- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The city of Lexington is removing 78 dying ash trees.

The Lexington Herald Leader (https://bit.ly/1VRq3qw ) reports that the trees have been affected by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that feeds on and kills the trees.

The insects have killed hundreds of ash trees in Lexington and across the state.

City officials say the trees are being cut down to avoid a safety hazard. Contractors will be working for the next 30 days to remove the trees.

Officials also say the trees will be replaced.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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