Kentucky University's new men's basketball coach has a wide range of Kentucky-related experience.
Dan McHale will be formally introduced tomorrow Thursday morning on the Richmond campus.
Dan McHale comes to EKU to head up the men's basketball team from Minnesota where's he's been an assistant to Richard Pitino. The New Jersey native got his first coaching start as a staff assistant to University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino. He also served as a student manager at UK for four seasons.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is proposing millions of dollars in new capital investments as part of his budget. The mayor's spending plan represents a three and a half percent increase over the current budget.
Last week's heavy rainfall is still impacting travel in many sections of Kentucky. The forecast of additional rain this week only serves to complicate the situation. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says sections of four roads and four bridges remain washed out. "Any time something like that happens, it obviously has a bad effect on people who may depend upon that roadway to get back and forth between home and work or school or whatever," said Wolfe.
This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."
On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.
March Madness may come to an end with the crowning of NC AA champions in men's and women's basketball, but the stress along the way can be significant for coaches, players, and even fans. Georgetown College Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter says, usually, that stress is not lasting. He cites the case of his wife, who, like University of Kentucky fans, felt the sting of a loss to Wisconsin. "She's a die hard Arizona basketball fan," said Carter. "I mean she was completely destroyed after Wisconsin beat them. I mean, so much so, that she couldn't even function that night. Bu
The newest member of Lexington's City Council is coming on board just in time to hear the mayor's budget address Tuesday.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named James Brown to serve as council representative for the downtown first district. Brown says he brings level headed decision making to the council and a willingness to listen to other views. "When there's a call for leadership, I believe it's our responsibility to answer that call,” said Brown. “My network of friends, family and mentors have prepared me for the opportunity that I have today."
April is child abuse prevention month in Kentucky. A commemoration ceremony was held Monday at the Fayette County Health Department on Louden Avenue. Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says an in-home visitation program offers the opportunity to counsel new parents on proper discipline. "Particularly in terms of child abuse, they're working to differentiate between proper punishment and when it veers into excessive punishment and into abuse," said Hall. "You want to make sure parents know the difference."
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Robert wrote to us, “I was wondering if Kentucky Center Stage programs are archived for any period of time, so that one can listen to them from the website after they are broadcast."
Robert explained, "I was a soloist (Evangelist) for the St. John Passion, but was occupied and unable to stream it from the website (I’m out of radio range). I wondered if I can listen to it later, like Millenium Stage on the Kennedy Center’s website.”
The Lexington Division of Police is working to increase the number of women on its force. A Women's Law Enforcement Symposium is scheduled for Saturday at the police training academy. Varinka Ensminger heads up recruitment and training at the academy. "Women generally use less use of force incidents because a lot of times they are able to relate to incidents, particularly domestic violence type incidents where they are able to de-escalate situations," said Ensminger.