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Construction projects suspended to
ease Memorial Day weekend travel


Drivers traveling along Kentucky roadways may find their path a little easier this weekend. Although road construction season is now underway, work on most major roadways in Kentucky is being suspended through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Nonetheless, motorists are …

Economic Development Partnership Board to begin national search for cabinet secretary


As chair of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board, Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans to conduct a national search to fill the role of secretary for the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. Current Secretary Larry Hayes announced his intent to retire …

Traffic Report: May 23 – May 29
A road work heads up for the week


  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The Division of Traffic Engineering will install multi-way stop signs and pavement markings at the intersection of Mark Avenue and Cathy Lane on Tuesday, …

Corrections officers to get pay raises
to retain staff and increase recruiting


The Kentucky Department of Corrections will enhance its compensation for correctional officers and other hazardous duty staff under a plan announced this week to stabilize the workforce in state prisons.   Responding to high staff vacancies and turnover rates, Gov. …

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary goes into extra innings – what happens next?


      By Joshua A. Douglas and Thomas E. Travis UK Election Law Society   Eighty-three votes. That’s all that separates Kentucky GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Matt Bevin and James Comer. What has already been an ugly campaign is about …

Unofficial results show 83 votes separate GOP’s Bevin, Comer; recanvass sought


  (Click for larger view)   Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary remains up in the air as Louisville businessman Matt Bevin holds an 83-vote lead over Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in Tuesday’s primary election. (Read UK Election Law Society’s analysis here.) …

State Division of Waste Management announces over $3.3 million in grants


The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced 46 recycling and 25 household hazardous waste grants of more than $3.3 million. The grants will be used to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into …

Board of Emergency Medical Services recognizes 2015 National EMS Week


“EMS Strong” is what draws a special few together to do the important work of providing lifesaving emergency medical care. The national theme for EMS Week 2015, “EMS Strong” aims to recognize the hard work, long hours and commitment to …

Traffic Report: May 15 – May 22
A road work heads up for the week


  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The Division of Traffic Engineering will install multi-way stop signs and pavement markings at the intersection of Rio Dosa Drive and North Locust Hill …

Disaster declaration makes federal aid available in areas slammed by March storm


President Barack Obama has declared a disaster in Kentucky, making federal aid available for areas affected by a severe winter storm that hit the state in early March.   The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced …

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is accepting grant applications through July 10


The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the FY 2015 State Homeland Security Grant Program through July 10.   The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, can be used by city and county governments, …

Kentucky economy showing ‘strong signs’ of improvement as April budget receipts top $1B


Kentucky’s General Fund receipts set an all-time high for a month in April, surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time ever.   State Budget Director Jane C. Driskell reported that collections grew 23.3 percent compared to April of …

‘The Trooper’ honors Kentucky State
Police’s legacy of ‘service, bravery, sacrifice’


The Kentucky State Police has an unveiled a “powerful new symbol” of its history – a bronze statue paying tribute to a “legacy of service, bravery and sacrifice.”   At nearly 10-feet tall, the statue, entitled “The Trooper,” rises as …

Public input sought on new city web redesign; responses will help with the design of site


The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is offering citizens the opportunity to help make the city’s website better. As a part of the redesign, residents are being asked to take a short survey. Questions include how individuals currently use the site …

Traffic Report: May 8 – May 15
A road work heads up for the week


  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The Division of Traffic Engineering will install multi-way stop signs and pavement markings at the intersection of Rio Dosa Drive and North Locust Hill …

In ‘important development,’ private group expresses interest in Lexington’s Centrepointe


The city of Lexington released a statement regarding the Centrepointe development in downtown Lexington. It follows:   In the spirit of cooperation and with the goal of a successful development, the city and the Centrepointe development team have been in …

Film incentives bill expected to create jobs, attract productions and promote tourism


Gov. Steve Beshear today signed House Bill 340, which will make Kentucky more competitive in attracting film and television productions and help create jobs, generate tax revenue and promote tourism.   “House Bill 340 gives Kentucky a strong advantage when …

Flags ordered to half-staff Friday in honor
of U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn II


Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday, May 8, in honor of Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn II, who passed away last week after a battle with liver …

Water line concerns brought before state oversight panel for budget consideration


Significant funding could be available in the next state budget cycle for line-item grants to help run water lines to now-unserved and underserved Kentuckians.   The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s Debby Milton told the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee today …

Alumni Drive reconstruction, realignment project promises safer transportation artery


  The realignment of Alumni Drive in Lexington has begun.   The $5 million project, on Alumni between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads, was announced today by Gov. Steve Beshear, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. …