Sat July 12, 2014

Lexington Mayor Authorizes Police Cruiser ‘Take-Home’

Credit www.LexingtonKy.gov

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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Thu July 10, 2014

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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Thu July 10, 2014

Lexington Schedules ‘Peace Walks’ to End Violent Crime

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku Radio

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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Wed July 9, 2014

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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Thu July 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Both Legal and Illegal Fireworks Expected to Light Up Lexington

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    Lots of fireworks will likely be going off the next few days in central Kentucky neighborhoods. In Lexington, there will likely be a mix of legal and illegal works.

More than a year ago, the state passed legislation to legalize flying and exploding fireworks.  Still, some individual communities, like Lexington opted to continue a ban on those types of pyrotechnics.  Most all of the counties surrounding Fayette do allow the sale of fireworks that go airborne or blow up. 

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Wed July 2, 2014

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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Wed May 21, 2014
All Politics are Local

Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race

The two-person field is set for Lexington's mayoral race.  Incumbent Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty will compete for the top job in Lexington government. 

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Sun May 18, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lexington Mayoral Candidates

In our series this week, all three candidates for mayor of Lexington responded to questions about the horse industry.

Danny Mayer

First, Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer who's making his first run for public office. 

Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

Danny Mayer's campaign website

Anthany Beatty

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Thu May 15, 2014
All Politics are Local

Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office.  The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor. 

In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry.  Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

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Thu May 1, 2014

Candidates for Lexington Mayor Face Off

Candidates for the 2014 Lexington mayoral election debated at the May 1 meeting of the Lexington Forum. L-R, Incumbent Jim Gray; challengers Danny Mayer & Anthany Beatty. Moderator Tom Martin is standing.
Credit John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.

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Tue January 21, 2014

Mayor Gray Calls for Local Tax Option in State of the City Address

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Lexington’s mayor would like the city to have the ability to support specific projects with dedicated tax funds.  This was one of many of items in Mayor Jim Gray’s state of the city address, delivered Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Lexington Forum.

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Mon November 11, 2013
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Fixing Lexington's Sewer Problems

For years, hard rains in Lexington have caused sanitary and storm water sewer systems to overflow into streams and even homes.

These illegal “Sanitary Sewer Overflows,” are the basis of a 2006 lawsuit filed against the city by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Kentucky. A 2011 Consent Decree gives Lexington 10 years to fix the problem. 

The agreement requires the city to establish a Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). It was developed by a seven-member task force that produced 19 recommendations for a plan submitted early this year to the EPA. 

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Sat May 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Broadway Live at the Opera House announces 2012-13 Season


The lineup for the 2012-13 Broadway Live series was announced this week during the annual season preview event at the Lexington Opera House. The Thursday event showcased local talent who performed excerpts from top national touring productions that have been booked for the coming   season. 

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Tue May 17, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Funds Short at Transport Service for Disabled

An organizational change within the American Red Cross is affecting the city of Lexington's public transit service. LexTran has a contract with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross to operate WHEELS, the transportation service for people with disabilities. As LexTran prepares to pass a $24 million budget for the next fiscal year, the Red Cross has said it needs an additional $346,000, pushing the cost of its service past $4 million a year.

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Mon May 16, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Summertime Road Repairs

Highway construction is typically considered a part of the summer season.   This year is expected to be no different.  There are a number of projects in central Kentucky either underway or about to begin.  One which will begin in early June is the re-configuration of the Harrodsburg road-New circle interchange. 

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Fri May 6, 2011

Rehearsed Improv at Balagula Theater

Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley to previews the "Adventures in Mating," which he calls a fun little audience participation play at Balagula Theater. The Lexington Herald Leader newspaper reporter also looks at Bluegrass Youth Ballet's presentation of "Rapunzel" at the Lexington Opera House.

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Thu May 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Sewer Assistance

In April, over 12 inches of rain fell on parts of central Kentucky.  That runoff, on 22 occasions, flooded the city’s pump stations for 24 hours or more.  And the city says some of that raw sewage backed up into over 20 homes.  Lexington is working on a permanent fix but it could take another decade. Urban County Councilmember Doug Martin says some homeowners can’t wait that long.

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