Kentucky State Police and thousands of former camp attendees are celebrating a half century of summertime recreation and mentorship. The fun takes place on an island at Dale Hollow Lake in southern Kentucky.
KSP Spokesman Sargent Michael Webb says it's a structured environment with fresh air, good food, recreation, and esteem building activities. "It's a wonderful respite for these children to be able to go and just get away from all the busyness and other cares of this world and just go there and just have fun," said Webb.
There are more than a few traffic cones positioned along Lexington area streets this summer. Traffic delays may frustrate motorists now, but the benefits will be visible in October when the city welcomes the Breeders Cup.
Joe Montgomery is chief executive officer of Omveria (ahm-VAIR-ee-uh), a Lexington-based tech company on the verge of launching new app technology for mobile devices. The company website features the tagline, “One Download, One Touch, Millions of Businesses.” Tom Martin asked Joe to explain what Omveria is about.
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An organization focused on quantifying economic risks and impacts of climate change, Risky Business, is releasing a report this week on its effects on the Southeastern United States, including Kentucky.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, we discuss the projected harmful effects of climate on the Commonwealth.
Eastern Kentucky flood victims can receive cleanup supplies and food this weekend at three different Red Cross distribution centers. The sites have been established in Johnson, Rowan and Carter counties. Joanna King with Red Cross says various items are being handed out including rakes, shovels, work gloves, bug spray and sunscreen. King says storage containers and food boxes that can feed a family of four for up to seven days will also be available.
King says there are other cleanup materials and hygiene kits available at the distribution centers.
When you hear that a new entrepreneurial business is coming to town, what comes to mind? How about a theater company with the aim of pairing Broadway and national touring talent with aspiring local and regional talents? That’s the aim of The Lexington Theater Company, set to stage its first production, 42nd Street, at the Lexington Opera House later this month. Tom Martin looked into the business side with co-founders and former Broadway professionals Lyndy and Jeromy Smith.
Greg Walker, along with his father, Randy, and his brother, Chad, has worked for years to rehabilitate and renovate what has been a nondescript collection of small industrial office and warehouse buildings bounded by Walton, National and North Ashland Avenues in Lexington. Lately though, the 13-acre “Warehouse Block” as it’s now called, has been springing to life with a growing collection of interesting entrepreneurial businesses. Tom Martin’s conversation with Greg Walker took place in a studio, Dynamix Productions, that is now into its 11th year on National Avenue.
In March of this year, the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado began destroying the United States’ largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, leaving Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky holding the remaining inventory. Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass holds the Defense Department contract to operate and close a facility to destroy these weapons. Tom Martin talked with the man responsible, site project manager, Jeff Brubaker.
A recent state audit found that 34 percent of rural hospitals were considered to be in poor financial health. According to the Kentucky Hospital Association, 70 of the state's hospitals have laid off more than 7,700 employees in the past two years. What’s happening to rural hospitals and the communities that depend on them? Tom Martin raised those questions with Dr. Alison Davis, University of Kentucky Professor and Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky and President of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.
State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses. The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year. State Veterinarian Bob Stout says information about the horses is collected at county judges' offices. "It certainly gives opportunities for people to legitimately claim their horse and we would hope then, when they recognize ownership of it, that they maintain responsibility that goes with owning a horse," said Stout.
One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity. The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.
A new condition of sale will be a part of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. It was established in response to the British Horseracing Authority's zero tolerance for anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances. Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell says the Lexington track has had a testing program in place for seven years. "Obviously there was a concern fromthe BHA because they have initiated this policy,” said Russell. “Since we introduced our anabolic steroid testing, we have never had a positive."
Many trees in central Kentucky are alive with the sound of insects. It's the call of the annual cicada.
The sound of cicadas is hard to miss when outside in many neighborhoods. University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says male cicadas are sounding off and those insect numbers appear to be up this summer. "It is a mating call and they can get quite loud and they'll start to chorus together and kind of develop a rhythm in their song," said Townsend.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S., testified in court on Monday that her stance is based on religious grounds.
Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples, represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, who were denied marriage licenses.
Rowan County is one of at least two counties that has refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling.
Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project.
Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts.
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We’ve had another major problem with our transmitter at 90.9 FM. It went off the air last Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm and our engineer worked two full days trying to get it back to full power. Sadly, Phil Hayes was unable to do so and apparently the outdated and elderly equipment has passed the terminal stage.
The signal is back on the air operating at very low-power until further notice. Thankfully, we are able to provide service once again to immediate Hazard/Perry County area and communities nearby.
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran was our special guest at last years at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Today we revisit that program, which was recorded in front of an audience of WEKU listeners. us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners.
Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities. The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.
The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the hiring of a project management director is aimed at bringing efficiencies to 100 million dollars budgeted for construction. The mayor says the local government currently has no common template for project management. He cites a number of current projects including a plan to develop a linear park through the downtown area, "Town Branch Commons, for restoring and renovating the old courthouse, plans to design a city hall that would allow the existing city hall to be repurposed."