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The owners of 21c Museum Hotels are selling a majority interest in their company to the multinational AccorHotels group. 

AccorHotels announced Tuesday that it’s acquiring 85 percent of 21c from founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The purchase price is $51 million. 

Brown and Wilson established the flagship 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville in 2006. The company now operates eight properties in seven states, including one in Lexington, with three more in development.

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Kentucky’s first LGBTQ historical markers were unveiled Sunday in Lexington.

Stu Johnson

 

An early morning explosion at a Lexington UPS maintenance facility Wednesday sent eight people to the hospital and caused substantial damage to the building.  Authorities are working to pin down the cause of the blast.

Fayette County Exploring Safer Schools

Feb 23, 2018
Mary Meehan

Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk on has announced a community effort to insure Lexington schools are safe.

That includes exploring all options, although he didn’t endorse arming teachers, an effort floated in the General Assembly.

Penny Christian attend Caulk’s press conference as a representative of the PTA. She says most teachers, including her own daughter, are drawn to the profession because they want to help kids not to be armed guards.

Deal Keeps Cats At Rupp Through 2033

Feb 8, 2018
Kentucky.com

A deal signed today insures that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will be playing at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season.

The agreement was signed today by Lexington Center Corporation and university officials. It details that Big Blue Madness, Blue/White Games, some women’s basketball games and Winter and Spring Commencements will also be at the downtown arena.

Institute 193 Director Paul Brown

A non-profit arts organization in Lexington is one of 48 institutions in the country being awarded a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. According to director Paul Brown, it's the largest grant Institute 193 has ever received. 


Mary Meehan

A small gaggle of reporters points their microphones at reproductive rights activist Marcie Crim as she bluntly decries  the shrinking access to abortion in the region. Crim stands just a few feet from the open door of the office of Governor Matt Bevin near the Capitol rotunda. Crim and Bevin may be physically close in in this situation, but they could not be further apart on the issue.They personify the opposing poles of the decades-old debate surrounding abortion.

Bevin has been vocally supportive of legislative restrictions on abortion access such as longer waiting periods.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic.

Rainbow Crosswalks Will Stay, For Now

Dec 1, 2017
Kentucky.com

The future of Lexington’s vibrant rainbow crosswalks has been cloudy because of safety concerns. But city officials are looking into those claims.

The crosswalks added this summer were created to honor the LGBTQ community during Lexington's annual Pride Festival.

 


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With financial spending uncertainty ahead, the Lexington city council is considering setting aside more money in a contingency account.  One of the primary unknowns is how much the local government will need to spend following anticipated state pension reforms.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Bill O’Mara got council budget committee approval Tuesday for a $10 million budget stabilization reserve. 

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Lexington council members are being asked to consider signing on to the 'Charter for Compassion,' a document urging the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion.

A presentation on the charter is scheduled during Thursday’s council meeting.  


Changes in Store for Lexington Public Golf

Oct 11, 2017
kentuckytourism.com

Lexington government officials are implementing a number of changes in golf operations for its five public courses. 

The modifications are aimed at reducing an annual loss of about $1 million.


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A Lexington City Hall discussion this week on comprehensive planning got into a larger discussion about growth issues. 

Budget committee members reviewed goals and objectives in the proposed comprehensive plan. 


Lexington Code of Ordinances Under Review

Sep 5, 2017
dhbc.ky.gov

Lexington's council is in the midst of revising its code of ordinances in the areas of neglected housing and nuisances. 

Lexington Code Enforcement Director Ken Armstrong briefed the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee on changes last week.


Vice President is traveling to Kentucky Wednesday to help build support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Pence will meet with business owners in a private invitation-only event.

The Vice President’s visit follows Sunday’s rally in Northern Kentucky featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Lexington is considering a sister city relationship with a city in Spain.  

If a partnership with the Spanish city of Jerez is finalized, it would be the first in 14 years.


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Lexington’s Urban County Council is considering a new ordinance that would forbid people from walking in the medians of major streets or approaching cars at intersections.  That proposal comes after a February state Supreme Court decision that overturned the city’s ban on panhandling, saying it violated free speech protections.

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton tells us supporters of the proposal say it’s all about protecting pedestrians and motorists.  


Panhandling in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

May 2, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Have you noticed panhandlers at interstate exits and street corners?  Maybe in downtown Lexington or other communities?

 


After the State Supreme court ruling that struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance, the issue has had officials scrambling to find answers to this community problem, with meetings to address the issue taking place all month long.

On this week’s Eastern Standard: Panhandling in the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

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Students, teachers, and staff at a Lexington high school are mourning the sudden unexplained death of a student athlete.  15-year-old Star Ifeacho died shortly after coming off the basketball court at Dunbar High School Wednesday.

Basketball Coach Scott Chalk says Ifeacho had complained of being light-headed and was in the training room with the trainer when the medical issue occurred. The coach praised the trainer and other students for administering immediate care.  

Stu Johnson

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr received strong and outspoken reaction from a crowd packed itno the Lafayette High School auditorium Monday night.  Shouts of discontent came early and lasted throughout much of the hour and a half program.

The first very audible reaction erupted when the congressman commented that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. 

Lexington Officers Punished for Traffic Accidents

Apr 15, 2017
Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Two Lexington police officers are being punished for causing traffic accidents while on duty.

The Urban County Council ordered Officer Nathan Barks' to give up his police cruiser for two weeks and Officer Roman Sorrell received a 20-hour suspension without pay.              

                             

The Herald-Leader reports Barks has been involved in three recent at-fault collisions, two of them in December and a third in February. In one of the incidents, he backed into a utility pole and hit a guardrail in another.

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Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Lexington police officer.  The incident took place around 11:30 Tuesday night.    

An officer was investigating a suspicious car near a motel off Stanton Way off Newtown Pike, near I-75.  While doing so, he discharged his firearm, striking a 26-year-old suspect.  The subject was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The officer was not injured. 

Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has unveiled his $358 million budget for council consideration.  In his address Tuesday, the second-term mayor made it clear he considers public safety a top priority.  

NOTE: There's a link to the mayor's entire budget presentation at the bottom of this story page. 

Gun Violence in Lexington on Eastern Standard

Mar 29, 2017

In recent years, Lexington’s headlines have been filled with the results of gun violence.

On this week's Eastern Standard, we will be talking about gun violence, live from Lexington City Hall with Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard. We will also have Laura Hatfield, Executive Director of Partners for Youth on the show as trends show many gun-related homicides involve young adults.

Cheri Lawson

A Lexington mosque has been the target of a bomb threat.  As WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, the Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

At Lexington’s Masjid Bilal Mosque Tuesday afternoon, prayer leader or Imam, Shahied Rashid is chanting a call to prayer.  

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The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly approved legislation focused on reducing gang-related violence in the state.  

The bill makes recruitment of gang members a felony and defines a gang for criminal purposes as three or more people.  Current law sets the standard at five or more.  Louisville Assistant Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said last year 40 percent of a record number of homicides were under 26.  “Last year we had over 400 shootings.  We are losing so many lives in our community,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

 

Mary Meehan/Ohio Valley ReSource

Dona Wells walked through what’s left of the EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Boxes fill what use to be offices. Sterilized medical supplies are in disarray. A light flickers on and off in the back hallway. She doesn’t see a point in fixing it. At 75, she still runs 25 miles a week, but Wells is tired.

“I was going to retire anyway, probably this year,” she said. But I wanted to do it on my terms, not Gov. Bevin’s terms.”

 

Kentucky.com

Modifications to Lexington’s curfew law got a review by members of a council committee Tuesday.

Under current law in Lexington, minors are expected to be in by 11 p.m. during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends.  The draft ordinance changes the time from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. every day.


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Lexington city officials are keeping a close eye on tax revenues coming in to support local government.  Finance Commissioner Bill Omara  last week offered council committee members a six month update on the current fiscal year. 

 

He admits, despite low unemployment in the city, payroll withholdings, the urban county government’s largest source of revenue, are coming in sluggishly.

 

Kentucky.com

Kentucky's real estate market is at an all time high according to the state's association of realtors.

Following a record year in 2015, a new high mark for homes sold came in 2016. Total home sales were the highest ever at just over 52,000.  Kentucky Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Steve Stevens said an improving economy, lower unemployment, and cost of living contributed to the new record. 

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