Pension Plan For Teachers Would Cost Taxpayers $4.4 Billion

Nov 10, 2017

An analysis of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the retirement system for public school teachers shows it would cost taxpayers an extra $4.4 billion over the next 20 years.

It’s the first official scoring of Bevin’s proposal, which he unveiled last month. A similar analysis will be completed for the retirement system that covers state workers.

The analysis by Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting shows taxpayers won’t see savings until 2034. By 2038, the state’s unfunded liability would be $11 billion instead of $9.6 billion under current law.

Former Kentucky Speaker Hospitalized Following Resignation

Nov 10, 2017

Kentucky’s former Republican House speaker has been hospitalized days after resigning his leadership position amid sexual harassment allegations.

Lexington Police

UPDATE Saturday 11/11/17 - 12:07 pm

Lexington Police have confirmed by Twitter that 17-year-Old Broghan Lorentz has been found safe in Knoxville, TN. 

They thank all who participated in the search. 

Original Friday post:

Lexington police and fire continue to search the Veterans Park area for a missing 17-year-old boy. 

As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, Brohgan Lorentz has been spotted twice since he went missing overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. 


It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

This week, they’re thinking about a bit of a merger between the arts and sports.


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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson is expected to undergo faculty evaluation early next year. 

Members of the executive committee for the school's faculty senate met Wednesday to discuss survey format and content. 


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The Lexington-Fayette government is joining 34 other Kentucky counties in suing close to two dozen wholesale drug distributors and manufacturers. 

Mayor Jim Gray announced the opioid-related federal lawsuit Thursday.


At a conference last year on the region’s opioid crisis, journalist Sam Quinones presented a call to action to Northern Kentucky University.

Quinones is author of the influential book on the opioid crisis, “Dreamland,” and a tireless speaker on the topic. At conferences and other events in the Ohio Valley he frequently makes a plea: create an addiction research hub among regional institutions affected by the epidemic.

NKU decided to give it a shot.

“We looked and saw who was doing any kind of research related to health,” Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Research and Outreach Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh said. “We sent an invitation for them to come to campus last December and to start to talking about opioid addiction and the possibility of forming a consortium.”


The Hopkinsville City Council passed a resolution this week stating the city’s support of separating the County Employees Retirement System from the state system.

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Eastern Kentucky University is considering freezing student tuition for a year.   Word of the proposal was announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday.


Brian Burkhart

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

On this week's show, we discuss the meaning of that declaration and its potential impact on Kentucky.


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Fifty-eight people died and over 500 were injured while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Twenty-six died when they were shot down while in church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 


Brian Burkhart

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

On this week's show, we discuss the meaning of that declaration and its potential impact on Kentucky.


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Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Troops must be fed in order to fight. But what happens when that army faces hunger after marching back home?  

Federal statistics show tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans struggle with homelessness, hunger and food insecurity.

As the holiday season approaches, a pilot program in the Ohio Valley aims to serve those who served their country.


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Roberto Gonzales and six other workers came from Nayarit, Mexico, to work on a Garrard County, Kentucky, tobacco farm using a guest worker program called the H-2A visa

The Department of Labor program guarantees a wage in Kentucky of $10.92 an hour. But Gonzales said the workers were only getting between $3 and $8 per hour. So they went on strike


The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Wednesday, 52 to 46, to narrowly confirm President Trump’s nominee to lead the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. 

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