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12:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Rally Held in Conjunction with National Day of Action Against Police Brutality

Molly Van Zant wearing sign
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    

A diverse group of people marched and rallied Wednesday night in downtown Lexington in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.

Participants gathered first near Lexington's William Wells Brown Elementary School.  Among them, Molly Van Zant, who wore a front and back corrugated sign of names from across the country.  "I am wearing a list of some of people who have been killed by law enforcement recently, men and women," said Van Zant.

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4:35pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Seniors Asked About Ways to Improve Livability

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Lexington area senior citizens are being asked for suggestions on ways the city can help improve their quality of life.  The Livable Lexington Survey will be sent to seniors this week.

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9:51pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Business and the Economy

Bourbon's Impact on Kentucky Economy Still Growing

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Kentucky’s Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce in the last two years and contributes $3 billion in gross state product to the state economy. The University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute report shows the industry's economic contribution has increased by 67 percent from 2012.

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9:48pm

Tue October 21, 2014
All Politics are Local

6th District Congressional Candidates Talk Minimum Wage, Affordable Care Act, and Campaign Finance

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The two candidates in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district race stand on opposite sides when it comes to health care reform.  Incumbent Andy Barr and challenger Elisabeth Jensen appeared Monday night on KET'S Kentucky Tonight.  Barr argues current reforms will leave states like Kentucky with unaffordable Medicaid costs.  "The state simply doesn't have the capacity to fund, at this point, this massive expansion of Medicaid.  This is going to crowd out our ability to fund education," said Barr.

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1:35pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Chemical Spill on Interstate 75 Shuts Down Traffic in Both Directions

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

A chemical spill along interstate 75 in Madison County  shut down lanes in both directions for hours Tuesday.  Michael Bryant with Emergency Management says the spill occurred near the 96 mile marker which is near the Boonesboro road exit.  He says the chemical ferric choride leaked out of a tanker truck.  Bryant says the driver realized the chemical was leaking from a valve and pulled off.

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4:45pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Jockeys to Honor Late Teenage Rider Juan Saez

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Jockeys nationwide will honor the 17-year-old apprentice who was killed in a riding accident recently.

The Jockeys' Guild says jockeys will wear a patch during Breeders' Cup weekend with the initials of Juan Saez on their pants or boots as well as a black band to recognize him and other riders who have been killed during a race or as a result of race-related injuries.

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4:24pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Manpower Services Not Yet Seeing Uptick in Seasonal Hiring

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The holidays are fast approaching and that usually means an increase in seasonal employment.  One agency that links potential workers with employers is not yet seeing an increase in temporary hiring.

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4:16pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Four Country Concerts Causing Parking Adjustments

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Four concerts over two days in downtown Lexington during Halloween weekend are expected to challenge parking and traffic. Country star Garth Brooks will play two shows at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 31st and two more on Saturday, November first.

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6:30am

Mon October 20, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Chasing Down Saturday Morning Problems

Send your feedback by email to; WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

We’re grateful to those who contacted us about technical problems Saturday morning that delayed a number of programs and preempted almost an hour of Weekend Edition. For example, from Sara at 7:09 am, “Tuned in for Bob Edwards Weekend but getting Rick Steves instead...”

From Madeline, “It’s 8:20 and no Weekend Edition. I love Bob Edwards but know I'm missing Scott Simon. Am I going to have to go online to get it?”

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5:42am

Mon October 20, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Bobby Clark on Overcoming Tragedy in West Liberty

Bobby Clark is founder and president of Sustainable Business Ventures, a non-profit working to develop businesses, social enterprises, environmental literacy training and entrepreneurial training.  In part one of his conversation with Tom Martin, Clark discusses his work to help a Kentucky community overcome tragedy.

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12:12am

Mon October 20, 2014
-Eastern Standard

On Eastern Standard: How Concerned Should We Be About Ebola?

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

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10:42pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Education

Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Inauguration This Week

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Eastern Kentucky University formally recognizes its 12th president this week. The Richmond school will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday afternoon for Dr. Michael Benson. 

The Utah native, who began his tenure at the Richmond school in 2013, says the event recognizes more than any individual.  "I've tried my best to tell folks planning it, that this is not about me.  This institution is bigger than me or any of us.  I mean it's been around for a long time.  It's gonna be around far beyond our tenure," said Benson.

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10:38pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington City Officials Preparing to Take Down Hundreds of Ash Trees

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Lexington officials are hoping to address a potential public safety issue by removing hundreds of dead or dying ash trees.  The trees, like those in many other states, are succumbing to damage caused by the emerald ash borer.  Lexington Division of Environmental Policy Director Susan Plueger says more staff is needed to help remove the  trees.  "We need equipment.  We need a tree crew working throughout the winter on these issues.  Right now, our tree crew is in streets and roads, the only one that we currently have and they have other duties related to snow removal, pot holes, other activ

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5:47pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Business and the Economy

Gas Prices Dip Below $2.90 in Parts of Kentucky

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There are reports of gasoline prices under two dollars and 90 cents across parts of Kentucky.  The price per gallon has been dropping at a rapid pace with less demand and an ample supply.  Bluegrass AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it's difficult to say how low prices will  go.  "You will see a wide variance in the price of gas.  I can't really comment on how far it will drop or how long it will continue to drop unfortunately because there are so many factors that affect the price, particularly of oil," said Oakford.

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5:23pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Belle of Louisville Celebrates 100th Birthday

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A decades old fixture on the Ohio River at Louisville is celebrating a historic birthday this weekend.  The Belle of Louisville on Saturday turns 100 years old.  The paddle wheeled steamboat was built in Pittsburgh and used to haul cargo for years before becoming a passenger only boat in the 1930's.  CEO Linda Harris says the boat played a role in furthering the industrial revolution.  "Able to have these large boats bringing cattle and cotton and whiskey barrels and all sorts of commerce to towns that became cities because of the steamboat where they would port there, sell their wares.  T

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10:21pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

One and a Half Million Dollars to Go for Hazard Water Project

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Residents of an eastern Kentucky town can look forward to a new sewer system.  During a stop in Hazard Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear brought word of state funding for the project.

You might not think construction of a new sewer system would be a headline grabber.  But, to many people in the Hazard community, it will mean increased security for a critical utility. 

During the winter of 2009-20-10, the Hazard water treatment and distribution system experienced severe failures.  Some areas saw water outages for up to 45 days. 

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4:30pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Governor Beshear Helps with Official Kick-Off of Mountain Parkway Expansion

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Eastern Kentucky's Mountain Parkway expansion is years from completion but Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials gathered Thursday in Salyersville to mark the first phase of the project. Mayor Pete Shepherd says the four lane highway will pass through the heart of his eastern Kentucky community.  

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4:29pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Red Cross May Close Local Chapters as Part of Restructuring Plan

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The American Red Cross is looking to restructure its presence nationwide by merging some of its smaller chapters, which could mean the closure of some in the region.

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4:24pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Equine Education Project Launches Nonprofit

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The long standing Kentucky Equine Education Project this week is launching a nonprofit foundation.  The KEEP foundation aims to provide funding grants for Kentucky's horse industry through educational efforts.  Cara Stewart is the KEEP Grassroots Director.  "There's a big need in supporting local horse shows, local youth programs, trail rides, breed associations and we wanted to have a venue to raise money specifically for those entities in some of our grant processes," said Stewart.

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4:11pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Jobless Rate Falls to 6.7 Percent

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Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate in September dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years.

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4:54pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Safety City Reopens

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

After a five year hiatus, Lexington's Safety City is back in business. The program aims to educate elementary school children about motor, personal, and social media safety. 

For almost 20 years, Safety City offered youngsters instruction on a variety of issues.  The facility, located at Red Mile Place, shut down in 2009 due to budget constraints.  Children from Mary Todd Elementary and local officials gathered to celebrate a new day at Safety City.

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4:41pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Faith and Values

Latest Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced in Bowling Green

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The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is in Bowling Green this week to announce the latest inductees into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

The Commission will unveil which of the 35 nominees will receive the honor at a ceremony Thursday afternoon at WKU’s Carroll Knicely Conference Center. The executive director of the state’s Human Rights Commission, John Johnson, says those nominated for the Hall of Fame have made contributions to a wide variety of causes throughout the commonwealth.

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4:37pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Streetlights Could Take on Different Glow in Years Ahead

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The city of Lexington is in talks with Kentucky Utilities about switching to LED streetlights.  James Bush with Lexington's Division of Environmental Policy says LED streetlights tend to last about twice as long as traditional street lighting. Bush says the city has a lease agreement with Kentucky Utilities and Bluegrass Rural Electric Cooperative for operation of street lights.

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4:47pm

Tue October 14, 2014
State Capitol

Southern Lawmakers Coming to Lexington in Summer 2016

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For the first time since 1988, Lexington will play host to lawmakers and other government officials from 15 southern states.    The formal announcement was made this morning (yesterday) that the Southern Legislative Conference will be held in the city in July of 2016.  

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4:45pm

Tue October 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Calling on Private Firm to Aid in Leaf Collection

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As this week's rainfall has knocked many leaves off of trees, Lexington leaders Tuesday got a briefing on this year's leaf collection efforts.  As in past years, vacuum trucks will roll through Lexington neighborhoods.   Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says a new interactive map is now available so residents can know when to expect leaf pickups.  "Citizens will now know their subzone in a more accurate start time for collection, so the leaves don't sit on the grass, kill the grass, turn to mud, blow in their neighbors yard," said Allen.

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3:05pm

Tue October 14, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Detecting & Overcoming Breast Cancer on Eastern Standard

Dee Wooley (center) at Frankfort Fire Station #1, April 2012.

While most people are aware of breast cancer today, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'll discuss the disease, how it is detected and treated and meet a survivor.

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2:09am

Tue October 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Debate Minimum Wage, Coal, Health Care (Link to Video Included)

Political Supporters Gathered Outside KET to Watch the Debate.
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The highly anticipated debate between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is now history.  There were no obvious blunders or bombshell political revelations during Monday night's KET broadcast.

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3:42pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Breaks Ground on New Senior Citizens Center

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A dozen years in the making, ground has been broken in Lexington on a new senior citizens center.  Monday's ceremony at the Idle Hour Park site attracted a standing room only crowd, mostly senior citizens. 

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3:39pm

Mon October 13, 2014
State Capitol

State's New Automated Collection System On Line

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue hope a new automated collection system will help the state efficiently collect delinquent taxes. The new $20 million system went on-line this fall. 

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8:56am

Mon October 13, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Breeder's Cup 2015

The Breeders’ Cup will take place in 2015 at Lexington, Kentucky’s Keeneland Race Course - the spot where this prestigious international thoroughbred racing event was conceived - but before now, has never been held.

The horse racing will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st of next year. But planning is now underway to begin the party well before October 30th.

Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup/Keeneland Host Committee and he spoke with Tom Martin.

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