Stu Johnson, WEKU

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Modifications to Lexington’s curfew law got a review by members of a council committee Tuesday.

Under current law in Lexington, minors are expected to be in by 11 p.m. during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends.  The draft ordinance changes the time from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. every day.


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State justice officials say a “turning point” has been reached in addressing the longstanding backlog of rape  evidence kits. 

At its peak, there were more than 3,300 DNA sample kits awaiting testing.  The legislation approved in 2016 supported spending $4.5 million toward reducing the backlog.  Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley said every policing agency certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program has met new requirements on sexual assault policies.


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Lexington city officials are keeping a close eye on tax revenues coming in to support local government.  Finance Commissioner Bill Omara  last week offered council committee members a six month update on the current fiscal year. 

 

He admits, despite low unemployment in the city, payroll withholdings, the urban county government’s largest source of revenue, are coming in sluggishly.

 

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Kentucky's real estate market is at an all time high according to the state's association of realtors.

Following a record year in 2015, a new high mark for homes sold came in 2016. Total home sales were the highest ever at just over 52,000.  Kentucky Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Steve Stevens said an improving economy, lower unemployment, and cost of living contributed to the new record. 

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Bluegrass Community Health Care clinics are expected to provide fewer health screenings for refugees in the weeks ahead, according a presentation for the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents.


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Officials at the Fayette County School System are recruiting more volunteers to assist some of its 41,000 students.

 Business, faith based, education or civic groups are being asked to encourage members to take part in Give10 by giving up to 10 hours a month volunteering in schools. The new initiative was announced Thursday at Harrison Elementary School.  


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Just a day after President Donald Trump’s announcement of a nominee for the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts visited Lexington. 

Justice John Roberts, America’s 17th chief justice, sat down at the University of Kentucky for a talk with John Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.


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   Lexington parks and recreation is moving forward with plans for new "spray grounds" this summer at Masterson Station and Jacobson parks.  Similar facilities will be constructed near existing Douglass and Castlewood pools in 2018.  All will be free.  Committee member James Brown said how these changes are used could drive future decisions about aquatics.

 

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President Donald Trump’s action to temporarily ban refugees and other immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries continues to prompt public response.

Piano music greeted those who filled Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday night, creating the feel more of a unifying rally than a protest.  But Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes elicited a strong response urging attendees to denounce hate and fear.


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Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to formalize a performance-based funding structure for the state university system.  But, there remains some “angst”, as one school president said, about future funding consequences. 

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Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved  borrowing  up to $75 million for new construction and 

renovation work at the Richmond campus.

 EKU Vice President for Finance and Administration Barry Poynter said the projects will include a new student recreation/wellness center, a pedestrian walkway over the Eastern By-Pass, and renovation of the current student center building. 


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Workforce training is high on the list of priorities at Lexington's City Hall as Mayor Jim Gray made clear in his recent "State of the City" address. 

Elodie Dickinson has been serving in the role of workforce development manager for just a few months.  She said her responsibilities include connecting people needing jobs to educational institutions and other agencies that provide training.  Dickinson said her office will be evaluating a new city-financed job training grant program.  


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Lexington residents will soon have a chance to charge their electric cars.  

 The East High Street public charging station is one of 20 offered through Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. 


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A judge has ruled against the University of Kentucky student newspaper in an Open Records case regarding a sexual harassment investigation.  

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark ruled the Kentucky Kernel does not have the right to review documents in the case involving a former UK professor. 

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 Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverages is fielding hundreds of calls each week concerning local alcohol laws as as more cities and counties put the sale of alcohol to a vote.

 Kentuckians participated in 11 local wet-dry elections in 2015.  Last year that number jumped to 43. It’s attributed in large part to legislative action last year, giving localities greater autonomy to take the choice to voters.

 

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State agriculture officials believe President Donald J. Trump’s pick to serve as United State Secretary of Agriculture will benefit Kentucky farmers.  The new president selected former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head the federal agency.

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The leader of the Kentucky Council of Churches believes faith communities can help reduce gun violence. The comments come as the Lexington community deals with three shooting deaths in the past week.

 


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University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester.  Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.

 

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The disagreement between Lexington’s city council and the city’s daily newspaper over the distribution of unsolicited publications could end up in court. 

 

Representatives of the Lexington Herald-Leader went before a council committee Tuesday looking for an exemption from a pending ordinance.

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Lexington’s programs to assist foreign-language-speaking residents are getting positive reactions from several city council members. 

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  As classes get underway for the spring the campus pedway is back in business.

Much of the pedway flooring fell to the pavement after the truck wedged under the structure crossing Lancaster Avenue in September.

  

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