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Public hearing on proposed changes to State Plan for Independent Living set for Oct. 2

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The Statewide Independent Living Council and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will hold a public hearing from 1 – 3 p.m. on Oct. 2, concerning proposed changes to the State Plan for Independent Living. The public hearing will be …

Beshear: Kim Davis’ future in courts’ hands; ‘no legal authority’ to remove her from office

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As Rowan County Court Clerk Kim Davis continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples – despite a federal court injunction ordering her to – and the debate over her refusal escalates, Gov. Steve Beshear issued the following …

More than 5,000 claims started at Treasure Finders booth during Kentucky State Fair

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  A Louisville woman discovered an unclaimed insurance policy worth $4,000, while a young man from Fayette County found a $50 utility deposit refund that he’d forgotten about. Those are just two of the hundreds of stories behind claims started …

Lexington Police, participating in ‘Drive Sober’ campaign, report checkpoint results

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The Lexington Police Department is participating in the National “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. As part of this campaign, a safety checkpoint was conducted on West Main Street at Buchannan on Friday, Aug. 28 from 9:30 p.m. until …

Three more counties – Breathitt, Fleming, Perry – eligible for aid following July storms

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Three additional counties with damage as a result of July severe storms and flooding are now eligible to apply for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.   According to FEMA, Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties have been added …

Regular waste collection schedule changed for week of Labor Day; no pickup on Monday

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The Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7. Residents who normally receive Monday pick-up from the division will receive their collection service on Wednesday, Sept. 9. No collection …

New ad blames health care reform for hospital woes; hospitals say it’s only partly to blame

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  By Al Cross Special to KyForward   A new ad in the race for governor says “There’s a crisis in our hospitals” in Kentucky, and blames it entirely on the federal health care reform law. That is not true, …

Historians from 16 colleges not satisfied with decision on Davis statue, want it removed

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  Special to KyForward   Seventy-two historians from 16 Kentucky colleges and universities have signed a letter recommending removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol Rotunda. The missive is addressed to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and members of …

Officials celebrate state broadband project; government facilities among first to benefit

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      To celebrate the construction of the statewide KentuckyWired I-Way broadband network, Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, state and local officials, and citizens gathered at Hazard Community and Technical College yesterday to learn more about the project …

Lexington’s Global Lex center now open
to help meet needs of diverse community

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Bienvenidos… bienvenue… ようこそ… willkommen… مرحباً…   No matter the language, all are welcome at Global Lex, the city’s new Global Engagement Center now open at 1306 Versailles Road. The mission of Global Lex is to support and encourage civic engagement, …

GOP senator suggests expanding Kynect to other states to help fund Medicaid expansion

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By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   While the Republican nominee for governor says he would dismantle the state health-insurance exchange branded as Kynect, a GOP senator is talking about not only keeping it, but expanding it to other states …

Traffic Report: Aug. 31 – Sept. 4
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, Sept. 3, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Pavilion at …

Flags to be lowered to half-staff for Lexington Air Force officer who died in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear recognized the sacrifice of an Air Force officer from Kentucky who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. He will direct flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day …

Businessman Russ Hensley appointed to fill late Ed Lane’s seat for Urban County Council

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Mayor Jim Gray has appointed local businessman Russ Hensley the new Councilmember for the 12th District to fill the seat of the late Ed Lane.   “Since 2005, the voters of the 12th District have elected a businessman to represent …

Advancing Broadband event coming in preparation for statewide broadband highway

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  As Kentucky prepares to build a statewide broadband superhighway and Lexington continues its drive to be a gigabit city, Mayor Jim Gray is inviting local officials and technology experts from across the Commonwealth to a broadband conference, Sept. 15-18. …

Legislators seek assurance that Aetna will keep jobs in state after purchase of Humana

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  State legislators called Connecticut-based Aetna executives before them this week seeking a public assurance that the insurance giant still intends to keep jobs in Kentucky when it completes its $37 billion purchase of the Louisville-based Humana.   “I just …

Commission on Military Affairs awarded Department of Defense planning grant

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A Department of Defense agency has awarded a grant of $618,437 to the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs to study defense-related economic development opportunities in the state.   “Our Commission on Military Affairs, through its ongoing efforts and with the …

More than $520M in state funds needed to beef up teachers’ pension fund, board told

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The Kentucky Teachers Retirement System pension fund will need an additional $520.4 million in state contributions to be fully funded next fiscal year, a state pension oversight board heard today.   The $520.4 million is in addition to around $380 …

Traffic Report: Aug. 24 – Aug. 28
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, August 27, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the Fifth Third Pavilion at …

Tell Lexington what you want out of the aquatics centers at special town hall meetings

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As a part of the ongoing aquatics master plan process, Lexington Parks and Recreation has scheduled four town hall meetings at locations throughout Lexington. The goal is to gather input to help determine priorities for aquatic facilities. Light refreshments will …