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Traffic Report: April 23 – May 1
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   Motorists should expect some congestion in downtown Lexington on Thursday, April 30, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Pavilion. …

Partners for Youth will celebrate 20th anniversary with special Spotlight on Youth

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Lexington’s Partners for Youth will be 20 years old this year and will celebrate its birthday with a special Spotlight on Youth.   Young people from all areas of Lexington will be singing, dancing and highlighting their passion for the …

Federal highway, transit officials to meet with public regarding transportation planning

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The Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the federally designated transportation planning agency for Fayette and Jessamine counties, will host a public meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. to provide the public with an opportunity to talk directly with …

Traffic Report: April 17 – April 24
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   Traffic on Versailles Road and Man O’ War Boulevard could be congested during Keeneland’s Spring Meet, which continues through Friday, April 24. Gates open …

General Fund receipts for March grow 4.1 percent; road fund receipts fall .2 percent

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The Office of State Budget Director reported that March’s General Fund receipts grew 4.8 percent compared to March of last year, an increase of $36.4 million. Total revenues for the month were $789.9 million, compared to $753.5 million during March …

As Midway wrestles with ‘fairness ordinance,’ council committee removes some exceptions

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Midway Messenger   A city council committee in the small Woodford County community of Midway has decided not to include in a proposed “fairness ordinance” language similar to that of Indiana’s “restoration of religious freedom” law and a provision that …

‘Heroes Behind the Headsets’: Nita Franklin, other dispatchers provide lifeline to safety

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  This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time set aside to recognize the “heroes behind the headsets,” the more than 200,000 individuals throughout the U.S. who play critical roles in the delivery of public safety services. These …

State to start $7 million painting, preservation of Carl D. Perkins Bridge on Wed., April 15

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  Contractors began marking detour routes today for the seven-month closure and painting of the Carl D. Perkins Memorial Bridge at South Portsmouth.   The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project, a complicated job requiring specialized equipment and 12,000 gallons of industrial-grade …

Final statistics show highway fatalities increased in 2014, up 34 from previous year

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  Kentucky Office of Highway Safety today released final highway fatality statistics for 2014. Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased in 2014 after a record low in 2013, with 672 fatalities last year, 34 more then 2013.   According to the …

Traffic Report: April 13 – April 17
A road work heads up for the week

  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   Traffic on Versailles Road and Man O’ War Boulevard could be congested during Keeneland’s Spring Meet, which continues through Friday, April 24. Gates open …

Meetings to receive public comments on oil, gas development, production to be held soon

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and its agencies will hold three public meetings to give interested parties an opportunity to express their opinions on oil and gas development and production in Kentucky. The meetings will be held in Hazard, …

Lexington Fire Department chosen to
conduct trial on new EMS Equipment

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The Lexington Fire Department is one of two fire departments in Kentucky that have been given the opportunity to have a trial run with a new innovative product, the iTClamp Hemorrhage Control System. It is a temporary wound closure device …

Lexington’s Gray says $324M spending plan aimed at building a ‘Great American City’

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During his presentation, Mayor Jim Gray cited three “cornerstones” of the proposed budget: Creating jobs, running government efficiently and building a great American city. To read his speech, click here. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray presented a $324 million spending plan …

KU rate case public meeting April 13; commission to take comments in Lexington

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a public meetings in Lexington next Monday to present information and receive comments on the request by the Kentucky Utilities Co. for a rate increase. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 13, …

Beshear issues line item veto to ‘protect strapped state programs from deep cuts’

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Citing the need to “protect strapped state programs from deep cuts late in the budget year,” Gov. Steve Beshear issued a line item veto for House Bill 510.   A press release from the governor’s office said the veto is …

James Brown named to replace Chris Ford
as councilmember of Lexington’s 1st District

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray today named James Brown, president of the Radcliffe-Marlboro Neighborhood Association, the new councilmember for the 1st District.   “I am excited and honored by Mayor Gray’s appointment to serve our city,” Brown said. “I’m committed to …

Auditor to hold public meetings to discuss his findings on financial status of rural hospitals

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Kentucky Health News   State Auditor Adam Edelen will hold three public meetings in rural communities to discuss the findings of his special report about the financial health of rural hospitals (see KyForward story here).   The meetings will be …

Projects that protect water resources in Kentucky available for federal grant funds

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Grant funds are available for projects designed to help clean polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater and for projects that protect water resources throughout Kentucky. Funds aid in watershed restoration projects and watershed plan development as well as other projects …

Emergency grants available to 28 counties
for flood-related solid waste cleanup

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet today announced that up to $560,000 is available in emergency grants to help 28 flood-damaged counties clean up solid waste generated by recent floodwaters caused by last month’s winter storm.   The total grant …

New law expected to protect tobacco revenue; ‘All in all, it’s a step in the right direction’

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A new law aimed at protecting Kentucky’s tobacco settlement funds has been reviewed by a legislative oversight committee.   House Bill 512 includes four key “fixes” to protect the state, should its role in a 1998 national master tobacco settlement …