Stu Johnson, WEKU

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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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Travelers along Lexington’s busy Red Mile Road are being reminded of a civil rights leader who is remembered for his community-wide message. The recognition comes through renaming a street “Harry Sykes Way”.


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 Communities across Kentucky are celebrating America’s best-known civil rights leader this weekend.  That includes Monday morning and evening events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Eastern Kentucky’s Letcher County.

 

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The Kentucky Department of Health says influenza is now “widespread” across the Commonwealth.  This designation indicates flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions.

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Toyota’s plan to invest $10 billion in the U.S. over five years includes spending more than a billion dollars at the 

 Georgetown auto assembly plant.  The Japanese automaker executives reaffirmed that commitment during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.  

 

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The $24 million Advanced Automovitve Manufacturing Center opens this week in Georgetown,

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Vice President Mark Manuel led reporters into the heart of the operation .

 


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  Tax reform is likely to be next on the agenda for Kentucky lawmakers. 

 

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens said Gov.  Bevin Is putting the groundwork in place.  “The vast majority of the leadership and the credibility of the governor has to be put behind the effort.  And I sense Governor Bevin is positioning to do that,” said Givens.

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Much of the attention on day one of the short session focused on the House, where Republicans 

  have control for the first time in almost a century.  Jamestown Representative Jeff Hoover was sworn as the new House Speaker.  “I am humbled and honored to stand here today and accept your election as Speaker of the House of Representatives on this House Floor,” Hoover said.

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With Lexington one of two cities being considered for the World Equestrian Games, a highly successful Central Kentucky dressage rider is hoping she’ll be able to compete close to home in 2022.


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AIDS Volunteers Inc, of Lexington, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Elton John Foundation.  A large portion of the money will be used to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Eastern and Central Kentucky. 

 


A Lexington-based organization is about to begin its second decade distributing care packages to servicemen and women overseas. The number of deliveries from Military Missions Incorporated this year is significantly up from a year ago.

 

For 10 years, volunteers in Lexington have packed up items such as baby wipes, snacks, personal care products, socks and greeting cards. 

Volunteer Karen Weaver says, by year’s end, some 6000 packages will have gone out, about 1000 more than last year.

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The heroin epidemic is increasing the number of impaired drivers on Kentucky roads and law enforcement officials are being trained this week to better cope with the problem.


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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray asked for a moment of silence to open Tuesday's council work session.  It was in memory of two-year-old Nova Marie Gallman, who died this week after being hit by gunfire intended for someone else.  “It’s sad, and tragic, and heartbreaking, the loss of this two year old child,” Gray said.

Council member Kevin Stinnett asked for committee consideration of issues related to youth gun violence.  “When a crime is committed, right now there is no mandatory sentence.  So people who keep using guns to commit crimes keep getting back out,” Stinnett noted.

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend 10 academic programs.  Three other  academic offerings are undergoing redesign.

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Behind-the-scenes work continues to merge two downtown Lexington business-focused groups.  Representatives of both express support for the idea, but admit it will take more effort to get it done.

 

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Eastern Kentucky University’s governing board is discussing budget cuts Monday, including the possible elimination or re-structuring of course offerings.

There is only one item on the agenda:  "Discussion and/or action on proposed budget cuts and academic program suspensions or modifications."

 


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A state alcohol beverage control investigator is credited with breaking up an illegal alcohol sales operation


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 An investigation is underway into a biodiesel leak last month near Little Eagle Creek in Scott County creek 

that killed an estimated 2000 small fish.  Officials said there’s no further significant threat to the creek.

State and local environmental officials are searching for the source of the 3,000 gallons of biodiesel that made its way into the waterway.  State Natural Resources Spokesman Lanny Brannock said the exact cause is not known although a nearby Love’s Travel Shop  is being examine.

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    Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money. Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them.  “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”


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Lexington city officials appear headed toward establishing an ‘infrastructure fund’ to help funded downtown developments.

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Kentucky farmers are grappling with continuing challenges in the world agriculture economy.  There’s no immediate relief in sight.

A review of this year's Kentucky's agricultural production with an eye on 2017 is on the agenda at the state Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.  The convention is underway in Louisville through Saturday. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend.

The Eastern Kentucky/Western Kentucky men’s basketball rivalry comes to McBrayer Arena Thursday.  It’s the first time the Hilltoppers have come to Richmond since 2007.

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Ten Kentucky candidates have filed to run for U.S. Senate including the incumbent and the mayor of the state’s second largest city.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed candidacy papers Tuesday morning, just hours ahead of the deadline.

With family at his side and a room full of cameras and reporters, second term Gray signed his candidacy papers in the Secretary of State’s office.

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By mid-afternoon Friday, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says about 10 gay couples had visited his office seeking marriage license applications. 

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