Health Advocacy Group Moving Toward Policy Focus

Jul 13, 2017

The president of a Kentucky health advocacy organization says it’s a time of transition for his agency.  

The CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky spoke at a meeting of the Lexington Rotary Club Thursday.


Stu Johnson

Dozens of protesters in Lexington braved the sun and heat Wednesday during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit with local business representatives.  

Most of the raised signs and wide variety of chants carried messages related to healthcare.

A golf is recommending several significant changes in how Lexington operates its five  public golf courses.

The suggestions discussed at Tuesday’s council work session include increasing greens fees, keeping only Picadome golf course open during the winter, and changing senior golfer discount eligibility.

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According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.

Alex Slitz

Vice President Mike Pence visited Lexington Wednesday to help bolster support for the Republican-sponsored health care bill being considered in the U.S. Senate. 

Having met with small business owners and other invited guests at Bryant’s Rent-All on Red Mile Rd, the Vice President made public remarks.   

Vice President is traveling to Kentucky Wednesday to help build support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Pence will meet with business owners in a private invitation-only event.

The Vice President’s visit follows Sunday’s rally in Northern Kentucky featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Stu Johnson

Among the Lexington area business representatives scheduled to meet with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday is council member Kevin Stinnett.

Stinnett says all members of council were invited to the afternoon event at Bryant’s Rent-All.

Lexington’s General Government and Social Services Committee has voted to revise the city’s ethics law. 

The ethics ordinance has been in existence for close to two decades, but never undergone such extensive revisions.

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NOTE: As of Wednesday July 12, Lexington officials say that, due to a large expected crowd, the  location for the public meeting, and possibly the date, are likely to change.: 

Lexington residents with concerns about their cable television or Internet service get a chance next month to air those grievances in a public meeting.  

The opportunity to sound off was announced during Tuesday’s Lexington council work session.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President  will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.  

Stu Johnson

Three former chairs of the Paris Pike Corridor Commission including a former governor Monday offered historical perspectives of the decades-old process that ended in 2003 with a reconstructed highway from Lexington to Paris Kentucky.  

Only two of the nine members attended the downtown meeting.  

New Downtown Lexington Art Features Henry Clay

Jul 11, 2017
Stu Johnson

Downtown Lexington is now home to a new piece of public art. 

The official dedication ceremony Monday included acknowledgment of a well-known historical figure.

Cheri Lawson

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke against the healthcare bill being considered by the U.S. Senate Sunday evening in Northern Kentucky.  The former presidential candidate addressed a crowd estimated at 2000.

Sanders says he doesn't understand why Kentucky senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under Kentucky’s implementation of the federal law, the number of uninsured in the state fell from 20% to just under eight percent.

Water professionals from communities across Kentucky and Tennessee are meeting in Lexington this week. 

Officials from many of these towns are, like Lexington, involved in major sewer overhauls.

We didn’t air Listener Feedback last week because of the holiday, otherwise we would have shared this comment in follow-up to remarks from "Edward" that we aired on June 26th.

Edward said he no longer supports the station because of a lack of balance.  He also claimed the station has become an apologist for what he called the “deviant lifestyle” of LGBTQ persons.  

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

From the outside Summit Aviation, in the small town of Somerset, Kentucky, looks like any other nondescript, white warehouse. But inside workers craft parts for drones, weapons casings, wing stabilizers and other high-flying products.

Money Magazine says Berea College is the most affordable liberal arts college in the nation. 

The southern Madison County school is one of eight federally-recognized work colleges.

Copley/Hendren on 'The Wiz' at SummerFest, Other Weekend Events

Jul 7, 2017
Rich Copley

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They begin this week by telling us the paths of Lexington’s Woodland Park may turn into yellow brick roads this weekend during SummerFest.  

Stu Johnson

For the first time, the Extreme Mustang Makeover is taking place in central Kentucky. 

The competition brings trainers and their mustang horses to the All-Tech Arena to demonstrate disciplined maneuvers after just 100 days together.

Senators Take Heat On Health Care During Summer Break

Jul 6, 2017
Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went to the western Kentucky city of Paducah this week to talk about improvements to a local flood wall. Instead he heard a flood of complaints from more than 30 protesters upset about the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  

Lexington Officials Celebrate New Fire Station

Jul 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

A ribbon-cutting Thursday at Lexington’s newest fire station brought the mayor, most of the city council, and public safety workers together for the ceremony. 

Fire station two off Eastland Drive will likely continue to be one of the busiest in town.

By Mary Meehan

Protestors in Lexington Thursday encouraged Senator Mitch McConnell to vote "no" on the health care bill he’s pushing towards a vote, as a planned sit-in turned out to be a polite stand-around.

Our Revolution Central Kentucky organizer Kristen Pack said she had been contacted by the Lexington police before the protest and knew the group would not be allowed in the lobby. 

But, ultimately, after some subdued sidewalk negotiations, groups of two or three, passing a handful of mostly smiling Lexington police were allowed to speak with McConnell staffers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3500 drivers died in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss this apparently growing phenomenon.  Are you seeing distracted driving in Kentucky? Maybe experiencing it yourself?

During this season of much outdoor activity, state and county health officials are reminding the public about the dangers of rabies exposure from wild animals.  

In light of a recent incident at a Harlan County camp, they’re focusing specifically on bats.

In addition to the annual celebrations of Independence Day, July 4th, 2017 will be remembered for the passing of a highly-recognized Former Kentucky Chief Justice.

Justice John Palmore died Tuesday, about a month shy of his 100thbirthday.

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors sees a persistent need for more housing units in the Fayette County area. 

Lexington Finance Commissioner Bill O’Mara told members of the council’s budget committee last week home foreclosures have been declining.

The Food and Drug Administration’s first proposed regulation related to smokeless tobacco is getting attention from agriculture and health officials in Kentucky. 

A comment period on the federal proposal ends next Monday.

While AG Beshear Speaks, Gov. Bevin Will Skip Fancy Farm

Jul 5, 2017
Tom Eblen

A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

A spokesman for Matt Bevin says the Republican governor will skip the annual "political speaking" at the Fancy Farm picnic.  

Today, Tom Martin continues his discussions with various stakeholders in the updating of Lexington's Five Year Comprehensive Plan.  Here's a portion of his conversation with Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance.