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Lisa Autry

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is downplaying the indictment of President Trump’s former campaign manager.   Paul Manafort and an aide are the first to be criminally charged in the investigation into possible Russian influence in U.S. politics. 

Senator Paul says the charges have nothing to do with collusion with Russia and instead accuse Manafort of money laundering and not paying taxes before going ever joining the Trump campaign.

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The leader of the democratic minority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives is not convinced a special legislative session is the best way to go in working to solve public pension problems.  

Rocky Adkins offered his thoughts following an event Monday at the Scott County Toyota Plant. 

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Gov. Matt Bevin Monday defended his proposal to change the state’s pension systems before a group of business leaders in Lexington.

Late last week, Bevin released a much-anticipated draft of a bill that would move most future and some current retirees onto less-generous 401(k)-style plans.

The proposal would also tweak benefits to current employees and retirees, drawing fire from state employee groups that say the changes would be illegal.

Stu Johnson

State and local government leaders, education officials, and business representatives all gathered in Scott County Monday for a formal announcement at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.  

This event centered on engineering.

John Hingsbergen

The city of Georgetown held its second annual LGBTQ Pride over the weekend. The Saturday event went smoothly despite challenging weather and an apparent threat against a lesbian couple in the community of about 33,000.          


Brian Burkhart


Here’s a call we received from listener Erica, in Lexington. 

“ I have been listening to the news about the four soldiers killed, actually for the last two or three days, driving in my car and then when I get to Lexington.  I’m wondering why we keep leaving out the other murdered soldiers who were African."


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An Ohio company that’s developed an environmentally friendly process to manufacture chemicals used in paint and plastics is locating a facility in Hancock County that will create about 125 jobs. 

WhiteRock Pigments is investing nearly $180 million in a manufacturing operation near Hawesville. The company is renovating the former Alcoa building that has been vacant for nine years.

Stu Johnson

Teachers, retired educators, classified school workers, and administrators rallied in last week against proposed pension reforms. 

The meetings included one a week ago in Richmond plus one in the packed library at Woodford County High School.

State Senator Julian Carroll, one of the first speakers at the Versailles high school meeting, made his feelings clear about the pension plan offered by Governor Bevin and GOP leaders. “I am against this proposal and I will vote against it,” Carrol said to a clapping audience.

Stu Johnson

While flags flew briskly in downtown Lexington, the French language was also in the air during a special ceremony Friday morning.

City dignitaries from three countries recognized a 60-year sister city relationship between Lexington and Deauville, France.           


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Lexington has recorded its 28th murder in 2017, breaking the old mark for the highest number of homicides set in 1999 and 2011. 

The shooting death of 51-year-old Anthony Carter Thursday raised the murder count to 27 for the year. 

On Friday afternoon the Fayette County Coroner ruled Thursday night’s death of 37-year-old Kimberly Dianne Dayton a murder.  Her strangled body was discovered in a Winburn Drive apartment.

 


Ohio Valley reSource

The Trump administration’s announcement Thursday that the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency was not news to first responders in Madison County.


Cheri Lawson

The Trump administration last month announced plans to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program.  It gives temporary protection to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children.

With DACA ending next March, Congress has fewer than six months to find a legislative alternative. 

After being bullied on social media, a college student in Lexington is doing what she can to help others like herself.


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Lexington’s Muslim community is holding it’s first-ever “Day of Dignity” Saturday.   The event, to be held at Douglas Park off Georgetown Street will take place from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon.


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

They tell us that, on this weekend before Halloween, the University of Kentucky theatre department is producing “Little Shop of Horrors.”   


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EDITOR's NOTE: This story has been updated to include new information regarding the timing of an emergency declaration.

Many lawmakers from the Ohio Valley region are expected at the White House Thursday as President Donald Trump delivers an address on the opioid crisis. 

It is still not clear when the president will unveil a long-awaited emergency declaration on the epidemic. 


Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge says Kentucky taxpayers still owe nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the couples who sued a county clerk for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.

 


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As Lexington council members discuss future growth plans, the uncertainty about future pension costs to local governments is being raised. 

City Hall officials are waiting to see what action state lawmakers take in reforming employee pensions.


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Suggestions for expanding pedestrian and bicycle travel in Fayette and Jessamine counties have been offered to Lexington’s council. 

They’re contained in a draft of the master pedestrian and bike plan.


Plaque Declaring Jefferson Davis a 'Hero' to be Removed

Oct 24, 2017
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A plaque attached to a statue of Jefferson Davis in Kentucky's Capitol will be removed because it refers to the only president of the Confederacy as a hero and a patriot.

The state's Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted to remove the plaque during a specially called meeting on Tuesday.

 


Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team has been projected to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. 

Pre-season rankings and player recognitions came Tuesday during the conference Media Day event.


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Louisville State Senator Morgan McGarvey is seeking to expand Kentucky's so-called “Look Before You Lock” law to include domestic animals.

The leader of an animal welfare group is raising concerns about the pre-filed legislation.

 

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A man with ties to Lexington has been honored for his Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. 

Zachary Dearing, who moved to Rockpoint, Texas from Lexington earlier this year, was recognized over the weekend as one of five Daily Point of Light awardees. 

Focus On Business: Dave Sevigny on Volta

Oct 23, 2017

Today, Tom Martin talks with Dave Sevigny, founder and chief operating officer of a company that for the past two decades has been known as D-M-D Data Systems. Recently, the company went through the rebranding process and now operates under the new name, "Volta."

We received this email from listener Rob, “I write to submit a comment/complaint about Milk Street Radio and their business model. 

I have been a fan of ATK (referring to America’s Test Kitchen) and its successor of dubious ethical provenance – Milk Street – since they began airing."  


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After serving five years in the Navy Tyler Dunn has returned home to Hickman, Kentucky.

These days, if he isn’t at work at the local liquor store or completing assignments for a business degree, you might find him surrounded by one of several stray cats he saved from a parking lot.


Lexington Council Gets 'On the Table' Results

Oct 23, 2017

In mid-March, more than 10,000 Lexington area residents participated in a kind of “sound off” event. 

Last week members of a Lexington council committee got an overview of “On the Table” comments.


Ky Circuit Court Clerks' Exam Period Underway

Oct 23, 2017
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Prospective candidates for the office of circuit court clerk have two and a half weeks to register for the 2018 election qualifying exam. 

The elected office of circuit court clerk will be on the ballot for all 120 Kentucky counties next year.


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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State University has formally installed M. Christopher Brown II as its president.

The State Journal reports that Brown explained more of his plans Friday during a ceremony that brought him on board as the university's 18th president.

 


Zachary Redding

There are those who believe Kentucky is the most haunted state in the southern U.S.

On this week's show, we'll find out why and we'll hear some ghost stories and other creepy tales from our guests and, hopefully from our listeners.  


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