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Lexington will become the home of an affordable housing complex focused on meeting the needs of the medically vulnerable, including those with HIV.  A groundbreaking for Stonewall Terrace took place Tuesday. 

Jon Parker is the director of AVOL Kentucky, which has provided services to people with HIV for three decades. “We want Stonewall Terrace to be a place where people feel comfortable and where they can call home.  So, we’re going to create a stigma free, inclusive, supportive environment on this location.  Being neighborly will be the norm,” said Parker. 

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Lexington’s City Council has voted to set aside $2.5 million to help small businesses come through the coronavirus pandemic.  It represents the second time the city has funded an Economic Recovery Program.

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In Lexington Tuesday, community organization LPD Accountability hosted a gathering at the Fayette County Courthouse Plaza and streamed the verdict announcements in the trial of Derek Chauvin from a Minneapolis courtroom. 

A few minutes after 5 pm the group remained quiet after the former police officer was found guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. 

Reactions were a mix of relief and hesitancy.  

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President Biden and Vice President Harris plan to speak following the guilty verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. Watch it live here on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Governor Andy Beshear

Tuesday afternoon Governor Andy Beshear announced 609 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 438,147.

Governor Beshear also announced 13 new deaths, bringing that total to 6,360.

The positivity rate is at 3.44% as of Tuesday afternoon.

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The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. It is one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism even before the trial commenced.

The court will return to session between 4:30 and 5 p.m. ET for the reading of the verdict. The jury had been sequestered since Monday, following closing arguments. Watch it live here.

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Potentially freezing temperatures could cause some stress in the fields and yards the next few days.  A strong cold front is expected to put overnight temps Wednesday and Thursday near the freezing mark. 

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Being a refugee left without a home or a country by war or persecution is difficult enough. But the experience has now become all the more confusing and bewildering as we hear in Today’s Interview with WEKU’s Tom Martin…

Call to Mind

Rethinking Mental Health Care will present an honest critique of the nation’s mental health care shortcomings, while highlighting tangible solutions and models for improving access and quality of care.
Hour 1: Apr. 26 @ 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Hour 2: Apr. 27 @ 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Hour 3 on Classical: Apr. 30 @ 5 p.m.

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After sailing the Woodland Park pool for more than three decades, or, more precisely, anchored in the aquatics center, it’s come time to remove the pirate ship, the “USS Woodland.” 

Deputy Director of Enterprise for Lexington Parks and Recreation Michael Johnson said the piece of aquatic equipment is showing its age with rusted fastners and other deterioration.  Johnson said a replacement probably won’t come until next summer and it might not be a pirate ship. 

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The city of Lexington says a settlement with a major Kentucky utility regarding a proposed rate hike means a reduction in a future rate increase request. 

Lexington has agreed in principal to a settlement with Kentucky Utilities to cut a proposed rate hike by almost a third or just over $54 million annually. 

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged people to use the more than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as the trend of new infections skewed toward younger people. Beshear reported a dramatic difference in vaccination rates among age groups. People between ages 20 to 49 make up the majority of new COVID-19 cases, but have much lower vaccination rates than those 50 and older. 

Governor Andy Beshear

During Monday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 231 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 437,543.

Governor Beshear also announced 9 new deaths, bringing that total to 6,347.

The positivity rate is at 3.46% as of Monday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Monday’s update below.

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Apr 19, 2021

Earth Day Special: Reclaiming deforested, and abandoned mine sites in Eastern Kentucky. The history of deforestation - pending legislation to renew the Abandoned Mine Lands trust fund - efforts to reforest abandoned mine sites - a vision for one economic path forward that would revive a once thriving E. Kentucky industry: sheep production.

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An April tradition at the Kentucky Horse Park resumes this week.  After being canceled a year ago during the early stages of coronavirus in the Commonwealth, the Three Day Event equine competition returns to its central Kentucky home.

It hasn’t been an easy ride trying to see dressage, cross country, and show jumping contestants this April at the Horse Park.  A decision to cancel came in early February due to COVID concerns.  But, a grassroots fundraising effort brought new life to the event and it was re-scheduled without spectators. 

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Using waterlines to distribute broadband technology is considered part of the formula to wire-up more homes in central Kentucky. 

Bluegrass Area Development District Director David Duttlinger discussed that possibility during a briefing before a Lexington City Council committee last week.  Duttlinger said it was under review for the neighboring city of Cynthiana. 

 

Phyllis Gibbs wasn’t sure until recently that she’d be here, just a few moments away from receiving a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Do you feel sick today?”

“Nope,” Gibbs said to the receptionist.

“And you give consent for Pfizer to give you a shot today, correct?”

“Absolutely.”

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Kentucky’s oldest and largest wastewater treatment plant has plans to reuse the waste Louisville residents flush down the toilet thanks to a low-interest $97 million loan from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Scamming, in all of its forms, has certainly not taken a break during the coronavirus pandemic.  In fact, Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky said increased time on computers and phones may make people more vulnerable. 

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With a pause in the use of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Fayette County Health Department is moving fully to the Moderna product.  A renewed study of the J&J vaccine came amidst reports of rare blood clotting in six women. 

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In Central Appalachia an estimated 538,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and 853,393 acres of abandoned mine lands sit unreclaimed, often polluting the air and water, and presenting public safety threats.    

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Employees from more than one state cabinet are working to get Kentuckians re-enlisted for unemployment benefits.  The need for the reset came following a four-day shutdown to tighten the computerized system against more sophisticated fraudsters. 

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Coronavirus vaccination within the Lexington's homeless population has gone well, according to the director of Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. 

Polly Ruddick said the pause in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is not a major factor because many sheltered and unsheltered already got the Moderna product.  Ruddick noted follow-up for the second booster dose was not a big issue. 

Eastern Standard for April 15, 2021

Apr 15, 2021

Poet Tina Parker discusses her haunting collection, "Lock Her Up" about the horrors of a late 19th century "lunatic asylum" in Marion, Virginia |  Rae Garringer's Criminal Justice Series: County jails still overcrowded with state prison overflow | Lexington Commercial Properties broker/manager Bob Cole updates us on how offices are changing, innovating to accommodate a covid-altered world | Southland's Tahlsound Music Festival is back for the summer of '21...and it's live and in-person. A conversation with organizer Chris Smith.

 

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Today she lives a quiet life in Lexington, but it hasn’t always been that way for Dr. Deborah Alexander. As a U.S. Foreign Service Advisor, she was one of the first civilians to enter Afghanistan with US troops in early 2002. WEKU’s Tom Martin gets her thoughts on President Biden’s decision to bring to a full stop 20-years of U.S. military involvement in a war that has taken the lives of 23-hundred American troops and cost 2-trillion dollars.

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In a typical year, many Kentucky taxpayers would be scurrying to get their income tax returns off to the Internal Revenue Service Thursday.  But, as we all know, the last year has been anything but typical. 

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Election reform efforts to expand ballot access made little headway around the Ohio Valley, as only one state in the region made voting easier,according to a voting rights expert. 

Several state governments around the nation are making major changes to voting laws following the 2020 presidential election.  

Fayette County Public Schools

The search for a permanent schools’ superintendent for the state’s second largest school district is moving into a new stage.  A nationwide search is well underway. 

Longtime Lexington educator Marlene Helm stepped into the role as Fayette Schools Superintendent last December following the sudden death of Manny Caulk.  Board Chair Tyler Murphy says information from some 60 listening sessions continues to offer guidance in choosing a permanent superintendent. 

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Lexington is one step closer to becoming Kentucky’s third city to ban conversion therapy for minors.  The City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to move the ordinance forward for final consideration.

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President Biden is giving an address on plans to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America's involvement in its longest war. Watch his remarks live today at 2:15 p.m. below.

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