Lexington/Richmond

4:23pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Rotary Club Bringing Professional Rodeo to the Kentucky Horse Park

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In celebration of their 100th anniversary, Lexington's Rotary Club is bringing the professional rodeo to town.  The announcement came yesterday during the group's weekly meeting.

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10:25pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Nonprofit Using Arts-Based Strategy to Redevelop a Lexington Neighborhood

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A Lexington nonprofit organization is leading rehabilitation efforts in a North Limestone neighborhood.  Project organizers are using what they call a "live-work" strategy. 

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5:00pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Businesses Is Good in Lexington's Distillery District

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Lexington's Environmental Quality Committee heard an update Tuesday on progress in the city's downtown distillery district.  Business activity in the neighborhood has grown substantially over the last decade. 

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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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10:48pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

With Upgrades in Place at Kentucky Theater, Attention Turns to the State Theater

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While restoration work on downtown Lexington's Kentucky Theater continues, attention is also focusing on the adjacent State Theater.  The issue was discussed this week at Lexington's City Hall.  Some 600 thousand dollars has been raised privately by the Friends of the Kentucky Theater group.  The city is investing 195 thousand dollars in Kentucky Theater improvements. 

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5:45pm

Tue November 11, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Downtown Arts Center Prospering

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Members of a Lexington City Council Committee received an update Tuesday on operations at the Downtown Arts Center.  The city's Parks and Recreation Department took over management of the center in July. 

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5:42pm

Tue November 11, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Food Truck Expansion Likely in Lexington

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Lexington city leaders are considering expanding eligible sites for locating food trucks.  Currently, the mobile food vendors are allowed only on certain public streets inside business zones.  Planning Director Chris King says the change could move food trucks into office areas.  "In the larger professional office projects like Corporate Center or Paragon Park, any of the larger ones like that, a food truck would be able to locate and serve the workers in that area as long as they were 500 feet from a residential use," said King.

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12:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Rally Held in Conjunction with National Day of Action Against Police Brutality

Molly Van Zant wearing sign
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A diverse group of people marched and rallied Wednesday night in downtown Lexington in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.

Participants gathered first near Lexington's William Wells Brown Elementary School.  Among them, Molly Van Zant, who wore a front and back corrugated sign of names from across the country.  "I am wearing a list of some of people who have been killed by law enforcement recently, men and women," said Van Zant.

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1:35pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Chemical Spill on Interstate 75 Shuts Down Traffic in Both Directions

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A chemical spill along interstate 75 in Madison County  shut down lanes in both directions for hours Tuesday.  Michael Bryant with Emergency Management says the spill occurred near the 96 mile marker which is near the Boonesboro road exit.  He says the chemical ferric choride leaked out of a tanker truck.  Bryant says the driver realized the chemical was leaking from a valve and pulled off.

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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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4:37pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Streetlights Could Take on Different Glow in Years Ahead

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The city of Lexington is in talks with Kentucky Utilities about switching to LED streetlights.  James Bush with Lexington's Division of Environmental Policy says LED streetlights tend to last about twice as long as traditional street lighting. Bush says the city has a lease agreement with Kentucky Utilities and Bluegrass Rural Electric Cooperative for operation of street lights.

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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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6:45pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

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

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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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9:53pm

Sun October 5, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Crews Move Forward with Makeover of Lexington Landmark

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Work continues this week on a $1.2 million refurbishment of Kentucky American Water Company's largest elevated tank. Once completed, the 2,000,000 gallon Lexington fixture is expected to take on a completely different look. Contractor Ron Bowling says paint removal is usually the most difficult part of the job.  "The painting is the easiest.  After you get all the blasting done, you sort of consider the job downhill after that," said Bowling.

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5:03pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

UK Patterson School Professor Talks ISIS with Rotarians

UK Patterson School of Diplomacy Professor Stacy Closson
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An international scholar at the University of Kentucky worries about increasing U.S. involvement in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.  Stacy Closson spoke on the subject Thursday to Lexington Rotarians. 

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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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12:26pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Area High Schools Will See Voter Registration Drives This Week

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All five Lexington area high schools will be the focus of voter registration efforts this week.  Kentucky is part of a 50 state effort to register voters before the November election.  Tuesday has been declared National Voter Registration Day.  Lexington League of Women Voters' Vice President Cindy Heine says some teenagers may not realize the timing of their voter eligibility.  "This is a way to let students know that if they will be 18 by Election day they can register and they can vote.  It's also a way to remind students by just being on the campuses of the importance of voting, the im

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12:21pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Double Cross Over Diamond Interchange Could Come to Leestown Road

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 A major Lexington roadway could be a candidate for a unique interchange project.  Construction continues to widen a portion of Leestown Road, just outside New Circle Road.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says the Leestown-New Circle Road interchange could one day see a crossover diamond design.  "So, it's just something to think about for the future.  Right now, we want to get Leestown widened and get the road completed out to Masterson Station and then we'll start looking at other potential improvements in the corridor," said Hancock.

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10:18pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Backs New Option for Financing Centre Point Garage

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The cities of Lexington and Midway could work together to move forward the massive downtown Centre Point project. 

The developer, the Webb Companies, is seeking borrowing authority to pay for construction of an underground garage as part of the high rise venture. 

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5:52pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington’s Town Branch Trail Receives Financial Shot in the Arm from the State

Left to Right: Keith Lovan-Lexington Engineer, Shane Tedder-UK Sustainability Director, Van Meter Petitt-President Town Branch Trail, Incorporated
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A recreational trail project with historical significance in Lexington is moving forward.  The governor Tuesday gave the organizers of the Town Branch Trail a big financial boost.  

Using Lexington's birthplace, McConnell Springs as the backdrop, Governor Steve Beshear handed over to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray a replica of a $6.5 million check.  "These greenways encourage alternative transportation and outdoor recreation and exercise, which in turn promote cleaner air, better public health, environmental awareness, tourism, and business," said Beshear.

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12:33am

Mon September 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Police Chase Ends in Richmond, Suspect Killed in Gunfire Exchange

Police vehicles at the scene of a shootout between a wanted man and police on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
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An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries.  The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert. 

Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.

(audio from alert)

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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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10:19pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Talks Jobs, Public Safety with Rotarians.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has climbed out of the recession.  Gray offered an assessment of his first three years in office to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  The first term mayor admits job creation efforts never end.  "Lexington has come out of the recession as a university city faster than other cities our size.  Now, we have many challenges ahead of us.  That's the nature of good management," said Gray.

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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
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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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10:29pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Officials Weigh Future of City's Historic Old Courthouse

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Final decisions about what to do with Fayette County's former courthouse building could come by the end of the year. 

In the meantime, repairs are needed just to ensure the integrity of the historic structure and the area around it.

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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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11:22pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Financing Plan for Centre Point Garage Still in Works

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    As expected, Lexington’s Urban County Council spent a significant amount of time Thursday night discussing the highly publicized Centre Point project.

The latest talks addressed bankrolling a planned underground parking structure.

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4:21pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Centre Point Bonding Request Rejected by State

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The six-year downtown Centre Point project has hit another snag. The state has refused to grant developers funds for an underground parking structure.

It's likely the topic will be up for discussion Thursday evening at Lexington City Hall.

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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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7:47pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Council Returns to Work Tuesday; Center Point & Affordable Housing on Agenda

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When members of the Urban County Council return from summer recess, a highly debated downtown development project is likely to get their attention. 

Developers of the Centre Point Project are seeking to borrow 30 million dollars to construct an underground parking garage.

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