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Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election.

The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.

Daytime and overnight homelessness services offered by Lexington’s Catholic Action Center are being merged into one complex.  Ironing out details has been more than a year in the making.

Despite original projections of a much earlier date, a 24-hour homelessness center on Industry Road is now expected to open in early 2017.  It comes after Divine Providence, the corporate entity for Catholic Action Center and Community Inn paid the city $550,000 for the building.

A leader of a Central Kentucky citizens group says there remain outstanding issues regarding the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive fracking waste at the Estill County landfill.  

A proposed agreement announced Friday by state Energy and Environment Cabinet includes a $95,000 civil penalty for Advance Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill.  About two-thirds of that money would go for Radon monitoring and abatement at Estill County schools and at the landfill gate. 

EKU Teacher, Student Stay Connected for Decades

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Two eastern Kentucky men, years apart in age, have maintained an educational and professional career connection for decades. That connection was recognized at Eastern Kentucky University’s 2016 homecoming festivities.

Floyd County native Bertee Adkins taught Pike County native Kirby Easterling at Eastern in the 1990’s.  Because of their common Appalachian background, a bond formed fast.

Tom Martin talks with Lexington attorney Jim Frazier, chair of the governing board of the new Downtown Lexington Management District.  Frazier also chairs the Lexington Parking Authority, so he has his eyes on much of what’s happening to improve Downtown Lexington’s attractiveness - not only as an interesting destination, but also as a place to live and work.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Radio


For more than half a century along the Ohio River, the chemical company DuPont provided jobs for thousands of people. One chemical they produced is PFOA, commonly known as C8. It was a remarkably useful compound, used in “Teflon” non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and even in some food wrappers.


First up, an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WEKH Hazard is now back at FULL POWER on 90.9 FM, thanks to Chief Engineer Bill Browning, Hazard Engineer Phil Hayes, WEKU Assistant Engineer Jim Whitaker as well as numerous outside vendors and contractors as well as support agencies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Horse industry growth opportunities were on the agenda last week during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s 2016 conference in Lexington.Horse industry growth opportunities were on the agenda last week during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s 2016 conference in Lexington.

Ky. Restaurants Review Minimum Wage Ruling

Oct 21, 2016

Retailers across Kentucky are assessing the State Supreme Court’s ruling on local efforts to set a minimum wage.  That includes many in the restaurant business.

The state’s highest court yesterday ruled on wage increases in Lexington and Louisville invalid.   The court says only state lawmakers can act to raise the base rate. 

Kentucky Restaurant Association President Stacy Roof says it will be a business-by-business decision about whether to go back to the lower minimum wage of $7.25.  She says most of their workers are not making minimum wage.

This weekend is not a typical homecoming at Eastern Kentucky University.  It’s not every fall the 2nd ranked team nationally provides the homecoming opposition.

Eastern Kentucky University welcomes its alumni back to the Richmond campus as the Colonels take on Jacksonville State on the football field.  EKU has won nine straight homecoming games, but tomorrow’s opponent stands out. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

One of the events on their agenda this week is a concert by the Lexington Philharmonic.

A six-to-one Kentucky Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down minimum wage increases in the state’s two largest cities.  



Lexington’s minimum wage increased 95 cents in July to eight $8.20 an hour.  The rate was scheduled to go up two more times over the next two years before resting at $10.10.

With fewer than three weeks before Election Day, Kentucky lawmakers on opposing sides of the aisle have differing views about the likelihood of a change in the state's House majority.  The GOP has been eyeing the 100-member chamber for years.

Lexington Continuing Along "Gigabit Road"

Oct 20, 2016

Work continues on making Lexington a so-called "gigabit city."  The transition to super high speed internet is expected to take years.

Officials began discussing moving to high speed internet countywide two years ago.  City officials says many communities across the country are wrestling with process and cost issues.  A public/private partnership is anticipated in Fayette County. 

6000 Fayette 9th and 10th Graders Take PSAT

Oct 19, 2016

Virtually all ninth and tenth graders in Lexington public schools are taking the PSAT this week.  School officials say more than 6000 students took the preliminary college entry exam Wednesday.

Fayette school officials say the district is the first in Kentucky to pay for the test for all freshmen and sophomores.  On average, 344 students take what’s been called the practice SAT each year. It and the ACT are both well-known college entrance exams. 

Bullying on Eastern Standard

Oct 19, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Bullying is one of the most common issues today’s children face, with over one in four of K-12 students experiencing bullying at one point. In honor of Bullying Prevention Month as well as this week being Safe Schools Week across the country, we speak with our round table on the topic of bullying.


Guests on this week's show include: Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates; Mary Gibson from Berea College and coordinator of a group connected to Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)called PALS; and Kit Carson Elementary principal Ken Clark.

Lexington Council members now have updated information about private fundraising strategies for a major downtown park project.  Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Allison Lankford offered a report on the Town Branch Park Tuesday. 

The aim is to raise $31 million over a five-year period.    Lexington Businesswoman Ann Baakus is chairing the philanthropic portion of the drive.  She expects officials with the Lexington Center to honor previous verbal agreements about land for the park.  “Cause, they know, if their word isn’t good, they got trouble with me,” said Baakus.

Lexington Mayor Seeks Input on Gun Violence

Oct 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are asking police how local government can help to reduce gun violence.  The issue came up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session in reaction to the shooting death of Lexington Lafayette High School Sophomore Trinity Gay.  She died after being hit in an exchange of gunfire in a restaurant parking lot.  

Police Chief Mark Barnard says some of the best help could come from citizens who have information about those involved in violent crimes.

Ky. Sudden Infant Deaths Exceed National Average

Oct 18, 2016
Safe Sleep Kentucky

Every five days a Kentucky infant dies from a sudden unexplained death. That’s according to the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, The Fayette Health Department hosted a training program last week on risk factors and investigative practices.

Participants working in the coroner’s office, law enforcement, child welfare, and public health got briefed on sudden infant death issues. 

Stu Johnson

Hundreds gathered at Lexington Lafayette High School Monday night to pay tribute to the life of Trinity Gay.  The 15-year-old died early Sunday after being hit during an exchange of gunfire.

Prayers, candles, and airborne balloons accompanied pleas for unity in the effort to reduce gun violence.

Students, teachers, and staff at Lexington’s Lafayette High School are comforting each other following the loss of a 15-year-old student.  Trinity Gay is being remembered as a gifted athlete who touched many on and off the track.

The daughter of Olympic runner Tyson Gay, herself a rising track star, died early Sunday morning after being hit by gunfire exchanged between two cars in a restaurant parking lot. 

In response to our story,   Lexington Police to Provide Suggestions on Citizen Interaction with Officers, Tammie writes, “Wow - so now we need to be trained on how to act in an encounter with LEO's?"

Tammie continues,  "It shouldn't be that complicated, because not many of the general public are going to study up. Is it now on the public to keep themselves from being mistreated or shot in such an encounter, instead of the responsibility of the PEACE officer?

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

A father and son are the latest arrests in the investigation into the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. 

Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after police say she was fatally shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during a shootout between people in two parked vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.

In a statement, Lexington police say 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D'Markeo are charged with wanton endangerment in the early Sunday shooting.

Nicole Erwin/Ohio Valley ReSource

 Mount St. Joseph in Daviess County, Kentucky, may appear calm with the Green River flowing past  homes that dot the farmland here. But there is trouble in the air and it comes along with the smell of a large hog farm.    

Sixty-three year old Jerry O’Bryan was born and raised on a farm in Daviess County. By the time he was 22 he had lost both parents and was left 150 acres to support his family.

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

The 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay was killed in a shooting in Lexington early Sunday morning. According to the Fayette County Coroner, Trinity Gay died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after a shooting at Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway.  

Trinity Gay was shot in the neck about 4 a.m., police said.

Richmond Police Department

Eastern Kentucky University officials issued two alerts Sunday morning, advising people on or near the campus in Richmond to “shelter in place.”  

The first of the alerts at 12:21 am referred to an area that was the subject of a similar alert last week, Wellington Court at Summit St. near the Madison County Middle School.

Richmond Police responded to a report of “shots fired” but found no active threat.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  

As the days get cooler and darkness comes sooner, it’s time for the annual Halloween events calendar.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

Kentucky Constables Association

Lexington officials are considering changes to policies regarding county constables.  The duties of these elected officials were discussed during this week’s Planning and Public Safety Committee meeting. 

The city review follows a summer report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting raising issues about training and accountability.  Council member Kevin Stinnett views city liability related to constables and their deputies as a key issue.

Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Reports of Shots Fired Lock Down EKU Campus

Oct 13, 2016

The campus of Eastern Kentucky University in richmond was locked down for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon following reports of shots fired. Richmond Police declared the lockdown around 2:30 p.m. and issued an all clear shortly after 3:00 p.m.

EKU officials issued the alert as a precaution following 9-1-1 reports of gunfire.  The reports centered near the area of Wellington Court and Second

Street. Wellington is near both the campus and Madison Middle School, near downtown Richmond.