Lexington/Richmond

12:25pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Mark Barnard Named New Lexington Police Chief

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Lexington has a new police chief.  He's Mark Barnard, a 28 year veteran of the city's Division of Police.

Mayor Jim Gray made the official announcement Monday morning.

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10:55pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Two Large Cranes Signal Activity Centre Point Development; Traffic Impacted

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After weeks of little activity, crews began Monday building two big cranes at the Centre Point project site in downtown Lexington.  Developer Dudley Webb says the cranes, one 260 feet tall, the other 300 feet, will be up for some time.  "The big booms that swing are over the project site and they'll use those to load the concrete up into the site,” said Webb.  “And those will be up through completion of the project."

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5:23pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Blasting Along Lexington's New Circle Road Expected to Stop Traffic Daily

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For several weeks, mid-morning and mid-afternoon travel along a section of Lexington's New Circle Road is expected to be impacted by blasting operations.  The weekday blasting will take place as part of a major reconstruction project for more than two miles between Versailles and Leestown Roads. 

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10:29pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Contemplates Restrictions for Community News Publication

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The distribution of the Lexington Herald Leader's Community News publication is being scrutinized by city leaders. 

The city council could move to specify how the paper is delivered.

Community News is a supplemental newspaper delivered to residents who do not subscribe to the Herald Leader.  Kif Skidmore represents the paper. "There is a first amendment right of free speech to distribute the publication such as the Community News as there is any kind of newspaper and even commercial publications," said Skidmore.

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10:17pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Ground Broken on LexTran's Future Home

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A ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the new $26 million home of Lexington's mass transit system. The new building will house maintenance facilities as well as administration. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the new site is expected to greatly enhance efficiencies of the bus service.  "We'll have seven bays here, where we had two before,” said Gray. “So there's a likelihood that the turn, the cycle turn on maintenance will be faster."

The 54,000 square foot complex will sit on property once used by General Electric for its glass plant. 

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11:28pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Vice Mayor Bids Farewell to Council Tuesday

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Tuesday will mark the completion of 16 years of public service for Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton.  The registered nurse first served as 4th  district council representative before earning an

at-large spot. 

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12:18am

Fri December 5, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police Chief Confirmed as Next Public Safety Commissioner

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Effective early next year, Lexington police chief Ronnie Bastin will be the city's public safety commissioner.  The city council made the mayoral appointment official Thursday night. 

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3:53pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Officials Plan for 2015 Launch of Lexington's 'Housing First' Program

Charlie Lanter- Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director
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Lexington city officials are making final preparations for the new 'Housing First' program. Announced this past summer, the initiative aims to help area homeless people who are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. 

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11:23pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington In Search of a New Police Chief

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The city of Lexington is looking for a new police chief.  The news comes as the current head of the division of police moves on to a new administrative role.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has promoted Police Chief Ronnie Bastin to the position of Public Safety Commissioner.  The search begins immediately for Bastin's replacement.  Bastin joined the force in 1984, worked his way up through the ranks, and was named chief in 2008. 

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11:22pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Continue to Examine Ride Sharing Regulation

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Lexington city leaders continue look for ways to help ride sharing app firms and traditional taxi companies share the road.  City officials are awaiting action on state regulation pertaining to the relatively new ride sharing businesses.  Council member George Meyers believes it's important to strike a fair balance.  "We as a government have to be flexible enough to make it all work because we don't want to shut anybody out of the marketplace or disadvantage our community when you look at what other cities are doing as opposed to what we might do," said Meyers.

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11:57pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Former Lexington Mayor Remembered for His Leadership Into Urban County Government

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Former Lexington Mayor Foster Pettit will be laid to rest Saturday.  The 84 year old died a week ago from an infection he acquired following a boating accident in Louisiana in mid-October. 

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11:12pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Plans Underway for Refurbishment of Historic Downtown Courthouse

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Lexington city leaders are preparing to move forward with architectural plans for improvements to the historic downtown courthouse building.  The Urban County Council last week gave the go ahead to use $450,000 for design plans.  Lexington attorney Foster Ockerman is President of the Courthouse Square Foundation.  "This money will then be spent for architectural drawings to take the information from the assessment and start saying where does the heating and air conditioning duct work go.

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10:24pm

Sun November 23, 2014
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EKU Locked Down Following Report of Gunman on Campus

Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

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4:23pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Rotary Bringing Rodeo to 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 Strategy for Neighborhood Redevelopment

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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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