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Lexington police continue their investigation into five separate robberies or attempted robberies at area gas stations.  Authorities have reason to believe the crimes may be connected.

Stu Johnson

Lexington firefighters now have the use of a new custom built fire truck to respond to specialized emergencies.  Mayor Jim Gray and fire officials unveiled the $826,000 Rescue 1 vehicle this afternoon at the main fire station downtown.

Rainbow Crosswalks Will Stay, For Now

Dec 1, 2017
Kentucky.com

The future of Lexington’s vibrant rainbow crosswalks has been cloudy because of safety concerns. But city officials are looking into those claims.

The crosswalks added this summer were created to honor the LGBTQ community during Lexington's annual Pride Festival.

 


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Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a breach of contract suit against the university’s athletic association. 

Healthier School Lunch Means Need for New Equipment

Dec 1, 2017
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Dan Ellnor walks through a metal door into a gigantic walk-in refrigerator at the Jefferson County Public Schools Nutrition Service Center. People in hairnets, gloves and light winter jackets are filtering in-and-out, carrying boxes of fresh produce.

“Yeah, what have we got?” Ellnor asks as he flicks open a box. “Zucchini — lots of zucchini.”

Cheri Lawson

Music is one way young students  in a program at Eastern Kentucky University will  help spread holiday cheer.

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, kids with the Foster Academy for Musical Excellence hope to offer the gift of familiar tunes this season.


Lexington Police Chief to Retire in Early 2018

Nov 30, 2017
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Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard is retiring in early 2018.  The Lexington law enforcement veteran made his decision known in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray.

In his letter to the Mayor, Barnard thanked Gray and the council for their backing, which has allowed his officers to put in place, what he termed, “an innovative and strategic vision” that has brought about significant advancements in public safety. 

Stu Johnson

A St. Louis woman is helping employ women rescued from human trafficking at 15 centers established in the United States and around the world.  Dawn Manske is in Lexington this week for the 19th Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference.

Kentucky Ag Economy Seeing a Slight Uptick

Nov 30, 2017
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Kentucky’s farm economy is experiencing about 3.5 percent growth this year compared to 2016.  University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell terms it as “some stability.” 

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Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in ten and rose in 22 counties between October 2016 and October 2017.

That’s according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. In far west Kentucky, rates dropped in Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties but rose in Calloway, Fulton, Hickman and McCracken counties. Most of the Pennyrile area saw rates fall, except for Crittenden and Trigg counties.

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 Baptist Health providers will soon accept CareSource insurance offered on Healthcare.gov. That’s because starting in 2018, CareSource will be the only health insurance choice for half of the counties in Kentucky on the individual market created through the Affordable Care Act.

“Given that CareSource is going to be the only option in many of these counties, a number of patients and physicians had reached out to us and asked if we’d consider CareSource,” said Donna Ghobadi, a vice president at Baptist Health.

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The removal of an honorific plaque from a statue of Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol has been delayed as officials review whether they have the authority to do so.

In response to public outcry over the statue of the Confederacy’s only president, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted earlier this year to remove the plaque that labels Davis as “patriot — hero — statesman.”

State Curator Leslie Nigels says lawyers in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration are reviewing legislation that authorized the statue’s creation in 1931.

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The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency returned to friendly terrain in coal country this week for two days of public hearings on its proposal to repeal a key federal rule aimed at reducing pollution that contributes to climate change.

Last month EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt chose an eastern Kentucky mining town as the venue to announce his intent to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama-era rule that sought to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

 


Senate GOP Majority Caucus Stages Retreat in Berea

Nov 30, 2017
Stu Johnson

The president of the Kentucky senate says a special legislative session on pension reforms could still happen between now and the end of December.  Robert Stivers admits the window of opportunity for a likely five day session is closing a bit day by day.

Stivers along with other GOP senate leaders are in Berea for a majority caucus retreat. 

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A work group studying Kentucky’s prison system predicts additional incarceration costs totaling more than a half billion dollars over the next decade, if further legislative remedies aren’t pursued. 

The group projected that the inmate population increase 19 percent over those ten years.

The information compiled by the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council’s Justice Reinvestment Work Group puts the inmate growth at 4,400 in the next decade, if no substantial changes are made. 

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

A just released study by University of Kentucky shows fewer new cases of lung cancer in some communities and smoke-free laws seems to make a difference.

The study found new cases of lung cancer reduced by 8 percent in communities limiting smoking in the work place.


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With financial spending uncertainty ahead, the Lexington city council is considering setting aside more money in a contingency account.  One of the primary unknowns is how much the local government will need to spend following anticipated state pension reforms.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Bill O’Mara got council budget committee approval Tuesday for a $10 million budget stabilization reserve. 

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul is breaking his silence about this month’s attack outside his Bowling Green home.  His neighbor, Rene Boucher, is charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly tackling Paul from behind while he was mowing his lawn.

Senator Paul told Fox News Tuesday that Boucher made some comments right after the attack to “try to indicate why he was unhappy,” but the Republican lawmaker didn’t elaborate.

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A group of about 30 coal miners in work apparel complete with hardhats sat in one of the three hearing rooms to hear their boss, Bob Murray. Murray is CEO of the Ohio-based coal company Murray Energy, and a leading opponent of the Clean Power Plan. He applauded EPA’s decision to repeal the regulation.

“God bless President Trump, and you coal miners,” Murray said. “I love you, fellas. God bless you.”

Good Giving Challenge Underway in Central Kentucky

Nov 29, 2017
Stu Johnson

For the seventh year, the Good Giving Challenge fundraising competition is underway. Well over a hundred non-profit organizations benefit from the month long campaign coordinated by the Bluegrass Community Foundation.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Council Member Jennifer Scutchfield has decided to resign her position on the governmental body to take a job with the State Board of Elections.

Scutchfield made the announcement Tuesday afternoon during the council work session.

“I do think this is a good time for me.  It’s a good opportunity for me.  Somebody is going to have to file to run by January 20, so this is a good time to open that up,” said Scutchfield.

Scutchfield, an attorney who represents the Seventh Council District, is in her third two year term. 

We begin this week with a call from Ann, from Winchester, “I just want to thank you for your excellent programming.  If I’m in the car, I’m listening to WEKU and, most of those days in conversation over dinner, I will comment on some sort of news that I heard on NPR."  


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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth hopes to raise awareness of the significance of an accurate count during the 2020 Census. 

The citizen-based activist organization cites a study done at George Washington University. 


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The future of economic development in Lexington will be under review Tuesday at City Hall.

Members of the council’s Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee will hear from Commerce Lexington, the local umbrella organization representing a wide variety of businesses. 


State Health Officials Warn of Hepatitis A Outbreak

Nov 22, 2017
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State public health officials continue to warn Kentuckians about a Hepatitis A outbreak. 

The majority of the 32 cases are found in and around the Louisville area.  The homeless are particularly vulnerable to this viral disease.


Ky Pyschologist Says Give Thanks for Gratitude

Nov 22, 2017
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With Thanksgiving less than 24 hours away, a Kentucky psychologist says there’s increasing research about the benefits of expressing gratitude.  

Dr Chrissy Logue is public education coordinator with the Kentucky Psychological Association. 


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Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Troops must be fed in order to fight. But what happens when that army faces hunger after marching back home?  

Federal statistics show tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans struggle with homelessness, hunger and food insecurity.

As the holiday season approaches, a pilot program in the Ohio Valley aims to serve those who served their country.


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A serious plumbing issue is causing problems for one of Lexington’s transitional houses for homeless men.

An official with the Lexington Rescue Mission says the residents will not go without housing this week.

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A new survey of the health behavior of Kentucky youth is showing some positive signs, especially regarding tobacco use.


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A representative of The Kentucky Alzheimer’s Association says the Commonwealth is making history with a new vehicle license plate.  

The Bluegrass state is the first in the country to make the Alzheimer's-related specialty plate available.


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