Legislation seeking to eliminate the state office of treasurer is making its way through the Kentucky Senate. The Senate State and Local Government Committee easily approved the measure Wednesday. Bill Sponsor Chris McDaniel says voter approval of the constitutional amendment would save taxpayers about two and a half million dollars each year.
These trailers serve as temporary homes for Davis Bottom residents displaced by Newtown Pike
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Construction moves forward on a road project that’s changing the face of a Lexington neighborhood. The Newtown Pike Extension Project is displacing many long-time residents of the Davis Bottom community. It’s a low-income neighborhood, but there’s a plan designed to preserve the community and provide its residents with better housing.
The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions. As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed. Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.
Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development. The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal. These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.
Lexington’s mayor would like the city to have the ability to support specific projects with dedicated tax funds. This was one of many of items in Mayor Jim Gray’s state of the city address, delivered Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Lexington Forum.
(Part 1 of 2) - One of Lexington’s poorest neighborhoods is waiting for a newly developed neighborhood. Many homes were demolished to make room for a new road way…in return residents were promised better housing and a restored community. However, tired of waiting, many residents have moved on.
The number of cable television concerns expressed by Lexington residents is causing concern for some city leaders. While the city continues negotiations for a renewed agreement with Time Warner Cable, Council member Harry Clark says some of the citizen comments made at a recent public hearing were ‘horrifying.’ “This is not sufficient for Lexington Kentucky. I mean we value the quality of life in a lot of ways, and this is a standard that we ought to be providing for all of our citizens who are interested in cable,” said Clark.
Lexington's Martin Luther King Day march makes its way down Vine Street
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Downtown Lexington is usually an active place on Martin Luther King Day. And so it was this 20th day of 2014. But, some participants in this year's annual march say more work is needed to further the efforts of the slain civil rights leader. While special Martin Luther King festivities occur at places like the children’s museum and historic Kentucky Theater, the march through downtown remains the city's highest profile event.
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On Friday morning, we received a tweet from listener Daniel , “Why did you announce Berea College was on a 2 hr delay? I can't find any other source saying so including email from the college.”
As the person on the air during the morning in question, I was very aware that Berea College was NOT on delay or closed. Daniel apparently caught me in a slip that resulted in the mistake. What was true is that earliest reports were about Berea Community Schools on such delay. And, of course, that situation had changed so the schools were actually closed.
Jillian Pyatte, right, watched as Alpha Phi Alpha members Jared Scott, left, T.J. Merritt and Rashad Bigham re-created the scene of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination as people passed during a silent march to commemorate the legacy of the civil rights leader.
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University of Kentucky students and staff honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pacifism on Sunday with a candle-lit march past a half-dozen silently re-enacted scenes of violence, including King's 1968 assassination; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The state of Kentucky is now part of a new federal program designed to improve the economics of impoverished communities. The Commonwealth joins West Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana as the newest partners in the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Strike-Force Initiative.
A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate At first blush, northern Kentucky Senator John Schikel’s bill sounds like fodder for The Daily Show. It allows primates to serve as service companions in private residences. But when asked about it, Shickel, a former police officer, breaks down in tears.
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says President Obama isn’t going far enough with changing the country’s data collection policy. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul believes the privacy of American citizens will continue to be violated despite today’s speech by the President.
Eastern Kentucky University is setting aside a half million dollars to boost pay for well over a hundred employees. E-K-U President Michael Benson says the Step-in-Grade Program is being supported by monies freed up by budget reallocations. Those affected by the move include custodians, laborers, relocation specialists, groundskeepers, and repair technicians.
The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley has written a tribute to WEKU News Director Charles Compton, who's moving on today after eight years at the station. We've been looking for a way to pay tribute to Charles on the air and we couldn't say it better....
The cast of Sealed for Freshness features, clockwise from left, Annie Barbera as Tracy Ann, Abby Reeve as Sinclair, Kathryn Newquist as Jean, Esther Harvey as Bonnie and Allie Darden as Diane. The Actors Guild of Lexington production runs through Jan. 25.
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A pair of plays draw upon icons of the 1960’s to deliver important messages this weekend. Plus, a present-day icon performs in Lexington. Here with a preview of this weekend’s events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
The Kentucky Senate has adopted legislation aimed at addressing the state’s growing heroin problem. It contains provisions on treatment, education, and intervention. Senate bill five increases penalties for high volume heroin traffickers and paves the way for charging them with homicide when there is an overdose death.
The Ichthus Christian Music Festival is back for 2014, but earlier than first announced. The New England-based Creation Fest organization took over the Ichthus in 20-13 after financial challenges brought an end to the long running festival the previous year. The first comeback event was initially scheduled for this fall. Ichthus Director Bill Darpino says it is now set for June fourth through the seventh.
Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.
FRANKFORT— Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington (left), confers with Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, in the Kentucky Senate.
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A proposal to change the timing of elections for Kentucky’s statewide officers has sailed out of a Senate committee. If it passes the House and voters approve the constitutional amendment, statewide races for governor, attorney general, and agriculture commissioner would coincide with national elections. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer supports the change.
A pet project of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray remains locked up at city hall. Mayor Jim Gray wants the city to finance a one million dollar economic development fund. Its grants and loans would help businesses create new jobs. Gray would like to see council act on the ‘jobs fund’, but some council members like Chris Ford want more time before voting.
The fees charged by Lexington for services, such as building permits, are under review. Council members today examined planning and engineering fees for residential construction projects. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says the personnel costs in providing such services often exceed the revenue collected through fees.
Hard-to-fight infections are attracting the attention of Kentucky's lawmakers. A public health expert recently briefed lawmakers on the growing risk. Doctor Kevin Kavanagh with Kentucky based ‘Health Watch USA says the increasing risk of contagions, such as potentially deadly staph infections and untreatable gastro-intestinal bacteria, justify tougher measures. For example, Kavanagh says hospitals need to expand their use of antibiotic ointments and antiseptics.
Before you can ‘hit the ground running’, you’ve got to get the boots on properly. Some 184 students at Eastern Kentucky University are going through ‘boot camp’ this week. They all begin their student teaching assignments Thursday. Doctor Peggy Petrilli heads up the Professional Lab Experience Office at Eastern.
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Last Sunday evening, we aired the pilot episode of a new public radio program called, “The Unconventionals” featuring, among other businesses, Lexington’s Big Ass Fans.
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We solicited comments both for the producers and for our use and here’s what Mary had to say, “I love this show. I always like hearing how companies got started and what they do to survive and grow. Thinking out of the box as it were. It's great advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business. I hope you are able to keep this show on the air."