In the months ahead, Kentucky families who lose loved ones should be able to attain death certificates sooner. In January, the state is moving to an all-electronic death reporting system. Paul Royce, who heads Vital Statistics, says e-filing can speed up the death certificate acquisition from about a month to two weeks or so. "When you lose a member of your family, you've got to have a copy of that certified death certificate in order to settle most estates, enroll in benefit plans, entitlement plans, cash insurance policies. You know, those types of things," said Royce.
Kentucky's attorney general says Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision about whether to run for another political office is a personal one. Jack Conway attended Grimes' post-election event in Lexington Tuesday night.
Come January, Lexington's new vice mayor will be Steve Kay. The incumbent council member won top vote honors Tuesday night among the three at large winners. Fellow council member Kevin Stinnett and former council member Richard Moloney also earned at large council seats.
A recent change in local law will allow alcohol sales in Lexington for the duration of this Election Day. Prior to September, the sale of alcohol in Lexington stores, bars, or restaurants was prohibited while polls were open.
A longtime advocate for Lexington area Latinos sees governing board representation over the next decade. Freddie Peralta came to America almost 30 years ago. Peralta expects Hispanic interests to get a more thorough hearing at city hall in the years ahead.
"Just also, a matter of numbers. The number of Latino in our community keeps growing and the number of citizens that are Latino keep growing. And I thought we're gonna have some sort of representation coming," said Peralta.
The closely watched showdown between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has put a spotlight on Kentucky. And heading in to this Election Day, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has received a little more attention than usual.
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The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.
November 17th begins a week of focus on innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration during the 4th Annual Lexington Global Entrepreneurship Week. In his role as director of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, Warren Nash is one of those overseeing the event. He sat down with Tom Martin.
Central Kentucky higher education leaders gathered last week for a business summit. Members of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium met in Lexington to discuss a range of issues. Bluegrass Tomorrow President Rob Rumpke says one goal is to shorten college careers from six to four years. "Getting them graduated, getting them into lifelong learning. And there by creating a better economy for central Kentucky," said Rumpke.
The former accountant for a central Kentucky abbey has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the monastery.
Josh E. Hutchins entered the plea to charges of theft and unlawful access to a computer Friday morning in Nelson Circuit Court. His wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft count.
A group of about 60 people gathered Friday in Lexington in an effort to coordinate sustainability measures of many different organizations. Bobby Clark, coordinator of the first Bluegrass Forever Green Sustainability Summit, says energy saving measures are often doable for individual residents or businesses. "Use energy star type appliances, change what they are doing because most people predict that energy costs are gonna double over the next ten years. Can you imagine your electric bill doubling at your home or your business? It's an economic development issue," said Clark.
In a tight political race, voter turnout can mean the difference between a win and a loss. That could be the case in the battle for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. Opinions vary on the factors which impact the process of moving a person from political spectator to participant.
The importance of voter turnout is not lost on either candidate running for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. The impact of political ads on the number of people who show up at the polls on Election Day, may be a matter of opinion.
In less than a week, Lexington voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead Urban County Government for the next four years. Jim Gray wants to serve another term as mayor. Anthany Beatty would like to take over the reins.
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Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council. Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election.
Republican incumbent Andy Barr, left, listened as his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, made a point during a televised debate Monday night in Richmond. They disagreed on almost everything, particularly the role of government.
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U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.
Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).
The race for the Bluegrass Region's congressional seat pits a first term incumbent against a first time candidate. Republican Andy Barr is seeking a second term as Democrat Elisabeth Jensen works to take his seat on Capitol Hill.
A less active Keeneland the Monday after a fall meet
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Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse just wrapped its fall meet. The track set attendance records the past couple of years. This year's attendance fell about 15,000 patrons shy of last year. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says rain and cooler than normal temperatures had an impact on turnout during seven of the first 10 racing days. "The weather really challenged us but we had a new dirt track that we debuted this fall and the dirt track performed beautifully. The new drainage system handled the rain that we got the first couple of weeks really well," said Gregory.