Lexington Building Projects Raise Parking Concerns

14 hours ago
Wikipedia

Two high profile projects in downtown Lexington are impacting parking.  Work is underway on a convention center expansion while the Town Branch Park will also be developed in that same area.  Members of Main Street Baptist Church have been meeting with city officials for months about parking concerns. 

Weekly Arts Chat With Rich Copley

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Rich Copley and Wendy Barnett preview several events and discuss changes afoot at the Herald-Leader.


  

 Lexington city council members held a workshop yesterday to hear from an engineering group regarding the possibility of building a new city hall on top of the current transit center parking garage.  Poage Engineers  & Associates President Chris Kelly told council the building could support up to a 15- story structure above it. 



Houston Chronicle

A nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission played a part in the Trump administration’s plan to bail out struggling coal-fired power plants.  That nominee, Bernard McNamee faced tough questions Thursday from Senators during his confirmation hearing.

If confirmed, McNamee would join four other commissioners at FERC. The independent agency regulates the sale and transmission of electricity, as well as interstate oil and natural gas pipelines.

McNamee has a long history of working on energy issues, both in the private and public sectors.

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  The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state’s “right-to-work” law, a measure that bans unionized companies from requiring workers to pay union dues.

The Republican-controlled legislature passed the law last year, saying that it would make Kentucky more attractive to businesses looking to relocate to the state. Unions quickly sued to try and block the legislation.

In a 4-3 ruling, the high court rejected the challenge. Justice Laurance VanMeter wrote that “the legislature is permitted to set the economic policy for the Commonwealth.”

Old Dominion University

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team is in the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam Tournament.  EKU’S opening game comes against a top 20 opponent.

Eastern plays in the last of four games Friday, going up against number 12 Kansas State.  The Wildcats, at 2 and 0, are allowing only 48 points per game.  The Colonels scored 107 points earlier this week in an easy win over Midway University.  

Adkins Annouces Bid For Governor, Bevin Responds

Nov 15, 2018

Longtime Democratic state representative Rocky Adkins has announced he’s running for governor after hinting he would do so for months. Adkins is one of the last major Democratic figures from eastern Kentucky, a former stronghold for the party. 

Stu Johnson

The Lexington city council has taken the first step to contract with a New York organization to conduct an analysis of group violence. Council moved the contract with the National Network for Safe Communities onto the regular docket. Suggestions for reducing violence would also be offered. 

The 2018 KY General Assembly slashed state funding of the University Press of Kentucky. How has the Press fared? Tom Martin talks with its executive director, Leila Salisbury.

EKU President Michael Benson speaks out in support of the Press.

State historian James Klotter discusses the 2nd edition of A New Kentucky History.

NPR's Angela Evancie reports on how Millennials are merging books and the internet.

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson discusses the influences of a childhood in the isolation of rural Eastern Kentucky.

Jacob Ryan

Business owner and political candidate Matt Bevin expressed disdain for OSHA regulations. Then, he became governor of Kentucky.


Read this story, part of the series Fatal Flaws, an investigation by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Ohio Valley ReSource, and The Center for Public Integrity.

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Houston Chronicle

A nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission played a part in the Trump administration’s plan to bail out struggling coal-fired power plants.  That nominee, Bernard McNamee faced tough questions Thursday from Senators during his confirmation hearing.

If confirmed, McNamee would join four other commissioners at FERC. The independent agency regulates the sale and transmission of electricity, as well as interstate oil and natural gas pipelines.

McNamee has a long history of working on energy issues, both in the private and public sectors.

Jacob Ryan

Business owner and political candidate Matt Bevin expressed disdain for OSHA regulations. Then, he became governor of Kentucky.


Read this story, part of the series Fatal Flaws, an investigation by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Ohio Valley ReSource, and The Center for Public Integrity.

Recanvass in six Kentucky House districts

Nov 14, 2018
Wendy Barnett

County officials will review election results in six Kentucky House districts that were narrowly decided on Election Day. 

Republicans won 59 seats in the House last week, while Democrats won 35. 

Candidates in six races have requested a check of vote totals—known as a “recanvass”. 

A recanvass is being held Thursday in District 27, which covers Meade County and a portion of Hardin County. Republican Nancy Tate leads Democrat Jeff Greer in that race by six votes.

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