Lexington/Richmond

4:39pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

A Move to Bring Goats Into the City

A move to allow a few more farm animals inside city limits is under discussion in Lexington.  An ordinance that permits goats and pigs is under review by a council committee.   Lara Doth de-Martinez is a member of the newly formed Bluegrass Goat Justice League. “They can provide milk, they can provide fiber if you get a fiber goat..companionship..a lot of entertainment..and if one so chooses a source of meat as well,” said de-Martinez.

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12:15pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Documenting Farmers Market History

If you've ever been a vendor or customer of the Lexington Farmer's Market, market organizers and a University of Kentucky professor want to hear from you. A community archival project starts this weekend. Dr. Jenny Rice, Director of Composition at UK, hopes to compile memories and memorabilia from the market.

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2:09pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Sheriff Withdraws Offer To Run LEX Jail

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt has taken an offer to run the Fayette County Detention Center off the table for now. The sheriff's office had difficulty finding an insurance company willing to take on the risk of covering the jail.

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9:31am

Fri February 10, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Sheriff Puts Detention Center Offer on Hold

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt has put her offer to run the Fayette County Detention Center on hold because of apparent resistance from the city and insurance roadblocks. In a letter to Chris Frost, chairman of a mayor-appointed public safety task force, of which Witt is a member, Witt said she would take her offer off the table for now.

5:05pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Gray Appoints City's First Planning Commisioner

The city of Lexington will have its first commissioner dedicated primarily to planning, if the Urban County Council approves Mayor Jim Gray's appointment next week. Dr. Derek Paulsen, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named as the city's first planning commissioner - a position Mayor Jim Gray envisioned as part of his "Fresh Start Plan" during his campaign. 

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2:25pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Unlocked, Idling Cars Tempt Wintertime Thieves

Whether in your driveway or at a corner gas station, Lexington Police say it's never a good idea to leave your car unlocked with the engine running. More to the point, it's illegal. Detective Jeremiah Davis, with Lex PD's auto theft and commercial burglary unit, says motorists need to resist the temptation of starting up their cars and leaving them unattended while they warm up.

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2:24pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Prof Lexington's 1st Planning Commissioner

The city of Lexington will have its first commissioner dedicated primarily to planning, if the Urban County Council approves Mayor Jim Gray's appointment next week. Dr. Derek Paulsen, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named as the city's first planning commissioner - a position Mayor Jim Gray envisioned as part of his "Fresh Start Plan" during his campaign. Paulsen, who has a background in urban planning and crime analysis issues, says he's interested in bringing together Lexington's splintered planning and development agencies. 

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11:52am

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Update on Lexington's City Employee Clinic

A new clinic for Lexington’s city employees is closed to some retirees.  The city opened up a Health Care Clinic off Leestown road in mid-January.   Advisor to the Chief Administrative Officer Melissa Leuker says the retirees are part of the Kentucky Employees Health Plan and cannot use the clinic.  “One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten is from retirees…and they’re asking if they’re eligible..They’ve called to go out there…they’ve went out there..they’re saying they’re not in the system…Marathon doesn’t have them,” said Leuker.

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7:01am

Wed February 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

No Noise at City Hall

Three years in the making, major changes in Lexington’s ‘noise ordinance’ fell by the wayside Tuesday at city hall.  A noise task force developed a comprehensive package to cover a variety of sounds.  For instance, it included language to establish a distance limit on sounds emitting from a car stereo.  Much of the debate Tuesday before the Public Safety committee centered on the business community impact.  Lexington attorney Bill Lear represented those interests.  “Well there were some parts of it that were really of concerns to businesses that operate 24 hours a day,” said Lear.

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4:11pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Pool Demolition Proposal Moves Forward

The city of Lexington is losing two of its under-utilized swimming pools, but could possibly replace them with other facilities. The Urban County Council’s General Government Committee voted today (Tuesday) to approve an aquatics management plan, which calls for demolishing the Berry Hill and Constitution Park pools.

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3:38pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

LEX Rejects Tougher Noise Ordinance

A far reaching ‘noise ordinance’ has been rejected by a committee of the Lexington –Fayette Urban County Council.  A task force spent more than three years developing a noise ordinance.  It was designed to address complaints ranging from loud car stereos and parties, to excessive industrial sounds.  It was the impact on business which generated the most debate.

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12:45pm

Sun February 5, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

UK's Plan to Replace Housing

The University of Kentucky is about to embark on a big, new experiment, hiring a private developer to replace and manage all of its on-campus student housing. Lots of questions about the plan remain unanswered as UK negotiates with Education Realty Trust of Memphis, Tenn., ironing out details of the expected massive project. But just down the road at the University of Louisville, and at other campuses across the nation, smaller versions of the same experiment have already played out.

4:57pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

City Could Transfer Control of Parking Garages

Three Lexington parking garages in need of repairs could end up under the ownership of the Lexington-Fayette County Parking Authority if a new proposal is approved by the Urban County Council. The proposal, which will go before the council next week, argues that handing over control of the Annex garage on West Main Street, the Victorian Square garage on West Short Street, and the Transit Center garage on East Vine Street to the Parking Authority would ease the burden on taxpayers.

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4:23pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Final Report Sets Rupp Renovation at $300 Million

A Lexington task force delivered its final recommendations today for a redesigned Rupp Arena and a new downtown convention center. Much of the design proposal for the Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District has already been unveiled to the public in recent weeks. It features the same footprint to house University of Kentucky basketball games, but with a sleeker exterior and better fan experience. Luther Deaton, head of Central Bank, chaired the task force’s finance committee. He says there now needs to be a closer examination of funding options.

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3:49pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

33,000 Affected By Lexington Council Redistricting

Though it may not have generated the political heat that accompanied state congressional redistricting, the redrawing of Urban County Council districts will also leave many in Lexington with new representation. Every ten years, council districts are redrawn to reflect shifts in population. This year's changes will affect about 33-thousand residents. 

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3:48pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Four Lexington Incumbents Not Seeking Re-Election

Candidates for Lexington's Urban County Council had until four o'clock this afternoon to file to run in the November election and, as Josh James reports, a number of familiar faces have chosen to let that deadline expire. 

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7:17pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Studies Rupp Financing Options

Proposed interior of a renovated Rupp Arena. Courtesy Space Group.

After nearly a year of discussion, analysis, site visits and public forums, a committee appointed to make recommendations about the future of Lexington's Rupp Arena will have its final meeting Tuesday.
The Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District task force will receive a summary report from lead designer Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group.

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12:12pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Reds Caravan Stops In Lexington

The home of the Big Blue was converted into a sea of red on Sunday as hundreds of Cincinnati Reds fans gathered at the Civic Center for the Lexington stop of the club's annual Winter Caravan. The event featured three time Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips, former Reds great Lee May, and up and coming catcher Tucker Barnhart.

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3:34pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Baby Boutique Opens Milk Depot

Jessica Santangelo of Richmond has donated 482 ounces of milk so far to the Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank. She is holding her daughter, Anabella Santangelo.
Lexington Herald-Leader illustration

When the freezer of Jessica Santangelo's refrigerator started to fill up with her expressed breast milk, she decided to buy a standalone freezer. Then that freezer started to fill up. Santangelo's 7-month-old daughter has started eating solid foods, so she doesn't drink as much milk as she once did. But come Thursday, it will become a lot easier for Santangelo and other women to share their milk with other mothers and babies. Mother Nurture, a Lexington baby boutique and breast-feeding resource center, is opening Milk Depot, a drop-off location for donated breast milk.

2:27pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Johnson County Pain Clinic Raided

Wednesday was a bad day to show up impaired at a Johnson County pain clinic. As state and federal authorities searched the clinic in an investigation of potential improper drug prescribing, police arrested 29 people who had come to the office, according to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. Charges against the people included public intoxication and driving under the influence. A number of people also were arrested on outstanding warrants. The raid was the second in less than a year at the Care More Pain Management clinic.

5:44pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

City Corrections Workers Agree to New Contract

City leaders have reached an agreement with the union that represents the majority of corrections officers at the Fayette County jail. The old contract expired nearly a year and a half ago. Geoff Reed, Senior Advisor for Policy and Government Relations, said the government is pleased with the compromises in the deal.

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11:11am

Wed January 25, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Coyotes on the Loose

The days of a coyote den that’s roaming a Lexington neighborhood  could be numbered.  Animal Care and Control Chief Nathan Bowling says the coyotes have been reported in southeast Lexington’s Tuscanee neighborhood.  Lexington Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason says the plan is to set traps and relocate them in an un-populated area.

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9:51am

Wed January 25, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Mayor Unveils Changes for Rupp Arena

Proposed changes in Rupp Arena include an eight-sided video scoreboard over the basketball court. Upper-arena seats would have chair backs.
Rendering provided by NBBJ Architects

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled a conceptual drawing Tuesday that showed the inside of a renovated Rupp Arena with an eight-sided scoreboard over the center of the basketball floor and a reconfigured lower level with more seats. Gray said during his annual State of the Merged Government speech in Lexington Center that the lower arena seating capacity would increase by 800 to 1,000 seats. The upper level would be rebuilt with all chair-back seats. Premium seating would be added. Other features would be enlarged concourses, additional restrooms and a lobby entrance off Triangle Park.

6:46am

Wed January 25, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Ponders Legal Action over Redistricting

The Kentucky senate’s new legislative boundaries have some Lexington-Fayette Urban Council members talking about a lawsuit.  The recent action moved veteran Lexington Senator Kathy Stein out of the bluegrass and into a district in northern Kentucky.  Western Kentucky lawmaker Dorsey Ridley now represents Stein’s old district.  Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton voiced her opposition Tuesday at city hall.  “I think it’s fairly dis-respectful…to Fayette countians,” said Gorton.

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2:59pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Groups Want Lawmakers to Step Up For Kids

Improving the well-being of Kentucky's children was the theme of a regional conference in Lexington on Monday. Policymakers, stakeholders, and representatives from numerous child advocacy groups shared their ideas at the Step Up For Kids event. Attendees heard presentations on everything from early childhood and alternative education, monitoring managed care, as well as curbing incarcerations for youth misbehaviors like skipping school and running away from home.

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6:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Depot Officials Awaiting Word

As it stands now, destruction of aging chemical munitions stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot is scheduled to begin in 2017.  But, the timeline could still change.  The storing and disposal of chemical agents has been debated in central Kentucky for decades.  The deadline for ridding the Bluegrass Army Depot of nerve and mustard agents has been pushed back more than once.  Jeff Brubaker, manager of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Plant project, says cost increases for the disposal program were noted in late 2010 and that prompted a six month review.

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10:16pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Future of Taxi Service in Lexington

Hoping to increase competition among taxis, some council members hope to expand the number of Lexington's cab companies.  The council’s public safety committee sifted through changes called for in a taxi cab ordinance.  One of the biggest would lower the minimum number of taxis per company from 25 to ten.  Currently, only a few companies dominate the Lexington market.  Greg Kujawski of Mr. Taxi says such a change would hurt service.  His company keeps about 50 cabs on the street.

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3:40pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Discusses Detention Center

For most counties in Kentucky, local jails are managed by an elected jailer. But across the country, management of a county detention center by the sheriff's department is the norm. Neither is the case for the city of Lexington, where a discussion is underway to possibly change the current structure of a hired jail director.

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3:59pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Chandler Weighs In On Redistricting, Giffords

U.S. Congressman Ben Chandler visited his district today and shared some thoughts on the redistricting debate in Frankfort and colleague Gabrielle Giffords. 

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12:35pm

Sun January 8, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Farmer's Crickets in High Demand

Elaine Henderson of Garrard County, has been farming crickets for approximately 30 years. She and her late husband opened Henderson Cricket Farm in Florida, but moved their operation to Kentucky five years ago.
Mackenzie Reiss

The farms surrounding Elaine Henderson's little plot on a hillside in Garrard County raise cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and horses, but Henderson has a decidedly smaller herd — of crickets. Each week, Henderson Cricket Farm ships tens of thousands of live crickets to pet stores, bait shops, individuals and the Louisville Zoo. "I'm selling all I can grow," Elaine Henderson said. "I've turned customers away."

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