Health insurance costs have caused headaches for employers, both private and public. Now, they're giving a big headache to city officials in Lexington. The city has failed to collect enough money from its workers for health care. As a result, Lexington has lost tens of millions of dollars. The news comes at a bad time. Leaders at Lexington City Hall have just balanced their budget for next year. Now they must find their way out of a ten million dollar hole that they are digging this year.
On a day that marks the end of an era for the U-S Space program, students, staff, and interested onlookers at the University of Kentucky gathered to watch the launch. They were in a room designed to give them a feel for what’s happening at NASA. Just minutes before the final launch of the space shuttle in Florida, everyone jammed inside a simulator modeled after mission control in Houston. Senior Jason Rexroat offered some insight to prospective students, while other eyes focused on the simulator's television monitors and live coverage of a real space flight
Members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council have decided to let stand three budget vetoes by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Mayor Gray made three line item vetoes to the council approved budget. Only one veto was challenged by the council Thursday night. Members were asked to over-ride the mayor’s action and restore funding for more than 20 outside agencies.
Come this fall, a large percentage of Kentucky's Medicaid patients will enter a managed care program. Governor Steve Beshear hails the change as a major cost saver that ensures quality care The Governor says the statewide expansion of Medicaid managed care will save taxpayers more than a billion dollars over three years. Beshear announced the state has awarded three contracts to firms which will manage the care given thousands of Medicaid recipients.
Tonight’s (Thursday) the night Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council members may attempt to override budget vetoes issued by Mayor Jim Gray. The mayor line item vetoed three areas of the council approved budget, including funds for disc golf facilities and a half-dozen jobs in the city's communications office. The mayor also imposed a ten percent funding cut on some 26 outside agencies that provide city services. David Barberie (BAR-ber-ee) with the city’s law department, Tuesday explained to council members their options.
Kentucky’s first Nascar Sprint Cup Race isn’t until Saturday. But, the racing frenzy is being felt far ahead of the competition and far away from the northern Kentucky track.
It wasn’t the roar of the nascar vehicles that race car fans heard in the parking lot.. It was the sound of idling trucks that transport race cars as they waited Wednesday in a Lexington parking lot. Daytona, Florida native Ron Utter works on the cars and drives the truck which holds the Toyota driven by Tony Raines. Utter says actual race cars rarely leave their trucks…and are only seen at the track.
A poor review by Men's Health magazine has prompted a response by a member of Lexington's urban county council. The publication recently rated Lexington the nation’s most sedentary city. Council member Jay McChord suggests he, along with Lexington's mayor , the president of the University of Kentucky, and the Fayette County Schools Superintendent travel to Pennsylvania to meet with magazine representatives.
The fourth of July weekend is barely history and there’s already interest among some Lexington council members to change the city’s fireworks policy. Several Lexington area residents complained to city hall about fireworks activity in their neighborhoods. The new state law opened the nighttime skies to flying fireworks. Plus, the newly legal fireworks on the ground were quite a bit louder than usual. Council member Kevin Stinnett says he heard the blasts and got an earful from constituents.
A new era begins this week at the University of Kentucky. President Lee Todd, who served as UK president for a decade, has cleaned out his office and went into retirement.
Lee Todd brought his engineering background to the office of president at UK. Throughout his tenure Todd urged college researchers to branch out into the private sector and involve themselves in start-up firms. Todd also argued a key ingredient to such economic growth is graduating students with more proficiency in math and science. Todd says progress depends on training better math and science teachers who have with better classroom skills.
Lexington’s mayor has asked members of the urban county council to change their recently approved budget. The request came today (Friday) in a series of line-item vetoes.
Mayor Jim Gray vetoed three items in the new budget. Gray said no to the 400 thousand dollars the council wants to borrow for two new disc golf courses, lacrosse fields, improvements at the Charles Young community center, and a remodel of the Berry Hill pool. Another veto eliminates the jobs of seven people who work in government communications. And Gray's final veto reduced funding for outside agencies that provide services to the city by ten percent.
Lexington's Mayor has vetoed three items in the budget approved by the Urban County Council. Mayor Jim Gray's veto cut $400,000 in spending on disc golf, lacrosse, and other capital projects. Gray also vetoed the funding restored by the council for outside agencies that provide services to the city. The third veto, assuming it's not over-ridden by the council, means seven employees in government communications would lose their jobs.
For years, the outgoing president at the University of Kentucky has urged faculty to launch "start-up" businesses. Lee Todd believes those efforts are paying off. Todd says ‘seed money’ along with commercialization centers where new businesses are nurtured helped set the stage for start ups. Then, he says an angel network of investors has helped fund such firms. As a result, Todd says recent rankings put U-K first in creating start ups among similar schools.
The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a little louder and flashier than usual across Kentucky. The number of fireworks stands across the commonwealth is way up over last year.
State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says 420 people received permits to sell fireworks last year. This summer, that figure has ballooned to 776 permits. Swope says the vast majority of those permits are for seasonal sales through July seventh.
Governor Beshear says it’s difficult to reach any general observations or conclusions about a murder carried out by a former state lawmaker. Steve Nunn plead guilty Tuesday to the shooting death of his former fiancée Amanda Ross in September of 2009.
Not all of the timber in eastern Kentucky is good enough quality to be marketed commercially. But the lower quality wood is not going to waste. A Lexington based company is one of only 17 groups nationally selected for ‘wood to energy’ project funding.
Pesticide use in vegetable and fruit farming has been a common practice for decades. Likewise, medical research over the years, has resulted in safer ways to kill pests and disease. Still, health concerns persist.
Some nine months after Kentucky played host to a major international horse competition, comes a final report on its economic impact on the commonwealth. Now all eyes are looking forward for new opportunities.
Unless delinquent property taxes are paid soon, Fayette County will sell that debt to a third party. If those third party purchasers cannot collect those back taxes debt from property owners, then they may face foreclosure. Property taxes were due the end of December and a tax sale takes place July 22nd. County Clerk Land Records Manager Linda Potter says landowners face a higher bill if they wait until their tax bill gets into the hands of a third party buyer.
Three southeast Kentucky miners trapped 600 feet below the entrance to a Bell County coal mine have been rescued. They were brought to the surface last night by mine rescue teams. Parnell Witherspoon, Doug Warren, and Russell Asher became trapped shortly before seven a.m. Monday when water from a nearby box cut flooded the mine entrance. The three men were able to stay out of the water on a higher elevation point. They were taken to Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital for evaluation and to be reunited with their
It appears Lexington officials are willing to give the state less-restrictive fireworks law a try this summer. The new legislation allows for the sale of firecrackers and flying fireworks, which were previously illegal. In Louisville, officials are considering a local proposal which is more restrictive than state law.
Natural disasters are a way of life for Sherry Buresh (burr-ESH). The Director of the Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief program and hundreds of volunteers have had a very busy 2011. Sherry Buresh founded the disaster relief program in 2003 to assist victims of flash flooding in eastern Kentucky. Since then, they’ve offered assistance as far away as New York and in most of the 13 Appalachian states.
Thousands of people are in Wilmore for a weekend of worship, teaching, and music of many styles, all in God’s name. It’s the 42nd annual Ichthus Christian music festival. At an early morning worship service on the hillside near the Deep End stage, was 17 year old Chelsea Hallomen who made the trip from Louisville.
After a day of negotiation, members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council funded several city services eliminated in a budget proposed by Mayor Jim Gray. For instance, full funding was restored for 26 independent agencies that rely on the city for support. Council member George Meyers made the motion.
The plans laid out for transportation improvements in the Lexington area will be reviewed this month by federal officials. A evening meeting will give citizens a chance to weigh in on transportation issues. Proposals in two central Kentucky counties will be reviewed by federal transportation officials. Max Conyers, who’s with Lexington’s planning department, says the examination includes a look at pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transit traffic in Fayette and Jessamine counties. Conyers says officials will also gather input from residents.
Raising student achievement through new teaching methods is one of Kentucky's ongoing goals. It’s been on the minds of education activists with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Sarah Buhayar is the program manager of the Measures of Effective Teaching, which sponsored by the Gates Foundation. Buhayar, who's been working with the Prichard Committee, says much of their research focuses on student evaluation of teachers.