It’s a different look to the front of Lexington’s city hall these days. Safety concerns have prompted the removal of a 30-by-17 foot metal canopy from the Main Street entrance. General Services Commissioner Jamshid Baradaran says inspectors spotted structural problems.
The University of Pikeville is the latest school to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Farm to Campus Program. The initiative will aim to put more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in the eastern Kentucky school's food service system. Another goal is to put more shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products in the Pikeville school's bookstore.
Democrats are seeking a recanvass in a western Kentucky legislative race in which a Republican has already claimed victory. Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro had 3,568 votes, narrowly besting Morganfield Democrat Kim Humphrey's 3,436 votes in western Kentucky's 7th District. Humphrey requested the recanvass.
Thomas and his supporters celebrate the senatorial win
For the first time, an African American will represent Fayette County in the Kentucky state senate. Democrat Reginald Thomas easily won Tuesday’s special election. He will finish the unexpired term of Kathy Stein, who now serves as a Fayette County judge. Thomas defeated former Lexington council member Richard Moloney and Republican minister Michael Johnson.
It appears construction on a major downtown development in Lexington will start within the next week or so. Since, before the recession, the multi-million dollar Centre Point project has been on hold. Financing for the office-retail and residential high rise has been the sticking point. Finance Commissioner Bill Omara Tuesday told council member Steve Kay financial support for the project now appears solid.
An eastern Kentucky judge-executive whose county was devastated by a tornado has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley was arraigned Tuesday, one day after an unsealed indictment accused him of steering work to a construction contractor in exchange for kickbacks.
Audrey Haynes, Secretary, Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
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While Kentucky’s on-line marketplace for health insurance is running well, some questions remain about its long term costs. Louisville Republican Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, still worries too many newly-insured Kentuckians will have costly health care needs.
State revenues exceed expectations but budget officials say they won’t be enough to satisfy the need. State Budget Director Jane Driskell offered a financial report Monday in Lexington during the annual Kentucky Chamber Legislative Preview. By the end of June, state income will likely run 130-million over budget. But Driskell says the amount needed to cover the growing costs in areas like Medicaid, teacher retirements, and education is much higher than the available monies.
The economic and social troubles of eastern Kentucky were the topic today of two conferences Monday. In Pikeville, nearly a thousand people gathered to discuss strategies for improving the lives of mountain residents. And in Lexington, a preview of this winter’s general assembly session included talk of coal severance funding.
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Diana, from Lexington, emailed us, “As long as you have all day broadcasting of Talk Shows, it is beyond me why you do not broadcast one of the best shows on any radio station, and that is the Diane Rehm Show. Why? The only time I ever get to hear this wonderful show is when I’m in my car on a trip.”
A series of additional portraits now decorate the walls of Lexington’s Council Chambers. Paintings of four former mayors were retrieved by Mayor Jim Gray and Council member Bill Farmer from an old storage site
Disagreements between well-meaning people are inevitable, but, a Christian group believes those dispute can be more civil. The Kentucky Council of Churches will work over the next year on strategies to promote civility. Director Marian McClure Taylor says sometimes humor is key. It was a tactic commonly employed by her grandfather.
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This special edition of our program will feature highlights of previously-aired shows, including: EKU President Michael Benson; The Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington; Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky; The Bluegrass Pipeline; Domestic Violence; and Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on Kentucky. We'll also hear from the man who was for many years, "The Most Heard Voice on Public Radio," Frank Tavares.
The acoUstiKats, the all-male a capella group at the University of Kentucky, are in concert tonight at the Singletary Center.
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Given the lateness of the Thanksgiving weekend, the season for holiday events is compressed. As a result, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald says the next couple weekends are quite busy. Rich says this weekend begins with an a capella performance at the University of Kentucky. The arts reporters spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Next Tuesday’s special election in Lexington pits Democrat Reginald Thomas, Republican Michael Johnson, and Independent Richard Moloney in a race for the state senate. The winner will replace former State Senator Kathy Stein, who’s now a family court judge. The community’s next representative will have a part to play in the revitalization of downtown Lexington, including a major overhaul of Rupp Arena.
It’s not ready to let food trucks park just any place downtown, but Lexington’s council might be willing to extend a pilot program. Thursday, council members will likely consider a one year extension. For six months, a pilot program has allowed food truck to operate during specific times in specific spots downtown. Council member Shevawn Akers, who backed the experiment, says so far, no major complaints.
A veteran Lexington Council member would like to put himself in position to take over as vice mayor. Sixth district councilman Kevin Stinnett announced Tuesday he’ll run next year for an at-large seat. Stinnett says the current council-mayor relationship is positive and worth maintaining.
Lexington’s city council has rejected a business tax which would fund downtown beautification. It would have levied an assessment on property owners within a special taxing district. Ferrell Alford, who owns two downtown buildings, thinks such improvements should be left to the owner's discretion.
The University of Kentucky is about to launch a clinical study into an existing medication as a treatment for Alzheimer Disease. Researchers at UK’s Alzheimer Disease Center think a cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as fibrates can also prevent the deadly disease. Clinical Director Greg Jicka says fibrates apparently interact with a person’s RNA. Inside the cell, ribonucleic acid helps its cousin DNA determine a person’s physical characteristics.
‘Cyber Monday’ is wrapping up, with many of the Commonwealth’s companies offering deep discounts to on-line shoppers. For Kentucky-based Café Press, nearly 99% of its business is conducted via the internet. The Louisville company started in 1999, creating specialty items, like mouse pads, coffee cups, and T-shirts. CEO Bob Marino says his inventory is based solely on demand.
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This call came in last Sunday evening, November 24th, “I’m trying to listen to Kentucky Center Stage and I’d love to hear the tape of the woman playing the Chopin, but that tape’s not coming through. You all talking about it are loud and clear but, when the tape comes on, I can’t hear it.”
A roundup of drug offenders touted by the Kentucky State Police as the largest such operation in its history still has a ways to go. “Operation Black Friday” began on Nov. 1 to arrest nearly 500 drug offenders across the state, but about a third of those targets remain at-large.
A volunteer with the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter which burned down on Friday night says all of the 21 dogs that made it out have found a home. But the nonprofit that runs the shelter could use donations to help rebuild. Theresa Martin said they do not yet know what caused the fire that killed one dog and 34 cats.
A new study of children’s furniture has found that most contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to serious health problems. The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. They analyzed 42 children’s couches and chairs from big box retailers, and found that 90 percent of them contained one or more of the flame retardant chemicals.
The Louisville Zoo has some new residents. They are a 1 ½-year-old male maned wolf named Rocko and four male meerkats named Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh, for characters on the CBS hit show "The Big Bang Theory." The maned wolf is the only one of its species on exhibit in Louisville, but the zoo hopes to add a female soon.
What is it like to be Jewish in America? Better yet, what about in Kentucky?
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Before heading into the throng of Holiday shoppers, it’s wise to have a plan. That's the recommendation of Jennifer Doom, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Doom suggests mapping out a gift buying budget and strategy for the entire month of December.
High stepping horses along with their riders will bring some holiday cheer to the Kentucky Horse Park. The Alltech Arena is the site this weekend for ‘The Spirit of the Horse: A Holiday Equine Extravaganza.’ Some 18 high level dressage-performance horses ridden by championship riders participate in the 55 minute production.