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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”