Sen. Rand Paul said he still opposes the GOP’s most recent attempt to repeal elements of the Affordable Care Act, despite changes to the legislation over the weekend.

Paul is one of two Republican senators who came out against an earlier version of the Graham-Cassidy bill, which was tweaked over the weekend to send more Medicaid dollars to states whose senators have voiced opposition to the measure.

Sofia Calleja is sitting in U of L’s Ekstrom Library on a Thursday afternoon. She’s reading a book on torts.

Calleja (pictured above) is from Lexington via Mexico City. She’s a first-year law student and working on a master’s degree in social work at the University of Louisville.

Susan Jack

Harvey. Irma. Maria.

The hurricane season’s super-charged storms have highlighted the importance of disaster planning, and the aftermath offers a fresh lesson in just how long and difficult recovery can be.

Communities in the Ohio Valley, some still recovering from flash floods themselves, are looking at ways to prepare for what emergency management professionals warn is an era of more frequent extreme weather.

It’s time, experts say, to get ready for the new normal.

“Night From Hell”

Statue Honors Former EKU Football Coach Roy Kidd

Sep 25, 2017
Stu Johnson

A bronze likeness of the man who helped create a football tradition at Eastern Kentucky University now overlooks the field in the stadium that bears his name. 

The statue of former EKU Coach Roy Kidd was unveiled Saturday.


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Sixth District Representative Andy Barr says Kentuckians and other Americans should be concerned about activities within the North Korean government. 

The Republican representative says those worries should be based on ten years of a U.S. policy of strategic patience toward the nation ruled by dictator Kim Jong-un. 


Lexington Leaders Assessing Rural Broadband Options

Sep 25, 2017
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Lexington government leaders are studying the best ways to extend high-speed broadband fiber connectivity in rural areas of Fayette County.

Council's Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee gave the issue attention last week. 


A listener posted on the web page a response to the comments we aired last week claiming that WEKU and NPR’s programing is, as he said, “as liberal and far left as you can get.”

“Smitty” wrote, “I'd repeat Stephen Colbert's witticism that ‘reality has a well-known liberal bias.’ "


In the wake of chaotic civil unrest across the country, a Kentucky lawmaker is filing a bill to keep protesters in the state from wearing masks or bringing weapons to public rallies.

A previous version would have exempted firearms from the weapons ban, but the bill has been revised.

Rep. Wesley Morgan, a Republican from Richmond, said he filed the legislation in response to reports of people wearing masks at protests around the country.

A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow Kentuckians to carry concealed firearms without a license.

The legislation would allow people aged 21 or older to carry concealed deadly weapons anywhere already allowed for license-holders.

Rep. Wesley Morgan, a Republican from Richmond and former agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he proposed the bill because he thinks it would bring state law more in line with the Second Amendment.

Rep. Andy Barr on Graham-Cassidy Health Bill

Sep 22, 2017
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The U.S. Senate could vote next week on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Although still a major question mark, proponents have argued the chance of passage for this bill is better compared to a previous GOP health reform measure that failed at the end of July.


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Susan Jack

Harvey. Irma. Maria.

The hurricane season’s super-charged storms have highlighted the importance of disaster planning, and the aftermath offers a fresh lesson in just how long and difficult recovery can be.

Communities in the Ohio Valley, some still recovering from flash floods themselves, are looking at ways to prepare for what emergency management professionals warn is an era of more frequent extreme weather.

It’s time, experts say, to get ready for the new normal.

“Night From Hell”

Mary Meehan

Edwin Hall is dressed in a footed onesie covered in the pastel shades of monkeys and hippos.

Although Edwin is just seven weeks old, he already tells his mom when he’s hungry with a sharp and persistent yelp.

Soon after he gets her attention, Edwin is practicing his sucking technique. His mom, Sarah, with the dazed look of the sleep deprived, talks with a La Leche League volunteer at the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department about some breast-feeding challenges.


MHSA

Lawmakers and union leaders are raising concerns about the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s practices amid an increase in coal fatalities.  


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