Lexington http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Lawmakers Head To Little Rock For Southern Legislative Conference Meeting http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-head-little-rock-southern-legislative-conference-meeting <p>Tomorrow marks the start of the Southern Legislative Conference’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Ark. and Kentucky will be front and center.&nbsp;<br /><br />Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers is expected to be nominated chair-elect, setting the stage for the Manchester Republican to be nominated as chairman of the SLC in July 2015.&nbsp;<br /><br />The following summer, in July 2016, representatives from the Southern Legislative Conference’s 15 states will meet in Lexington. That event is expected to bring 1,200 guests and generate $2 million in economic impact.&nbsp;<br /><br />This year's conference continues through Wednesday in Little Rock.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:24:30 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 51635 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Head To Little Rock For Southern Legislative Conference Meeting Lexington Mayor Suspends Rupp Renovation http://wkyufm.org/post/lexington-mayor-suspends-rupp-renovation <p>Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended efforts to renovate the home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.<br /><br />The proposed $351 million project to renovate Rupp Arena and build a new convention center in downtown Lexington has languished for some time.<br /><br />Gray said Wednesday he suspended work on the project after UK withdrew its support for a proposed annual $10.7 million lease on Rupp, beginning in 2018. Gray said officials had designed the proposed renovation based on what the university said it needed.<br /><br />Gov. Steve Beshear said he still thinks the original project is what Lexington and the university need. The governor said he hopes UK will eventually be ready to move forward with the project.<br />&nbsp;<br />UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the university did not have any immediate comment.<br /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:43:38 +0000 Associated Press 49765 at http://wkyufm.org University of Kentucky Could Lift Ban on Alcohol By Fall Semester http://wkyufm.org/post/university-kentucky-could-lift-ban-alcohol-fall-semester <p>The University of Kentucky is set to allow alcohol on campus with specific guidelines yet to be determined.&nbsp;&nbsp; The announcement came this afternoon from UK President Eli Capilouto.&nbsp; UK has been an alcohol free campus for more than a decade.&nbsp;&nbsp; UK Student Government Association President Roshan Palli served on the Student Health and Safety Workgroup which compiled the report.</p><p>"We want our students on campus when they're engaging in social activities and when they're not, so we don't want alcohol to be an issue that we choose to force off our campus,” said Palli.&nbsp; “Exactly where, you know, that's a good question.&nbsp; I think that's definitely what the implementation committee gonna be having to explore."</p><p>Palli hopes the revised alcohol policy can be implemented by the beginning of the fall semester.&nbsp; The report also calls for extending the Code of Student Conduct beyond the campus boundaries.<br /> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:25:50 +0000 Stu Johnson (Kentucky Public Radio) 47111 at http://wkyufm.org University of Kentucky Could Lift Ban on Alcohol By Fall Semester Lexington Man Charged with Threatening Governor, Family http://wkyufm.org/post/lexington-man-charged-threatening-governor-family <p>A Kentucky man has been charged with threatening to kill Gov. Steve Beshear, his wife and their family in a series of Facebook postings.<br /><br />Federal agents say in court documents that they believe 22-year-old William Collin Bordt of Lexington also may have posted threats to a former employer and a politician in South Carolina.<br /><br />A criminal complaint filed federal court in Lexington says Kentucky State Police and federal agents arrested Bordt on Wednesday and charged him with using interstate communications to make threats.<br /><br />Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Romagnoli wrote in an affidavit that Bordt posted, "Your both dead if he doesn't step down" and other messages on the governor's Facebook page.<br />&nbsp;<br />Bordt's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.<br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:17:40 +0000 Associated Press 45100 at http://wkyufm.org Lexington Man Charged with Threatening Governor, Family Kentucky Healthcare Exchange Call Center Opens http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-healthcare-exchange-call-center-opens <p>A call center opens today with five-dozen agents on hand to answer questions about&nbsp; Kentucky’s new health care benefit&nbsp; exchange.&nbsp; Kentucky is ramping up its effort to ensure health coverage for more than 600,000 Kentucky residents.<br><br>“They are actually taking phone calls from folks that are calling in asking questions about connect,” said Kerri Banahan, director of the exchange office.&nbsp; “And through connect individuals will be able to apply for Medicaid as well as premium assistance which will help them pay for part of their premium amount with a private health insurance company.”<br><br>Banahan says some 70 calls came in Thursday, a day before the official launch of the call center. Open enrollment for the new insurance program begins in October.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:59:16 +0000 Stu Johnson 35649 at http://wkyufm.org Billboard about God Drawing Attention in Lexington http://wkyufm.org/post/billboard-about-god-drawing-attention-lexington <p>A new billboard in Lexington is creating a stir with its message. "Don't believe in God?" it asks. "Join the club." Then it has a website where people can go for more information. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:55:37 +0000 Associated Press 19423 at http://wkyufm.org Airport Grants Given to Wayne County, Lexington http://wkyufm.org/post/airport-grants-given-wayne-county-lexington <p><span>Gov. Steve Beshear says two Kentucky airports will receive more than $3 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to make needed improvements.</span> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:06:57 +0000 Associated Press 19106 at http://wkyufm.org High School Freshmen in Lexington to Get Anti-Bullying Primer http://wkyufm.org/post/high-school-freshmen-lexington-get-anti-bullying-primer <p>The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division is heading to Lexington to talk to hundreds of high school freshmen about bullying and harassment. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez is scheduled to give a speech and participate in a panel discussion for Fayette County freshmen on Wednesday. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:45:57 +0000 Associated Press 18260 at http://wkyufm.org Health Officials Say Spread of Stomach Ailment is Linked to Recent Basketball Tournament http://wkyufm.org/post/health-officials-say-spread-stomach-ailment-linked-recent-basketball-tournament <p>Health officials in Lexington say a stomach ailment has spread from last weekend&#39;s basketball tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. The Fayette County Health Department has received dozens of complaints about nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting from people who attended the event. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:39:05 +0000 Dan Modlin 7166 at http://wkyufm.org Health Officials Say Spread of Stomach Ailment is Linked to Recent Basketball Tournament