Lexington city leaders continue look for ways to help ride sharing app firms and traditional taxi companies share the road. City officials are awaiting action on state regulation pertaining to the relatively new ride sharing businesses. Council member George Meyers believes it's important to strike a fair balance. "We as a government have to be flexible enough to make it all work because we don't want to shut anybody out of the marketplace or disadvantage our community when you look at what other cities are doing as opposed to what we might do," said Meyers.
The University of Kentucky Hospital this week unveiled a brand new cardiovascular inpatient unit. Patients will move in to the new addition this weekend.
UK officials say the 64 bed inpatient unit is one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care facilities in the country. It features a combination of the latest medical technologies as well as lots of windows to the outside world. Officials say it's that view which can help the recovery process.
Frogdice is an independent game development studio in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1996 by Michael Hartman, Frogdice creates online and digital download games of the role-playing or "RPG" variety. Tom Martin talked with Michael about his company and about gaming.
There's been a sizeable increase in resolutions to school violations across Kentucky. That's according to research released last week from the Kentucky Center on School Safety. For the first time, Center Director Jon Akers says the report includes data on in-school removals. "Far more kids are put into in-school removal, maybe for an hour, sometimes a couple of hours, or sometimes for a couple of days. But, we never recorded that in our reports heretofore. It was never given to us in that format," said Akers.
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On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.
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Even though the day is still young, some black Friday shoppers are already worn out and heading home. The day after Thanksgiving carries with it the tradition of looking for the best holiday gift deal. That pursuit can begin at midnight and may involve standing in line for the latest and fanciest item.
The Eastern Kentucky University football Colonels will go after their first playoff victory in 20 years Saturday. EKU plays host to Indiana State at Roy Kidd Stadium. Eastern comes into the Football Championship Series playoff game at nine and three while Indiana State finished the regular season seven and five.
Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson has been tabbed to serve on an NCAA Committee representing Football Championship Subdivision institutions. The EKU President is the first from the Ohio Valley Conference to serve on the honors committee. Benson says this offers a time to recognize student athletes off the field. "These really remarkable student athletes, tens of thousands that every day go to class, do what they are supposed to do, that represent their institutions. And this is a way to recognize, what I believe athletics is all about, and that is access to education
The director of Kentucky's Reclamation Guaranty Fund expects the first appropriation in early 2015. The fund was established in 2013 to help carry out surface mine site reclamation when a company abandons property. The fund is supported through fees paid by the mining industry. Director Keith Smith says the trust currently stands at about $32 million. "There are at least a couple of sites on that list that the Division of Abandoned Lands won't have enough money with the underlying bond to achieve reclamation and the fund will have to kick in some additional funds," said Smith.
Strong winds Monday wreaked havoc on power lines across many sections of Kentucky. An official with Kentucky Utilities says the central portion of the state seems to have borne the brunt of the blustery conditions.
For the ninth year, international students at the University of Kentucky staying on campus for Thanksgiving Day will be treated to dinner. Alumni Association Program Coordinator Meg Phillips says she's expecting a crowd at Tuesday night's traditional Thanksgiving feast.
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Linda emailed us on Saturday morning, “You have been advertising the story of the man who stopped talking for 17 years and then you silenced him again just as he was explaining why he stopped talking. Seemed a bit rude to me.”
Lexington city leaders are preparing to move forward with architectural plans for improvements to the historic downtown courthouse building. The Urban County Council last week gave the go ahead to use $450,000 for design plans. Lexington attorney Foster Ockerman is President of the Courthouse Square Foundation. "This money will then be spent for architectural drawings to take the information from the assessment and start saying where does the heating and air conditioning duct work go.
Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm. This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.
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Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers. Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation. Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet. "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez. “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr