Increase in Sewer Fees Proposed to Pay for EPA Mandates

Lexington proposing substantial sewer rate increases to pay for EPA mandates by Beth Musgrave, 2.22.15, Taking showers and flushing toilets might be more expensive in coming years. Lexington’s Urban County Council is considering a 12 percent increase in sewer rates this year and another 12 percent hike next year to help pay for more […]

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UK Hospital Expansion Approved by State

State approves University of Kentucky hospital expansion plan by Mary Meehan, 2.19.15, With the approval of state health officials, the University of Kentucky can begin a 120-bed expansion, the next step in a $1 billion construction project. The expansion project was approved Wednesday under the state’s certificate of need process, which requires the state […]

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KY Thoroughbred Breeder’s Incentive Fund Releases more than $10 million in Awards

$10 million in incentives awarded to Kentucky Thoroughbred breeders by Janet Patton, 2.18.15, The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund announced Wednesday that more than $10 million in awards will be distributed for 2014, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Horses registered with the fund won races in 32 states and four countries, capturing […]

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State House Panel Approves Funding for UK Research Building

House panel approves borrowing billions for teachers’ retirement fund, millions for UK project by Linda B. Blackford, 2.10.15, The House budget committee voted Tuesday to crack open Kentucky’s two-year budget and fund two major proposals: a $3.3 billion bond to shore up the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System and a $132.5 million bond to pay […]

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Council Considers Incentives for Downtown Development

Council looks at incentives to spur downtown development By Beth Musgrave, 2.10.15, The Urban County Council began discussions Tuesday on new design standards for downtown Lexington but took no vote. Instead, the council will return in April to further explore incentives for downtown development as part of the downtown design standards. Vice Mayor Steve […]

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Alltech Acquires Agricultural Carbon Footprint Assessment Firm

Alltech buys British firm aimed at improving carbon footprint of agriculture by Janet Patton, 2.9.15, Nicholasville-based global animal nutrition company Alltech announced Monday that it has bought a British company that helps farmers reduce their environmental impact. E-CO2 Project Limited provides on-farm environmental, carbon and water assessments for livestock and crops to help combat […]

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Council Begins Discussion on Development Standards for Downtown Lexington

Council to begin discussions on proposed development standards for downtown Lexington by Beth Musgrave, 2.8.15, The Urban County Council will begin discussions on new design standards for downtown Lexington redevelopment and construction Tuesday, nearly five years after new standards were proposed. Vice Mayor Steve Kay, chairman of the Design Excellence Task Force, told council […]

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City Working to Stabilize Former Bellini’s Building

Lexington code enforcement takes action to stabilize former Bellini’s building by Cheryl Truman, 2.5.15, Lexington’s code enforcement department has taken emergency action to stabilize 115 West Main Street, an Italianate building that housed the now-closed Bellini’s restaurant. The city spent $2,900 this week to board up broken windows that were a hazard to passersby, […]

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Lextran Receives Funding for Elective Buses

Lexington’s Lextran receives more than $6 million to buy 5 electric buses The Associated Press, 2.6.15, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Transit agencies in Kentucky’s two largest cities will receive funding for five battery-electric, zero-emission buses each as part of a U.S. Department of Transportation program. Senior adviser Carolyn Flowers of the department’s Federal Transit Administration […]

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City Turns Attention to Town Branch Commons Linear Park

With Rupp plans stalled, city turns attention to Town Branch Commons linear park by Beth Musgrave, 1.24.15, The row of asphalt parking lots behind the city’s government center and the Kentucky Theater along Vine Street provides parking but little else. In 100 years, no one will remember it, said Jeff Fugate, president of the […]

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