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POWER initiative targets state’s struggling coal communities, will award up to $38M


State and federal officials gathered in Lexington today to announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative, which will award up to $38 million in grants to coal communities to support economic and workforce development. The POWER …

Code for America web tools now available to increase citizens’ access to city information


The City of Lexington announced the launch of Citygram and the Lexington Housing Dashboard — two new web applications designed to make information more accessible and understandable to the public. Both web apps were developed as part of Lexington’s partnership …

Justice David A. Barber formally sworn in
as a Supreme Court justice of 7th district


  Justice David A. Barber was formally sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky today by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. Justice Barber was joined by his wife, children and grandchildren at the …

LFUCG hosts public input meeting April 7
for the Cardinal Valley Small Area Plan


A Neighborhood Public Input Meeting for the Cardinal Valley Small Area Plan has been scheduled from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. It is open to the public.   The study area includes a number of neighborhoods, such as …

Last-minute agreements on key legislation
close out 2015 General Assembly session


The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 session came to a close early this morning after Senate and House members reached an agreement on comprehensive anti-heroin legislation (see KyForward story here) and a measure to expand protective orders to include dating violence …

‘Balanced approach’ to counter state’s
heroin epidemic approved by legislature


State lawmakers reached a compromise on anti-heroin legislation that supporters said balanced the need for tough penalties for traffickers with treatment options for addicts.   “The people of Kentucky fighting for public safety and people fighting … addiction have been …

Funds will go toward ‘eliminating barriers’ that contribute to child hunger in Kentucky


  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Kentucky is one of just a few states that will be on the receiving end of $27 million worth of U.S. Department of Agriculture grants designated to help combat child hunger.   Agriculture …

New vehicle registration system saves time, money; process already in several counties


Some time- and cost-saving changes to Kentucky’s vehicle registration system are being implemented in county clerk offices across the state.   The vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Instead of clerk offices …

Justice David A. Barber to be formally sworn in as a Supreme Court justice March 23


Justice David A. Barber will be formally sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky at an investiture ceremony Monday, March 23, at the state Capitol in Frankfort.   Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. …

Traffic Report: March 20 – March 27
A road work heads up for the week


  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   Traffic in the downtown area could be congested this weekend for the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament. The tournament is being held …

SLC changes 2016 meeting in Lexington to avoid overlap with Republican Convention


The Southern Legislative Conference’s 70th annual meeting next year will be held in Lexington on July 9-13. That’s a week earlier than originally planned.   The date change was made to ensure that attendance isn’t affected by a potential overlap …

Proposal exempting Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup from state’s pari-mutuel tax signed into law


  Keeneland will be exempt from the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two days of the Breeders’ Cup Oct. 30 and 31, 2015, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday.   …

Lexington Division of Police warns citizens
of heavy traffic impacts March 17 – 22


Lexington Division of Police officials want to make citizens and drivers aware of three significant traffic impact events March 17-22, 2015.   1. Officer Burke Rhoads Procession   March 17, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Nicholasville Road will be …

Capitol Notes: Flurry of bills pass Senate
and House as 2015 session nears an end


  Lawmakers are now in a nine-day recess and will return to the Capitol for the final two days of the 2015 session on March 23 and 24. But before they adjourned last week, there was a flurry of activity. …

Traffic Report: March 13 – March 20
A road work heads up for the week


  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   Traffic in the downtown area is expected to be congested next week during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament. The tournament will …

State employees’ ideas expected to save Kentucky nearly $350,000 in first year


Thirty-eight state employees were recognized for their suggestions to improve the productivity and services offered by the state.   The employees’ ideas were submitted through the Kentucky Employee Suggestion System, and are expected to save the Commonwealth nearly $350,000 in …

Capitol Notes: Anti-heroin provisions pass; lawmakers crack down on gambling halls


  Sweeping changes to the treatment and prosecution of those involved in Kentucky’s heroin trade were unanimously approved by the House last night and returned to the Senate for consideration.   The Senate, which passed its own anti-heroin measure in …

Legislation to update state’s child booster seat requirements clears major hurdle in Senate


Efforts to make sure older children are properly secured while riding in a vehicle cleared a major hurdle this morning when the state Senate’s Transportation Committee unanimously approved his House Bill 315.   “I have worked to update our booster-seat …

Kentucky Public Service Commission to hold public meetings for KU and LG&E customers


The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings in Louisville and Lexington to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co.   “These meetings …

February general fund receipts increased 14.3 percent; road fund receipts down 9.1 percent


The Office of State Budget Director reported that February’s General Fund receipts rose 14.3 percent compared to February of last year, an increase of $82.8 million. Total revenues for the month were $661 million, compared to $578.2 million during February …