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6:15pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Education

A Move to Bring Alcohol Back to UK's Campus

UK Student Government President Roshan Palli
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The University of Kentucky plans to relax it’s on- campus alcohol policy for students of legal drinking age.  The specifics of how the alcohol consumption policy will change are still to be worked out.  The announcement came from UK President Eli Capilouto.  He took recommendations from a student health and safety workgroup. 

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6:02pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Sports

Rolex Riders Hoping for a Trip to France

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    Most of the best equestrian riders in the world are in central Kentucky for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.  The competition carries extra significance this year.

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5:50pm

Thu April 24, 2014
State Capitol

Former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen Opts Not to Run for Governor

Crit Luallen
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Former state Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not run for governor in 2015. Luallen has been mentioned as a possible Democratic contender as Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear finishes his second term. Luallen says she decided not to run because it was the best decision for her family.  Luallen's decision could open the door for Attorney General Jack Conway.

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6:00am

Thu April 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

SOAR Working Groups to Plot Strategies

Dentist Nikki Stone of the UK Center for Rural Health
Credit ruralhealth.med.uky.edu

The next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative is scheduled to take place today.  Ten working groups will be mapping out strategies and preparing to take more suggestions from eastern Kentuckians.

The ten SOAR working groups cover everything from agriculture to broadband to business recruitment.   Dentist Nikki Stone with the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health heads up a group examining health issues. 

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5:52pm

Wed April 23, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Affordable Housing on Eastern Standard

Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

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  On April 11th, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray named the city's first director of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, a newly created office. This comes after the announcement earlier this year that $3 million of the city's $13 million surplus would be allotted for affordable housing and 500,000 for homeless initiatives.

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5:34pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Business and the Economy

Interim Director Named at Kentucky Horse Park

Credit Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park has an interim director to take over the reins following the quickly approaching retirement of its long-time director John Nicholson. The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has chosen Ted Nicholson, no relation to John Nicholson, to serve as interim director of the Horse Park.  

Ted Nicholson will begin his tenure in May and serve until a permanent executive director is hired later this year.   He is currently a partner with a horse racing consultant firm. Before that, the interim director was general manager of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. 

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4:17pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Looking to Better Ensure Safety in Lexington Parks

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City officials in Lexington are considering ways to enhance safety in neighborhood parks throughout the bluegrass community.  A number of recommendations are made in a just-released task force report. 

It comes on the heels of a fatal shooting this past weekend in Duncan Park.  Lexington Council member Chris Ford says the death of 21 year old Antonio Franklin Junior demonstrates a need for the initiative.  

"That is an example and an illustration of why we need to go forward as fast as we can with some of these recommendations," said Franklin.

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10:29am

Wed April 23, 2014
Business and the Economy

Council Meeting Provides Some Answers About Rupp Financing

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Discussion of funding for the Rupp Arena Project consumed parts of two city council meetings yesterday afternoon at city hall.  Rupp Project Manager Frank Butler took questions during a committee meeting and then before the full Council.  

Discussion centered on the state legislature's decision not to provide 80 million dollars in financial support.  Butler says state lawmakers wanted some assurance about city and University of Kentucky support.  He says the financing plan calls for UK to contribute almost eleven million dollars annually for 30 years.  

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10:25am

Wed April 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Looking for New Job Training Agent

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Lexington city leaders are looking into new ways to coordinate workforce training services.  The Council's Social Services Committee discussed the matter at its Tuesday meeting.  These services have been carried out through the Bluegrass Area Development District.  The matter must still go before the full Council. 

The Bluegrass ADD was the focus of a scathing state audit earlier this year.  Committee Chair Chris Ford won approval to look for a new fiscal agent for the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board.  

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5:12pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Hunger Continuing As Major Issue in Kentucky, Meal Gap Study Reports

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    Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many Kentucky families.  This reality is reflected in the just-released "Map the Meal Gap Report".

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5:03pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Youth Being Sought as Violence Reduction Mentors

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Young adults are being sought to help fellow teens steer clear of violence.  The mentoring initiative is being launched by Youth Alert, a non-profit organization founded two years ago in Kentucky. 

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5:00pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Transy Athletics Complex to Benefit On and Off-Campus Teams

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A new ten million dollar Athletics Complex at Transylvania University benefits both on and off campus sports teams.  A dedication is planned this Saturday afternoon at the fourth street facility in Lexington. 

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4:57pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Focus on Business

Despite Lack of State Funds for Rupp, Some See Project as Potentially 'Transformative'

Commerce Lexington President Bob Quick
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Most of the talk about moving forward with plans to re-work Lexington's Rupp Arena and build a new convention center has come from local and state government officials.  But, the business sector in the Bluegrass region also has a stake in downtown development.  

 

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9:00am

Mon April 21, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: How To Be a Day Sponsor, Listeners New to the Area

As we approach the May 7th date for the first-ever WEKU Day Sponsor reception, we've received numerous emails from listeners wondering about how to convert their existing memberships into Day Sponsorships.  

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7:37am

Fri April 18, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Melissa Etheridge, Japanese Theatre, Gallery Hop Top Regional Events

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, in addition to all the Easter holiday-related events are a performance of Japanese comic theatre, a gallery hop and a concert by singer and activist Melissa Etheridge.

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5:43pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Education

Former NKU Athletic Director Pleads Guilty to Theft

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Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 311-thousand dollars from the school.  State attorney general Jack Conway says Eaton entered his plea Thursday in Campbell County Circuit Court.  He will serve the maximum term of ten years in prison. 

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5:34pm

Thu April 17, 2014
The Commonwealth

With a State Funding Plan in Place, Lexington Road Work Can Begin

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Now that the Kentucky General Assembly has acted on a state road plan, individual communities are preparing for construction crews.  The spring through fall period is traditionally road building season. 

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5:31pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Business and the Economy

State Economist Says Jobless Rate Not a Cause for Alarm

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A state economist says an uptick in the Kentucky unemployment rate is no reason for alarm. Kentucky's jobless average for March stood at seven point nine percent.  It increased one tenth of a percentage point in both February and March.  

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10:05pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate

Credit caer.uky.edu

The waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session found senators debating nuclear and coal-based power.  The discussion occurred during consideration of a bill to help AK Steel, a manufacturer suffering sizable job loss. 

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9:55pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Faith and Values

Songs in the State Senate

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

The Kentucky House and Senate Chambers aren't always restricted to partisan disagreements, resolutions or passage of legislation.  The last day of the 2014 general assembly also included some impromptu singing.

Five lawmakers of both political parties and a senate page gathered around a desk just before going into session. 

Just moments after the rendition of Amazing Grace, Frankfort pastor Gary Hagger noted the singing during the opening prayer for the 60th day of the legislative session.

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1:14pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Adopted on Last Day of Session

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Lawmakers waited until the last few hours of the 2014 General Assembly session before they approved a statewide road plan.  House and Senate members agreed to spend more than 3 billion dollars in state money over the next two years for repair and replacement of  roads and bridges.  The Senate voted 37-to-1 for the measure.   Senate Speaker Pro Tem Katie Stine cast the only "no" vote.  Her concern focused in part on a source of funding for a new outer loop highway in northern Kentucky.  

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1:07pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Session Ends Without Requested Rupp Money

Credit kentucky.com

Proponents of Lexington's Rupp Arena project will likely be looking for new sources of funding to re-work the downtown complex.  Kentucky lawmakers left Frankfort just after midnight Wednesday without backing a plan to borrow 80 million dollars toward the capital construction effort.  Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas called it disappointing that legislators didn't come up with support for a project which could create five thousand jobs.  

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12:47pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Bourbon Barrel Tax Break Signed Into Law

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Kentucky's bourbon industry is about to gain an income tax credit.  Beginning next year, distilleries can get the credit for state and local property taxes paid on aging barrels of bourbon.  Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill into law Tuesday afternoon.  Former Maker's Mark President Bill Samuels Jr. says Kentucky needs to maintain its position in the industry.  

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5:37pm

Tue April 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Community Gardening & Sustainable Kentucky

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  Tuesday April 22 is Earth Day.  This year marks the 45th observance of the annual celebration of our planet and its environment. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss community gardening and other efforts to bring about a sustainable Kentucky.

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3:45pm

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Still No Vote on State Road Plan

Credit kentuckyroads.com

Leaders in the House and Senate appear closer to reaching an agreement on a three billion dollar road plan.  Differences between the two chambers have made negotiations difficult.  House Budget Review Committee on Transportation Chair Leslie Combs says there's still some details to work out.  

"We're back and moving forward. It's never done until it's done.  As far as a time frame, I've been asked that a couple of times, we've got til midnight tonight," said Combs.

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3:40pm

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

State Funding for Rupp Coming Down to the Wire

As the hours pass on the 60th and final day of the 2014 General Assembly, it looks more unlikely Kentucky legislators will reach agreement on state funding for the Rupp Arena project.  The governor initially suggested borrowing 65 million dollars to go toward construction of the new Rupp facility.  The senate opted to delete that funding.  If not passed, House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn't believe it's an issue which deserves special session attention.  

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7:23am

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Rupp Financing Still A Topic in Frankfort

Credit kentucky.com

State of Kentucky and Lexington officials are considering revised strategies for funding the proposed Rupp Arena project.  Governor Beshear said yesterday it would not involve any increase in the hotel/motel tax in Lexington, but it does call for the state to increase its commitment from 65 to 80 million dollars.  

In his budget address last week, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray called for borrowing 40 million dollars for the downtown project.

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7:20am

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Electronic Cigarettes Out of Minors' Hands

Credit kentucky.com

A new Kentucky law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is being hailed as a step to curb teenage use of tobacco products.  With the official signing by Governor Beshear, the sale of all types of e-cigarettes to minors is now illegal. 

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9:21am

Mon April 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear 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.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

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9:15am

Mon April 14, 2014
Station News & Events

Forest Fire Closes State Park

An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park.  The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties.    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. Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.

 

 

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