Lexington/Richmond

8:19am

Tue August 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Joins SMART 911 Program

Fayette and four other Kentucky Counties are now participating in a nationwide SMART 9-1-1 service. City police and fire officials provided details of the new data collection system on Monday.

Lexington E 9-1-1 director David Lucas says residents can register for free at a special website, and provide as much detailed information as they want. In the event of an emergency 9-1-1 call, dispatchers would then be able to relay that information to emergency personnel.

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5:37pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Cars Crossing Over in Lexington

 

Lexington has an ‘under construction’ intersection which is drawing a lot of attention.

Vehicles are moving through the ‘double cross over diamond’ intersection at Harrodsburg road and New Circle road.  The over and back traffic pattern attracted some curious motorists Monday.  Steve Cummins, with the city’s traffic management center, says there’s still gonna be day to day congestion.

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10:46am

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Teen Becomes Youngest KY Pilot

Charlie Morris always knew he would fly an airplane some day.His father and grandfather both did it, and the 14-year-old freshman at North Hardin High School often rode in a small plane with his father.

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10:32am

Mon August 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex. Drivers Navigate Intersection

The shutdown of Lexington's Harrodsburg Road at New Circle Road ended a day early, with the road reopened to traffic Sunday morning. The road had been expected to remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday for work on the new double-crossover diamond interchange, but traffic was flowing again by about 10 a.m. Sunday, highway officials said.

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1:06pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Clark Co. Enacts Stolen Good Ordinances

Clark County recyclers and legislators have reached a compromise on the two disputed drug-related theft ordinances, and the Clark County Fiscal Court has passed second readings of those two and a third ordinance. Jerry Joiner, manager of Stuff Recycling, and Spencer Blue, vice president of Freedom Metals, appeared before the commission and expressed thanks for coming up with a compromise and working with them on the ordinances.

12:53pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

B-52s, SCAPA grads' performance, and Bugs on Canvass

The B-52s are ready to drop some tunes on spectators, a few School for the Creative and Performing Arts grads offer a parting show, and the art of bugs.   All this is on tap this weekend in Lexington.  Weku’s Stu Johnson spoke to Lexington Herald arts reporter Rich Copley about these events

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10:34am

Fri August 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Harrodsburg Rd. Closes Today

7 p.m. Friday. For those who travel Harrodsburg Road, that's D-day, the moment when one of Lexington's busiest arteries shuts down for 58 hours as state road crews build a new interchange at New Circle Road. When the road reopens at 5 a.m. Monday, it will feature Kentucky's first double crossover diamond interchange, in which motorists cross over to drive on the left side of the road so they don't have to cross in front of oncoming traffic when making left turns.

5:32pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Appropriate and Safe Digging

Deep digging in backyards across Kentucky continues to cause problems for utility companies.    Today is designated as Kentucky 8-1-1 Underground Facility Protection Day.  State public service commission spokesman,  Andrew Melnykovych says ‘cutting buried utility lines’ is still a problem on a daily basis.  He says losing ‘land line’ telephone access can present health and safety issues

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10:41am

Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Streetscape Construction Reaches City Hall

The downtown Lexington streetscape project continues to rebuild some of the city's busiest sidewalks, and construction is now at the front door of local government.  An excavator cleared out the old brick sidewalk along East Main Street Wednesday, right in front of the Lexington Fayette County Government Center.

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6:04pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Chemical Concerns

Some participants at Wednesday's 'Stroller Brigade' in Lexington
Stu Johnson Weku

A variety of chemicals are found in all kinds of products we use every day.   There are concerns about health impacts of chemicals included in some of these items.  A group of central Kentuckians is asking Congress to pass the ‘Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.’  Among them is Lois Kleffman with the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

“I don’t really mind kids being out in the dirt as much as I would mind them putting certain things in their mouths that are manufactured…have chemicals in them”

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5:51pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Prescription Drug Track Down

What started out as a program to track where patients get their prescription drugs in Kentucky has expanded to Ohio. This week the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, launched a data exchange with the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, or OARRS.

KASPER manager Dave Hopkins says so far 12 Kentucky physicians are testing the program

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5:48pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

'Diamond' Ready to Shine

Workers at the 'double diamond' cross over construction site.
Stu Johnson Weku

A section of a major thoroughfare in Lexington will be shut down this weekend.  Come Monday, it could  result in a whole new approach to easing traffic congestion in southwest Lexington.

Road crews have been working on the unique ‘double diamond’ cross over project at Harrodsburg and New Circle roads for about two months.  The four on and off ramps to New Circle and Harrodsburg road from Pasadena to Beaumont Centre Drive are expected to be closed this weekend.  But, Natasha Lacy, with the state transportation department, says the new traffic pattern should be in place early Monday

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2:24pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex Neighborhood Improves Playground

 City and community leaders were on hand today in Lexington's Kenwick neighborhood to cut the ribbon on a revamped playground. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the improvements, totaling some $50,000 are made possible through a parks parity fund.

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4:20pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Youth 'Speak Out' Town Hall

Lexington area youth are invited to share their thoughts with city leaders Tuesday night during a town hall meeting.

The meeting, at the Lyric Theater, will be attended by several representatives of city agencies.  It’s sponsored by the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety.  The commission was formed in June in response to criminal activity in the community.  Vontella Thomas, with the Mayor’s Youth Council, expects adult leaders to listen to teenager concerns.

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9:51am

Mon August 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

UK Teaches Bedside Manner

Short of longtime television show ER, fine arts and hospitals may seem an unlikely couple. But at the University of Kentucky, acting is crucial to educating medical students, as instructors bring in trained actors to help future doctors become accustomed to speaking with patients in their quest to diagnose what ails them.

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1:51pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Transy Professor Explores Lost City

Christopher Begley wants to know why legends about a lost civilization are so pervasive in the Mosquito Coast region.  "This is something everybody's talked about informally for a long time in terms of archaeologists and anthropologists, but no one has systematically explored it," he says.

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10:41am

Fri August 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex to Host Female Police Conference

The fourth and final conference hosted by the Lexington police department this summer will bring hundreds of female officers from around the world to Lexington for training and education. Many of the attendees come from countries where women may be police officers but are not allowed to drive cars, a press release said. Many of those officers will drive for the first time while in Lexington, during a seminar that will train them in police driving techniques.

1:23pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Winchester Officials Defer Theft Ordinances

After hearing pleas and some heated testimonies from two local recyclers, the Winchester Board of Commissioners deferred approving first readings of two of three drug-related ordinances concerning receipt of stolen goods. Representatives from Freedom Metals Inc. and Stuff Recycling raised concerns about the ordinances regulating other recyclers and motor vehicle recyclers.

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2:58pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

The Miami-Beattyville Connection

The federal probe into drug trafficking from Florida to Owsley County expanded last week when eight more people were indicted. Molik Ali Alston, 41 of Miami Gardens, Fla., Josh Terry, 25 of Beattyville, Tony Gibson, 22, Cameron Herald, 31, Jesse Herald, 58, Jimmy Miller, 35, Phyllis Reed, 65, and John White, 21, all of Booneville were indicted Thursday, July 28, for allegedly conspiring “with each other and others to knowingly and intentionally distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone.”

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2:54pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Portions of Nunn file Released

Steve Nunn, center, pleaded guilty to murder with an aggravating circumstance in Fayette Circuit Court. He was flanked by his attorneys Bette Niemi and Warren Scoville.
Lexington Herald-Leader

The Urban County Government has released a portion of its case file regarding the murder of Amanda Ross by former state lawmaker Steve Nunn. The files appear to contain hundreds of pages of documents, including search warrants, email messages and summaries of interviews with Nunn's friends, acquaintances and political colleagues regarding his relationship with Ross. She was found gunned down outside her townhouse in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009.

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7:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Left in the Cold by United Way

Among programs threatened by United Way cuts is the Boys and Girls Club administered by the Salvation Army in Lexington.
Salvation Army of the Bluegrass

Social service agencies that have long received funds from United Way of the Bluegrass this year lost that support.  Funding cuts have programs at organizations like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities scrambling for cash.  United Way, with collects donations and then distributes the funds among such charities, has narrowed the list of programs that qualify.

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10:34am

Tue August 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Explosion in Lynch Causes Injury

A Harlan County Hazmat trailer arrived at the site of a chemical explosion on Main Street in Lynch on Monday evening. Several individuals were injured in the incident.
Anders Eld Harlan Daily Enterprise

A chemical explosion in Lynch early Monday evening injured several people, including some children. Officials report that a local ambulance service was dispatched to a residence on Main Street. They reported smelling a chemical in the residence and experiencing burning skin. A neighbor reported having heard a boom around the time of the incident. Ambulance personnel and residents were removed from the residence.

2:00am

Tue August 2, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Despite Progressive Image, Berea's Fairness Law Stuck

Ron Smith WEKU News

Berea has a history of being in the forefront of social change, but an effort to protect citizens based on their sexual orientation faces an uncertain future.  WEKU’S Ron Smith has the story. This report contains language that’s objectionable to many people.

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4:01pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Three Kentucky Mines Cited by Feds in June

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited three Kentucky mines for safety violations. They were among 14 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were the Cheyenne Mining Company’s Number 11 mine in Pike County, D&C Mining Corporation’s mine in Harlan County and North Fork Coal Corporation’s Mine Number 4 in Letcher County. Together they received a total of 45 orders and citations.MSHA began the special impact inspections after the explosion last year at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia killed twenty-nine miners. Since then, the agency says it’s conducted nearly 300 impact inspections, which have resulted in more than 5,000 citations.

1:50pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Final Farewell Continues in Lexington

A tradition of having a law enforcement escort for funeral processions in Lexington will continue, but under a different chain of command. The Fayette County Sheriff's office took over funeral escorts Monday, a job that had long been handled by the Lexington Division of Police. Sheriff Kathy Witt says her staff was happy to oversee the free service in the wake of police budget cuts. 

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11:00am

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Optimism over Berea's Fairness Ordinance

The Berea, Kentucky City Council will meet tomorrow. No discussion of two pending anti-discrimination laws is on the agenda, but gay rights activists say the panel is moving closer to passing measures protecting LGBT residents. The Louisville Fairness Campaign has been instrumental in supporting an ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in Berea. Last month, a proposal for a city Human Rights Commission was introduced but it did not include any language saying the commission would investigate discrimination against LGBT residents.

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10:52am

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Worries Over Rural Post Offices

The post office in Wildie might be one of those targeted for closing by the U.S. Postal Service. More than 130 statewide might be shuttered, but not all under review will be closed.
Hannah Potes Lexington Herald-Leader

For shrinking rural communities in Kentucky, it's usually the local businesses that close first. Then the schools consolidate. And now, it seems, the local post offices in some of Kentucky's tiniest towns might be closing their doors. That's the plan, anyway, as the U.S. Postal Service considers shutting down 130 post offices across the state.

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10:45am

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Nicholas Sheriff on Trial

Nicholas County Sheriff Leonard Garrett.
Lexington Herald-Leader

In a trial that is likely to be watched closely by local residents, Nicholas County Sheriff Leonard "Dick" Garrett is scheduled to be tried this week on felony charges of theft and abuse of public trust. If convicted of the latter charge, Garrett, 48, could forfeit office and go to prison for five to 10 years. He is free on bond but has remained sheriff since he was indicted in October.

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2:00am

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Intolerance Challenges Berea Ideals

Berea residents Adanma and Shane Barton
Ron Smith WEKU News

The small, central Kentucky town of Berea has long had a reputation as a progressive community.  Berea College was among the first southern schools to open its doors to women and African Americans. But as WEKU’S Ron Smith reports, recent intolerance raises questions about the town’s commitment to its ideals.

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2:01pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Decals Designed to Dissuade Burglars

Police and health officials hope a new window decal will curb the number of home break-ins in Frankfort by burglars looking for prescription painkillers. The decals cling to a front door or window and tell would-be burglars that the home is free of unused medications

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