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6:00am

Fri July 3, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: July 4th & Miss Kentucky Finals

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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.


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5:22pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Education

EKU President Outlines Campus Transformation to City Leaders and Community

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday night updated city leaders and community members on plans to transform the Richmond campus.  Benson presented at the Town and Gown Vision 2020 Forum.

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1:45pm

Wed July 1, 2015
All Politics are Local

LRC Acting Director Announces She is Retiring Next Month

Marcia Seiler, Acting Director for LRC
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The acting director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has announced her retirement, and the commission is searching for a permanent director.

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5:12pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

After Coal Win, States Seek Similar Relief for Farms

They beat the EPA on coal, and now a group of state attorneys general hopes to score a similar victory on farming.

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4:41pm

Tue June 30, 2015
The Commonwealth

Social Worker Faces Firing after Helping 7-Year-Old Girl

A northern Kentucky social worker is facing possible termination by her employer after she says she helped a neglected and abused 7-year-old girl.

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4:15pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Community Service Agencies to Split $3.7 Million

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The state of Kentucky is the recipient of $3.7 million to support community service projects.  The AmeriCorps funding goes to 12 programs, many serving southeast Kentucky.  Operation Unite Education Director Debbie Trusty says a $543,000 grant allows 44 AmeriCorps workers to meet one on one with school children and provide math tutoring and drug prevention education.  "The program gives them activities to be able to be involved in where they can take a stand in their school and be a leader and practice drug resistance skills with a group of like-minded students," said Trusty.

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4:11pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Health and Welfare

Number of Injuries Remains Steady Five Years After Ky. Lifted Ban on Flying Fireworks

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This will be the fifth year that flying fireworks can be sold in many parts of the Commonwealth.  The Kentucky General Assembly enacted the change in 2011.  Prior to that, many Kentuckians traveled to Tennessee to get more powerful fireworks.  State Fire Marshal Bill Swope says the number of vendors selling in Kentucky hasn't changed much.  "I think it has remained rather consistent in terms of if we were to measure it against the number of vendors that are registering to sell,” said Swope. “That number has remained relatively consistent."  

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5:37pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Business and the Economy

Court Upholds Louisville’s Minimum Wage Hike

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An effort launched by industry groups to stop Louisville’s minimum wage law from going into effect was struck down by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman on Monday.

Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance in December that gradually raises the city’s minimum wage in the city to $9 an hour by July 2017.

The city was the first metro area in the South to put a minimum wage increase into law.

The ordinance starts getting phased-in starting this Wednesday.

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5:25pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Education

New Fayette Schools Chief Comes with Large District Experience

New Fayette Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk
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A person with experience in helping lead large school districts in New England is coming to head Kentucky's second largest school system.  Manny Caulk got the nod during a special Fayette County board meeting this past weekend.

The 43-year-old Caulk comes to Lexington from Portland Maine where he headed the state's largest school district. 

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5:21pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Gets Trailers to House Pets During Emergencies

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Lexington's Humane Society has a new option for caring for pets during disasters or other emergencies.  The federal chemical stockpile program has provided funding to the agency for two trailers. 

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6:30am

Mon June 29, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Car Talk Replies & Why All Those Morning Edition Promos?

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Last week, we aired a Facebook message from listener Rebecca, wondering if others shared her view that it was time to re-think the airing of The Best of Car Talk and we tossed it to you.  As of this weekend, we have had a total of three responses.  One from Tom in Lexington agreeing with Rebecca. 

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9:55pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington July 4th Festival Kicks Off Thursday

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Downtown Lexington's Fourth of July Festival is one of the community's biggest celebrations. Festival officials say residents can expect the traditional attractions with few changes. 

  

NOTE: This is an updated version of the story, with corrected information about the days of this year's activities.  We apologize for the original inaccuracies.

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7:32pm

Sun June 28, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Same-Sex Marriage in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

Same-sex marriage supporters outside the Supreme Court after the ruling
Noah Day

  The Supreme Court last week issued a much-anticipated ruling last week, declaring that marriage can no longer be denied to same-sex couple anywhere in the U.S.  On this week's show, we’ll meet some of the people involved in the issue in the Commonwealth. 

Our guests on this week's program are:

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5:08pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Red, White & Boom, John Prine, LAL Food Fight, and Lex Pride 2015

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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. 

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3:57pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

County Clerks Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, Marcus Roland, left, and Scott Shive received the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in Lexington on Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Clerk's office.
Credit Janet Patton / Lexington Herald Leader

By mid-afternoon Friday, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says about 10 gay couples had visited his office seeking marriage license applications. 

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1:05pm

Fri June 26, 2015
Developing

Gov. Beshear Orders Immediate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

Credit The Frankfort State Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided.  That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.


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4:45pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Commonwealth

Kentucky State Retirees Get Update on Pension Program

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Lexington is playing host to the 32nd annual Kentucky Public Retirees meeting.  A big crowd with a vested interested in the issue gathered Thursday.

The hotel conference room was full of former state workers including George Hoffman, who worked for three decades in state transportation.  He's optimistic the legislature will continue to monitor pension fund issues.  "I've got hope that they won't let it just crumble, because there are people that really depend on it," said Hoffman.

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4:35pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Sports

EKU Continues Effort to Move to Higher Athletic Division

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Eastern Kentucky University officials have plans to move into a higher athletic division. EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner says the goal is to move up to the Football Bowl Series. He says whether or not it happens this year is not the issue.  "I think the message is that we're elevating our athletic program, our expectations are higher and we assume we'll also have better results,” says Turner. “The more branding we can do for the university, this is just one of the other mechanisms to keep the university in the forefront." 

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4:54pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Safety Fair Offers Chance to Build Positive Relationships

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Children and adults alike will be schooled this weekend in Lexington on a variety of safety issues.  Officials with the inaugural Summer Safety Fair aim to provide positive interaction between police and children.

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12:38pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Crime

Lexington City Leaders Move Forward with Police Body Cameras

Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard
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Lexington leaders are moving forward with the purchase of body cameras for police. Council members had previously decided to wait until the fall to take up the $600,000 project due to questions about future costs pertaining to video storage. City Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton told council Tuesday that those questions have been answered. "When that answer was given to some of the storage, things automatically changed because that was the big issue that was the real stumbling block here," Hamilton said. "Not the cameras, but how you store all this stuff and access it all." 

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11:15pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Business and the Economy

Minimum Wage Proposal Fails to Emerge from Lexington Council Committee

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It appears any vote on a minimum wage increase in Lexington will be months, if not years away.  A packed council chambers observed intense debate on the issue Tuesday.

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11:10pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Prepares to Institute Needle Exchange Program

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The Lexington Council is endorsing a needle exchange program. The initiative is a part of a new state law aimed at lowering diseases related to heroin use, including Hepatitis and HIV. Fayette County Health Commissioner Rice Leach brought the plan before city leaders Tuesday.  He says participants must bring in a needle to receive a clean one.  "If you bring in one, you only get one” said Leach.

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11:07pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Education

EKU Housing Plan Calls for Demolition and New Construction

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Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with plans to upgrade student housing on the Richmond campus.  The EKU Board of Regents received an update on the project Monday. Plans call for tearing down three dorms, as well as a portion of family housing, and constructing new facilities. 

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4:54pm

Tue June 23, 2015

3:37pm

Tue June 23, 2015
News

Lexington Humane Society Raises $35,000 to Replace Dogs' Air Conditioner

A poodle cooled off in a water bucket at the Lexington Humane Society. The organization raised money to replace dogs' air conditioner.
Credit Lexington Humane Society / Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Humane Society has reached its goal of raising $35,000 for a new air-conditioning unit for its dog kennels.

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5:46pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Business and the Economy

Nicholasville Bypass Project to Begin by Next Year

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Governor Steve Beshear announced plans Monday for a major road project in Jessamine County. The long-awaited project has been on hold for years.  

The city of Nicholasville, like many in the region, has grown considerably over the years. Along with growth comes increased traffic. Governor Beshear says work on a remedy could begin this fall.  "After years of planning and talking, we're finally going to build the east Nicholasville Bypass," said Beshear.

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5:36pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

C-SPAN Visits Lexington to Highlight City's History

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C-SPAN is in Lexington this week to conduct recordings for an upcoming summer history series.  During an announcement Monday at city hall, C-Span coordinating producer Debbie Lamb said five to six segments about Lexington will air in July.  "There's a lot of interesting older political stories like John C. Breckinridge,” said Lamb. “The horse breeding, the thoroughbred history there.  That's unique to Lexington."

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5:33pm

Mon June 22, 2015
Crime

Lexington Police Investigating Weekend Shooting at Douglas Park

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Lexington police are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident Sunday at Douglas Park.

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4:11pm

Mon June 22, 2015
The Commonwealth

Louisville Protesters Call for Union Chief's Dismissal

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About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists "liars and race-baiters" and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.

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3:03pm

Mon June 22, 2015
The Commonwealth

Social Service Workers Lose 92 Cases of Possible Child Abuse

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State social service officials in Northern Kentucky say they lost track of nearly 100 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect, with some languishing for months before being recently rediscovered.

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