Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday. If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.
Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor. There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure. Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning this fall, utility customers in Lexington can expect slightly higher bills. For months, Lexington’s Council has wrestled over the best way to pay for street lights. Administrators say the property tax does not generate enough revenue for maintenance and new lights.
Whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables have long been recommended for preschoolers. Those recommendations could become a mandate over the next year. Organizations, like Head Start, that participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program are already preparing. Cindy Willmarth led a training session at Eastern Kentucky University.
WEKU's Stu Johnson found practitioners want more restrictions on texting-while-driving.
Regardless of age, Kentuckians seem willing to accept tougher penalties for people who both text and drive. The state Wednesday made it easier to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders. Current state law prohibits sending text messages by a vehicle’s operator. This week, through executive order, the Governor made the revocation of a driver’s license easier. If they get enough points, the license is revoked. Lexington’s Curtis Gentry agrees with a stiffer approach.
Come July first, the Eastern Kentucky University workforce picture takes on a new look. The Richmond school has been undergoing restructuring as part of work by the Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force. 127 employees at Eastern are taking a voluntary buy out package. Their last day at E-K-U will be June 28th. Human Resources Director Gary Barksdale says it’s unclear now how many ‘forced layoffs’ might occur.
Lexington’s City Council has given initial approval for food trucks to conduct business on certain public streets. The matter was debated at length during this afternoon’s work session at city hall. In the end the count was 13 yes votes, one no vote, and one abstention. Now the matter will go on the council docket for a formal vote. If given final approval, food trucks could be found during the day in specific zones by the first part of June.
Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hope of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation. Comer says the federal farm bill has a long way to go before it gets passed, and a lot of things will be added and taken out in the next few months
Two Central Kentucky Red Cross volunteers are heading out today to Oklahoma to assist in tornado relief work. Recovery efforts are continuing today in the town of Moore where many of the casualties are children. Red Cross Spokesman Winn Stephens says the two volunteers are taking a Red Cross emergency response vehicle to the tornado site. Russ Hoff of Lexington and Ramona Hibbard of Manchester are traveling to Oklahoma with the Red Cross vehicle. Stephens says the two are expected to be there for ten days to two weeks.
Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady. Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building,” said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt.
Kentucky businesses, both large and small, are running out of time to prepare for new federal health care regulations. In just over seven months, the so called ‘pay or play’ provision kicks in. Starting next year, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide health insurance coverage or risk penalties. Kentucky health care lawyer Vicki Yates Brown says such a policy may not result in immediate employee reductions. But, she says it could impact future hiring.
By early summer, an increased number of food trucks could be noticeable in downtown Lexington. But, their impact on the food scene remains uncertain. After much wrangling, a panel created by the city last week made recommendations. For the first time, they would allow food trucks in some metered parking spots during dayight. After ten p-m until three in the morning, the vendors could set up shop in any downtown, public metered area. There are other restrictions. The food trucks couldn’t operate within 100 feet of a residential area, and could occupy not more than half of the available metered spots.
The Kentucky Derby victory by ‘Orb’ represents yet another feather in the Commonwealth’s horse breeding hat. The central Kentucky Thoroughbred, which ran down several horses in the stretch at Churchill Downs, is expected to compete in the Preakness on May 18th. Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Switzer says Bluegrass bred horses are on quite a run. “The past 22 triple crown races have been won by a Kentucky bred. It was 21 going into Saturday and Orb being a Kentucky bred made it 22. We are hoping for 23 and 24 with this horse coming up yet,” said Switzer.
Even locally-grown and organic produce impact the environment. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working up a method for measuring those impacts. U-K Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist Lee Meyer says they want to fully understand farming’s impact on the quality of air, soil and water quality.
For the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the United States and it will be made at the Georgetown Toyota plant. The formal announcement came this morning from officials in New York and Scott County. Governor Beshear says it means 750 new Kentucky jobs at Toyota. “We realize the care and the pride that you take in that vehicle and that it requires the utmost in a skilled workforce, not to mention top quality components. Your confidence in the quality of Kentucky’s workers, especially our team here in Georgetown is appreciated and well placed,” said Beshear.