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4:22pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Business and the Economy

Golf Fans Sure to Boost Kentucky Tourism Figures

Credit courier-journal.com

State tourism officials are always working to make Kentucky a common vacation destination.  The Commonwealth will next week be a popular site for golf fans.

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4:13pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Overdose Numbers Frustrate State Drug Czar

Credit medicalxpress.com

A new report out Thursday says drug overdose deaths remained virtually the same in Kentucky over the last couple of years. 

A study by the Office of Drug Control Policy shows 1,007 people died in Kentucky from drug overdose in 2013, compared to 1,004 people in 2012.

Van Ingram, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, calls the report “frustrating.”

"While we've made some in-roads in prescription drug deaths, increases in heroin deaths kind of evened us out and plateaued and deaths remained largely the same," said Ingram.

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11:00pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

Summit Focuses on Links Between Childhood Obesity and Learning

Credit warrencountyschools.org

    Education and health advocates are brainstorming ways to increase physical activity in school without diminishing academic focus.

Participants met Wednesday during a Lexington summit.

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4:26pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Business and the Economy

Record Land Transaction in Hamburg

Credit http://www.bluegrassextendedstay.com/

Fourth Quarter Properties has sold the Lexington Hamburg Pavilion shopping center for a record $185 point 7 million dollars.

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3:36pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Business and the Economy

Simpsonville Outlet Mall Gives Small Town Big Economic Boost

Credit kentucky.com

The Kentucky community of Simpsonville is preparing to welcome thousands of shoppers Thursday. 

A 300 thousand square foot outlet mall, fully leased, will open just off Interstate 64. 

City Administrator David Eaton says for the north-central Kentucky town of about 25 hundred, the economic impression will be substantial.  

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1:33pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Business and the Economy

State Approves Tax Breaks for Ark Encounter

Credit www.techtimes.com

A controversial religious theme park planned for northern Kentucky has been granted a new round of tax breaks by the state.

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12:59pm

Wed July 30, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Camps Pledge Support for a More Positive Fancy Farm Picnic

Credit http://www.fancyfarmpicnic.org/

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

  Wilson, along with St. Jerome Parish pastor Darrell Venters, orchestrated the phone call last week that included Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon, Republican party chair Steve Robertson and the campaign managers for both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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10:02pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Education

EKU Prepares to Launch Video Gaming Institute

Credit lanereport,com

    

Eastern Kentucky University is joining a number of other post-secondary schools to further video game development education. 

EKU is a member of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance. 

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4:49pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Business and the Economy

New Auto Manufacturing Group Aims to Speak with One Voice

Credit lanereport,com

Hoping to give the industry a "common voice," the newly created Kentucky Automotive Industry Association launches this week.

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5:24pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Business and the Economy

Bees Buzzing on EKU Campus

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

There's a buzz of activity this week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Hundreds of beekeepers from several states and outside the U.S. are in Richmond participating in the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting. 

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4:57pm

Mon July 28, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Treasurer Says Suspicious Mail Making Rounds

Credit practicalwaystosavemoney.com

Officials with the state treasurer's office are giving Kentuckians a 'heads up' about some questionable unclaimed property mailings.  

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says the postcards carry a Denver postmark.  Bethany Goad is with the Kentucky treasurer's office in Frankfort.  "They were finding in multiple reports, it was an internet company that was sending cards who was a debt collector and the cards were reported to be blue, yellow, orange, or green," said Goad.

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8:46am

Mon July 28, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Matt Bellis on 3-D Scanning

Science is creating jobs in Lexington.  Seikowave is a technology company focused on three dimensional scanning. The company is a working example of the University of Kentucky’s efforts to establish a high-tech sector of the central Kentucky economy. Here’s Tom Martin’s conversation with Seikowave founder and CEO, Matt Bellis.

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6:30am

Mon July 28, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Tech Issues plus Getting SOAR Right

Send your feedback to: WEKU at EKU dot EDU, post on Facebook, send a tweet or call 859-622-1657.

First up, the ever-present technical issues (with Classical 102.1)  Female caller: “I just wanted to express as a listener my great appreciation for all your hard work during this very difficult time. I know you’ve had the audio problems at your station and I, as a faithful listener, kept my radio tuned, waiting for you to come back. It definitely came in this afternoon. The music’s wonderful and again you’re very much appreciated, so you do have very faithful listeners out there.”

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7:34pm

Sun July 27, 2014
-Eastern Standard

The Basics of Islam on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen speaking with Dr. Richard Cahill.
Credit Richard Turner

As the annual observance of Ramadan draws to a close, on this week’s show, we’ll focus on the basics of Islam with our guests, Richard Cahill, PhD, Director of International Education and Associate Professor of History at Berea College, and Ishan Bagby, PhD, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as board member of Masjib Bilal, one of three mosques located in Lexington.

Listen to the audio of this edition of Eastern Standard.

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1:29pm

Fri July 25, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Received 237 Children Crossing Into US

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Kentucky has less than 1 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

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7:13am

Fri July 25, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Moontower Music Fest, Films with Lexington Roots, 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Moondance

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  

This week Rich tells us about a new music festival that organizers hope will become a summer mainstay in Lexington plus two new feature films with Asbury University roots plus "Little Shop of Horrors" on stage at the Moondance Amphitheatre.  

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6:47pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Station News & Events

Former WEKU Station Manager Passes

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Former WEKU station manager, Madison Lee Hodges, has died.

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1:08pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Pushing Court Records Online

Credit Diane Geller

Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public.

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12:57pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Condemned Kentucky Inmate Seeks New Trial

Credit Mark D. Siegel

A death row inmate from eastern Kentucky has asked a federal judge to throw out his conviction and sentence, saying a judge erred in accepting his guilty plea.

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1:01pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Developing

'Pop Bottle' Bombs Found at Area High School, Activities Canceled

Credit Faron Collins / Lexington Herald Leader

A bottle bomb exploded at a Lexington school Wednesday, chasing band members inside and bringing police to the scene.

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12:52pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Central Kentucky Winery Sold at Auction

Credit www.kentuckywine.com

A one-time tobacco farm that had been converted to a winery has now been converted to multiple tracts of land and a lot of equipment scattered about to new owners.

An auctioneer sold off the Acres of Land Winery in Richmond at a foreclosure liquidation sale Tuesday as the former owners attempted to settle more than $1 million in debt.

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12:46pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mail Plant Moving in 2015

Credit www.usps.com

A mail processing plant in Lexington is scheduled to move to Louisville and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015.

The processing center is among 82 facilities nationwide that are planned for consolidation. 

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6:00am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Commonwealth

SOAR Group Hears Tourism Ideas in Richmond

Credit lanereport,com

A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening.  A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.    

Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.

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4:46pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

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 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.

Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won't be affected.

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3:21pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Bourbon Inventory Tops 5 Million Barrels

Aging bourbon at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.
Credit Tom Eblen / Lexington Herald Leader

Kentucky bourbon makers are churning out larger volumes of whiskey being stored for aging.

The Kentucky Distillers' Association said Tuesday the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977.

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2:14pm

Tue July 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

Child Health and Education Improve in Kentucky, but Poverty Prevails

Credit Greg Stotelmyer

While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow.

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12:47pm

Tue July 22, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Why Should We Care About Ukraine?

From left to right: Natasha Williams, John Hingsbergen, Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Dr. Kenneth Slepyan.
Credit Richard Turner

The former Soviet Republic of Ukraine has been in constant turmoil this year, turmoil that has apparently led to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 civilians aboard.

  

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4:32pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Paul Says Fort Knox is Potential Site for Child Migrants, Democrat Says No

Credit U.S. Senate

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox has been talked about as a possible site to temporarily house immigrant children pouring across the country's border. But a Democratic congressman indicates the Army post is not under consideration as a place to shelter young migrants.

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2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Energy

Kentucky’s First Carbon Capture System Unveiled

Credit Erica Peterson

Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled Monday has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

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6:00am

Mon July 21, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Why the 6:00 Hour of All Things Considered? plus Ongoing, Severe Tech. Issues with 102.1

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU (at) eku (dot) edu; post on Facebook; send a tweet @889WEKU or call 859-622-1657

Listener Michael emailed us, “Would you consider having a different show at 6:00 PM on weekdays instead of repeating the 4:00 hour of All Things Considered? I find myself often listening during both those hours on a given day and it's a drag hearing the rerun.”

We appreciate Michael’s suggestion, and any from our listeners, of course.  I assume most are aware that we do not air a repeat of the first hour of All Things Considered on Fridays.  That’s based on a belief that listening patterns are a bit different as the weekend approaches.

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