Lexington/Richmond

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.
Credit KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader

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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1:01pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Developing

'Pop Bottle' Bombs Found at Area High School, Activities Canceled

Credit Faron Collins / Lexington Herald Leader

A bottle bomb exploded at a Lexington school Wednesday, chasing band members inside and bringing police to the scene.

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12:52pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Central Kentucky Winery Sold at Auction

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A one-time tobacco farm that had been converted to a winery has now been converted to multiple tracts of land and a lot of equipment scattered about to new owners.

An auctioneer sold off the Acres of Land Winery in Richmond at a foreclosure liquidation sale Tuesday as the former owners attempted to settle more than $1 million in debt.

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12:46pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mail Plant Moving in 2015

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A mail processing plant in Lexington is scheduled to move to Louisville and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015.

The processing center is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for consolidation. 

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11:14pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Work Begins on Art Garden to Recognize Legendary Lexington Jockey

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After years of planning, Lexington's best Thoroughbred jockey is being honored with a downtown art garden.  One speaker at Monday's groundbreaking called the late Isaac Murphy the "Lebron James of his time."

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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

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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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2:28pm

Sat July 12, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Authorizes Police Cruiser ‘Take-Home’

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Lexington's mayor Friday issued an executive order that will reinstate a program allowing personal use of police cruisers.  The action by Mayor Jim Gray comes after the police union suspended a vote on a proposed 50 dollar monthly fee for personal use of vehicles. 

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10:28pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police Cruiser Policy Change in Limbo

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Lexington's police union has suspended a vote on a cruiser "take home" policy originally scheduled to continue through the weekend.  The proposed policy calls for a monthly 50 dollar fee for officers who want to use their vehicles for personal reasons.  The issue may not be resolved until collective bargaining negotiations resume in early 2015.

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10:26pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Schedules ‘Peace Walks’ to End Violent Crime

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Lexington's Mayor and sheriff, some pastors, and community activists gathered in Duncan Park Thursday to call for "peace walks" to put an end to recent violence in the city. 

Fatal shootings involving young people area causing increased concerns about gun-related violence.  Council Member Chris Ford says police are reaching out to community members. "They're trying to build a bond with our community and I'm gonna ask our community to, in turn, work with our police department, work with our church leaders, work with our community organizations," said Ford

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5:00pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Vacant Lot Program Could Include Higher Taxes for Owners of Dilapidated Properties

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Lexington city leaders hope to bring new life to vacant residential structures.  Chip Crawford with the Vacant Property Review Commission delivered a report to Urban County Council members Tuesday.  Crawford says one recommendation calls for increasing property taxes for houses in persistent disrepair.  "We sort of view this as the last step, this and eminent domain as the last potential step, we hope that we've been able to come up with incentives and other opportunities way before it gets to that one year  to two year period of being vacant or blighted," said Crawford

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9:29am

Wed July 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police Consider Fee for Personal Use of Cruisers

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Lexington police officers may be asked to pay a monthly fee to use their cruisers for personal reasons.  The issue came before Tuesday’s meeting of the Urban County Council's Public Safety Committee.  Mayoral Senior Advisor Scott Shapiro says the aim is to increase police presence throughout the community.  He says officers would pay a fee of $50 per month for personal use of police vehicles.  “That helps police officers convenience, but it certainly helps the city to have a greater police presence out driving around," said Shapiro.

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9:34am

Wed July 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Backs Annual Funding for Housing

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Lexington city leaders are moving forward with a plan to help establish more affordable housing.  The first units under a new program could be built next year.

Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen brought an extensive report before council Tuesday.  In it, he recommends spending two million dollars annually out of the city's housing fund for housing.   Three million dollars is already set aside for housing. 

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4:43pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Community Health Improvement Project Examines Neighborhood Safety Issues

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A round table discussion Friday focused on ways to bolster a safer environment in Lexington neighborhoods.  It was part of the Community Health Improvement Project coordinated by the Fayette County Health Department.  Larry Johnson, with Lexington's Partners for Youth group, serves on the safe neighborhoods subcommittee.  "Neighborhood watch is the citizenry, getting together keeping their eye on what's going on and reporting those and sharing what they can do.  This is not just the citizenry," said Johnson.

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11:13pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor, Challenger Respond to Weekend Violence

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Five weekend shootings in Lexington are prompting the mayor and his political challenger to comment on crime matters.

The five separate shootings last weekend resulted in two deaths and injuries to two others.  Mayor Jim Gray met with key players in the local criminal justice community Wednesday.  Gray says his role is to appoint responsible, competent law enforcement leaders,  "The worse thing that anybody can do in a management role is to micro manage. Now, that said, I am here today and I am available anytime and will be engaged."

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5:22pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Looking for Economic and Social Gains Through Beautification

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Lexington is working to put its best 'bloom' forward. This week, the bluegrass community is participating in the national "America in Bloom" program.

America in Bloom is a national non-profit which promotes community beautification programs through the use of flowers, plants, and trees. 

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5:06pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Cancels Rupp Project Due to Lack of UK Support

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended the City’s efforts to reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center. The city says it cancelled its plans because the University of Kentucky changed its mind about a new facility lease in 2018.


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10:51pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Works Out Budget Changes

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    Lexington Council members are putting their stamp on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  The Urban County Council spent the better part of their day at city hall, considering and endorsing changes to Mayor Jim Gray's original proposal. 

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10:43pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Newtown Pike Extension Housing Construction Begins

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    It's been a long time coming, but a start to the residential portion of a massive redevelopment project in downtown Lexington is visible.  Federal, state, and local officials all hailed the community land trust's affordable housing initiative today. 

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