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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.

Downtown Development Corporation

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.

 

Kentucky.com

    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.”


Kentucky.com

Lexington city officials appear headed toward establishing an ‘infrastructure fund’ to help funded downtown developments.

GoodGiving Challenge Promotes Ky Non-Profits

Nov 30, 2016
Bluegrass Community Foundation

 

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.

 


 

 

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

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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Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Kentucky Constables Association

Lexington officials are considering changes to policies regarding county constables.  The duties of these elected officials were discussed during this week’s Planning and Public Safety Committee meeting. 

The city review follows a summer report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting raising issues about training and accountability.  Council member Kevin Stinnett views city liability related to constables and their deputies as a key issue. 

Library Director Weighs in on Possible Move

Aug 3, 2016
lexpublib.org

Officials with the city of Lexington are beginning to study the feasibility of buying the building that currently houses the downtown Public Library.  the move could be advantageous for both parties.

Lexington Police to Activate Body Cameras in August

Jul 28, 2016
wkyt.com

A few weeks later than originally anticipated, the first shipment of body cameras is now in the hands of Lexington police.   

 

Earlier this spring, police officials thought body cameras might be incorporated gradually in June.  

 

They say a high demand for this type of body camera pushed back the start-up.   Officers will now begin using the video technology in mid August.  Initially 75 officers will each be issued two body cameras.  

 

Lexington Herald- Leader www.kentucky.com

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has received a federal grant of over $14 million to complete the Town Branch Commons Corridor project.  The funds are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program.   

Stu Johnson
WEKU News

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is urging lawmakers from 15 southern states including his own to be competent, capable, and bold.  Bevin offered his thoughts to participants at the 70th Southern Legislative Conference meeting in Lexington.  “We have increasingly in this country become agnostic as it relates to any number of things, our mores, our values, our principles, our convictions, our love of liberty.  We’ve become fairly apathetic,” noted Bevin.

Transgender Issues on Eastern Standard

Jun 22, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Lexington's Annual Pride celebration is this weekend, happening on the tail of devastating news such as the mass shooting in Orlando. In the midst of all the discussions involving LGBT issues, Eastern Standard will focus on the oft-forgotten T: Transgender rights and issues. Kentucky recently joined the lawsuit with other states over the controversial matter at hand of Transgender restrooms.

“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
hazelden.org

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
kentucky.com

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
forkliftaction.com

  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
kentuckycleanfuels.org

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
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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."

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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
coalminerescuecontest.com

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
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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
kentucky.com

    

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
m.mlb.com

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
wbko.com

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
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.

article.wn.com

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.

noclexington.com

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.

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