Lexington

Regional
3:43 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lexington Mayor Suspends Rupp Renovation

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.

Regional
6:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

University of Kentucky Could Lift Ban on Alcohol By Fall Semester

The University of Kentucky campus in Lexington

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.

Regional
5:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Lexington Man Charged with Threatening Governor, Family

Gov. Steve Beshear

A Kentucky man has been charged with threatening to kill Gov. Steve Beshear, his wife and their family in a series of Facebook postings.

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.

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.

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.
 
Bordt's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

Health
11:59 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky Healthcare Exchange Call Center Opens

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. 

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Regional
12:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Billboard about God Drawing Attention in Lexington

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.

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Regional
9:06 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Airport Grants Given to Wayne County, Lexington

Gov. Steve Beshear says two Kentucky airports will receive more than $3 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to make needed improvements.

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Education
7:45 am
Wed August 29, 2012

High School Freshmen in Lexington to Get Anti-Bullying Primer

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.

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Stomach Ailment Spread at Basketball Tournament
9:39 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Health Officials Say Spread of Stomach Ailment is Linked to Recent Basketball Tournament

Spalding

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.

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