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Traffic Report: Sept. 29-Oct. 3
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   Expect heavy traffic during the month of October on Versailles Road, Man o’ War Boulevard and New Circle Road for Keeneland’s Fall Meet, which opens …

Two elementary schools now Commonwealth Gardens where students can grow own food

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  Two Kentucky elementary schools – one in Jefferson County and the other in Ohio County – are launching school gardens this month.   First Lady Jane Beshear and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens joined others at Hartstern …

Legislators hear testimony about prisoner’s death, health care in correctional system

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James Embry had just three years left on a nine-year sentence for drug offenses when guards found the 57-year-old man who had been on a hunger strike unresponsive on the toilet in his isolation cell at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. …

‘We’re no longer dealing with slingshots’; police use of military-style weapons discussed

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The use of military-style equipment by police in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this summer was not a first in this country. In fact, many local police departments in the U.S. have equipment everything from assault rifles to armored vehicles, usually paid …

Bill Straub: Paul’s digs at Rogers unusual strategy for someone with eye on presidency

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Here’s a bit of advice: Don’t invite Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Rand Paul to the same dinner party, or BBQ, or picnic or any other sort of social event.   Rogers, the Somerset Republican who was rarely seen roaming …

Kentucky’s insurance industry gets clean
bill of health, commissioner tells lawmakers

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  Kentucky lawmakers received a report this week concerning the state of the insurance industry as it adjusts to the Affordable Care Act and increased fraud while trying to control costs.   “The insurance industry in Kentucky is healthy,” Department …

Lexington League of Women Voters hosts multiple candidate forums around town

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Lexington’s chapter of the League of Women Voters begins its candidate forums this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Central Public Library at 140 E. Main St.   The forums will run through Oct. 19 and focus on November …

New ideas, new partnerships emerge as SOAR groups share top ideas for Eastern Kentucky

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Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative have presented their top findings. And despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations:   • The need for cross-agency collaboration, especially …

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel to begin removing illegal signage on roadways

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The placement of advertising signs on Kentucky state highway right of way is against the law. These signs interfere with maintenance operations and can pose safety hazards for motorists. Despite this legal prohibition, an increasing number of improperly placed signs …

Lexington firefighter involved in hit-and-run is terminated; remains in detention center

Lexington Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason has terminated the probationary employment of Firefighter Jarad McCargo after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident this past Friday.   McCargo, 36, was still in the detention center this evening, held on charges of …

McConnell and Grimes to appear separately at two Commerce Lexington events in October

Commerce Lexington will offer its members and guests in October a chance to observe the most watched U.S. Senate race in history between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.   The pair will participate …

Kentucky lawmakers go into 2015 session in two parts in January through most of March

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The 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 6 and will last 30 legislative days.   As usual during an odd-numbered year, in which sessions are half as long as in even-numbered years, …

Traffic Report: Sept. 19-26
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   Expect heavy traffic in the areas near Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 27, for the University of Kentucky-Vanderbilt University football game, which begins at noon. …

Hall of Fame’s Larnelle Harris will headline governor’s mansion celebration in Frankfort

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  As part of the yearlong Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, the Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Inc. is hosting a gospel music event featuring several of the country’s top Christian music performers on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 12:30–5 p.m. on the …

A new Internet tool lets Kentucky patients access, store medical records, personal info

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The Kentucky Health Information Exchange unveiled Wednesday a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.   …

Bill Straub: Kentuckians’ aversion to Obama could be insurmountable burden for Grimes

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Kentucky businessman Bruce Lunsford told Barron’s magazine this week that he believes he would have defeated Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a hard-fought 2008 campaign if it weren’t for one overwhelming issue – Barack Obama.   Lunsford, a Kenton …

FCPS’ Shelton calls auditor’s report ‘deeply troubling,’ says district will take ‘bold action’

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In the wake of the release of a special examination by the Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, Fayette County Public Schools officials today said they welcomed news that no money is missing and there has been no criminal activity. At the …

UK horticulture professor works alongside the USDA to help farmers extend growing seasons

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  Seasonal high tunnels have emerged in the past few years as an important tool for farmers wanting to extend their growing seasons. Right now, thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA, a University of Kentucky professor is studying …

State auditor ends summer tour across state on rural hospitals, finances in Bowling Green

On Sept. 19 in Bowling Green, state Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen will hold the last of 11 public hearings, which have been held across Kentucky this summer, to talk about the financial health of rural hospitals.   These …

Engineers working on Mountain Parkway expansion want public input in Campton

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The public is invited to an informational meeting about the two alternatives for improving the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County. The meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at the Campton Elementary School at 166 Hwy. 2491 in …