A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups.  It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond.

The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption.  The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall. 

Greater numbers of citizens than usual are anticipated to take interest in this fall’s U.S. presidential debates.  A Central Kentucky political scientist isn’t sure how much the face-offs will affect voter decisions.

One of the people who helped shape public radio as we know it has written a new book about its origins. This week, we'll meet National Public Radio's first employee, Jack Mitchell.

The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants. 

The challengers include 27 state attorneys general. One in particular, West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, has positioned himself as the champion of fossil fuel interests fighting government regulation.

Focus On Business: Graham Rowles on KERI

23 hours ago

Americans of the baby boom generation, the so-called “silver tsunami,” born between 1946 and `64, are now turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and are entering what experts on aging refer to as The Third Age.” Today, Tom Martin discusses the implications with Graham Rowles (ROLLS), a professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and director of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative.​

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Observed

Sep 26, 2016

Monday marks the final week of this year’s ‘Turn the Town Teal’ ovarian cancer awareness month.  The teal green ribbons are positioned in downtown Lexington as well as on the University of Kentucky campus and certain businesses. 

We have a couple of calls from the comment line to share this week.  First up, Lee from Lexington.  It’s in reaction to our news story from last week, Concealed Carry Debated at First EKU Campus Safety Summit.

Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.  The aim remains to hit the 50 percent mark.

Radcliff Veterans Home Gearing Up for Opening

Sep 25, 2016

The new Radcliff Veterans Center is staffing up in preparation for admitting residents in the next few months.The long-term care center already has a waiting list of veterans who would like to move into the facility.

Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit.

Gov. Bevin Names New Lexington Chief Prosecutor

Sep 22, 2016

A veteran prosecutor in the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office will take over for retiring Ray Larson.  Governor Bevin appointed Lou Anna Red Corn to the chief prosecutor position Thursday.

Stu Johnson

Richmond police continue their investigation into an overnight downtown disturbance which resulted in alerts to Eastern Kentucky University students and staff.  Authorities believe ‘fired shots’ came after an altercation at a downtown bar.

Kentucky’s highest court says the state’s Republican governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

The 5-2 ruling by the state Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling that said Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to order public colleges and universities not to spend all of the money the state legislature gave them.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear appealed, arguing Bevin’s order was illegal. A majority of the court agreed on Thursday, saying Bevin does not have that authority.

Ten Counties Participate in Chemical Disaster Drill

Sep 21, 2016

Officials at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Wednesday, staged a simulated chemical accident.  It was part of the annual exercise which involved emergency response officials in ten Kentucky Counties.

The yearly exercise takes on added significance as preparations continue for neutralization of chemical agents stored at the Madison County army installation.  While disposal of nerve agent is not scheduled to start until 2020, work to destroy mustard agent is set to start next year. 

Bevin Joins Lawsuit Challenging New Overtime Pay Rule

Sep 21, 2016

Gov. Bevin has added Kentucky to a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government over a new rule that makes more people eligible to receive overtime pay.

Starting in December, the new policy will require employers to pay overtime to people who make up to $47,476 a year ($913 per week). Currently employers only have to pay overtime to people who make up to $23,660 a year.

Bevin opposes the rule, saying it would increase employment costs for the state and private employers.

Leaders Discuss Snow Plan During Hot September

Sep 21, 2016

The thermometer may still be reaching into the upper 80’s this week, but Lexington city officials are talking snow at city hall.  A council committee took a look at the city’s snow plan Tuesday.

Stu Johnson

A ribbon cutting ceremony at a Lexington park to recognize a road widening project and park improvement included praise for two women who played a big role in the green space arena.  Several speakers remarked on their behind-the-scenes influence.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

A credit card ‘skimmer’ has been removed from a Richmond service station.  It was discovered earlier this month during a routine inspection by workers with the State Department of Agriculture.

The discovery of the credit card skimmer potentially saved customers thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges which could have been made with data stolen through the use of this device.  

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Visits Kentucky Amid Heroin Surge

Sep 20, 2016

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned high school students about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse at an assembly in Richmond on Tuesday.

The visit was part of an Obama administration initiative to educate people about heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.

Lynch is the nation’s top law enforcement official, but she said the heroin and opioid problem isn’t just a law enforcement crisis, it’s a moral one.

Early Start for Flu Shots in Lexington

Sep 20, 2016

With Fayette County’s first confirmed flu case of the season in the books, the Lexington Health Department is offering flu shots ahead of the typical schedule.  

Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says vaccines will be administered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. this Wednesday.  He says this isn’t a time of year most people think about getting a flu shot.  “It’s almost 90 degrees outside here the last few days, so it’s not something you think of.  Flu is a fall and winter illness,” said Hall.  “But, it’s definitely here and it’s not too early to get a flu shot.”

Forum Focuses on Health as Economic Driver

Sep 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Health advocates are stressing the importance of a healthy community as a way to help spur on economic growth.  That connection was discussed at a health policy forum in Lexington Monday.

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues.  For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped to tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. 

Hinojosa will deliver the Hispanic Heritage Keynote Address as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series Thursday evening September 22 and is our guest for Eastern Standard that morning at 11:00.

Here’s a note we received from listener, Seth, “ At 10:00 pm, Friday you have "Overnight Jazz". Is there any way I could get a list of the artists from that?” 

What I wrote back to him is that 10:00 on Friday’s the show is “Jazz Night in America.” There is a link for it’s listings online at the NPR website at

Data Farming: How Big Data Is Revolutionizing Big Ag

Sep 19, 2016
Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

It’s harvest time and a semi full of corn just pulled onto the scales at Seven Springs Farm in Cadiz, Kentucky. On the scale, the analytics work begins: moisture content, weight, production rates, and more are all recorded.     

This is just one truck and many more will follow with much more to be stored and later sold for ethanol production. Just one of the farm’s bins can hold as many as 350,000 bushels, or 16.8 million pounds.

Guard Vacancies at Fayette Jail on Decline

Sep 19, 2016

Security guard vacancies at the Fayette County Jail could hover near single digits by the end of the year.  City council members got an update last week.

The Fayette County Detention Center, like many jails across the nation, is struggling to keep corrections officers.  Administrators say only certain people are cut out for security positions. 

Louisville Firm Unveiling Factory Messaging App

Sep 19, 2016

A Louisville-based software and solutions company is about to unveil a new piece of technology that could have implications for Kentucky automakers like Toyota and Ford.

IGear Director of Partner and Client Services Tony Fink says sensors capture everything on equipment in today’s factories.  To help deal with the deluge of data, Fink says “squeak” technology was developed. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  First on their agenda this weekend is tonight’s opening concert for the region’s premiere symphony orchestra. 

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has reviewed details about campus building projects totaling more than $2 billion. There were also lighter moments in his Thursday speech to Lexington Rotarians. 

Capilouto talked about how the historic construction on the Lexington campus has meant thousands of jobs and millions in state and local tax revenues. 

Hazard to Host First Regional Women Vets Conference

Sep 15, 2016

Female military veterans will gather in Hazard this fall for their first regional conference.  Seeking a meeting close to their homes the event will be held October 1st.

Kentucky Women Veterans Program Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles says she’s eager to meet more women veterans in eastern Kentucky, especially those who may feel isolated from a veterans community. 

The one day conference at the Hazard Community and Technical College will offer workshops on veterans’ benefits and services, which officials say women vets often don’t seek. 

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

Sep 15, 2016
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday.  Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week.