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The Fayette County Health Department is preparing for a lengthy mosquito season. A demonstration Wednesday at Lexington’s historic McConnell Springs focused on revised control techniques.

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Students, teachers, and staff at a Lexington high school are mourning the sudden unexplained death of a student athlete. Star Ifeacho died shortly after coming off the basketball court at Dunbar High School Wednesday.

 

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Fayette County health officials are reporting two cases of mumps in the Lexington area.  These are the first confirmed cases of the viral disease this year.  

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says there are more people employed in the bluegrass city than at any time in the city’s history. That was one of several points made during the mayor’s annual “State of the City” speech before government, business, education, and other civic leaders.

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A new report says Kentucky's population is expected to increase more than 10 percent between 2015 and 2040, with Jefferson and Fayette counties projected to remain the most populous.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court plans to convene next week to hear oral arguments in six cases including one about free speech.

A statement from the high court says justices will hear a case out of Fayette County asking them to decide whether an ordinance that bans begging and soliciting on public streets is a violation of free speech.

Justices will also hear cases out of Hardin, Jefferson, McCracken and Rockcastle counties that deal with a variety of issues including questions about medical malpractice and imminent domain.

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a confirmed West Nile virus case in the Lexington area. Health officials remind central Kentuckians complications from West Nile are rare.


 

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Gov. Matt Bevin is calling on Kentucky lawmakers to pass charter school legislation next year. Charters operate independently of many public school regulations, but receive taxpayer funding. They can be shut down if they don’t meet certain academic requirements.

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The Republican Party of Kentucky says state Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention next week. 

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The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Commonwealth.  Deadlines for voter registration are also today in Tennessee and tomorrow in Illinois. In Kentucky, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins  says applications sent via mail must be postmarked Monday. 

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