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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.