A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening. A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.
While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an order to plug a $91 million hole in Kentucky's $9.5 billion state budget.
State officials announced the shortfall last week following sluggish collections on state income taxes. Beshear's order Wednesday cuts just $3 million in state spending. Beshear made up the rest by transferring money from other sources, including $21.2 million from the state's reserves.
State officials said they had few options to make up the deficit because the shortfall came at the end of the fiscal year when most of the money had already been spent.
A long time leader of an equine association says Kentucky Thoroughbred breeders could benefit from an extension in immigrant guest worker visas. David Switzer, Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, participated in the "Day of Action for Immigration Reform" Wednesday. Switzer says his group would like to see a new type of visa that would lengthen seasonal time for the workers to three years. “Then they can return home, spend a year back and home and then possible qualify to come back for another three years," said Switzer.
If a federal court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky is upheld following appeals, it could mean slight changes in the way marriage licenses are processed. Discussions are underway about how such a ruling might affect County Clerks across the state.
Prominent Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano was shot and killed Friday morning outside office. Clinton David Inabnitt was arrested Friday and charged with murder.
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The wife of slain defense attorney Mark Stanziano spoke out Friday following the cold-blooded murder of her husband.
The Advocate Messenger reports that Attorney Mark Stanziano, was making his way to his office on West Mount Vernon Street around 8 a.m. Friday when an angry gunman walked up to him and shot him multiple times, killing him in front of a slew of witnesses.
Stanziano represented the preacher charged with the triple murder at Danville’s ABC Gold Games.
A well known southern Kentucky defense attorney has been shot and killed outside his office today. Police says 57 year old Mark Stanziano was shot by a man who lives across the street. 40 year old Clinton Inabnitt is charged with murder.
House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a defense attorney by trade, has known and worked with Stanziano for many years and says he was stunned by the news from Somerset this morning.
The possibility of tolls to pay for a $2.6-billion bridge replacement project in Northern Kentucky has enraged conservatives and become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign.
Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have ideas—very different ideas—to keep tolls off the Brent Spence Bridge. The issue highlights the different campaign philosophies by Kentucky's major party Senate candidates.
Kentucky's corrections and sentencing reforms enacted three years ago appear to be saving money and reducing the number of repeat offenses. That's the conclusion of a just-released report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
A mural depicting the tobacco harvest has been in the rotunda of the Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris for more than 100 years.
PARIS — A mural showing a tobacco harvest has been on display high in the second-floor rotunda of the Bourbon County Courthouse for more than 100 years.
"Burley put me through school," Judge-Executive Donnie Foley likes to say. "Burley built this courthouse, burley built the schools, burley put food on the table." And because of that, he said, he can't imagine a day when Bourbon County goes smoke-free.
As Kentucky's law enforcement officers and their families honor those killed in the line of duty, a veteran police chief says the threat is ever-changing. Officers from across the state, family, and friends gathered at Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday.
Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday. The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.
Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud, "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems." "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.
Now that the Kentucky General Assembly has acted on a state road plan, individual communities are preparing for construction crews. The spring through fall period is traditionally road building season.
Because of high demand, kynect has scheduled a special enrollment period to give Kentuckians who had trouble starting or completing applications during open enrollment a final opportunity to apply for subsidies and purchase new affordable health coverage through midnight April 11.
Kentucky is having a hard time shaking winter in 2014. The weather forecast calls for snow showers overnight with scant accumulation expected. Temperatures have warmed significantly in recent weeks, only to be dashed by a return to colder conditions.
Transylvania University's Haggin Auditorium becomes a federal courthouse for a day to host a naturalization ceremony Friday March 21, 2014
A facility in downtown Lexington becomes a federal courtroom for a day today. That’s because Transylvania University is hosting a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony. The school’s Haggin Auditorium will be the site of the university’s first citizenship ceremony in 16 years.
The Danville micropolitan area has once again been ranked in the top tier of micros for new and expanding business projects by SITE Selection magazine. The area includes Boyle and Lincoln counties. Out of 576 micropolitans in the U.S., Danville was tied for a rank of No. 27 nationally and was ranked No. 2 in Kentucky.
Despite a lull in the winter storms that have pounded the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has advised its 12 highway districts to conserve salt supplies and focus on other conservation efforts in combating further snow and ice this season.
As wintry weather moved across Kentucky, some areas of the Commonwealth received as much as four inches of snow. On Monday morning roadways were slick and snow-covered in many areas, even after snow plows went through.
Standing next to a herd of cows and their calves on his family’s farm in eastern Franklin County, Kevin Hockensmith pointed to a sinkhole — a visible sign, he said, that Kentucky’s underground limestone terrain isn’t suited for a pipeline.
Hockensmith, who tends more than 100 cattle on the 500 acres, said he recently turned down an offer of $190,000 for an easement to allow construction of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through his property, worried a leak could harm his cattle and his farm’s water.
The National Weather Service has revised its forecast for the weekend and issued a winter storm watch for Sunday and Monday for the entire state of Kentucky. The storm will primarily produce freezing rain and sleet in Western and Central Kentucky, 4-6 inches of snow in Northern Kentucky and a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow in Eastern Kentucky.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has called for a local sales tax option in his State of the City address and before a House legislative committee
Representatives of some of Kentucky’s largest cities are continuing to push for a local sales tax option. The question is before the General Assembly in the form of bills from both the House and the Senate. If approved by legislators, and by voters in a statewide referendum, communities could vote on raising taxes by an additional penny per dollar to pay for local projects.
The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.
Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky.
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Both sides in the gay marriage debate are reacting to Thursday’s developments regarding Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban. A federal judge in Louisville signed the final order, meaning his February 12th decision recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages is now law.
31-year-old Ross Ewing and his partner 46-year-old David Cupps cut the cake during their 2009 commitment ceremony.
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A Lexington couple is celebrating a federal judge’s final ruling that orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Ross Ewing has been with his partner, David Cupps, for eight years. The couple had planned to marry this summer in New York.