“One: The Alltech Ideas Conference” opens on May 22nd featuring keynotes by Apple computer developer Steve Wozniak, former Ford Motors CEO Alan Mullally and UK Coach John Calipari.  Alltech founder and president Pearse Lyons talked with Tom Martin about the unique annual conference his company will host for a 32nd year at the Lexington Center.

Lexington Forum to Focus on Opiate Abuse Planning

May 16, 2016

A Forum in Lexington Monday is aimed at a broadening understanding of health dangers associated with opiate addiction. 

The program is labeled “Bluegrass Forum on Opiate Use Disorders: A Time for Community Action.”  Dr. Alan Brenzel, medical director with the State Department for Behavioral Health, says opiated use disorder has been one of the most complex health issues facing Kentucky and the country. 

CentrePointe Project Questions Persist at Lexington City Hall

Jan 19, 2016

New developers took over downtown Lexington's CenterPointe project last August, but still no firm construction plan has been released.  The high profile venture came under scrutiny Tuesday at City Hall.  Council member Richard Moloney says he questions the city’s strategy at this point.  “The developers have already given us their recommendation," said Moloney. "I have decided, mayor, this is y’all’s hole."

Lexington's Clark Manufacturer Expanding

Dec 29, 2015

  CLARK Material Handling Company is expanding its Lexington operation.  It amounts to almost a five million dollar investment.

The four point eight million dollar investment by CLARK is expected to create 30 full time jobs at the Lexington facility.  The long standing manufacturer plans to begin production of its four-wheel electric and three wheel electric forklift trucks next May.  Those models were  previously produced in Mexico. 

Compressed Natural Gas Filling Station Coming to Lexington

Nov 23, 2015

Compressed natural gas is likely to be used in greater amounts in the Lexington area over time.  A CNG filling station project has been a topic recently at Lexington city hall.

Lexington Council Gives First Reading to Minimum Wage Hike

Nov 6, 2015
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Lexington council members have given first reading to an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years.  Final action is expected November 19.

Efforts to amend the proposal came during Thursday night’s meeting. Council member Jennifer Scutchfield sought to exclude businesses with 50 employees or less from the hike.  “Your Walmarts, your McDonald’s, they’re large corporations," said Scutchfield. "They’re able to handle this a little bit better.  These small companies, they can’t."

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This past weekend, a Syrian man shared his experiences during Lexington's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group. Iyad Jabbor says he's fearful that his home country will never be what it once was.  Jabbor works at the University of Kentucky.  He came to America in 2013, following the Syrian uprising.  Jabbor says the historic sites in the Syrian town of Alleppo are gone, some dating back 10,000 years.  “The essence of Syria that we liked, that we loved, the places that we liked to hang in, all the ruins; these are not gonna be replaceable,” said Jabbor.

Federal Sewer Tank Project Includes Plans for Area Amenities

Sep 16, 2015
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The massive federally mandated sewer improvement program in Lexington includes construction of several large water storage tanks.  Plans for one such holding tank were discussed Tuesday at City Hall.  The tank will be built near the popular Legacy Trail.  Landscape Architect Gena Wirth says the goal is to try to keep the massive tank from standing out too much.  “You still see it," said Wirth. "It’s impossible to screen the tank entirely with vegetation.  But, the point is this is part of Lexington’s water quality infrastructure and a huge amount of investment is being put into it.

Hundreds of Miners In Lexington for Rescue Competition

Sep 16, 2015

Pennsylvania miners donned gas masks and worked a 75-minute rescue scenario during the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench, and Preshift Competition.

Woodland Art Fair Celebrates 40 Years in Downtown Lexington

Aug 14, 2015
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This weekend marks four decades of artists gathering at Lexington’s Woodland Park to show and sell their items.  The Woodland Art Fair will once again attract various artists from all over the country.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the fair signifies more than a weekend boost for the local economy.  “Events like this always give a shot to the local economy, but what I think they also do is add to the quality of life,” Gray said.  “So, when people know that they can have access to this sort of an event, they’re very comfortable in living in a place like Lexington.”

New Firm Steps Up to Take Over CentrePoint Project in Lexington

Aug 11, 2015


A New York based commercial real estate firm appears ready to take over downtown Lexington's high profile CentrePointe project.  But, it’s not a done deal.

Bridgeton Holdings is poised to invest millions to pump new life into the CentrePoint project.  The New York firm is listed as an owner, operator, and developer of commercial and residential real estate.  The new plan calls for $166 million to complete the high rise development, beyond what has already been spent.

'Play Ball' Month Declared in Lexington

Aug 10, 2015

Lexington is joining more than 130 communities nationwide in making the call to ‘play ball’ during August.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made it official Monday.  The mayor has declared August “Play Ball Month.”  It’s an initiative supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Major League Baseball, and Minor League Baseball.  Mayor Jim Gray, a former youth baseball player, says whether tossing a ball in the backyard or playing in an organized league, the sport has a positive effort on the community.

Lexington Officials Consider Final Needle Exchange Draft

Jul 30, 2015

Fayette County's Health Commissioner is among those reviewing the final draft of plans for a needle exchange program.  Dr.

Road Work Commonplace in Lexington this Summer

Jul 27, 2015
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There are more than a few traffic cones positioned along Lexington area streets this summer.  Traffic delays may frustrate motorists now, but the benefits will be visible in October when the city welcomes the Breeders Cup.


Lexington city leaders are looking at ways to ease traffic jams at two major office areas near the city's unique double cross-over diamond interchange.  Afternoon congestion is a major issue at the Beaumont and Corporate Drive complexes on Harrodsburg Road. Traffic Engineering Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier isn't sure there will be a 'fix all' solution.  "It's not gonna be a simple fix," says Hoskins-squirt.


In the coming fiscal year, Lexington city leaders are considering spending more than $757,000 on emergency shelter programs.  The city's homelessness services director says that figure doesn't cover Lexington's ongoing need.


The arrest of 30 year old Antonio Lewis in connection with the April 19 slaying of a Lexington pizza delivery worker is calming some fears among area Muslims.  The body of Salahuddin Jitmoud was found with knife wounds in the breezeway of a Lexington apartment complex.  University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association President Layla Suleiman says the way Jitmoud was killed prompted concern.  "I think that, just the way he died and the way he was murdered, it made us think like it just seemed very personal," said Suleiman.



Lexington Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a pizza delivery man this past weekend.  The motive for the crime has not been determined.

Lexington Local Foods Initiative to Assist Low Income Families

Apr 1, 2015

A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Record Breaking Snowstorm an Ancient Memory in Ky

Mar 16, 2015
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A little more than a week ago, central Kentuckians were digging out from an historic snowstorm.  This week is a whole different ballgame, or rather, 'day on the course.'

Lexington Opts to Suspend Yard Waste Collection for 6 Weeks

Jan 30, 2015

Due to a reduction in demand, Lexington officials are implementing a winter waste collection schedule.  For six weeks, yard waste will not be picked up during regular runs.  The special winter schedule begins on February 9th and runs until March 20th.  Lauren Monahan is with the city's Division of Waste Management.  "It's really nice because it allows us to allocate our resources to enhance the trash and recycling collection, especially as the bad winter weather is ahead of us," said Monahan.

Lexington Company Working on Device to Improve Oral Health in KY

Jan 20, 2015

Researchers at Innovative Diagnostics are working on a device that uses saliva to better determine oral health. 

The company is one of nine high tech firms in Kentucky named last week to split almost $3 million. The grants are part of the state's Small Business Innovation Research matching fund program. 


    Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky. 

The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.

Several Kentucky Post Offices to Feature Sunday Holiday Hours

Dec 10, 2014

Several Kentucky post offices this month will operate over the weekend. In an effort to help customers avoid long lines, the postal service will be open the next two Sundays.

Lexington's Blue Grass Station Branch off Lansdowne Drive will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. December 14th and the 21st .

High Winds Cause Kentucky Power Outages

Nov 24, 2014

Strong winds Monday wreaked havoc on power lines across many sections of Kentucky.  An official with Kentucky Utilities says the central portion of the state seems to have borne the brunt of the blustery conditions.

Lexington City Leaders Approve Funds for Aquatics Study

Nov 18, 2014

Lexington city leaders have approved spending $150,000 to review aquatic issues.  The study will address matters including the installation of splash pads and building an indoor swimming facility.

National Ice Cream Retailers Association Hold Meeting in Lexington

Nov 14, 2014
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Even with temperatures taking a big dip this week, some folks still have a taste for ice cream.  The cold treat was the main topic of conversation for hundreds of people this week in downtown Lexington.

Manpower Services Not Yet Seeing Uptick in Seasonal Hiring

Oct 20, 2014


The holidays are fast approaching and that usually means an increase in seasonal employment.  One agency that links potential workers with employers is not yet seeing an increase in temporary hiring.

Four Country Concerts Causing Parking Adjustments

Oct 20, 2014
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Four concerts over two days in downtown Lexington during Halloween weekend are expected to challenge parking and traffic. Country star Garth Brooks will play two shows at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 31st and two more on Saturday, November first.


Lexington officials are hoping to address a potential public safety issue by removing hundreds of dead or dying ash trees.  The trees, like those in many other states, are succumbing to damage caused by the emerald ash borer.  Lexington Division of Environmental Policy Director Susan Plueger says more staff is needed to help remove the  trees.  "We need equipment.  We need a tree crew working throughout the winter on these issues.  Right now, our tree crew is in streets and roads, the only one that we currently have and they have other duties related to snow removal, pot holes, other activ