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A Lexington mosque has been the target of a bomb threat.  As WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, the Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

At Lexington’s Masjid Bilal Mosque Tuesday afternoon, prayer leader or Imam, Shahied Rashid is chanting a call to prayer.  

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The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly approved legislation focused on reducing gang-related violence in the state.  

The bill makes recruitment of gang members a felony and defines a gang for criminal purposes as three or more people.  Current law sets the standard at five or more.  Louisville Assistant Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said last year 40 percent of a record number of homicides were under 26.  “Last year we had over 400 shootings.  We are losing so many lives in our community,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

 

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Dona Wells walked through what’s left of the EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Boxes fill what use to be offices. Sterilized medical supplies are in disarray. A light flickers on and off in the back hallway. She doesn’t see a point in fixing it. At 75, she still runs 25 miles a week, but Wells is tired.

“I was going to retire anyway, probably this year,” she said. But I wanted to do it on my terms, not Gov. Bevin’s terms.”

 

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Modifications to Lexington’s curfew law got a review by members of a council committee Tuesday.

Under current law in Lexington, minors are expected to be in by 11 p.m. during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends.  The draft ordinance changes the time from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. every day.


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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.

 

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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. 

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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.  


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   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.

 

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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.


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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.  


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The leader of the Kentucky Council of Churches believes faith communities can help reduce gun violence. The comments come as the Lexington community deals with three shooting deaths in the past week.

 


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Lexington police have  charged a 16-year-old the fatal shooting of  Robert Durrum.

Durrum, 15, is the second Lafayette High School student involved in a shooting the past three months.

Police have charged a 16-year-old male acquaintance of Durrum with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. The name of the teen charged has not been released.  


Lexington Council Reviewing Vicious Dog Law

Jan 18, 2017
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Lexington city council reviewed the vicious dog law Tuesday during a council committee meeting. 

Following three separate incidents involving one dog, council member Peggy Henson is proposing changes to the ordinance.  Current law requires animal care and control workers to witness any attack firsthand before a dog can be quarantined.


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Lexington’s programs to assist foreign-language-speaking residents are getting positive reactions from several city council members. 

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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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Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor. The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul. 


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Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor.  The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  Gray isn't showing his hand regarding political maneuvers in 2017.

When asked about future runs for office, Gray says he responds, "Today I’m happy as a clam right where I am."

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Lexington officials are updating staffing policies following a weekend barn fire killing 23 horses.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Glenn Brown said six temporary staff members are being added to the 9-1-1 center.  

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A group of new Lexington police officers will begin their street duties next week.  Family and friends filled the auditorium at the Blue Grass Community Technical College Thursday for the graduation ceremony.


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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.


A small group representing the Hispanic community brought their concerns about bullying and the potential for deportation under the administration of Donald J. Trump before the Fayette County School Board Monday.


Traffic Signals May Be Changing in Lexington

Dec 9, 2016
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Lexington could be getting more blinking caution lights. David Filiatreau in Traffic Engineering told the 

Lexington City Council earlier this week that  some stop lights could be switched out for blinking yellow lights.

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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.

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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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    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.

GoodGiving Challenge Promotes Ky Non-Profits

Nov 30, 2016
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Dozens of Kentucky non-profits kicked off the GoodGiving Challenge with a pep rally Tuesday at Cheapside in Lexington.

Domestic Violence Awareness on Eastern Standard

Oct 26, 2016

On average, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss domestic violence in Kentucky.

 


 

 

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The 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay was killed in a shooting in Lexington early Sunday morning. According to the Fayette County Coroner, Trinity Gay died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after a shooting at Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway.  

Trinity Gay was shot in the neck about 4 a.m., police said.

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