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Senior Services Commission seeking input
in quest to be an Age Friendly Community

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  Lexington Senior Services Commission is working to make Lexington even more livable – for everyone.   The Commission is preparing to seek official designation for Lexington as one of the World Health Organization’s and AARP’s Age Friendly and Livable …

State seeking the public’s input on increasing disadvantaged businesses’ work on highways

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking public input on their proposed goals for increasing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise involvement in state highway projects.   The KYTC Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development, which oversees the cabinet’s DBE program is …

Lexington Police warn of scammer pretending to be Kentucky Utilities billing representative

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The Lexington Division of Police Financial Crimes Unit is warning citizens about a scammer pretending to represent Kentucky Utilities.   During the past 48 hours, Lexington residents and business owners have received phone calls from a person pretending to be …

‘We’re heading in right direction’: Kentucky highway deaths drop to a 64-year low in 2013

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Kentucky highway fatalities dropped to a 64-year low in 2013; a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012.   The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety today released final statistics for 2013. There were 638 fatalities last year, a dramatic improvement …

Rifles, knives from former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer’s administration up for auction

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  The state will auction dozens of high-quality collector’s items left over from a 2008 agriculture conference during Richie Farmer’s tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner.   The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will sell 13 Remington rifles and …

Traveling Court of Appeals will hear cases from five counties in Benton, Frankfort courts

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  The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear civil cases on appeal from Franklin, Kenton, McCracken, Meade and Warren counties when it convenes Tuesday, April 22, in Benton and Frankfort. Proceedings are open to the public.   The court will …

Winter weather costs state 1.5 times average in salt and man hours, but still wasn’t a record

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A winter season punctuated by a polar vortex, sub-zero temperatures, and nasty snow and crippling ice storms created more than a traveling nuisance for Kentucky residents. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent more than $68 million on snow and ice removal …

Community-Based Services director says new office procedures will improve customer care

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The Kentucky Department for Community-Based Services is implementing new office procedures for walk-in customer benefit interviews at its family support offices. The new office procedures have been tested in 28 counties with great success. The change starts Monday, April 21, …

New agreement ensures future of Arboretum; to be signed at Arbor Day festivities April 26

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By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   The Arboretum is recognizing 28 years of partnership between the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and the University of Kentucky as part of its Arbor Day festivities on April 26.   The partnership …

Traffic Report April 21-25:
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted   Special notes:   Daily blasting at the CentrePointe construction site continues, requiring pedestrian and vehicle traffic to stop briefly about 10 a.m. each day. Blasting is expected to …

The Week in Frankfort: Final gavel falls, legislation soon to impact Kentuckians’ lives

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When the final gavel falls on a legislative session, it’s often seen as a time to start looking back – a chance to review what passed, what failed, who won and who lost.   We’ve had a few days for …

First meeting of 10 SOAR working groups convenes in conjunction with conference

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The Shaping our Appalachian Region Initiative will convene the first official meeting of its 10 working groups on April 24 from 1-4 p.m., and in conjunction with East Kentucky Leadership Conference at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.   …

Candidate forums for primary races available on YouTube, Lexington library channel 20

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Candidate forums for 2014 primary races are now available for viewing on YouTube and on the Lexington Public Library Cable Channel 20. The schedule for Channel 20 between April 17 and May 19 follows.   AIRTIMES   Monday, Wednesday and …

State seeking private sector help to build the ‘Super I-way’ for more high-speed broadband

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Kentucky companies, particularly municipal utilities and electric cooperatives, are needed by Frankfort to help high-speed broadband Internet access get to all homes and businesses in the Eastern portion of the state.   The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet has released …

Bellevue’s city clerk named ‘Clerk of the Year’ by Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association

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Bellevue City Clerk Mary Scott was named the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association “Clerk of the Year” during the organization’s spring meeting at Lake Cumberland.   Scott has been Bellevue’s city clerk and treasurer since 1991 but has been employed by …

Unemployment in state goes up in 47 percent of counties, goes down or nowhere in rest

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Annual unemployment rates were lower in 51 Kentucky counties in 2013 than in 2012, while 57 county rates went up and 12 counties had the same annual rate for both years, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, …

State auditor: tolls truth, heroin help, airport board and need for businesspeople in politics

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By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen returned to the Northern Kentucky region on yesterday as the featured speaker of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Eggs n Issues forum.   The first-term Democrat …

Legislature’s 2014 session comes to an end; most new laws will go into effect in 90 days

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  The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session ended last night, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and measures that will impact people throughout the state.   Since the session’s start in early …

Bill giving distilleries relief from taxes on aging bourbon barrels signed into law today

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It’s fairly common knowledge that there are more barrels of bourbon aging in Kentucky right now than there are people living in the Bluegrass state. But what many people might not know is that every one of those barrels has …

Rep. Mike Denham: General Assembly again used its last day in session to wrap things up

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Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make. Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year …