Fifteen jobs at the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper will be cut. Four of the positions are currently vacant, and the paper reports that the cuts are necessary to overcome year after year of negative revenue. The jobs cuts will be in various departments, including advertising, news and operations. Some of the employees were offered voluntary severance… Continue reading Update: Fifteen Jobs Will Be Cut at Lexington Herald-Leader
by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A memorial group organizing a tribute to the victims of Comair Flight 5191 is making sure a special sculpture will have a lasting place in Lexington. In the wake of the August, 2006 plane crash that killed 49 people, hundreds of thousands of dollars poured in to help grieving… Continue reading Group Seeking Funds to Maintain Comair Flight 5191 Memorial
by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes across-the-board cuts and 28 layoffs. But one Urban County Council member says not all cuts are created equal. 10th District Councilman Doug Martin says each department should bear its fair share of the burden. “How is it… Continue reading Lexington Council Prepares to Review City Budget
by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has released a budget proposal that calls for $27 million in cuts. More than two dozen city jobs are on the chopping block and 214 vacant positions will go unfilled, leaving the number of people employed by the city at its lowest point since 1999.… Continue reading Lexington Budget Proposal Includes Layoffs, $27 Million in Cuts
Previous reports have indicated that existing CSX and RJ Corman railroads would be upgraded to accommodate passenger trains that would stop in Shelbyville and Frankfort. The new rail service could begin as early as October of 2012.
The mergers in Lexington and Louisville stripped the judge-executive offices of their power, and handed the duties to the mayor’s office. The Fayette County judge-executive has asked state lawmakers to amend the constitution and eliminate his position. But Jefferson County Judge-Executive Brian Matthews says the office should be modernized and empowered, not eliminated.
It would take an amendment to state constitution to eliminate the position, and Larson says he’s open to having the constitution changed to only eliminate the Fayette County Judge Executive, and not the Jefferson County office.
The mayors of Louisville and Lexington spoke together in Frankfort on Wednesday and called for Kentucky’s leaders in business and government to think big and think creatively about the future of the Commonwealth.
Recently, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced his plans to work with the Brookings Institution and the Lexington Government on a new financial plan for the city. A spokesperson for Fischer says there are no plans to involve the KLC in the project.
The Fairness Coalition has released the results of the first survey on the topic in six years. (PDF of the results) The poll, which the coalition commissioned, shows majority support for protections from discrimination in housing and employment and the extension of hospital visitation rights to LGBT partners.