Stu Johnson, WEKU http://weku.fm en Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project http://weku.fm/post/capilouto-letter-raises-new-concerns-about-rupp-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's </span>Rupp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena project. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the </span>Rupp/Convention<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Center project forward.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the letter dated May </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, UK President Eli </span>Capilouto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:52:29 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 59998 at http://weku.fm Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session http://weku.fm/post/lawmakers-return-frankfort-veto-session <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve&nbsp;Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies. &nbsp;Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:21:24 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 58192 at http://weku.fm Forest Fire Closes State Park http://weku.fm/post/forest-fire-closes-state-park <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and </span>Letcher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> counties. &nbsp; &nbsp;Local fire departments and about 50 Division of Forestry firefighters worked to contain the fire, which at one point covered about 465 acres including some state park property. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:15:24 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 58191 at http://weku.fm EKU Colonels Head Home As UK Wildcats Advance in NCAA Tourney http://weku.fm/post/eku-colonels-head-home-uk-wildcats-advance-ncaa-tourney <p>The University of Kentucky Wildcats are staying in St. Louis for the weekend for another game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.&nbsp; It took some doing, but UK held fast in beating Kansas State by seven.&nbsp; Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, brought a yeoman's effort against number-two-seeded Kansas before falling 80-69.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:28:34 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 57172 at http://weku.fm EKU Colonels Head Home As UK Wildcats Advance in NCAA Tourney Ky. House Committee Approves Day Care Radon Testing http://weku.fm/post/ky-house-committee-approves-day-care-radon-testing <p>Kentucky day care centers would be required to be tested for radon under legislation approved by a House committee.&nbsp; Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says Kentucky ranks in the top ten nationally when it comes to radon levels.&nbsp; “It’s a piece of legislation that requires where young children spend nine or ten hours a day, day care centers actually get a test from a licensed professional for radon which cause lung cancer,” said Riggs.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:25:39 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 56510 at http://weku.fm Ky. House Committee Approves Day Care Radon Testing Concealed Carry for Domestic Violence Victims Approved by Ky. House http://weku.fm/post/concealed-carry-domestic-violence-victims-approved-ky-house <p>Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday.&nbsp; If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:14:45 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 56256 at http://weku.fm Concealed Carry for Domestic Violence Victims Approved by Ky. House School Diabetes Bill Moving Forward http://weku.fm/post/school-diabetes-bill-moving-forward <p>Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor.&nbsp; There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure.&nbsp; Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:31:16 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 54687 at http://weku.fm School Diabetes Bill Moving Forward Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate State Treasurer http://weku.fm/post/proposed-constitutional-amendment-would-eliminate-state-treasurer <p>Legislation seeking to eliminate the state office of treasurer is making its way through the Kentucky Senate.&nbsp; The Senate State and Local Government Committee easily approved the measure Wednesday.&nbsp; Bill Sponsor Chris McDaniel says voter approval of the constitutional amendment would save taxpayers about two and a half million dollars each year.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:27:55 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54643 at http://weku.fm Displaced by Newtown Pike, Residents Could Return This Year http://weku.fm/post/displaced-newtown-pike-residents-could-return-year <div style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Arial Black,sans-serif">Construction moves forward on a road project that’s changing the face of a Lexington neighborhood.&nbsp; The Newtown Pike Extension Project is displacing many long-time residents of the Davis Bottom community.&nbsp; It’s a low-income neighborhood, but there’s a plan designed to preserve the community and provide its residents with better housing.&nbsp;</font></div><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:47:37 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54642 at http://weku.fm Displaced by Newtown Pike, Residents Could Return This Year Ky Senate Votes to Require Abortion Consultations http://weku.fm/post/ky-senate-votes-require-abortion-consultations <p>The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions.&nbsp; As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed.&nbsp; Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:33:35 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54641 at http://weku.fm Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education http://weku.fm/post/beshears-budget-includes-harsh-cuts-free-funds-education <p>Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development. &nbsp;The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:39:28 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54604 at http://weku.fm Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education Mayor Gray Calls for Local Tax Option in State of the City Address http://weku.fm/post/mayor-gray-calls-local-tax-option-state-city-address <p>Lexington’s mayor would like the city to have the ability to support specific projects with dedicated tax funds.&nbsp; This was one of many of items in Mayor Jim Gray’s state of the city address, delivered Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Lexington Forum.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:51:21 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 54601 at http://weku.fm Mayor Gray Calls for Local Tax Option in State of the City Address Newtown Pike Project Changes Neighborhood, Lives http://weku.fm/post/newtown-pike-project-changes-neighborhood-lives <p>(Part 1 of 2) - One of Lexington’s poorest neighborhoods is waiting for a newly developed neighborhood.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many homes were demolished to make room for a new road way…in return residents were promised better housing and a restored community.&nbsp; However, tired of waiting, many residents have moved on.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:15:51 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54600 at http://weku.fm Newtown Pike Project Changes Neighborhood, Lives Bright Skies, Moderate Temperatures Welcome MLK Day Marchers http://weku.fm/post/bright-skies-moderate-temperatures-welcome-mlk-day-marchers <p>Downtown Lexington is usually an active place on Martin Luther King Day.&nbsp; And so it was this 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;day of 2014.&nbsp; But, some participants in this year's annual march say more work is needed to further the efforts of the slain civil rights leader. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">While special Martin Luther King festivities occur at places like the children’s museum and historic Kentucky Theater, the march through downtown remains the city's highest profile event. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:31:25 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 54564 at http://weku.fm Bright Skies, Moderate Temperatures Welcome MLK Day Marchers Consumers Will Likely Pay Tax Increase Levied On Lexington Utilities http://weku.fm/post/consumers-will-likely-pay-tax-increase-levied-lexington-utilities <p>Beginning this fall, utility customers in Lexington can expect slightly higher bills.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For months, Lexington’s Council has wrestled over the best way to pay for street lights.&nbsp; Administrators say the property tax does not generate enough revenue for maintenance and new lights.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:21:01 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 48633 at http://weku.fm Consumers Will Likely Pay Tax Increase Levied On Lexington Utilities Keeping Meals Tasty, Healthy And Compliant With Federal Regulations http://weku.fm/post/keeping-meals-tasty-healthy-and-compliant-federal-regulations <p>Whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables have long been recommended for preschoolers.&nbsp;Those recommendations could become a mandate over the next year.&nbsp; Organizations, like Head Start, that participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program are already preparing. Cindy Willmarth led a training session at Eastern Kentucky University.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:11:44 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 48363 at http://weku.fm Keeping Meals Tasty, Healthy And Compliant With Federal Regulations Saying They Can't Stop, Many Drivers Know Texting Is Unhealthy http://weku.fm/post/saying-they-cant-stop-many-drivers-know-texting-unhealthy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Regardless of age, Kentuckians seem willing to accept tougher penalties for people who both text and drive.&nbsp; The state Wednesday made it easier to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Current state law prohibits sending text messages by a vehicle’s operator. This week, through executive order, the Governor made the revocation of a driver’s license easier.&nbsp; If they get enough points, the license is revoked. Lexington’s Curtis Gentry agrees with a stiffer approach.</span></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:06:28 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 48362 at http://weku.fm Saying They Can't Stop, Many Drivers Know Texting Is Unhealthy Eastern Kentucky University's Changing Workforce http://weku.fm/post/eastern-kentucky-universitys-changing-workforce <p>Come July first, the Eastern Kentucky University workforce picture takes on a new look.&nbsp; The Richmond school has been undergoing restructuring as part of work by the Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force.&nbsp; 127 employees at Eastern are taking a voluntary buy out package.&nbsp; Their last day at E-K-U will be June 28<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Human Resources Director Gary Barksdale says it’s unclear now how many ‘forced layoffs’ might occur. Fri, 24 May 2013 02:27:28 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 44704 at http://weku.fm Eastern Kentucky University's Changing Workforce Lexington Council Gives Preliminary OK for Food Trucks http://weku.fm/post/lexington-council-gives-preliminary-ok-food-trucks <p></p><p>Lexington’s City Council has given initial approval for food trucks to conduct business on certain public streets.&nbsp; The matter was debated at length during this afternoon’s work session at city hall.&nbsp; In the end the count was 13 yes votes, one no vote, and one abstention.&nbsp; Now the matter will go on the council docket for a formal vote.&nbsp; If given final approval, food trucks could be found during the day in specific zones by the first part of June.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:35:43 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 44583 at http://weku.fm State Ag Commissioner Holds Out Hope for Hemp http://weku.fm/post/state-ag-commissioner-holds-out-hope-hemp <p> Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hope of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate. &nbsp;&nbsp;Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.&nbsp; Comer says the federal farm bill has a long way to go before it gets passed, and a lot of things will be added and taken out in the next few months Tue, 21 May 2013 17:20:38 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu 44571 at http://weku.fm State Ag Commissioner Holds Out Hope for Hemp Bluegrass Red Cross Vehicle Heading to Oklahoma http://weku.fm/post/bluegrass-red-cross-vehicle-heading-oklahoma <p>Two Central Kentucky Red Cross volunteers are heading out today to Oklahoma to assist in tornado relief work.&nbsp;&nbsp; Recovery efforts are continuing today in the town of Moore where many of the casualties are children.&nbsp; Red Cross Spokesman Winn Stephens says the two volunteers are taking a Red Cross emergency response vehicle to the tornado site.&nbsp; Russ Hoff of Lexington and Ramona Hibbard of Manchester are traveling to Oklahoma with the Red Cross vehicle.&nbsp; Stephens says the two are expected to be there for ten days to two weeks.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:22:35 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu 44563 at http://weku.fm Obama Visit Complicates EKU Commencement http://weku.fm/post/obama-visit-complicates-eku-commencement <p></p><p>Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady.&nbsp; Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "<em style="line-height: 1.5;">You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” said </span>EKU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spokesman Marc </span>Whitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:35:04 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 44019 at http://weku.fm Obama Visit Complicates EKU Commencement Kentucky Businesses Prep for Healthcare Reforms http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-businesses-prep-healthcare-reforms <p>Kentucky businesses, both large and small, are running out of time to prepare for new federal health care regulations.&nbsp; In just over seven months, the so called ‘pay or play’ provision kicks in.&nbsp; Starting next year, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide health insurance coverage or risk penalties.&nbsp; Kentucky health care lawyer Vicki Yates Brown says such a policy may not result in immediate employee reductions.&nbsp; But, she says it could impact future hiring. Thu, 09 May 2013 18:26:17 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 43933 at http://weku.fm Lexington Food Truck Debate Goes On http://weku.fm/post/lexington-food-truck-debate-goes <p>By early summer, an increased number of food trucks could be noticeable in downtown Lexington.&nbsp; But, their impact on the food scene remains uncertain.&nbsp; After much wrangling, a panel created by the city last week made recommendations.&nbsp; For the first time, they would allow food trucks in some metered parking spots during&nbsp;dayight.&nbsp; After&nbsp;ten p-m until three in the morning, the vendors could set up shop in any downtown, public metered area.&nbsp; There are other restrictions.&nbsp; The food trucks couldn’t operate&nbsp;within 100 feet of a residential area, and could occupy not more than half of the available metered spots. Mon, 06 May 2013 17:35:36 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson 43763 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Bred Horses Continue to Make a Run http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-bred-horses-continue-make-run <p>The Kentucky Derby victory by&nbsp; ‘Orb’ represents yet another feather in the Commonwealth’s horse breeding hat.&nbsp; The central Kentucky Thoroughbred, which ran down several horses in the stretch at Churchill Downs, is expected to compete in the Preakness on May 18<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Switzer says Bluegrass bred horses are on quite a run.<em>&nbsp; “The past 22 triple crown races have been won by a Kentucky bred.&nbsp; It was 21 going into Saturday and Orb being a Kentucky bred made it 22.&nbsp; We are hoping for 23 and 24 with this horse coming up yet,” said Switzer.</em> Mon, 06 May 2013 17:31:29 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & stu 43762 at http://weku.fm Ag's Impact on Environment Under Study http://weku.fm/post/ags-impact-environment-under-study <p>Even locally-grown and organic produce impact the environment.&nbsp; Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working up a method for measuring those impacts.&nbsp; U-K Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist Lee Meyer says they want to fully understand farming’s impact on the quality of air, soil and water quality. Mon, 06 May 2013 10:59:10 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & st 43740 at http://weku.fm Lexus Production Coming to Georgetown http://weku.fm/post/lexus-production-coming-georgetown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the United States and it will be made at the Georgetown Toyota plant.&nbsp; The formal announcement came this morning from officials in New York and Scott County.&nbsp; Governor </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it means 750 new Kentucky jobs at Toyota. &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">“We realize the care and the pride that you take in that vehicle and that it requires the utmost in a skilled workforce, not to mention top quality components.&nbsp; Your confidence in the quality of Kentucky’s workers, especially our team here in Georgetown is appreciated and well placed,” said Beshear.</em></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:53:18 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 42973 at http://weku.fm Lexus Production Coming to Georgetown Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Documentary Airing Monday http://weku.fm/post/mary-todd-lincoln-subject-documentary-airing-monday <p>Her personality, the times and her background gave <a href="http://firstladies.c-span.org/FirstLady/18/Mary-Lincoln.aspx" target="_blank">Mary Todd Lincoln</a> a place in history and made her one of the more controversial first ladies to occupy the White House.&nbsp; The Lexington native is the <a href="http://www.c-span.org/" target="_blank">subject of a documentary airing Monday on C-Span</a>.&nbsp; Producer Mark Farkas says his documentary fills gaps left by Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film “Lincoln.”&nbsp; Reporter Stu Johnson spoke with Farkas. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Charles Compton, WEKU 42911 at http://weku.fm Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Documentary Airing Monday Private Giving Key to new EKU President's Success http://weku.fm/post/private-giving-key-new-eku-presidents-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eastern Kentucky University’s next president sees fundraising as a key priority.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Michael Benson, who’s currently president of Southern Utah University, says private contributions may be the best way to advance a science building under construction at Eastern.</span></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:10:09 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 42400 at http://weku.fm Private Giving Key to new EKU President's Success Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Comes Alive http://weku.fm/post/leonardo-da-vincis-last-supper-comes-alive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Leonardo </span>da<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Vinci’s most famous paintings comes to life the next couple of days in a Versailles church.&nbsp; It’s a play called ‘The Living Lord’s Supper.’&nbsp; Director Linda Roscoe says actors depicting Jesus and his disciples take a turn in front of the table. &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">“They drop pose and they step out of the painting.&nbsp; So, many of them get up from the table, come around to the front of the table and then they tell how they came to know Christ and their relationship with him and some of the other disciples sitting at the table,” said Roscoe.</em></p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:50:51 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 41974 at http://weku.fm Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Comes Alive