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7:00pm

Wed August 20, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre President Awaits Reply on Proposed Debate

Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
Credit Pam Wright / Advocate Messenger

Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.

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4:44pm

Wed August 20, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Prosecutors Gather in Lexington for Annual Meeting

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

Hundreds of county and state prosecutors are meeting in Lexington this week to discuss issues ranging from human trafficking to jury selection to search and seizure procedures.

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3:45pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Education

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

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Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.  "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time.  What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut.

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3:40pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

City Council Acts to Secure Future Funding for Affordable Housing

Rick McQuady-Director of Lexington's Office of Affordable Housing
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Lexington city leaders are moving forward with efforts to fund affordable housing. The city is spending $3 million this fiscal year toward developing affordable units. 

The council Tuesday gave first approval for setting aside $2 million in the next budget. 

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10:29pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Officials Weigh Future of City's Historic Old Courthouse

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Final decisions about what to do with Fayette County's former courthouse building could come by the end of the year. 

In the meantime, repairs are needed just to ensure the integrity of the historic structure and the area around it.

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10:23pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Education

Transy's Incoming Freshman Class Most Diverse in School History

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Classes begin at Transylvania University in a couple of weeks. When doors open, the Lexington school will welcome its most diverse class ever. 

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3:00pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Billionaire to Pay $1.5M Fine for Kentucky Mines

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West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of reclamation violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.

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5:54pm

Mon August 18, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Set to Appear Together on KET

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Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky Educational Television in October. 

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5:43pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Education

EKU President and Cabinet Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

EKU President Michael Benson (far left) and the President's Council
Sean McCormick WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Mike Benson and the President’s Council took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on EKU’s Richmond campus Monday afternoon.

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5:32pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Nonprofit Launches New Effort to Combat Workplace Stress

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    A Lexington charitable group begins workshops this week aimed at impacting corporate attendance, violence, stress, and relationships. 

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5:28pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Business and the Economy

Beef Growers Could Pay More for Promotion

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The Kentucky Cattlemen's Association is asking the State Board of Agriculture for approval to conduct a statewide referendum of beef cattle producers.

The KCA is proposing increasing the state assessment from $1 to $2 per head of cattle marketed in the state.

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6:30am

Mon August 18, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Visitors to Woodland Arts Festival Offer Comments

Some of the WEKU staff spent the better part of this past weekend at the Woodland Art Fair in Lexington and we thought you might enjoy hearing some of the comments we got from people who stopped by to say, “Hello.”

Mary Landrum, of Lexington, says, “I love the focus on public affairs programming.  I like talk radio and I like that WEKU is committed to giving us a variety of opinions. I never know what I’m going to hear and I like that.” 

Landrum says she also likes the classical music, “That’s nice when I’m driving home from a night shift, nice relaxing classical music.”

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10:24pm

Sun August 17, 2014
The Commonwealth

Growing Interest in Archery Among Kentucky School Aged Children

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    Archery related activities are becoming more widespread in Kentucky schools and in recreational settings. 

Kenlake State Park will soon be the site of a new three dimensional archery course.

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10:17pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Education

Enrollment Up and Down at Eastern Kentucky University

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    Monday is the first day of the fall semester at Eastern Kentucky University.  Sharon Lott is beginning her tenure in EKU's American Sign Language and Interpreter Education program.  She comes to the Richmond school after teaching 20 years in North Carolina. 

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9:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Depression in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments and stories about depression to : WEKU Eastern Standard (at) gmail (dot) com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call and leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

The tragic death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has shone a spotlight on the issue of depression. We did some research and discovered that Kentucky ranks well within the top ten states experiencing this form of mental illness.  

On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll discuss depression in the Commonwealth.

We're interested in your questions, comments and stories about your own struggles with depression or those of loved ones.  

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8:52pm

Fri August 15, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky, Feds Reach Agreement on Hemp Imports

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Kentucky agriculture officials and the federal government have finalized an agreement on how industrial hemp seeds may be imported into the state.

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6:01pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

39th Woodland Art Fair Makes for a Day in the Park

Randy West with Zack's Snacks
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

Lexington's Woodland Park transforms this weekend into a place bustling with arts and crafts, music, and food. 

Final preparations are underway for the 39th Woodland Art Fair.

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5:49pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

UK Proposing Two Roundabouts for Busy Stretch of Alumni Drive in Lexington

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The University of Kentucky is proposing major changes be made to a busy Lexington road.

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3:22pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing Eminent Domain Ruling

Credit Erica Peterson / Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Public Radio's Erica Peterson

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the company behind the project is appealing a circuit court decision that found the company doesn’t have the right of eminent domain.

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7:35am

Fri August 15, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Woodland Art Fair, Picnic with Pops & River Blast

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

WEKU's Jonese Franklin speaking with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader

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

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11:22pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Financing Plan for Centre Point Garage Still in Works

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    As expected, Lexington’s Urban County Council spent a significant amount of time Thursday night discussing the highly publicized Centre Point project.

The latest talks addressed bankrolling a planned underground parking structure.

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4:21pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Centre Point Bonding Request Rejected by State

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The six-year downtown Centre Point project has hit another snag. The state has refused to grant developers funds for an underground parking structure.

It's likely the topic will be up for discussion Thursday evening at Lexington City Hall.

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4:17pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Improved Connector in Jackson County Could Boost Industrial Interest in Region

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A highway connector project just completed in central Kentucky could boost industrial opportunities for Jackson and neighboring counties. 

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5:04pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

State Fair Highlights 'Kentucky Proud' Brand

Hot Brown on a stick
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The Kentucky State Fair is offering an opportunity to educate visitors on the economic impact of the Commonwealth's agriculture business. 

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2:36pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Education

EKU President: School Branding Reboot and Multiple Construction Projects Planned

Credit Stu Johnson

Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics. 

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9:27pm

Tue August 12, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky's Teacher Retirement System May Become One of Worst-Funded in U.S.

Credit www.ky.gov

New pension accounting standards could place Kentucky's teachers' retirement system among the worst-funded in the U.S.

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9:23pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Sports

Beep Baseball Complex Heading to Frankfort

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A different kind of baseball game is coming to the region.  When baseball season begins next spring, a game designed for the visually impaired will be played in Frankfort.

A beep baseball complex is planned for a site near the Kentucky River.   The ball emits beeps as both the batter and fielders are blindfolded.

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4:36pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Natural Gas-Powered Garbage Trucks Hit Lexington Streets

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

Garbage collection in some Lexington neighborhoods is about to get whole lot quieter. 

Eleven compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks are coming on line this week.  It's the first step in a major transition to natural gas for the entire 126 garbage truck fleet. 

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1:47pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky's Child Care Assitance Program Reopened

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Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program has been reopened for new applicants after a budget shortfall closed it 16 months ago.

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1:42pm

Tue August 12, 2014
The Commonwealth

September Deadline for Farm Ownership Program

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Kentucky farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low-interest loans through the Farm Service Agency's direct farm ownership program. 

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