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4:46pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

Credit https://kyenroll.ky.gov/

 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?

The crash site of the Malaysian Airliner is in an area controlled by Ukraine's separatist rebels
Credit BBC News. www.bbc.com

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.

On this week's show, we'll discuss why we in the U.S. and in Kentucky should care about what's going on over there with Dr. Ken Slepyan History Professor at Transylvania University.

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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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9:20pm

Fri July 18, 2014
The Commonwealth

Retired Kentucky Senator Ford Being Treated For Cancer

Credit U.S. Senate Historical Office

Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.

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6:00am

Fri July 18, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Studio Players, Forecastle Festival & Keeneland Concours

Rich Copley is an arts reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  This week, Rich  tells us about The Studio Players’ production of Honky Tonk Angel, the annual Keeneland Concours and the annual Forecastle music festival in Louisville.

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4:19pm

Thu July 17, 2014
State Capitol

State Revenue Shortfall Worries Business Sector

Steps are being taken to deal with a 90 million dollar state revenue shortfall.  Governor Steve Beshear announced a budget reduction plan Wednesday. 

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4:16pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Business and the Economy

Technology Helps Kentucky Farmers Save Money and Beef Up Livestock

Making hay in Kentucky has more to do with science than with what the feed looks like.  Knowing what's inside their hay can save farmers dollars and help produce healthier livestock.

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1:38pm

Thu July 17, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre College Proposes Senatorial 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

Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.

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10:15pm

Wed July 16, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear Plugs $91 Million Budget Shortfall

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an order to plug a $91 million hole in Kentucky's $9.5 billion state budget.

State officials announced the shortfall last week following sluggish collections on state income taxes. Beshear's order Wednesday cuts just $3 million in state spending. Beshear made up the rest by transferring money from other sources, including $21.2 million from the state's reserves.

State officials said they had few options to make up the deficit because the shortfall came at the end of the fiscal year when most of the money had already been spent.

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5:40pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report Says Youth Smoking Declining in Kentucky

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According to the results of a recent federal study, teen smoking in Kentucky is on the decline.   But, the state's primary public health doctor says there's still plenty of room for improvement.   

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5:31pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

NEA Grant to Aid Cultural Effort in Lexington Community

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Two Lexington organizations are being awarded grant money by the National Endowment for the Arts.  

The 75 thousand dollar "Our Town" grant will be shared between the Blue Grass Community Foundation and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation.

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5:05pm

Wed July 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

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The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite. 


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4:26pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Man Says Hidden Message Told Him to Kill

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A detective has testified that a man accused of gunning down a prominent Kentucky defense attorney told police he had deciphered a newspaper message instructing him to carry out the killing.

Somerset Police Detective Chris Gates said at a hearing Wednesday that the defendant, Clinton Inabnitt, believed that if he killed Mark Stanziano, the ringing in his ears would stop.

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2:25pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Appalachian Air Closer to Takeoff

Pikeville Airport
Credit L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC

A consultant says Appalachian Air has cleared another hurdle and can start working toward flying in and out of Pikeville.

Adviser Luke Schmidt told the Pikeville City Commission this week that the Pikeville-Pike County Airport won't need a certification from the federal government before allowing the airline to start flying.

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10:40pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Business and the Economy

Big Tobacco Merger, Cool Temperatures on Minds of Burley Growers

Credit fayette.ca.uky.edu

    

Central Kentucky tobacco growers this summer are feeling the impact of the unseasonably cool weather. Growers are also feeling the effect of decisions made in the board room.

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4:24pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Portion of I-75 for Five Hours

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A chemical spill following a truck accident off Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County earlier today caused the busy highway to shut down for five hours.

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11:14pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Work Begins on Art Garden to Recognize Legendary Lexington Jockey

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After years of planning, Lexington's best Thoroughbred jockey is being honored with a downtown art garden.  One speaker at Monday's groundbreaking called the late Isaac Murphy the "Lebron James of his time."

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11:00pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Public Safety Agencies Gearing Up with New Radio Technology

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku radio

Fayette County public safety agencies are tuning in to a new emergency radio network.  The digital radio system allows for seamless communications among first responders and offers clear reception inside buildings county wide. 

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9:05am

Mon July 14, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Illegal Drug Habit Estimated at $1.5 - $2 Million per Week

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Lexington Police Lieutenant Scott Blakely says the central Kentucky community is home to a one and a half to two million dollar weekly drug habit.   While heroin-related overdose deaths are on a decline, the narcotics officer says crack cocaine use is on an uptick.  Blakely says cocaine and heroin sales take place all over Lexington.  "It is available from downtown to Heartland, from downtown to Beaumont.  With heroin, it was everywhere.  It's not just centered to downtown and neither is the cocaine and it never has been in Lexington," said Blakely.

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6:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Listener Feedback

Listener Feedback: Repeating Stories, Missing Woodsongs, 88.9 Signal Issues

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

On Wednesday morning, Chris from Lexington, wrote, “Didn't we hear all of today's stories yesterday?” As examples, he pointed out the “Jack Conway story” and the “police car story.”

Chris followed up with, “By the way, the news on that one isn't the fee, it's the fact that it's being proposed at all. They're not currently taking cars home.”

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6:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Amy Cloud on Jessamine County Expansion

Nicholasville is the fifth fastest growing city in Kentucky and Jessamine County was the tenth fastest growing county, according to the latest U.S. Census.  What does this growth look like and mean?

Discussing it with Tom Martin is Amy Cloud, CEO of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce.  In this role, Cloud is on the forefront of many issues raised by the expansion Jessamine is now experiencing.

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9:32pm

Sun July 13, 2014
Business and the Economy

Morehead Mill to Help Keep Barrels Rolling

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A Morehead wood mill scheduled to open early next year is expected to help keep bourbon barrels rolling out of Lebanon, Kentucky.  

The stave mill, an estimated $10 million investment, could mean 70 new jobs for the region.  Independent Stave President Brad Boswell says the abundance of Kentucky Oak trees was a factor in selecting the Morehead site, "There's a wonderful resource of white oak logs in the Morehead area and we currently buy logs there, but we have to haul those logs to one of our other mill locations.”

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12:31am

Sun July 13, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Exploring Kentucky's Great Outdoors on Eastern Standard

State and national parks, underground caves, forests, cliffs and campgrounds are just some of the natural features that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass State every year.  

On this program, we'll discuss some of these attributes of our state and hear your questions, comments and stories for guests representing some of the state's outdoor attractions.

 

 

 

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2:28pm

Sat July 12, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Authorizes Police Cruiser ‘Take-Home’

Credit www.LexingtonKy.gov

Lexington's mayor Friday issued an executive order that will reinstate a program allowing personal use of police cruisers.  The action by Mayor Jim Gray comes after the police union suspended a vote on a proposed 50 dollar monthly fee for personal use of vehicles. 

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9:37am

Fri July 11, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: 'Biggest Upset in College Football History', Master Musicians, Lions Club Bluegrass

Rich Copley is arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich begins by telling WEKU’s John Hingsbergen about the Pioneer Playhouse production of “The Wonder Team.”

Also on tap this weekend: The Master Musicians' Festival in Somerset and the annual Lions Club Bluegrass Fair in Lexington's Masterson Station Park.

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10:28pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police Cruiser Policy Change in Limbo

Credit kentucky.com

Lexington's police union has suspended a vote on a cruiser "take home" policy originally scheduled to continue through the weekend.  The proposed policy calls for a monthly 50 dollar fee for officers who want to use their vehicles for personal reasons.  The issue may not be resolved until collective bargaining negotiations resume in early 2015.

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