Transylvania University 26th President Formally Installed

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Seamus Carey has been officially installed as the 26th president at Transylvania University.  Carey, who came to the Lexington liberal arts school from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, has been on the job for more than a year.  

Lexington Officials Confirm October 31 as Trick-or-Treat Date

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Trick-or-treaters in Lexington have options this year when it comes to the traditional Halloween activity.  The matter of a date for trick-or-treating has been an item before Lexington’s council more than once this year. 

Record Ticket Sales for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

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The upcoming Breeders Cup Championships in Lexington is bringing in record ticket sales.  President Craig Fravel says sales have reached $19 million, surpassing the previous high of $10 million.  Fravel says that doesn't necessarily mean attendance will be a record breaker.   “You know we spent an awful lot of time and money creating a brand new campus over at Keeneland," he said.  It’s got a lot of trackside dining facilities, so it’s really more a function of high quality, high end seating arrangements."


Pharmacists across Kentucky are being trained how to properly administer the drug Naloxone.  University of Kentucky officials hope the potentially lifesaving medication will soon be available as a nasal spray.

EKU Football Moves to Georgetown Due to Security Threat

Oct 8, 2015

A security threat on the Eastern Kentucky University campus has prompted officials to move Thursday's football game to Georgetown College. 

EKU says the decision was due to an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti on campus that threatened to "kill all" this week.

The venue change comes following an emotional loss to the University of Kentucky on Saturday. During this week’s OVC teleconference, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said senior cornerback Stanley Absanon held his own against UK. 

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Lexington city officials are recognizing a renovation project planned for a west end housing complex.  The Ferrill Square Apartments project is one of the first funded through the city’s Office of Affordable Housing.

EKU Cancels Classes, Closes Campus Due to Threat

Oct 7, 2015
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UPDATE 2:50 pm 10/7/15 

Eastern Kentucky University’s football game against Tennessee Tech University, scheduled for Thursday at Roy Kidd Stadium, is being moved to Toyota Stadium at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced Wednesday.

All previously issued tickets will be honored at the game.  All seating will be general admission, there will not be any reserved seats. 

Admission is free for all EKU students, with a valid student ID.


Eastern Kentucky University canceled classes through Friday, citing the escalation of a graffiti threat discovered in a campus building early this week.  An update from campus public safety Wednesday says while there is no evidence of imminent danger, there has been an escalation in the threat, originating from social media.

Campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday. Essential services will remain open, and police presence will continue to be increased.

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State officials on Tuesday unveiled the new ‘Cross Kentucky Master Trail Plan.’  The initiative aims to link all of the state’s recreational trails. Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear were at Lexington’s Issac Murphy Memorial Gardens for the announcement. Jane Beshear says the master trail plan is just the beginning. She says it’s difficult to say when the entire state will have a fully linked trail system.  “It just takes a long time because a lot of the trails end up going through private properties, so there’s a lot of negotiations," said Beshear.

Lexington Council Debates Cost to Research New City Hall Home

Oct 7, 2015


Lexington’s Council voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to spend almost $200,000 to study the feasibility of moving city hall to a new location.  A highly debated downtown project was drawn into the discussion.

Strengthening the financial security of state employee and teacher pensions is a priority of both candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next state auditor.  Republican Mike Harmon says new rules for new hires can help to stabilize retirement funds.  “Those that start new, if they start under a certain promise, then it’s okay to make that change,” said Harmon.

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Officials with Eastern Kentucky University are continuing their investigation of a threatening message found on campus over the weekend.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the message.

Campus police were notified late Sunday night of graffiti found inside a men’s bathroom stall in the Powell Building. The message wasn’t entirely legible but part of it reads “Kill all by 10/8/15.”

EKU classes are continuing as scheduled. In a campus wide email Tuesday, President Michael Benson said students with concerns about going to class this week should coordinate with faculty on making up work and excusing absences if they choose not to attend. 

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    For the first time in more than 75 years, the University of Kentucky is hosting a Thursday night football game.  The nationally televised contest is expected to impact thousands of area residents.

UK football is normally only played on Saturdays. But On Thursday October 15, the Wildcats will host the Auburn Tigers in an evening game.  Mayor Jim Gray says asking for those affected for their patience. “A lot of patience," added Gray. "Chief (Barnard) said a little bit of patience, I would say a lot of patience.” 

EKU Investigating Graffiti Threat, Reward Offered

Oct 5, 2015
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The Latest:

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 5, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  To that end, the EKU Police Chief contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI), Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Berea Police Department, to inform them of the threat and ask for their assistance by increasing patrols through campus and having a presence on campus through Thursday, Oct 8.

In a campus wide email on Monday, President Michael Benson said students, faculty and staff will not be penalized should they decide not to come to campus this week. EKU students will have to make up any missed work.

The Model Laboratory School will be closed for the remainder of the week.

On the station website at, listener Don wrote a comment in response to a news story by reporter Stu Johnson, headlined Eastern Kentucky Residents Steadily Moving Forward Following Summer Floods,  Don wrote, “Wonderful writing Stu! Keep reporting on life and living!”

Centre College Site of Gubernatorial Debate on Tuesday

Oct 5, 2015
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  The race for Kentucky governor will be decided in just over a month. Two of the three candidates will take center stage during a debate Tuesday night.

Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin will participate in an hour-long debate at Centre College.  Centre Assistant Professor of Politics Benjamin Knoll says debates typically do not sway allegiance.  “Because the type of people who spend an hour of their night on a Tuesday night to tune in to watch are the types of people who are already interested and likely already have a preference,”  said Knoll.

EKU Benefits from Game with UK go Beyond On the Field Play

Oct 5, 2015

As the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels prepare for an OVC matchup on Thursday, they are sure to still be talking about Saturday’s game in Lexington.  After leading by two touchdowns in the last quarter, EKU saw the University of Kentucky do just enough to win 34 to 27 in overtime. 

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk.

State Park Manager Gives 50-50 Chance of a Colorful Fall

Oct 2, 2015

    Mid-October is typically considered the peak period for viewing the changing colors in Kentucky trees.  It’s difficult to predict with any certainty the amount of color coming this fall.

Kim Davis' attorney is disputing the Vatican's description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis.

Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Rowan County clerk's right to be conscientious objector.

Rich Copley, via Twitter

 It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events.

Keeneland’s Fall Meet kicks off Friday. And as Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, race goers can expect to get a taste of the upcoming Breeder’s Cup World Championships when they visit the Lexington track. 

Prep for Contest Against UK Proves Difficult for EKU Team

Oct 2, 2015

It’s been a tough week for Eastern Kentucky University’s football team.  As players and coaches have prepared to face the University of Kentucky, they’ve also been grieving over the loss of redshirt defensive lineman Joey Kraemer.  He was killed in a car crash last weekend.  During the OVC teleconference this week, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said he’s made a point to remind his players and staff that there are more important things in life than football.  “I think we’re psychotic in this culture with the value we place on sports and the devalue we place on other things that are really, reall


Thursday marks the beginning of the fall wildfire season across the Commonwealth.  This week’s rainfall is welcomed by Division of Forestry firefighters.

The outdoor ban on burning from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of a woodland runs through mid-December.  Division of Forestry Fire Management Chief Floyd Willis says officials in his agency are hoping for a fall much like last year.  “It was pretty slow for us in the fall and the spring for the most part because there was a lot of precipitation during those times, even snowfall,” said Willis.

Greenhouse 17 Launches "17 Days/17 Ways"

Oct 1, 2015

As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a Kentucky advocacy agency is launching a social media campaign to educate the community on intimate partner abuse.

Each day for the first 17 days of the month Greenhouse 17 will share one way to combat abuse.

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There’s a great deal to be proud of in the just released student testing results for Fayette County public schools.  

Berea Voters Expand Alcohol Sales

Sep 30, 2015

A Berea tourism official says allowing limited alcohol sales will be great for the economic future of the southern Madison County town. Voters on Tuesday approved alcohol sales by the drink for restaurants with food sales of at least 70 percent of their total business and that can seat at least 50 people.  Assistant Tourism Director Kerri Lee Hensely believes the change can produce rippling economic impacts.

Matt Bevin Says He Wouldn’t Vote For Rand Paul

Sep 30, 2015
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote for Kentucky’s U.S. Senator Rand Paul in next year’s Republican presidential primary, and would instead cast a ballot for Detroit neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

“I like Ben Carson, he’s not taking shots at people. He’s intelligent, he’s articulate, he’s respected. There’s a lot about him that I think America would do well to have at the helm,” Bevin said during a gubernatorial debate on Kentucky Sports Radio.

Bevin has previously supported Paul’s White House bid. And his comments could prove awkward this weekend. Paul is scheduled to stump for Bevin at a rally Saturday in Frankfort.

Kentucky's Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he'll run for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Whitfield announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election after spending 20 years representing Kentucky's 1st Congressional District in Washington. The heavily Republican district consists of 35 counties in western Kentucky that includes Comer's hometown.

Good Neighbors, Inc.

    It’s been over two months since an eastern Kentucky flash flood claimed lives, homes, and belongings.  The tiny community of Flatgap in Johnson County took a major hit.  WEKU's Stu Johnson visited one family in the area that's still working to pick of the pieces.

Keeneland Officials Prepare for October Racing

Sep 29, 2015
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Another fall meet gets underway this Friday at the historic Keeneland Race Track.  October racing in Lexington is expected to pack in the crowds like never before.

The two candidates vying for Kentucky agriculture commissioner both say they see a big future for hemp in the Commonwealth.  Democratic candidate Jean Marie Lawson-Spann believes in time, industrial hemp could mean tens of thousands of jobs in Kentucky.  “We will recruit Ag processors that will help that come to fruition like when you look at makeup, baskets, clothing, automobile needs,” said Lawson-Spann.