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Cheri Lawson

On Friday, Donald Trump, who has no elected or military experience and is known for his inflammatory remarks about minorities will become the 45th president of the United States.  

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, some area Muslims are responding with vigilance, education and kindness.


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University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester.  Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.

 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week, they start with a mention of one of the area’s entertainment hot spots that Rich and colleague Walter Tunis visited.  


Trump's EPA Pick Questioned In Confirmation Hearing

Jan 19, 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt faced questions from Senators in his confirmation hearing Wednesday. 


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Lexington police have  charged a 16-year-old the fatal shooting of  Robert Durrum.

Durrum, 15, is the second Lafayette High School student involved in a shooting the past three months.

Police have charged a 16-year-old male acquaintance of Durrum with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. The name of the teen charged has not been released.  


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The disagreement between Lexington’s city council and the city’s daily newspaper over the distribution of unsolicited publications could end up in court. 

 

Representatives of the Lexington Herald-Leader went before a council committee Tuesday looking for an exemption from a pending ordinance.

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Almost 300 members of the Kentucky National Guard  will support Washington, D.C. law enforcement during this weeks' 58th presidential inauguration. 


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WEKU joins other public media this week in asking the questions:

 


 

  

- What do you want from the incoming administration"

- What do you want the president to know about you and your community? About Kentuckians?
 

- Do you think the country is more divided than ever?

Lexington Council Reviewing Vicious Dog Law

Jan 18, 2017
Kentucky.com

 

Lexington city council reviewed the vicious dog law Tuesday during a council committee meeting. 

Following three separate incidents involving one dog, council member Peggy Henson is proposing changes to the ordinance.  Current law requires animal care and control workers to witness any attack firsthand before a dog can be quarantined.


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The lone Democrat in Kentucky’s Congressional delegation has announced he will boycott President-elect Trump’s Inauguration on Friday, citing the incoming executive’s behavior since Election Day.

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Lexington’s programs to assist foreign-language-speaking residents are getting positive reactions from several city council members. 

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  As classes get underway for the spring the campus pedway is back in business.

Much of the pedway flooring fell to the pavement after the truck wedged under the structure crossing Lancaster Avenue in September.

  

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Focus On Business: Lisa Adkins on "On The Table"

Jan 16, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15th Lexington will be abuzz with hosted conversations all around the city - people talking about quality of life in Lexington. It’s a one-day event called “On the Table” being organized by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. The hope is that scores of people will sign-on to host small group discussions over breakfast, lunch, dinner, at workplaces, and other locations, throughout the day.

Here’s an email we received from Philis, in Lexington who tells us she’s been an avid listener and supporter of WEKU since she moved to Lexington over 20 years ago. 

She wrote to say, “In my house I have three Internet radios that I programmed to have WEKU as one of the presets.  I have not been able to get your station for several months.

In the past I listened to WEKU more than any other stations.  This is partly because I prefer a local station, but I also like your programming.

Are you planning to fix the digital streaming or should I consider switching my donations to the station that I am actually listening to more.”

State lawmakers were on a break this week after approving a handful of major conservative polices over last weekend. Effects of the new abortion restrictions, union regulations and an overhaul of University of Louisville’s trustee board began to take shape. Plus, Gov. Matt Bevin released an investigation alleging corruption in previous Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.  

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Travelers along Lexington’s busy Red Mile Road are being reminded of a civil rights leader who is remembered for his community-wide message. The recognition comes through renaming a street “Harry Sykes Way”.


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University of Kentucky officials and occupational safety officials are investigating a fatal fall at a construction site on the school's campus in Lexington.  Officials believe the death Friday morning was accidental in nature.  

The worker apparently fell about 30 feet off the roof the site, identified by university police as the new campus student center. 


Copley, Hendren on MLK Weekend, Other Events

Jan 13, 2017

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week, they start by discussing events in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.    

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at www.WEKU.FM. 

Kentucky.com

 Communities across Kentucky are celebrating America’s best-known civil rights leader this weekend.  That includes Monday morning and evening events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Eastern Kentucky’s Letcher County.

 

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The Kentucky Department of Health says influenza is now “widespread” across the Commonwealth.  This designation indicates flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions.

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Toyota’s plan to invest $10 billion in the U.S. over five years includes spending more than a billion dollars at the 

 Georgetown auto assembly plant.  The Japanese automaker executives reaffirmed that commitment during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.  

 

Stu Johnson/WEKU

The $24 million Advanced Automovitve Manufacturing Center opens this week in Georgetown,

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Vice President Mark Manuel led reporters into the heart of the operation .

 


Kentucky.com

Kentucky's climatologist said 2016 was a "roller coaster year" when it comes to weather. 

The early part of 2017 is likely to see above normal precipitation and temperatures.


Madison County is one of 25 Kentucky counties benefitting from more than $1 million in state grants.  Officials in the bluegrass county will use more than $66,000 dollars to clean up an illegal dump.


Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly is on a planned break for now.  But last week’s flurry of activity was part of a short legislative session that marks the beginning of Republican control of state government for the first time ever in almost a century..

 


 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, a panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable on the General Assembly.

Kentucky Writers Set for Hall Of Fame Induction

Jan 10, 2017
University of Kentucky Press

For the fifth year, several Kentucky writers will be 

recognized for their literary work during ceremonies next month.  Five will be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

Abortion Bills Prompt Debate, Protest

Jan 9, 2017
Stu Johnson

Debate and action on two abortion measures received attention in Frankfort during the opening 

week of the 2017 legislative session.  ​

 The observers included two people with completely different perspectives.

Kentucky.com

  Tax reform is likely to be next on the agenda for Kentucky lawmakers. 

 

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens said Gov.  Bevin Is putting the groundwork in place.  “The vast majority of the leadership and the credibility of the governor has to be put behind the effort.  And I sense Governor Bevin is positioning to do that,” said Givens.

Tom Martin talks with Lisa Adkins, President and CEO of the Blue Grass Community Foundation, about an event she hopes will help shape Lexington's future. It’s called "On the Table."

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