Stu Johnson

Lexington city council members spent close to three hours last night hearing citizen comments about a proposed plan to relocate city hall.  No vote was taken on the recommended move.

Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says the Richmond school’s graduation rate has improved, but is still not good enough.

Lexington Council Consider E-Scooter Ride Sharing

10 hours ago
lexingtonky.gov

Lexington city leaders are considering ways to incorporate pay per minute electric scooter ride sharing.  Such thin two wheeled slow speed scooters are not currently found in the bluegrass community.

Stu Johnson

A nationally known automotive consultant says the widespread use of autonomous vehicles is coming to the U.S.  Future predictions about driverless cars was a part of the first day for this year Kentucky AutoVision Conference.

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61 recruits from across the Commonwealth began their participation in a 25 week State Police Training Academy this week.  It comes on the heels of the retirement of 56 troopers in July.   Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders says that equaled the entire number who retired in all of 2017.

Wild Ginseng Harvest Ban Remains in Place

Aug 13, 2018
uky.edu

A ban on harvesting wild ginseng within Kentucky’s national forest remains in effect. 

Although not pertaining to private properties, U.S. Forest Service botanist David Taylor expects public forest land to be protected from ginseng cultivation at least over the next year.  He says it’s hard to say when the ban will be lifted. “We honestly don’t know right now.  We are working with the state department of agriculture and farmers to monitor ginseng populations.  The State Department of Agriculture’s been doing it for a while,” said Taylor.

kentucky.com

If the production and airing of political advertisements is any indication, political pundits might say the sixth congressional district race has generated a lot of attention for August.  Reports the central Kentucky contest between GOP incumbent Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath is being viewed with a national lens.

University of Kentucky Receives NCI Renewal

Aug 12, 2018
Stu Johnson

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has earned National Cancer Institute designation for another five years. 

Kentucky Firefighters Return from California

Aug 12, 2018
wkyt.com

40 firefighters are back in Kentucky following two weeks fighting woodland fires in California.  

Stu Johnson

University of Louisville Vice President for Health Affairs Greg Postel  envisions growing student populations as a key way to offset reductions in state funding.  

Postel offered his thoughts to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  Postel says increasing class sizes could be both physical and virtual. “Maybe half and half.  Probably close to half of the increase would be non traditional or on-line students, but students on campus as well.  We’re expecting to see increases in both,” said Postel.

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Jim Justice Continues To Owe Millions In Back Taxes

Aug 7, 2018
West Virginia Public Media

  After years of delinquency, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says his family company’s overdue taxes and fines in the state have been cleared. But Justice offered no information on millions owed in Kentucky and other states. Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.

West Virginia revenue officials say the debt obligations from Justice’s coal companies have been paid, including fines and taxes. Justice failed to say how much was owed and whether any of the amounts paid were reduced as part of negotiations.

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West Kentucky farmer Judy Wilson says her family is a bit of a sundry bunch.

“We love the farm, but we also love all the nature,” she said.

Wilson is driving down a back-country road that divides two fields, to the left is her soybean crop and to the right is 102 acres that she has placed in the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program, something her husband always wanted.

 

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An Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. The effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

A group of about 50 people gathered in a small building at the fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio, to share their thoughts on the region’s opioid crisis with local journalists.

 

Some have studied addiction for years. Others have only experienced it through a loved one. And some, like Washington County resident Jackson Patterson, have seen both sides of the epidemic.

 

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