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Lexington could be getting more blinking caution lights. David Filiatreau in Traffic Engineering told the Lexington City Council earlier this week that some stop lights could be switched out for blinking yellow lights.

Kentucky.com

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray asked for a moment of silence to open Tuesday's council work session. It was in memory of two-year-old Nova Marie Gallman, who died this week after being hit by gunfire intended for someone else. “It’s sad, and tragic, and heartbreaking, the loss of this two year old child,” Gray said. Council member Kevin Stinnett asked for committee consideration of issues related to youth gun violence. “When a crime is committed, right now there is no mandatory sentence. So people...

Marisa Hempel

At this time of the year, we tend to focus on celebrations of our own religions or cultures. But the winter holidays can also bring people of differing backgrounds together. On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss ways to enjoy the “most wonderful time of the year” while including the traditions and customs of those unlike our own.

Ky.gov

The future of performance-based funding for Kentucky's universities is now back in the h ands of the governor and state lawmakers. Members of Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents received an update Monday.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Some 10,000 signatures were delivered to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s London office Monday asking the majority leader to support the Miner’s Protection and Reclaim acts.

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend 10 academic programs. Three other academic offerings are undergoing redesign.

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Jaylen Babb-Harrison has been charged with first degree rape. According to the Lexington Herald Leader , the 23-year-old is being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

Green Hills, Kentucky native Nathan Wright holds MBA and engineering degrees and an aeronautics certificate from the University of Kentucky. There was something very special about his time at UK and he talked with Tom Martin about how it led to the development of a satellite that could prevent dangerous space debris from falling to earth.

Here’s an email from listener Caleb, “I am a long time daily listener of WEKU. One of the featured pieces of feedback this week, from Alyce, criticized “A Prairie Home Companion”, and “Ask Me Another.” I have to agree.
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Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

On Nelson Key Road in Murray, Kentucky, lies a 30-acre tobacco farm and there sits the road’s namesake, Nelson Key himself. He’s just at the end of this year’s harvest, which was brought in with the help of migrant workers. “I used American workers up until 1991 then I went to the migrant workers and I’ve had them ever since,” he explained. Over the years Key found it harder to hire domestic labor despite offering pay above minimum wage. Migrant workers now fill the gap. He uses the...

Downtown Development Corporation

Behind-the-scenes work continues to merge two downtown Lexington business-focused groups. Representatives of both express support for the idea, but admit it will take more effort to get it done.

Eku.Edu

Eastern Kentucky University’s governing board is discussing budget cuts Monday, including the possible elimination or re-structuring of course offerings. There is only one item on the agenda: "Discussion and/or action on proposed budget cuts and academic program suspensions or modifications."

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A state alcohol beverage control investigator is credited with breaking up an illegal alcohol sales operation

Kentucky.com

An investigation is underway into a biodiesel leak last month near Little Eagle Creek in Scott County creek that killed an estimated 2000 small fish. Officials said there’s no further significant threat to the creek. State and local environmental officials are searching for the source of the 3,000 gallons of biodiesel that made its way into the waterway. State Natural Resources Spokesman Lanny Brannock said the exact cause is not known although a nearby Love’s Travel Shop is being examine. ...

Kentucky.com

Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money. Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them. “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This weekend, they’re thinking about the holiday season…

Kentucky.com

Lexington city officials appear headed toward establishing an ‘infrastructure fund’ to help funded downtown developments.

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky farmers are grappling with continuing challenges in the world agriculture economy. There’s no immediate relief in sight. A review of this year's Kentucky's agricultural production with an eye on 2017 is on the agenda at the state Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. The convention is underway in Louisville through Saturday. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend. University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Will Snell said soft demand tied to an ample supply of most...

Gatlinburg Inn

A Kentucky man is thankful that fire damage to the oldest hotel in Gatlinburg is manageable. NOTICE: This story underwent revision with updated fire fatality information

Ohio Valley ReSource on Eastern Standard

Nov 30, 2016
Marisa Hempel

You’ve been hearing stories from the Ohio Valley ReSource, With topics such as Agriculture, the Economy, Energy, and Health: they are the product of a regional journalism collaborative, of which WEKU is part. We’ll meet some of the people behind the Ohio Valley ReSource, including the newest addition to the WEKU news department.

The Eastern Kentucky/Western Kentucky men’s basketball rivalry comes to McBrayer Arena Thursday. It’s the first time the Hilltoppers have come to Richmond since 2007.

GoodGiving Challenge Promotes Ky Non-Profits

Nov 30, 2016
Bluegrass Community Foundation

Dozens of Kentucky non-profits kicked off the GoodGiving Challenge with a pep rally Tuesday at Cheapside in Lexington .

Public Hearing Set For Fayette County Zip Line

Nov 30, 2016
Boone Creek Outdoors

The long-debated question of zip line operation in Fayette County will come again before Lexington's city council. The issue of how to proceed on the matter was debated Tuesday.

Cheri Lawson

Actress Jodie Sweetin,known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the TV Series, Full House, spoke to a nearly full house Tuesday night at Northern Kentucky University about her 10-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.

Trucks, Technology Bolster State Snow Plan

Nov 28, 2016
transportation.ky.gov

A ‘strike force’ truck brigade and a new, traveler-focused website were detailed Monday by state transportation officials. Kentucky's snow truck fleet includes almost 1,000 state trucks and another 451 contracted vehicles. State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway said a new website, SnowKy.Ky.Gov, gives updated information on road conditions and clearance allowing drivers to create safer alternative routes. Also, she said, expanded automated vehicle location technology tracks salt distribution,...

Louisville, Lexington Work to Grow Ky Exports, Attract Investors

Nov 28, 2016
kentuckyunitedonline.org

After an election season in which both major political parties bashed free trade deals, the mayors of Kentucky’s two largest cities have renewed their initiative to attract foreign investment to — and exports from — the region. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Lexington and Louisville need to join forces to be relevant on the global stage. “We need to work together so we can present a unified force to the world that would allow us to better compete together for our whole state,” Fischer...

Sarah Jane Sanders

Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Those are the four basic food groups according to Buddy the Elf. And this time of year, the gluttonous season, it seems like he is onto something. But researchers say that mindful eating –choosing quality over quantity and savoring your meals instead of, say, plowing through another pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching “Westworld” — can make a difference. That’s especially important because the Ohio Valley has a serious problem. In Ohio more than...

Here’s an email from Chris, in Berea, “One morning last week, you shared a tweet from Donald Trump as if it were news regarding how he had helped a Ford plant not leave Louisville. Trump’s tweet, however, was quickly shown to be incorrect."

Ky State Parks Host Eagle Watch Weekends

Nov 28, 2016
Stu Johnson

People will be flocking to western Kentucky early next year to see America's once-endangered national bird. Some of Kentucky's state parks will host the annual Eagle Watch Weekends. For four decades, Kentucky's state parks have offered winter opportunities to view bald eagles from land and water. The tours, running from the third weekend in January through the middle of February, are held each year at Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, and Kenlake State Parks. Special Events Cordinator Carie...

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Refugee families from the Congo and Syria will arrive in Central Kentucky in January under a new resettlement program. Catholic Charities in Lexington is now a part of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Refugee Resettlement Program. Fifty-one refugees, or 10 to 15 families, expected in the first year begin arriving in January. Federal dollars go to cover lodging, transportation, and food costs for three months. Director of Catholic Charities Ruslyn Compton said church volunteers help...

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