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Joint Resolution 19 puts Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week in October

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Designating the third week of October as Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week, more than a dozen legislators and retired teachers turned out in Frankfort to witness or ceremonially sign the bill known as House Joint Resolution 19.   Gov. Steve …

Initial phase of Mountain Parkway expansion set to begin west of Magoffin Co.’s Salyersville

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More than 50 years after the Mountain Parkway opened, Gov. Steve Beshear and Eastern Kentucky leaders marked the beginning of the Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transformational construction project to improve mobility, safety and economic development in the Appalachian …

Virtual solar energy story map tours state projects as part of Energy Awareness month

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  In celebration of October as Energy Awareness month, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence has released the virtual solar energy story map. For those unfamiliar with a story map, a story map uses geography to present information …

Five state cities recognized as ‘Enterprise Cities’ by the Kentucky League of Cities

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  Five cities from across the Commonwealth have been recognized as Enterprise Cities award winners by the Kentucky League of Cities.   Since 1999, the awards have been given to municipalities that have demonstrated “entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local …

Newly created task force ready to tackle bullying in schools; first meeting scheduled

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The Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force will hold its first meeting Oct. 22, beginning its work to study bullying in schools and recommend practices and policies to help foster safer, harassment-free school environments.   The meeting will be at …

Candidates’ forum Oct. 30 part of domestic violence awareness efforts in Lexington area

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As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues in October, Lexington’s Domestic Violence Prevention Board continues to reach out to citizens and professionals.   A candidates’ forum on Thursday, Oct. 30, will focus on interpersonal and family violence. It will be held …

Traffic Report: Oct. 20-24
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:   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 continues …

Lexington third-graders drive 3 mph in newly revamped and reopened two-acre Safety City

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Third-graders from Mary Todd Elementary in Lexington happily took to the streets to christen the revitalized Safety City, a two-acre site on Red Mile Place designed for practical and experiential learning. …

Lexington Fire Department hopes to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day, needs your help

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  The Lexington Fire Department Firefighter Safety Initiative 2014 is this Sunday, Oct. 19. The campaign slogan this year is “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,” and the goal is to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day.   …

State commission for deaf, Lexington library partner to place first free videophone locally

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The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Lexington Public Library have partnered to offer a free public videophone access station for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. A public demonstration and reception will be …

Lexington gets 2016 legislative conference and a potential $2M boost to local economy

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  The city of Lexington has been selected to host the 70th annual Southern Legislative Conference, the nation’s largest regional meeting of state officials, in 2016. As a result, an estimated $2 million will be pumped into the local economy …

Kentucky Tonight appearance by McConnell, Grimes available for viewing on KET’s website

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  U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes appeared together on KET’s Kentucky Tonight hosted by Bill Goodman last night. The program represents the only platform in which both candidates will meet face to face …

Lexington’s Emergency Management office reminds about outdoor warning sirens

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After last Tuesday’s severe weather outbreak that affected much of Fayette County and Central Kentucky and the possibility of more severe weather this week, the Lexington Division of Emergency Management wants to remind residents about the purpose of the outdoor …

Lawmakers consider if ‘pedal while you drink’ should be legal in Kentucky for ‘party bikes’

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  State lawmakers were asked to amend a law to allow passengers to consume alcohol on human-powered four-wheeled bicycles, although the driver steering and braking couldn’t drink.   Often called “party bikes,” these 15-seat quadricycles have become popular in metropolitan …

Ground broken on Lexington senior center; 33,000-square-foot facility to open early 2016

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  Lexington’s senior citizens will have access to a wide range of social and recreational activities at a new senior center now under construction at Idle Hour Park.   “This center will be a vibrant space for Lexington seniors,” said …

State budget director says the General Fund receipts up a bit, but quarterly growth down

State Budget Director Jane Driskell reported that General Fund receipts rose 0.1 percent in September compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $920.6 million, compared to $920.1 million during September 2013. The General Fund has grown 1.1 …

Traffic Report: Oct. 13-17
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 continues …

Build-Ready program gets sites construction ready for companies coming to Kentucky

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The state’s Build-Ready program is helping communities attract companies to Kentucky with construction-ready sites instead of existing buildings.   All ground work at a Build-Ready site – including environmental work and grading — must be finished for a site to …

‘Avalanche’ of complaints about Time Warner prompting Lexington council vote tonight

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In response to an “avalanche” of customer complaints, Lexington City Council members will vote tonight on whether to deny Time Warner Cable’s request to transfer its cable television operations to another company following its merger with ComCast.   Time Warner …

Lawmakers say dispute over CVG airport board might require state legislative solution

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  A decades-old dispute over governance of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airport known as CVG landed in Frankfort this week when state lawmakers suggested legislation to change the airport board of director’s structure. This follows a report on accusations of board …