T he Eastern Kentucky University's men’s team is going to this year's NCAA basketball tournament. The Colonels captured their sixth Ohio Valley Conference title Saturday with a 79-73 victory over Belmont University.
Johnny Keene, right and Mary Maxwell of Frankfort stand of the steps of the Capitol and sing 'We Shall Overcome' at the end of the 50th Anniversary of the MLK March on Frankfort program, Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 at the Capitol in Frankfort. Keene and Maxwell were college friends at KSU and are now neighbors
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Even as thousands of Kentuckians marched on the state Capitol last week and called for voting rights for ex-felons, lawmakers have yet to reach an accord on the issue in the 2014 General Assembly. The demonstration Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of a landmark civil-rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to end segregation and extend voting rights for African Americans.
But the message this year focused on restoring voting rights to many felons who have served out their sentences. Legislators in the House and Senate are sparring over provisions in House Bill 70, which seeks a constitutional amendment on voter rights restoration.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Walden scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to help Eastern Kentucky upset top-seeded Belmont 79-73 Saturday night for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team will attempt to win the program's sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, and earn the NCAA Tournament bid that comes with it, on Saturday against No. 1 seed Belmont University.
Freshman Mariah Massengill scored a career-high 12 points off the bench in Friday's semifinals loss to UT Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University's run in the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball tournament came to a sudden end in the semifinals Friday afternoon. Regular season champion UT Martin picked up a 97-45 victory over the Lady Colonels, who were playing their third game in three days.
The Danville micropolitan area has once again been ranked in the top tier of micros for new and expanding business projects by SITE Selection magazine. The area includes Boyle and Lincoln counties. Out of 576 micropolitans in the U.S., Danville was tied for a rank of No. 27 nationally and was ranked No. 2 in Kentucky.
Kentucky day care centers would be required to be tested for radon under legislation approved by a House committee. Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says Kentucky ranks in the top ten nationally when it comes to radon levels. “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.
It’s time for our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells us that, among other events this weekend, a well-known comic and star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Aziz Ansari will be at UK tomorrow night.
Marlon Hurst is Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir
In its commitment to performing the works of J.S. Bach, the Kentucky Bach Choir is striving to be a little less formal and straight-laced. The Choir will show its lighter side in Friday night's concert in Lexington.
Eastern Kentucky University’s first contest in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament will likely have both teams recalling their previous match just over a month ago.
The E-K-U men's team takes on Southeast Missouri State Thursday evening in Nashville. Last month, the Colonels’ Glenn Cosey hit a 40-foot bank shot with time running out to secure a one point Eastern win.
Kentucky's House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposed statewide Fairness Bill. The legislation, sponsored by Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian, would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
Sen. Gerald Neal knew he was part of something historic when, as a freshman at Kentucky State University, he joined a mass of 10,000 who marched peacefully on the Capitol with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders 50 years ago today.
Some of the excitement he felt that day — “We thought we were on the path of eliminating racism in society, bigotry,” he said — has resurfaced as organizers recognize the Freedom March on Frankfort.
Despite a lull in the winter storms that have pounded the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has advised its 12 highway districts to conserve salt supplies and focus on other conservation efforts in combating further snow and ice this season.
A proposal to simplify the branding of the entity known as the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is being discussed at city hall. An ordinance to that effect is being proposed by council member Harry Clarke.
Some supporters of affordable housing in Lexington are praying that city leaders act on establishing a trust fund. A short prayer vigil, complete with song, took place in the city hall lobby Tuesday. Members of the group “Building United Interfaith Lexington Through Directive Action" or BUILD have been involved in the housing initiative for six years.
As wintry weather moved across Kentucky, some areas of the Commonwealth received as much as four inches of snow. On Monday morning roadways were slick and snow-covered in many areas, even after snow plows went through.
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Concerns about distracted driving continue to draw attention in the Kentucky General Assembly. On Friday, the House approved a measure that would double the fines for texting while driving in school or work zones.
The Kentucky Senate's majority floor leader anticipates a major difference in the budgets expected to emerge in the legislature during the next month. House members will cast their votes first on a 20 billion dollar spending plan.
From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.
On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.
Standing next to a herd of cows and their calves on his family’s farm in eastern Franklin County, Kevin Hockensmith pointed to a sinkhole — a visible sign, he said, that Kentucky’s underground limestone terrain isn’t suited for a pipeline.
Hockensmith, who tends more than 100 cattle on the 500 acres, said he recently turned down an offer of $190,000 for an easement to allow construction of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through his property, worried a leak could harm his cattle and his farm’s water.
Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday. If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.
The National Weather Service has revised its forecast for the weekend and issued a winter storm watch for Sunday and Monday for the entire state of Kentucky. The storm will primarily produce freezing rain and sleet in Western and Central Kentucky, 4-6 inches of snow in Northern Kentucky and a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow in Eastern Kentucky.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has called for a local sales tax option in his State of the City address and before a House legislative committee
Representatives of some of Kentucky’s largest cities are continuing to push for a local sales tax option. The question is before the General Assembly in the form of bills from both the House and the Senate. If approved by legislators, and by voters in a statewide referendum, communities could vote on raising taxes by an additional penny per dollar to pay for local projects.
The Von Trapps join Pink Martini with the UK Symphony at the Singletary Center Friday night 2/28/14
Here's our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that Friday night the Von Trapps join the group Pink Martini at the Singletary Center with the UK Symphony. These Von Trapps are great grandchildren of Georg and Maria, of Sound of Music fame. They just recently struck up a collaborative relationship with Pink Martini, the diverse Portland pop ensemble.
The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.