Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio

KPR Reporter

Alan Lytle is news director at WUKY in Lexington, KY, which is a partner-station of Kentucky Public Radio.

Lexington city employees and their families now have a place of their own to see a doctor or get healthy living advice.  This morning Mayor Jim Gray became the first official patient, by getting a blood test and having his blood pressure checked, at the new Dr. Samuel Brown Employee and Retiree Wellness Center. The mayor says the clinic will mean substantial savings for the entire community.

 Last year thousands of low and middle income Kentuckians qualified for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, but did not claim the benefit. State and local officials want to change that situation this year. Monday morning at the United Way of the Bluegrass headquarters, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear encouraged eligible Kentuckians not to leave that money 'on the table'.

The Council on Postsecondary Education has a new leader as of this week. Former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller is the new chair of the Kentucky CPE. According to a news release, the Council promoted Miller, a member of the panel since 2008, from vice chair, to chairwoman.

Thousands of Kentuckians will be taking to the roadways sometime this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Kentucky State Police spokesman Lt. David Jude says law enforcement will be out in full force starting Friday evening around 6.

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Once again, UK HealthCare will send roses and messages of hope to Pasadena, California for inclusion in the Donate Life float as part of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. On Monday, the university paid tribute to 30 families whose loved ones posthumously gave so that others might live. Dr. Andrew Bernard, chief of trauma surgery at UK HealthCare, says more than 750 Kentuckians currently are on a waiting list for an organ or tissue transplant.

Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler says he doesn't want to wait to see if the U-S Postal Service follows through on a proposal to close the mail processing and distribution center in Lexington. The Sixth District U-S Representative is calling on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a formal review of any plan that would result in the closure of the Lexington facility.

Lexington Police are hoping to get more tips on crimes and suspects with a new website. The website is called IDThisPerson.com. It is used by law enforcement agencies around the nation to identify suspects or persons of interest related to criminal activity.

The city's Division of Engineering has been discussing possible development plans for Lexington's Distillery District; specifically the area of town that encompasses Manchester Street from Forbes Road to Oliver Lewis Way. Project director Bob Bayert says they'll be seeking citizen input on infrastructure and other ideas that will also affect the plans of the Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District Task Force.

The University of Kentucky is celebrating the second anniversary of becoming a Tobacco-Free campus. Monday in the Student Center members of the Tobacco-free Campus Initiative Task Force provided an update on some of the impact that the policy has had on the school. Audrey Darville, is a tobacco treatment specialist with UK Healthcare.

The University of Kentucky is celebrating the second anniversary of becoming a Tobacco-Free campus. Monday in the Student Center members of the Tobacco-free Campus Initiative Task Force provided an update on some of the impact that the policy has had on the school. Audrey Darville, is a tobacco treatment specialist with UK Healthcare.

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A newly announced public / private partnership will soon provide one local disabled veteran and his or her family with a brand new place to live. The Lexington Home Builders Association will construct a house in the Equestrian View neighborhood in downtown's historic East End. It'll be paid for through a Hope VI federal grant administered by the Lexington Housing Authority.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has declared Thursday November 10th, 2011 Len Press Day to honor the founding director of Kentucky Educational Television on this, his 90th birthday. "Len Press has done so much for our city and for our state. His contribution in the establishment and the creation, he was right there at the beginning of Kentucky Educational Television. And, what a lifetime of achievement that represents alone. Kentucky without Len Press just would not be Kentucky."

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says it would take nearly a half million dollars to make the upper deck of the Phoenix Parking Garage safe again for motorists, so he has little choice but to order the structure razed. "Four structural engineering firms have examined this garage and all have come to the same conclusion. Leaving the garage open is dangerous for anyone who parks there or uses the sidewalks surrounding it."

He calls it surreal, and a high honor. Long-time Lexington Urban League President P.G. Peeples, reacting to news that he has been elected Chair of the Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Peeples says he's looking forward to the opportunity.

One Of the 24,000 people who crowded into to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness last week was the architect in charge of devising a plan for its long-term future. Gary Bates of Space Group says he got to see first-hand the drawing power of the venue, but he says there's not enough going on outside Rupp before and after the game.

 A report released from the state auditor's office says the Fayette County Health Department should make more of an effort to collect unpaid bills and shore up working agreements so that an 11.7 million dollar federal grant for the construction of a new primary care facility is not lost. The report released Monday, encourages the agency to do more to collect, rather than write off, unpaid patient fees, and work quickly to make sure an 11.7 million dollar federal grant to construct a primary care facility is not lost through inaction.

Thousands of runners, walkers, and onlookers are expected to turn downtown into a sea of pink tomorrow morning for the annual Race for the Cure Event. Mary Allison Belshoff is the Executive Director of the Lexington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari took questions for three quarters of an hour Thursday as part of the annual UK Basketball media day. Calipari was asked about a variety of topics ranging from coaching philosophy, leadership amongst the players, and always having a young team; some of whom may only play one season for the Big Blue.

Music fans don't have much longer to wait for a special benefit performance by the Boston Pops and the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Post Time with the Pops concert, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Keeneland takes place Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle spoke with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the trip to Lexington.

Some of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's remarks at the annual UK Tipoff Luncheon in Louisville will likely ruffle a few Cardinal feathers. Coach Cal told the 800 or so attendees at a downtown hotel there's no question where the basketball capital of the state is located.

Rupp Arena is about to host another NBA-caliber exhibition game. Former UK great Jeff Sheppard on Thursday announced details of a Big Blue All-Stars versus the Villains basketball contest for Monday night October 24th. The Villains, a squad of professional players who once competed against UK will be coached by none other than former Duke dagger-thrower Christian Laettner.

A thirty-year old parking garage in downtown Lexington is closed until further notice while engineers determine its safety. The city-owned Phoenix parking garage on East Vine Street closed for a brief time in May after a large concrete panel fell from the structure.

This weekend hundreds of re-enactors, speakers, and vendors will make their way to Perryville for the 149th commemoration of the largest Civil War battle to ever take place in Kentucky.  Program coordinator Joan House says the idea is to give people just a hint of the devastation that befell the town in the fall of 1862.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."

Dozens of diehard Kentucky Wildcat fans have already taken up temporary residence outside Memorial Coliseum for Big Blue Madness tickets.  Glen Mathis of Northern Kentucky is one of the many perennial campers.  "We've got tents and sleeping bags, a cooler with some drinks, cornhole boards and cornhole bags. We just plan to have a good time", he said.

Women Writers Conference Takes Over Lexington

Sep 15, 2011

The 33rd annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference aims to help aspiring writers become better at their craft through workshops and public events. Director Julie Wrinn says the four day celebration provides an opportunity for creative people to come together and share ideas. "Writing is very often a lonely profession that you have to do alone at your desk generally. An event like ours is a great opportunity to find an escape from that loneliness and find some collegiality with other writers."

A spokesman with the University Press of Kentucky says response has been phenomenal to a special online promotion involving a new book from former NPR personality, and Kentucky native, Bob Edwards. Publicity Manager Mack McCormick says the decision to offer "A Voice In The Box, My Life In Radio" as a limited time, free download has put the Lexington-based publishing company on the national map.

A better educated workforce is a major key to helping Kentucky compete in the global manufacturing marketplace. That was the message put forth by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Thursday during an appearance before the Lexington Forum. K-A-M Vice President Ken Carroll told the civic and business group that Kentucky manufacturers need smart workers; and a lot more of them.

The University of Louisville Cards open their 2011 football season this evening, hosting Murray State. Second-year coach Charlie Strong says this is a young team, but he’s pleased with how the more experienced players have stepped forward in practice.

Richmond, Kentucky is the place to be this weekend if you have any interest in Civil War history. Alan Lytle explains.  Hundreds of blue and grey-clad re-enactors, and thousands of spectators, will once again gather in Madison County this weekend to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond.

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