Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader http://weku.fm en Layoffs at UK, None at EKU http://weku.fm/post/layoffs-uk-none-eku <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/05/2213578/university-of-kentucky-begins.html#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop">While layoffs are reportedly underway at the University of Kentucky</a>, cutbacks at Eastern Kentucky University should be less painful. &nbsp;<em>&ldquo;While we are not having lay-offs, in the sense that the University of Kentucky did, we are having on this campus a fairly significant reduction in the workforce,&rdquo; said EKU President Doug Whitlock.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:59:04 +0000 Charles Compton, WEKU & Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 27630 at http://weku.fm Layoffs at UK, None at EKU UPike Compromise in the Works http://weku.fm/post/upike-compromise-works <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/29/2089424/compromise-on-upike-proposal-in.html">A compromise on the contentious </a>issue of making the University of Pikeville a public school is being worked out behind the scenes of this year&#39;s General Assembly. The potential plan would use coal severance tax money that had been envisioned for UPike to fund a new financial aid program for aspiring students from coal-producing counties, Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell said Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:55:56 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 22411 at http://weku.fm Real Estate Company to Rebuild UK Housing http://weku.fm/post/real-estate-company-rebuild-uk-housing <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/14/1992955/uk-negotiates-with-real-estate.html">The University of Kentucky is negotiating with a Memphis-based real estate company </a>to take over its student housing by slowly rebuilding, then managing, all of UK&#39;s dorms. Education Realty Trust could spend as much as $500 million during the next several years to tear down and rebuild most of UK&#39;s existing housing, with 6,000 beds, and build facilities with an additional 3,000 beds. The private company then would control and manage all residential areas of campus. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:06:04 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 17982 at http://weku.fm Real Estate Company to Rebuild UK Housing Berea College Professor Apologizes for Tweet http://weku.fm/post/berea-college-professor-apologizes-tweet <p>A Berea College professor has apologized for a racially charged comment he made on Twitter earlier this week. Jason Cohen, an English professor, sent out a tweet that said, &quot;Given a student named TeQuilla, are my worst assumptions unavoidable? #s--tmystudentsmakemethink that at the end of the semester, I&#39;m right.&quot; Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:32:28 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 17654 at http://weku.fm Yum Brands Avoids State Taxes http://weku.fm/post/yum-brands-avoids-state-taxes <p>The Louisville-based parent of such companies as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell paid no net corporate income taxes to states over the past three years, even as it generated more than a billion dollars in profits for shareholders, according to a new report.&nbsp;Yum Brands is one of 68 companies nationwide that paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the past three years, according to &quot;Corporate Tax Dodging in the Fifty States, 2008-2010&quot; a report released Wednesday by economic justice advocacy groups. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:37:55 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 17632 at http://weku.fm Condition/Cost of UK Buildings Concern Trustees http://weku.fm/post/conditioncost-uk-buildings-concern-trustees <p><strong>The University of Kentucky&#39;s board of trustees </strong>spent two hours of its retreat Sunday morning touring campus buildings, and pretty soon afterward, a discussion of big ideas sharpened to one big and very expensive issue. &quot;What I learned is that we need three to four times the amount of money (for new construction) as I thought,&quot; said C.M. &quot;Bill&quot; Gatton. He later clarified that amount to about $3 billion. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:25:35 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 13563 at http://weku.fm Questions Follow LEX Motivation Seminar http://weku.fm/post/questions-follow-lex-motivation-seminar <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/29/1901562/seminar-at-rupp-leaves-some-questioning.html "><strong>When Elbert Ray showed up</strong></a> at the Get Motivated seminar in Rupp Arena on Wednesday, he expected his ticket to cost $1.95, the number he saw on the numerous ads leading up to the big event. But that $1.95 was for advance sale tickets only; as the smaller print said on those ads, it was $225 at the door. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:47:25 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 13371 at http://weku.fm Questions Follow LEX Motivation Seminar Mail Service Moved Out of Lex? http://weku.fm/post/mail-service-moved-out-lex <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/16/1883535/lexington-mail-processing-may.html "><strong>Roughly 184 jobs at Lexington&#39;s postal processing center</strong></a> on Nandino Boulevard could be in jeopardy as the U.S. Postal Service tries to pull itself back to financial health. Lexington is one of 250 processing centers nationwide, and one of seven in Kentucky that will be studied in the next three to four months to see whether it makes sense to consolidate services, according to an announcement Thursday from the U.S. Postal Service. More than 35,000 jobs across the country could be affected, with savings of $3.5 billion. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:55:12 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 12578 at http://weku.fm Friends of Coal Sponsor UK-UofL Game http://weku.fm/post/friends-coal-sponsor-uk-uofl-game <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/15/1882093/friends-of-coal-to-sponsor-saturdays.html">An offshoot of the Kentucky Coal</a> Association will be the &quot;signature sponsor&quot; of the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game on Saturday. Friends of Coal has paid $85,000 to sponsor three athletic events this year, Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett said. However, coal has turned into a highly controversial issue at UK. In addition to protests from students and professors, author Wendell Berry pulled his papers from the UK library system.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:14:08 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 12500 at http://weku.fm Flight 5191 Memorial Unveiled on Crash's 5th Anniversary http://weku.fm/post/flight-5191-memorial-unveiled-crashs-5th-anniversary <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/25/1856232/400-family-and-friends-of-flight.html">Five years after she buried her</a> brother, Terry Welch is coming back to Lexington to honor him again. Michael Ryan and 48 other people died on Aug. 27, 2006 when Comair Flight 5191 attempted to take off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport. At 10 a.m. Saturday, five years later to the day, a memorial sculpture in their honor will be unveiled at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:50:37 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 11220 at http://weku.fm Flight 5191 Memorial Unveiled on Crash's 5th Anniversary Sole Survivor will miss Memorial http://weku.fm/post/sole-survivor-will-miss-memorial <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/25/1856257/sole-survivor-of-flight-5191-wont.html">The sole survivor of Comair </a>Flight 5191 won&#39;t be attending an event on Saturday to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the plane crash, according to his mother. Honey Jackson said in a phone interview that her son, co-pilot James Polehinke, would not be in Lexington for the unveiling of a memorial sculpture in honor of the 49 people who died in the crash. &quot;He&#39;ll never be right, ever,&quot; she said. &quot;Nothing has changed, but that&#39;s all I can say.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:44:27 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 11219 at http://weku.fm Sole Survivor will miss Memorial Worries Over Rural Post Offices http://weku.fm/post/worries-over-rural-post-offices <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/01/1830273/rural-kentucky-towns-worry-about.html">For shrinking rural communities in</a> Kentucky, it&#39;s usually the local businesses that close first. Then the schools consolidate. And now, it seems, the local post offices in some of Kentucky&#39;s tiniest towns might be closing their doors. That&#39;s the plan, anyway, as the U.S. Postal Service considers shutting down 130 post offices across the state.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 14:52:16 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 9690 at http://weku.fm Worries Over Rural Post Offices Nunn's Plea Relieves Family and Friends http://weku.fm/post/nunns-plea-relieves-family-and-friends <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/29/1792532/family-friends-say-painful-trial.html">Friends and family of Amanda Ross expressed relief</a> Tuesday that in pleading guilty to Ross&#39;s murder, former lawmaker Steve Nunn had taken responsibility for his actions and spared everyone a long and painful trial. &quot;I hope this will bring some peace to Amanda&#39;s mother and family,&quot; said Terry McBrayer, a Frankfort lobbyist and a friend of the Ross family. &quot;At best, the trial would have been long and sordid. This might be the first day to start healing.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:37:57 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader & Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader 7543 at http://weku.fm Former UK President Becomes Professor http://weku.fm/post/former-uk-president-becomes-professor <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/29/1793002/lee-todd-will-be-paid-162000-a.html">When he steps down from his post Thursday</a>, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. will join UK&#39;s engineering faculty as a tenured professor with a salary of about $162,000 a year. But first, Todd will take a yearlong unpaid leave of absence. Instead of a salary, he will receive the retention bonus guaranteed in his contract for staying 10 years. It&#39;s worth $511,000, his base salary during his last year of work.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:14:13 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 7540 at http://weku.fm Former UK President Becomes Professor Former Alltech Worker Alleges Harassment http://weku.fm/post/former-alltech-worker-alleges-harassment <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/05/25/1751677/former-alltech-employee-alleges.html ">The former U.S. controller for</a> Nicholasville-based Alltech is suing the international animal feed company for sexual harassment, alleging she suffered three years of salacious emails, calls and assault by her former boss. The lawsuit says top officials at the company ignored the complaints of Amanda Jo Wester, who started at Alltech in 2007, about Eric Lanz, Alltech&#39;s director of the Americas at the time, and then retaliated against her. Wester recently resigned from the company, according to her attorney. Wed, 25 May 2011 15:40:15 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald Leader 4664 at http://weku.fm