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Westrom, others passionate about statewide smoking ban; want it to be a priority in 2015

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By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   While the advocates of a statewide smoking ban might have been “preaching to the choir,” as one put it during a legislative committee meeting last week, they heard a passionate call to go …

Ky. Public Service Commission approves order, sheds light on solar power project

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  The sun’s coming up on solar energy use in Kentucky.   The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved the construction of the state’s first major solar-powered electric generating facility.   The PSC authorized Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas …

Mark Barnard named Lexington Police chief; 28-year veteran of force begins duties Jan. 12

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Mark Barnard will be Lexington’s next police chief, Mayor Jim Gray announced today.   Barnard, now assistant chief, is a 28-year veteran of the force who has worked his way up in the division through numerous assignments. He replaces Ronnie …

Legislative leaders, top local officials backing measure to permit temporary sales taxes

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  House Speaker Greg Stumbo and House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson joined with House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Daviess County Judge/Executive Al Mattingly to announce that the local-option sales tax …

Traffic Report: Dec. 22-26
A road work heads up for the week

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  MAJOR TRAFFIC IMPACT   North Upper Street will be CLOSED between West Short Street and West Main Street 24 hours a day and traffic will be detoured to North Martin Luther King Boulevard through April 5, 2014, for material …

Official swearing-in ceremonies for mayor, council members scheduled for Jan. 4

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Mayor Jim Gray, Vice Mayor Steve Kay and new and returning members of the Urban County Council will be sworn in at a public ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4, downtown at the Bluegrass Ballroom, located in Lexington Center. …

Program to provide funding for coal area college students expands to 34 counties

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Two-and-a-half years after creating a pilot scholarship program to help college students in eastern Kentucky complete their bachelor’s degree close to home, Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 2, legislation that permanently extends the scholarship program to all coal counties. …

LexCall 311 mobile app for better citizen communication upgraded and improved

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced that the LexCall 311 mobile phone app, which makes it easier for citizens to interact with local government, is now available as a free download.   “The new LexCall 311 app is a quick and …

Kentucky Treasure Finders: You don’t have
to be named Kringle to find some jingle

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If you’re a “Santa” or a “Claus” with some “Holly” or a “Wreath” in your name, or if you’re an “Elf” or a “Merry” with “Sleighs” and “Deer,” there may be some unclaimed property being held for you at the …

State Energy and Environment Cabinet awards funding to clean up 102 illegal dumps

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The state Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has announced that $876,730 in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 102 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth.   The following counties received grants: …

Two Lexington jail commanders become first women in state to earn national certification

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Two Lexington Division of Community Corrections captains have become first female jail commanders in Kentucky to earn national designation from the American Jail Association.   Captain Lisa Farmer and Captain Tina Strange were certified by the authority of the American …

Bill Straub: Don’t be surprised if Rand Paul, a modern Taft Republican, is last man standing

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WASHINGTON – And they’re off.   With the Nov. 4 election little more than a speck in the rearview mirror and the 2016 face-off still so many miles down the road that the destination has yet to appear on GPS, …

State’s spending of tobacco settlement funds
on prevention falls short of recommendations

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Kentucky Health News   Kentucky ranks 39th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report from a coalition of public health organizations.   Kentucky ranks sixth in high-school …

Neighborhood Visioning meeting scheduled for Armstrong Mill West Small Area Plan

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A Neighborhood Visioning meeting for the Armstrong Mill West Small Area Plan has been scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, and the public is encouraged to attend.   The study area includes a number of neighborhoods including Gainesway, River …

Traffic Report: Dec. 15-20
A road work heads up for the week

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  SPECIAL NOTES   The Division of Engineering has issued grading permits for the following locations for Dec. 28, 5-9: 4244 Wilson Lake Lane, 3832 Cayman Lane, 1985 Falling Leaves Lane, 2093 Falling Leaves Lane, 3708 Stolen Horse Trace, 1208 …

Regional approach to workforce development at risk as Fayette aims to create own district

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council unanimously approved a resolution to separate from the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Area to create its own workforce investment district separate from 16 other counties in the region.   …

General Fund growth in November a ‘positive sign’ of state’s improving economic conditions

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Kentucky General Fund receipts grew 12.8 percent in November, compared to last year, with total revenues for the month at $905.7 million, Budget Director Jane Driskell reported. That’s an increase of $102.8 million from November 2013.   “Sales and individual …

State Finance Authority approves incentives for 105-room Marriott project in Somerset

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  The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved incentives for a 105-room hotel development in Somerset.   Somerset Center Hotel plans to develop a Courtyard by Marriott adjacent to the Center for Rural Development. The $11.5 million project qualifies …

Scammers posing as city leaf collectors prompt another warning to Lexington citizens

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Officials from Lexington’s Division of Streets and Roads and Division of Police are warning citizens to beware of scammers posing as city leaf collectors.   This warning comes just days after Lexington police warned of Craigslist and other online scams …

Lawmakers consider promoting dual credit courses to up college enrollment, lower costs

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State legislators are considering a range of options to promote dual credit courses as a way to increase college enrollment while reducing the cost of a degree.   “We think dual credit is one of your major opportunities for economic …