The Centre Point commercial development in the heart of downtown Lexington is in full construction mode. It's a large scale project, recently redefined in scope, approaching a cost of 400 million dollars and including hotel-retail-office- and condominium uses.
After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.
It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.
A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked extended discussion Tuesday at city hall. The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report. A council committee approved the policy change.
Lexington city leaders are looking into expanding where food trucks can conduct business. A city council committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday to allow food trucks in professional office zones around the community.
Division of Planning Director Chris King says proximity to neighborhoods should be considered. "The only thing that does give me pause is that a lot of times P-1 are very close to residential and were set up and agreed to by neighborhoods as a step down buffer and if a food truck came in running a generator, generating smells, they might not be happy," said King.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.
“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team.The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”
Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran joins us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners. Cochran, who retired from employment with NPR after 33 years, is the special guest at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.
Many Kentucky children living with their grandparents at some point suffered some form of trauma or abuse. That finding is contained in a University of Kentucky report from the Center for Trauma and Children.
The story of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome continues to be written. The easy winner, with far fewer dollars invested compared to a typical Derby champion, will head to Maryland to compete in the Preakness.
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Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women Director Carol Jordan
A new office at the University of Kentucky is expected to focus on policies aimed at reducing sexual assault. Carol Jordan, who's worked for decades on women's safety issues, heads the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.
Jordan anticipates working with officials in state government agencies. "And I think having opportunities to share data and to share policy research can also be of assistance when they're trying to look for funding priorities, I think we can be in the business of providing them with assistance in that as well," said Jordan.
Members of the audience were invited to ask questions as part of the Mayoral Candidates Debate May 1, 2014, hosted by the Lexington Forum
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This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety. This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014. They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
The two top vote-getters in the primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
The president of Lake Cumberland State Dock says all signs point to a tremendous season for tourism. Bill Jasper got good news this week when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the water level at Lake Cumberland was at its full summer level for the first time in eight years. The water level was dropped in 2007 when repair work began on nearby Wolf Creek Dam.
The founder of a thoroughbred retirement center in central Kentucky hopes to one day meet some of horses racing at Churchill downs this week. The "Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement" facility welcomed one horse just over a decade ago. President Michael Blowen says there are 150 horses on site today.
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.
Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, in the midst of Derby weekend, there are plenty of other entertainment events. Among them is Cirque de Soleil, making its first visit to this part of Kentucky. Other events discussed are: The play, Big River, in its second week at the Woodford Theatre; and the The Lexington Concert Band says farewell to longtime director Peter LaRue upon his retirement from the position.
Candidates for the 2014 Lexington mayoral election debated at the May 1 meeting of the Lexington Forum. L-R, Incumbent Jim Gray; challengers Danny Mayer & Anthany Beatty. Moderator Tom Martin is standing.
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Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
A diverse group of government, business, and social representatives are developing more structure for the affordable housing cause in Lexington. The panel met for the first time Wednesday.
Lexington's city council has decided to spend three million dollars for affordable housing over the next year, and a stakeholders group will work in the coming weeks to decide how to spend the money. A yet-to-be named board would make the final allocations.
The University of Kentucky's tree canopy will grow by more than 400 plantings soon. Additional elm, oak, locust, and tulip trees will be planted over the next year. UK Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman says recent construction on the Lexington campus has resulted in the need to replace them.
For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in a broadcast forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television. Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in the Kentucky Tonight TV show last week and Monday night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program. Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend this week’sforum in Lexington.
A Madison County official worries a just-released economic development plan for Madison County lacks on-the-ground support. Berea Mayor Steve Connelly says there could be a problem turning recommendations into action, saying most people never took notice, “There was never a conversation of people who would do anything.” He went on to say, “We have a plan but we don't have any implementers.” Connelly went on to express his skepticism about the plan.
In recent years institutions that we tend to take for granted: our airport, the library, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Association of Counties, the Bluegrass Area Development District, have experienced controversies that have shaken faith in leadership, highlighted instances of lax board governance, and most painful of all, damaged reputations.
Plans for renovating 200 public housing apartment units in Lexington carry a whole new financing and construction strategy. The project involves the Pimlico Apartment complex on Centre Street. Federal Housing and Urban Development's Greg Byrne participated in the ceremony today.
"We've allowed them to work with private investors, and lenders, and all that, just like anybody else who owns multi-family real estate. Bringing public housing into the 21st century," said Byrne.
Toyota is closing its Erlanger headquarters and moving almost 1,600 jobs out of Northern Kentucky as part of a nationwide consolidation of the company's operations.
Company officials gathered employees at its Erlanger offices Monday afternoon to tell them the news. All workers there will be offered jobs either at Toyota's new headquarters in Plano, Texas, or at an expanded technical center in Michigan.
The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, which would have crossed a dozen Kentucky counties over a 180-mile route, appears to be dead.
Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, the two energy companies behind the controversial project, announced Monday that they could not put together a large enough customer base for natural gas liquids to make the project viable.
Madison County civic and government representatives will unveil an economic development plan today for the cities of Richmond and Berea.
The theme for the two year economic improvement effort is rooted in collaboration among local governments, public schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and medical facilities. The initiative is also aimed at increasing jobs by capitalizing on intellectural assets, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and commercialization of technology.
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This week, we have some reactions to regional news stories. For instance, one headlined, “SOAR Working Groups to Plot Strategies." It reports that the next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative involved ten working groups that will map out strategies and prepare to take more suggestions from Eastern Kentuckians.
Following the 36th Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event this weekend, attention is focusing quickly toward this summer and the anticipated announcement of the site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The Kentucky Horse Park hosted the international horse competition four years ago. Veteran Equine Public Relations Specialist Marty Bauman believes central Kentucky is in a good position to host the event again.