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6:00am

Mon March 2, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Suggestions for Traffic Info and "Where and When is Fracking Meeting?"

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

Peter, from Paris, Kentucky emailed us, “There has been a lot of feedback recently on traffic reports outside of Lexington or when the Traffic Management Center is closed. It sounds like the trick is having a reliable data source. I might suggest partnering with one of your TV media partners who already have traffic reporting mechanisms in place or looking into a service such as Waze which allows drivers to report incidents as they see them.” 

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6:00am

Mon March 2, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Suggestions for Traffic & "Where and When is Fracking Meeting?"

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

Peter, from Paris, Kentucky emailed us, “There has been a lot of feedback recently on traffic reports outside of Lexington or when the Traffic Management Center is closed. It sounds like the trick is having a reliable data source. I might suggest partnering with one of your TV media partners who already have traffic reporting mechanisms in place or looking into a service such as Waze which allows drivers to report incidents as they see them.” 

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4:49pm

Fri February 27, 2015
State Capitol

Kentucky Senate Passes 'Transgender Bathroom Bill'

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The Kentucky Senate has acted to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex.  Much of the committee discussion centered on a Louisville high school's decision to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity.  The bill is sponsored by Senator C.B. Embry of Morgantown.  "This bill is about student privacy; it also deals with choices, common sense," said Embry.

Paducah Senator Danny Carrol argued that the concerns of students who not feel comfortable sharing restrooms with transgender students, need to be considered.

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4:42pm

Fri February 27, 2015
State Capitol

Ky State Senate Sets Debt Ceiling for Future

Owensboro Senator Joe Bowen on the Senate Floor Friday
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A bill intended to reduce state debt over time is on its way to the Kentucky House.  The Senate voted 28-8 Friday in favor of the measure, which limits general fund supported debt to six percent. 

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4:18pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Crime

Texting While Driving Law Difficult to Enforce

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Four years after Kentucky passed a ban on texting while driving, police say it remains a difficult law to enforce.

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10:22am

Fri February 27, 2015
Education

Weather Causes East Ky Districts to Cancel Spring Break

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Schools in eastern Kentucky have been out so much this winter due to the weather, two districts have canceled spring break.

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6:30am

Fri February 27, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: 'The 39 Steps,' Organist Cameron Carpenter, and Comedian Henry Cho

Credit 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 activities. Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, following a delay due to last week’s snow storm, UK Theater’s presentation of ‘The 39 Steps’ is back on track. 

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10:42pm

Thu February 26, 2015
State Capitol

Senate Acts to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth.  The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. 

Proponents of the bill say the games the businesses offer are equivalent to gambling.  Bowling Green Senator Mike Wilson says the establishments in his town are impacting charitable groups.  "It has taken away from, in Warren County, the revenue that comes from charitable gambling for our veterans' organizations," said Wilson.

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4:54pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Health and Welfare

State and Local Agencies Continue to Assist Eastern Kentuckians Without Water

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State officials say progress is being made to get water to southeastern Kentucky families who are without. Emergency response officials have been distributing bottled water in the region following last week's big snowfall and subzero temperatures that damaged water lines and clogged river intakes.  

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4:52pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Education

Legislation to Alter School Council Authority Moves to Senate Floor

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The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law.  The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state.  Bill Sponsor John Schickel says councils would no longer be involved in the hiring of principals and teachers.  He believes that authority should rest with school superintendents and principals.  "It's hard to ask someone to manage something, but not give them the proper tools or authority,” said Schickel. “In my mind and in the minds of many people it’s a flawed system, a flaw in generally what's a v

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8:50am

Thu February 26, 2015
State Capitol

Senate Acts on Legislation to Support SOAR Initiative

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Work continues to determine the specific strategies of the 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' initiative, usually referred to as SOAR.  Legislation to establish a grant framework has passed the Kentucky Senate.

The first SOAR Summit was staged in December of 2013 in Pikeville.  Discussions focused on the economic and social needs of eastern Kentucky.  Since then, working groups have met several times.  New legislation would create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund.  The measure does not specify how it will be funded. 

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5:50pm

Wed February 25, 2015
State Capitol

House Panel Approves Bill to Permit Alcoholic Beverages on Tourist Pedaling Carts

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Under a bill making its way through the Kentucky House, multi-passenger bicycle cart businesses that shuttle riders to area bars could be allowed to serve alcohol on board. The measure emerged from the Licensing and Occupations Committee Wednesday.  Shelbyville Representative Brad Montell says the bill could boost tourism in cities like Louisville and Lexington.  "It permits businesses like the 'Thirsty Pedaler' to be licensed and then to transport their customers from site to site while they have an alcoholic beverage in hand," said Montell.

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5:46pm

Wed February 25, 2015
State Capitol

KY House Backs Workers Comp Coverage for Firefighters

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A bill to include workers compensation protections for certain types of cancer found in firefighters is headed to the Kentucky Senate.  The House approved the measure Wednesday.  Chris Bartley represents firefighters in Lexington.  He says studies show that firefighters are at a higher risk of cancer affecting the prostate, brain, and colon, among others.  "It gives the presumption that this is a job related injury," said Bartley.

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5:50pm

Tue February 24, 2015
State Capitol

Public Private Partnerships Advance in the KY House

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A legislative effort to make public-private partnerships available for state funded projects or services is moving forward in Frankfort.

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5:47pm

Tue February 24, 2015
State Capitol

Booster Seat Bill Emerges from House Committee

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Booster seat advocates say legislative action is needed to fix Kentucky's current law.  A bill that would increase the height requirement to 57 inches and age standard to nine years old, passed the House Transportation Committee Tuesday.   Dr.

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2:26pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Water Woes Worsening in Eastern, Central Kentucky

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The Kentucky National Guard is helping distribute water in communities where many households are without due to bitter cold temperatures.

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11:57pm

Mon February 23, 2015
State Capitol

Legislation Related to Transgender Student Bathroom Use Passes on Surprise Second Attempt

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After failing on the initial vote last week, legislation to require most public school students in Kentucky to use the bathroom of their biological sex  is now headed to the full Senate.   The measure was approved during a surprise vote Monday by the Senate Education Committee.

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11:53pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Business and the Economy

2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Event Officially Kicks Off

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There seems to be significant nationwide interest in the first Thoroughbred Makeover event planned at the Kentucky Horse Park. A large group of horse enthusiasts gathered in Lexington Monday for the launch of the initiative, which aims to help Thoroughbred racehorses transition into second careers. 

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11:23pm

Mon February 23, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Race Relations in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Everett McCorvey, voice professor, Director of UK Opera Theatre and native of Montgomery, Alabama shared memories of growing up under segregation during the program originally broadcast August 29, 2013

Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.

Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013.  Here is a link to the original post.

Guests for this week's program will include:

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4:38pm

Mon February 23, 2015
All Politics are Local

Bill Would Exempt Some Pastors from Workers' Comp Insurance

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House lawmakers have advanced a bill that would exempt some pastors from paying workers' compensation insurance.

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10:01am

Mon February 23, 2015
Business and the Economy

Beshear to Lead Trade Mission to Canada

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Gov. Steve Beshear will lead a springtime trade mission to Canada in hopes of finding more markets for Kentucky products.

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9:46am

Mon February 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Initial Grant for Appalachian Group Approved

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The nonprofit group Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. has received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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6:00am

Mon February 23, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: When it Comes to Weather, How About Just the Facts?

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

Here’s a call we received from listener David in Lexington, “I  love your station.  Could not live without it but I do have a couple of complaints.  One is the way the announcers slant the weather reports. If it’s possible to make it sound worse than it’s going to be, it seems like that’s the kind of emphasis." 

David continues, "One of your announcers, ‘It’s only gonna be five degrees, and it’s only gonna be…’ No matter what it is, he says ‘It’s only gonna be.’ How about just the facts?”

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4:13pm

Sun February 22, 2015
Business and the Economy

Lake Cumberland Houseboat Maker Having Success in India

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Governor Beshear says some residents may be surprised at the types of Kentucky made products that end up in buyers' hands around the world.  Kentucky made watercrafts are among those items.

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10:42pm

Fri February 20, 2015
State Capitol

KY General Assembly Considering Ways to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

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A Bowling Green Senator wants to clarify Kentucky's stance on internet sweepstakes cafes.  The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product.  Senator Mike Wilson's legislation aims to shut down those trades.  "I do not even know that it exists because on the front of the building it says ‘Faxes and Copies,’ and you can get copies there, but they'll only give you three,” Wilson said.  “That's not what they are there for and it says ‘No One Under 21 Admitted’ and there's a little kind of sign to the side that says 'Better than B

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4:36pm

Fri February 20, 2015
State Capitol

Smoking Ban Fate Uncertain in Senate

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All eyes are on Kentucky’s state senators to see if they’ll move on the House’s proposed statewide smoking ban.

Senate President Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, has said he doesn’t see support for the bill in the upper chamber.

“If there is, and individuals want to vote on it and can get committee votes and want to get it to the floor it will move in the normal and ordinary course,” Stivers said.

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4:07pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Snow Storm Causes Cancellations, Some Shows Still On

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

It's time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader

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3:13pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Health and Welfare

Sub Zero Temps Followed by Snow, Ice, Rain Keep Utilities Busy

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Thousands of Kentuckians woke up to bitterly cold homes Friday morning.  Circuit overloads knocked out power to households all across the Commonwealth.

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5:16pm

Thu February 19, 2015
State Capitol

State Debt Reduction Bill Goes to Full Senate for Third Time

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Legislation aimed at reducing Kentucky's debt is headed to the Senate floor.  The measure seeks to lower overall debt over time.

The bill limits general fund supported debt to 6 percent of general fund revenues.  Sponsor Joe Bowen told budget committee members  the state's current debt ratio is at 8.1 percent, including the state's participation in county courthouse construction borrowing. 

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5:14pm

Thu February 19, 2015
State Capitol

Bill to Prohibit Credit Card Purchase of State Lottery Tickets Passes Out of Committee

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Legislation before Kentucky lawmakers could impact the Kentucky Lottery's plan to offer online electronic ticket sales this fall.  A measure prohibiting the use of credit cards for such transactions cleared a senate committee Thursday.  Bill Sponsor Jimmy Higdon says the law also calls for establishing a pre-paid card program.  "If you're gonna buy that internet product, you first have to buy a pre-paid card from a lottery retailer,” said Higdon. “That's simply to protect the retailers from competition of the internet."

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