Lexington

4:24pm

Tue December 16, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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    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.

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5:24pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Business and the Economy

Several Kentucky Post Offices to Feature Sunday Holiday Hours

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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 .

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5:24pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

High Winds Cause Kentucky Power Outages

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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.

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10:36pm

Tue November 18, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington City Leaders Approve Funds for Aquatics Study

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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.

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8:56am

Fri November 14, 2014
Business and the Economy

National Ice Cream Retailers Association Hold Meeting in Lexington

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

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.

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4:24pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Manpower Services Not Yet Seeing Uptick in Seasonal Hiring

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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.

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4:16pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Four Country Concerts Causing Parking Adjustments

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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.

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10:38pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington City Officials Preparing to Take Down Hundreds of Ash Trees

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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

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4:47pm

Tue October 14, 2014
State Capitol

Southern Lawmakers Coming to Lexington in Summer 2016

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For the first time since 1988, Lexington will play host to lawmakers and other government officials from 15 southern states.    The formal announcement was made this morning (yesterday) that the Southern Legislative Conference will be held in the city in July of 2016.  

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4:45pm

Tue October 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Calling on Private Firm to Aid in Leaf Collection

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As this week's rainfall has knocked many leaves off of trees, Lexington leaders Tuesday got a briefing on this year's leaf collection efforts.  As in past years, vacuum trucks will roll through Lexington neighborhoods.   Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says a new interactive map is now available so residents can know when to expect leaf pickups.  "Citizens will now know their subzone in a more accurate start time for collection, so the leaves don't sit on the grass, kill the grass, turn to mud, blow in their neighbors yard," said Allen.

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8:56am

Mon October 13, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Breeder's Cup 2015

The Breeders’ Cup will take place in 2015 at Lexington, Kentucky’s Keeneland Race Course - the spot where this prestigious international thoroughbred racing event was conceived - but before now, has never been held.

The horse racing will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st of next year. But planning is now underway to begin the party well before October 30th.

Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup/Keeneland Host Committee and he spoke with Tom Martin.

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6:45pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Here's the Audio/Video: Beatty/Gray Mayoral Debate

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage Wednesday night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Here's the audio from our radio broadcast: 

    

And, here's the video from LEX-18 TV's telecast;

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10:27pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

City of Lexington Likely to Deny Cable Television Transfer

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Lexington city leaders remain at odds with its cable TV carrier over a franchise agreement.   The Lexington Council is expected to vote Thursday night on resolutions denying the transfer of the local franchise from Time Warner to Comcast, and from Comcast to Charter Communications.  The vote comes as city officials are hearing customer concerns on service and cost.  

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4:29pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Council Committee Votes to Ban E-Cigarette Use Inside Public Buildings

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A Lexington city council committee has unanimously approved adding electronic cigarettes to the existing indoor smoking ban.  Carol Riker with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing told council Tuesday that e-cigarette aerosols contain toxic gases and tiny particles.  

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton brought the issue to the committee.  "It's a matter of not making it illegal to sell or buy or use the e-cigarettes, it's just don't use them inside where everybody else breathes the air," said Gorton.

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4:58pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Technologies Could Improve Lexington Traffic Flow

Lexington Division of Traffic Engineering Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier
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Officials tasked with managing Lexington's traffic flow are met with daily challenges. The city's new director of traffic engineering is utilizing innovative communication technologies to help get motorists from one spot to another.

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12:24pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentuckians Can Get Protection From Four Flu Strains This Fall

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Mid September marks a key point in the flu shot season across Kentucky.  So, health officials are urging all central Kentuckians over six months old to get vaccinated.  Lois Davis, Fayette County Health Department Public Health Nursing Manager says her agency has administered about three thousand shots during each of the last few years.  "It's stayed about the same, I think because of there are more opportunities in the community to get flu shots.  Most of the pharmacies, they are offering flu shots and plus when you go to the grocery stores, those pharmacies are offering flu shots, which

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3:06pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Officials Launching Pilot Program on Drug and Violence Intervention

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Lexington city officials are initiating a pilot program on substance abuse and violence intervention.  The aim is to advance communication among police, treatment officials, and families directly impacted by drugs and violence.  Social Services Commissioner Beth Mills says five subcommittees will delve into issues like victim services and gun violence.  "Each subcommittee will come up with projects for the community and then we will also do post incident review of drug overdoses, deaths from gun violence, so that law enforcement is talking to the treatment community who's talking to the gr

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6:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

New Lexington Trade School Aims to Help Builders Recruit More Workers

left-Bruce Maybriar right-Todd Johnson
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A trade school associated with the Home Builders Association of Lexington officially opens Monday.  About 28 students will participate in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or carpentry classes at the Building Institute of Central Kentucky.

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4:08pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Business and the Economy

Workforce Development Plan Due in December to City Council

Credit bluegrass.kctcs.edu

Lexington city leaders are hoping to use workforce related data to design a new job placement strategy. 

Business and Education Network Director Billie Peavler updated Urban County Council members this week. Peavler says a report detailing workforce needs for 11 industries is expected later this year.  "This is really about identifying what our current labor pool is, what our future needs of our employers are and building that pipeline for that.  Attracting, retaining, and developing a skilled, educated, and talented workforce," said Peavler.

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5:49pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Homelessness Prevention Office Moves Forward with 'Housing First' Program.

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Lexington is proceeding with a new program to provide permanent housing for the city's homeless.  The $200,000 "Housing First" project is being coordinated through the new Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

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4:10pm

Mon August 25, 2014
The Commonwealth

Summer Weather in Kentucky Runs Gamut from Drought to Flood

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The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record.  Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.

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4:57pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Hit with Two Power Outages in One Week, Same Area Impacted

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Some Lexington area residents were hit twice this week by power outages. Electricity was interrupted for about an hour and a half Friday morning in parts of downtown, the University of Kentucky and portions of Nicholasville Road. 

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4:44pm

Wed August 20, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Prosecutors Gather in Lexington for Annual Meeting

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

Hundreds of county and state prosecutors are meeting in Lexington this week to discuss issues ranging from human trafficking to jury selection to search and seizure procedures.

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3:40pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

City Council Acts to Secure Future Funding for Affordable Housing

Rick McQuady-Director of Lexington's Office of Affordable Housing
Credit ncsha.org

Lexington city leaders are moving forward with efforts to fund affordable housing. The city is spending $3 million this fiscal year toward developing affordable units. 

The council Tuesday gave first approval for setting aside $2 million in the next budget. 

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6:01pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

39th Woodland Art Fair Makes for a Day in the Park

Randy West with Zack's Snacks
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

Lexington's Woodland Park transforms this weekend into a place bustling with arts and crafts, music, and food. 

Final preparations are underway for the 39th Woodland Art Fair.

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5:49pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

UK Proposing Two Roundabouts for Busy Stretch of Alumni Drive in Lexington

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The University of Kentucky is proposing major changes be made to a busy Lexington road.

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4:36pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Natural Gas-Powered Garbage Trucks Hit Lexington Streets

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Garbage collection in some Lexington neighborhoods is about to get whole lot quieter. 

Eleven compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks are coming on line this week.  It's the first step in a major transition to natural gas for the entire 126 garbage truck fleet. 

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10:28pm

Sun August 3, 2014
Business and the Economy

Minorities get Business Advice and Seek Connections at Expo

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Participation in Lexington's annual minority-owned business expo continues to grow within and outside Kentucky.  Over 500 attendees Friday heard advice on business planning, expansion, and start-up strategies. 

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11:00pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Public Safety Agencies Gearing Up with New Radio Technology

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Fayette County public safety agencies are tuning in to a new emergency radio network.  The digital radio system allows for seamless communications among first responders and offers clear reception inside buildings county wide. 

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9:05am

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Illegal Drug Habit Estimated at $1.5 - $2 Million per Week

Credit kentucky.com

    

Lexington Police Lieutenant Scott Blakely says the central Kentucky community is home to a one and a half to two million dollar weekly drug habit.   While heroin-related overdose deaths are on a decline, the narcotics officer says crack cocaine use is on an uptick.  Blakely says cocaine and heroin sales take place all over Lexington.  "It is available from downtown to Heartland, from downtown to Beaumont.  With heroin, it was everywhere.  It's not just centered to downtown and neither is the cocaine and it never has been in Lexington," said Blakely.

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