Lexington/Richmond

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

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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.

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    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

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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

Credit lexingtonky.gov

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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