Christian County is trying a unique approach to combat growing domestic violence issues. The Christian County attorney's office has a subdivision solely focused on working domestic violence cases. Attorney Tonya Fleming began her new job August first. Fleming says she hopes to help break the cycle of abuse.
"The biggest issue that I think we have in domestic violence is victims not realizing they are victims,” said Fleming. “It's the cycle of abuse and they keep going back to it. My biggest goal is to try to educate people and to know they can do better for themselves and they don't have to be in that environment."
Fleming is one of about 600 prosecutors meeting this week in Lexington for the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference.
Metcalfe County Attorney Barry Gilley says he's been practicing some form of law for 37 years. During his time in the legal profession, Gilley says he's also represented offenders. He says a lack of patience makes his job tougher today.
"It makes practicing law a lot more difficult, cause you're dealing with people who are on an emotional ride one way or the other anyway and then they have less patience and they're not taught patience anymore. You know we as a society don't teach patience," said Gilley.
Thursday's agenda includes a meeting of the Legislative Interim Committee on Judiciary.
Tomorrow marks the start of the Southern Legislative Conference’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Ark. and Kentucky will be front and center.
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.
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.
This year's conference continues through Wednesday in Little Rock.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended efforts to renovate the home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.
The proposed $351 million project to renovate Rupp Arena and build a new convention center in downtown Lexington has languished for some time.
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.
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.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the university did not have any immediate comment.
The University of Kentucky is set to allow alcohol on campus with specific guidelines yet to be determined. The announcement came this afternoon from UK President Eli Capilouto. UK has been an alcohol free campus for more than a decade. UK Student Government Association President Roshan Palli served on the Student Health and Safety Workgroup which compiled the report.
"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. “Exactly where, you know, that's a good question. I think that's definitely what the implementation committee gonna be having to explore."
Palli hopes the revised alcohol policy can be implemented by the beginning of the fall semester. The report also calls for extending the Code of Student Conduct beyond the campus boundaries.
A call center opens today with five-dozen agents on hand to answer questions about Kentucky’s new health care benefit exchange. Kentucky is ramping up its effort to ensure health coverage for more than 600,000 Kentucky residents.
“They are actually taking phone calls from folks that are calling in asking questions about connect,” said Kerri Banahan, director of the exchange office. “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.”
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.
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.
Health officials in Lexington say a stomach ailment has spread from last weekend'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.