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4:39pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Preliminary Report on West Kentucky Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.

The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.

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4:32pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Highway Fatalities Up in 2014

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Highway fatalities across Kentucky increased in 2014 following a record low year in 2013.  Kentucky Office of Highway Safety preliminary figures indicate 667 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways last year, up 29 from the previous year.  KOHS Director Bill Bell says gas prices ‘went through the floor’ and more people were on the road.  “On the initial look, that’s probably the main reason for the drastic increase we had in late November through the end of December,” said Bell.

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4:30pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Wendell Ford Memorial Scheduled This Weekend

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Former Kentucky Senator and Governor Wendell Ford will lie in state Sunday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro Tuesday.

Ford passed away yesterday morning at the age of 90. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

The public is invited to the Capitol Sunday, where the Daviess County native will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time.

A memorial service is scheduled that day for 3 p.m.

A funeral service is being held at 11 a.m. central time Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Owensboro.

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12:05pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Guys and Dolls, UK Art Museum, and...Monster Trucks?

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It's time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at the weekend's arts and cultural activities. 

Event's discussed this week:

  • Monster Trucks at Rupp Arena
  • "Guys and Dolls" on stage at The Lexington Opera House
  • UK Arts Museum opens 4 exhibits

Rich Copley covers arts and entertainment for the Lexington Herald Leader. You can read more about this weekend's activities in Friday's edition.

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11:36am

Fri January 23, 2015
All Politics are Local

GOP Candidates Mostly Agree at Gubernatorial Forum

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Kentucky's Republican candidates for governor found little to disagree with during their first joint appearance of the 2015 election cycle.

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10:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Fayette Schools Panel Endorses New Elementary School Boundaries

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The group charged with drawing new school boundaries in Fayette County is working toward making final decisions in the coming weeks. Tentative elementary school lines were endorsed Thursday night.

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4:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

KCTCS Releases Details of President Emeritus Deal

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As the new — and paid — president emeritus of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Michael McCall will attend meetings, give advice, provide executive coaching, help hire new executives and help run a systemwide leadership academy now bearing his name.

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2:47pm

Thu January 22, 2015
All Politics are Local

Comer Files to Run for Governor

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Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.

The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.

Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.

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2:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Graduation Rate Higher in Kentucky Than U.S. Overall

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The Kentucky Department of Education says the latest figures on statewide graduation rates are in, and Kentucky's rate is higher than the national mark.

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1:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
All Politics are Local

Two Well Known Kentucky Political Observers Reflect on Wendell Ford's Legacy

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The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era.  So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades.  Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair.  "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."

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10:32am

Thu January 22, 2015
The Commonwealth

Wendell Ford, Former Ky Senator and Governor, Dies at 90

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A man considered one of the most consequential Kentucky politicians of the 20th century is dead at the age of 90.

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6:00am

Thu January 22, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Second SOAR Summit Planned for February

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Plans are underway for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit.  The February meeting is expected to focus on implementing economic and social strategies for eastern Kentucky.

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5:42pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Addressing Mental Health Issues in Diversion Court

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Lexington's new 'mental health court' aims to help offenders get needed treatment and save taxpayer dollars.  The goal is to keep those convicted of misdemeanors from becoming felony offenders.

Kelley Gunning with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Lexington says there are currently eight people enrolled in the program.  "They have to have a mental health diagnosis, be willing to engage in treatment, and be willing to engage in whatever kind of mandate the court puts on them to remain out of trouble," said Gunning.

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4:27pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Education

Half of Kentucky’s Kindergartners Were Ready For School

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The number of Kentucky children who are prepared for kindergarten is nearly unchanged over last year—half of kids entering school still don’t have the basic skills that the state deems as necessary to be “kindergarten-ready.”

The Kentucky Department of Education’s annual kindergarten readiness results released Wednesday show that 50 percent of children are prepared for a public education, a 1 percent increase from last year.

In Jefferson County Public Schools, 51.9 percent of children were ready for kindergarten this school year.

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4:15pm

Wed January 21, 2015
All Politics are Local

Chao Resigns from Bloomberg Philanthropies Over Coal Issues

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.

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9:06am

Wed January 21, 2015
Education

Historic House Comes to Centre Campus on Wheels

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​Centre College is gaining additional student housing in the form of a 60 year old house on wheels.  The bungalow brick home was transported some six blocks just after midnight Wednesday and brought to the Danville campus.

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5:17pm

Tue January 20, 2015
All Politics are Local

Mayor Gray's State of the City Address (FULL AUDIO)

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City address on Tuesday. Gray touted previous accomplishments, as well as future plans for his administration.

He also touched on statewide issues. Gray says he plans to ask 2015 gubernatorial candidates to include tax reform in their platforms. He says he backs many of the suggestions in the most recent tax reform report.

Mayor Gray is also asking state lawmakers to support a local sales tax option proposal. 

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5:00pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Gray Touts Past Achievements, Looks to future in State of the City Address

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is satisfied with his administration's previous accomplishments, and optimistic about future initiatives. 

Gray expressed those sentiments Tuesday during the annual State of the City address.

Right off the top of his 26 minute speech, the mayor told city business and civic leaders that 2015 looks positive.  "I am proud to report the state of our city is strong and promising," said Gray.

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2:59pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Commonwealth

Electronic Filing Now Open for Kentucky Taxpayers

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Kentuckians can get a jump on tax season by filing their returns electronically. 

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6:00am

Tue January 20, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Company Working on Device to Improve Oral Health in KY

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Researchers at Innovative Diagnostics are working on a device that uses saliva to better determine oral health. 

The company is one of nine high tech firms in Kentucky named last week to split almost $3 million. The grants are part of the state's Small Business Innovation Research matching fund program. 

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4:47pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Faith and Values

Lexington's MLK March Includes References to Incidents in Missouri and New York

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For almost 50 years, communities around the country have paused for a day in January to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Bright sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures welcomed participants to this year's march in downtown Lexington.  

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4:07pm

Mon January 19, 2015

1:36pm

Mon January 19, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard, Is Fracking Coming to Kentucky?

From left: Jim Scheff, Bill Barr, Brandon Nuttall.
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Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production.   The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.    


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9:01am

Mon January 19, 2015
Faith and Values

Former Essence Magazine Editor Delivers Keynote at Lexington’s MLK Event

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The leader of a national mentoring program will offer the keynote address Monday during Lexington's Martin Luther King Jr.celebration. Susan Taylor is making a return visit to central Kentucky for the festivities.

Susan Taylor worked for close to 40 years in media, including time as editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine.  Taylor's National CARES Mentoring Movement program has some 130,000 people serving in that capacity.  "Mentoring is a sure way and an affordable way,and an impactful way of changing even the most challenged young people's lives," said Taylor.

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6:30am

Mon January 19, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Q Getting on Nerves and Traffic Info Needed

Send us your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on the WEKU Facebook page, call 859-622-1657 or send a tweet @889weku.

A listener choosing to remain anonymous, left the following for us last week, “Lately, the program Q is beginning to get on my nerves. I don’t know what has changed about it but I’m suggesting that you not renew them.”

  Q, provided to public radio stations in the U.S. by Public Radio International, is in the process of selecting a new permanent host to replace Jian Ghomeshi who was released some months ago by the Candadian Broadcasting Corporation. We’re glad to have the comments but choosing to take a “wait and see” attitude until the CBC gets things settled out.

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3:53pm

Fri January 16, 2015
The Commonwealth

Supreme Court To Decide If Same-Sex Couples Have Constitutional Right To Marry

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The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.

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3:48pm

Fri January 16, 2015
The Commonwealth

Muhammad Ali Released From Hospital After Urinary Infection

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A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the last four weeks.

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3:45pm

Fri January 16, 2015

11:44am

Fri January 16, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Studio Players, & Gallery Hop

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It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural activities.

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5:45pm

Thu January 15, 2015
All Politics are Local

Scaffolding Greets Visitors to Lexington's City Hall

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Crews are working this week at Lexington City Hall to repair damage following a recent sewer line break above the first floor ceiling. 

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