Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By U.S. Supreme Court

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for a stay Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied her application.As is often the case in such rejections, the decision came without comment: "The application for stay presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied."The court's one-line order did not mention whether any justices dissented.The request for a stay stems from a lawsuit...
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More than 43 percent of teens report being bullied online. That’s according to a recent study commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Council. Bullying, online and in-person, has been cited as a cause of teens becoming depressed and physically ill and missing school, even considering suicide.

On this week’s EST, bullying as a Commonwealth problem.

UK Releases Survey on Safety, Sex Assaults

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A campus-wide survey of safety at the University of Kentucky ranges from perceptions of safety to stalking to reporting of sexual assaults.  UK officials believe the Lexington school is among the first in the country to undertake a mandatory survey of these issues.  UK President Eli Capilouto says the findings indicate many students remain reluctant to report sexual assaults.  “Too many students, too many still believe that sexual assault is a shame and a scorn that they cannot share,” said Capilouto.

‘Topping Off’ Signals Progress on EKU Science Building

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It’s ceremonial, but also a sign of progress at a major construction site on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU celebrated Monday with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Last week we brought you some comments from listeners who stopped by to see us at two area festivals, namely the Woodland Art Fair and Crave Lexington. Here are some more comments from the weekends of August 15th and 16th and the 22nd and 23rd.    

Prep for Breeders’ Cup in Final Furlong at Keeneland

Aug 31, 2015

In less than two months, all eyes of the horse racing world will be on Lexington.  Preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Championships is entering the stretch drive at Keeneland race track.  Keeneland Vice President Vince Gabbert says auxiliary seating is being positioned around the historic facility.  “They’re upscale premium seating that we’ve got, that we brought in.  Much more like a golf course type setting with the tents and the Chalets that we’re using.  But, those are already being done and will be finalized in the next three weeks actually,” said Gabbert.

Council Considers New Site for Lexington Homeless Shelters

Aug 31, 2015
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Lexington’s Council has given “first reading” approval to a proposal to relocate the city’s services for the homeless. With final Council approval, by next summer, some night and day services could end up combined at one location.

Lexington Global Engagement Center to Serve Foreign-Born Residents

Aug 28, 2015
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Lexington officials unveiled the city's Global Engagement Center Friday. 

Global Lex is located on Versailles Road with a mission of fostering civic engagement, mutual understanding, economic development, and artistic diversity.

Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events.

As Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, this week marks the beginning of a series on Community Theaters. He says the project has been in the works for over a year. 

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Hundreds of Fayette County high school students received tips Thursday on how to respond if they witness bullying or are victims themselves. Suggestions came during an anti-bullying summit.

Short Street Facelift Precedes Breeders’ Cup Frenzy

Aug 27, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Downtown Lexington’s Short Street is featuring a new look.  The makeover comes in advance of October’s Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland.  Downtown Development Authority President Jeff Fugate says the changes make the area more pedestrian friendly.  “We’ve made it safer for the pedestrian,” said Fugate. “We’ve widened sidewalks, we’ve shortened the crosswalks so that, if you’ve got heels on or slow to get across the street it’s easier to get across the street to get where you want to be.”


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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia on Eastern Standard

African Americans were among the first settlers of Kentucky. Since then, they have played significant roles as builders, entrepreneurs, politicans, doctors, soldiers….and the list goes on and on. On this week’s show, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. We’ll meet the people who made it happen and learn some of the facts and stories in this nearly 600-page volume. Send your questions, comments or stories in advance to or call 859-622-1657...or call in...
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