Since the end of World War II, Kentucky’s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. Now, they’re a common and costly hazard along the Commonwealth’s highways. Now is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.
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The partial federal government shutdown is hurting tourist businesses near Cave Run Lake. Boat ramps on the man-made lake, which are managed by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, are closed. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says businesses in Morehead and three eastern Kentucky counties are feeling the effects.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should expect heavy traffic delays on Interstate 64 in Franklin County this week. Engineers will be inspecting bridges over the Kentucky River. Equipment problems and the need to have power shut down on some nearby electrical lines have delayed the work.
The University of Louisville is launching a five-year program to celebrate the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The program called "Project Progress" will include lectures, exhibits and other programming to examine the aftermath of the movement. It spans a time period from the Mongtomery bus boycotts of 1963 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.
A year after her resignation, the former director of the EKU Center for the Arts has publicly explained her actions. Deb Hoskins was subject to an internal probe that alleged fiscal misconduct and sexually inappropriate behavior. During WEKU’s “Eastern Standard,” Hoskins defended her tenure at the publicly financed facility.
The University of Kentucky is plowing forward with a $65-million expansion and renovation of its business college. The overhaul of the Gatton College of Business and Economics is funded with private dollars. Governor Steve Beshear, along with state leaders and university officials, participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday. When completed the college’s footprint will expand by 40 percent.
It’s not quite a tradition, yet, but UK Opera’s developing the habit of staging ambitious Broadway productions. Last year, it was Phantom of the Opera, and this week Les Miserables plays at the Lexington Opera House. Here with a preview is reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with Arts Weekly producer Charles Compton
This fall, undercover state investigators are crashing tailgate parties at the state’s universities. Since the end of August, the enforcement effort overall has resulted in more than 150 citations for alcohol-related offenses. The Commonwealth’s Alcoholic Beverage Control officers also patrol Keeneland, looking for underage drinkers. Director of Enforcement Mike Razor says they try to make repeat visits.
Even as its population grows, energy consumption in Lexington is on the decline. The group `Empower Lexington’ is working for a one percent drop each year in energy consumption. Amy Sohner, who directs Bluegrass Greensource, says so far, it’s been relatively easy.
A mock emergency is planned Thursday at Berea College. The purpose is to test six different agencies in their response to a campus shooting scenario. Chris Maguire is Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the southern Madison County College. “There will be what appears to be an active shooter on campus and the whole purpose is to test our public safety and our coordination with the various police agencies locally and throughout the county,” said Maguire.
A select committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker will consider sending letters to all legislative staffers inviting them to come forward with grievances. Members of the panel will vote on that proposal from Republican state Rep. Robert Benvenuti next Wednesday.
Kentucky is in the running to land a hemp processing plant being considered by a Canadian company. The CEO of Hemp Oil Canada says Kentucky has hemp-growing heritage but questions about the plant's legality have to be resolved.
Lexington Council members are seeking more information about costs associated with hiring consultants. It surfaced during a discussion Tuesday at city hall. A request for a 50 thousand dollar consultant fee sparked a larger debate. The money is for advice sought on the creation of an office for homeless services. In the end, the Council asked for a report on money spent on consultants during the last three years.
Climate change is prompting calls from an environmental advocate for better preparation on the local level. Rick Clewett, who spent almost 40 years teaching English at Eastern Kentucky University, now works with the Sierra Club and the Kentucky Conservation Committee. Clewett says climate change will be especially hard on homeless and low-income Kentuckians.
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Reclaiming an old mine site in eastern Kentucky offers new hope for re-establishing American chestnut trees in the Commonwealth. The chestnut, which was a major food source for mountain residents and wildlife, was virtually wiped out by a blight in the early 19 hundreds. Some 14-thousand hardwood seedlings were planted on 16 acres last March in Lawrence County. Kentucky Forest Management Chief Pam Snyder says the project served a dual purpose.
The EKU Center for the Arts, which opened in September 2011, welcomed Executive Director Joel Aalberts this summer.
Central Kentucky has numerous facilities offering concert performances ranging from classical to country, traveling Broadway shows and special acts and events. How can this region support these venues and what challenges do they face?
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An emergency management agency official for greater Louisville says scattered flooding led to 82 people being evacuated over the weekend. Metro Safe Spokeswoman Jody Duncan says emergency workers safely removed people from homes and stranded cars late Saturday and early Sunday as waters rose waist-deep in some areas. There were no injuries.
Kentucky state auditor Adam Edelen plans to hold a summit in northern Kentucky to address corruption after a multitude of cases in the area. The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Edelen plans to speak with public and local elected leaders about how to catch the misuse of public funds.
Officers with the Harlan City Police Department have a new accessory for their uniforms — a mobile video camera. WYMT-TV reports the device is worn near the center of an officer's chest and records audio and video for his or her entire shift. The information is downloaded to a computer at the end of the shift.
The Central Kentucky music and recording scene changed dramatically last week with the passing of Kevin Johnson, who bore the nickname “Darth Fader.”
Kevin died suddenly Monday September 30th, survived by his son and his parents as well as many friends and millions who enjoyed his work as Chief Engineer for the Lexington-based Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
Instruction which includes instruments is known to enhance a child’s appreciation of music. But, musical instruments are not always within the reach of families with modest means. A program launched by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra provides the tools needed by low-income music students.
Macreena Groody is a citizen of the small Texas town that suffered a zombie attack and J.T. McCoy is the mayor. The University of Kentucky Theatre presents Tim Bauer’s satire "Zombie Town: a documentary play," Oct. 3 to 13 at the Guignol Theatre in the UK Fine Arts Building in Lexington, Ky.
The Halloween season is well underway, with a celebration this weekend of the undead. Zombies are the focal point of a production staged by UK Theater. Here with a preview of it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Interstates 75/71 as they pass over the Brent Spence Bridge from Northern Kentucky and into Cincinnati.
Kentucky and Ohio transportation officials are working to finance a new interstate bridge linking Covington with Cincinnati. Officials from both states released a report identifying funding options today. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the 50 year old Brent Spence remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.
Officials say the website for Kentucky's online health insurance exchange appears to have become smoother for users on its second day of operation. Kynect had nearly 110,000 visitors through late Wednesday afternoon, with about 10 percent of them starting applications for health care coverage. Nearly 7,000 applications have been completed.
A Germany-based automotive supplier is planning to build a new production plant in Bowling Green. The $120 million facility will be called Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel and will employ 90 workers. The company says it is building the 150,000-square-foot facility to better serve its North American auto industry customers.