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5:11pm

Mon July 27, 2015
News

Report: Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky Declined After 2012 Law

Credit wfpl.org

The number of Kentuckians “doctor shopping” to obtain similar drug prescriptions from multiple doctors dropped significantly after new drug laws went into effect in 2012. 

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4:02pm

Mon July 27, 2015
All Politics are Local

Public Comment on Davis Statue in State Capitol Closes Wednesday

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The chance for the public to comment on whether the state should keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda closes on Wednesday.

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12:45pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Sets Public Meeting on Civil War Statues, Marker

Someone used spray paint to write "Black Lives Matter" on the pedestal of the John Hunt Morgan statue on the lawn of the old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington, Friday June 26, 2015.
Credit Ron Garrison / Lexington Herald Leader

A public meeting is being held in Lexington next month for residents to express their opinions about two Civil War statues and a historic marker in the city.

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11:39am

Mon July 27, 2015
Health and Welfare

'Trooper Island' Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Credit kentuckystatepolice.org

Kentucky State Police and thousands of former camp attendees are celebrating a half century of summertime recreation and mentorship.  The fun takes place on an island at Dale Hollow Lake in southern Kentucky.

KSP Spokesman Sargent Michael Webb says it's a structured environment with fresh air, good food, recreation, and esteem building activities.  "It's a wonderful respite for these children to be able to go and just get away from all the busyness and other cares of this world and just go there and just have fun," said Webb.

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11:37am

Mon July 27, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Road Work Commonplace in Lexington this Summer

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

There are more than a few traffic cones positioned along Lexington area streets this summer.  Traffic delays may frustrate motorists now, but the benefits will be visible in October when the city welcomes the Breeders Cup.

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10:09am

Mon July 27, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Joe Montgomery on App Technology

Joe Montgomery is chief executive officer of Omveria (ahm-VAIR-ee-uh), a Lexington-based tech company on the verge of launching new app technology for mobile devices.  The company website features the tagline, “One Download, One Touch, Millions of Businesses.”  Tom Martin asked Joe to explain what Omveria is about.

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6:00am

Mon July 27, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: More Questions About Hazard, Friday Evening Changes, Jonese Franklin's Voice

Send your feedback to us at: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku. Leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

Here's an email we received from listener, Jerry, "I  live in Johnson City, Tennessee and my family lives in Lee County Virginia. We can no longer hear WEKU on the radio. Please get it back on the air. What is the problem?"

Jerry's email represents numerous emails, phone calls and other messages we’ve been receiving for the greater part of the past two weeks.

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10:01pm

Sun July 26, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Projected Effects of Climate Change on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657or call in when you tune in for EST Thursday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.

An organization focused on quantifying economic risks and impacts of climate change, Risky Business, is releasing a report this week on its effects on the Southeastern United States, including Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we discuss the projected harmful effects of climate on the Commonwealth.

 

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4:19pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Health and Welfare

Flood Assistance Distribution Centers Operating in E. Kentucky this Weekend

Credit thelevisalazer.com

Eastern Kentucky flood victims can receive cleanup supplies and food this weekend at three different Red Cross distribution centers.  The sites have been established in Johnson, Rowan and Carter counties.  Joanna King with Red Cross says various items are being handed out including rakes, shovels, work gloves, bug spray and sunscreen. King says storage containers and food boxes that can feed a family of four for up to seven days will also be available.

King says there are other cleanup materials and hygiene kits available at the distribution centers. 

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1:40pm

Fri July 24, 2015
News

Kentucky Man Receives Life Sentence for Overdose Death

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An eastern Kentucky man has been sentenced to life in prison for the overdose death of a woman. 

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12:49pm

Fri July 24, 2015
The Commonwealth

Kentucky State Parks Nix Confederate Flag Merchandise

Credit Mickey Welsh / bizjournals.com

The Kentucky Department of Parks will no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate battle flag at park gift shops.

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12:36pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Lexington Theatre Co. Presents '42nd St.' & the Eagles Play Rupp

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

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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10:21am

Fri July 24, 2015
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Government Pays $400,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Louisville attorney Thomas Clay filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday for legislative staffers Cassaundra Cooper, left, and Yolanda Costner against former state Rep. John Arnold.
Credit Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

The state will pay $400,000 to settle two sexual harassment lawsuits against lawmakers and the state agency that runs administrative operations in the state Capitol.

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10:04am

Fri July 24, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Lyndy & Jeromy Smith on the Lexington Theater Company

When you hear that a new entrepreneurial business is coming to town, what comes to mind? How about a theater company with the aim of pairing Broadway and national touring talent with aspiring local and regional talents? That’s the aim of The Lexington Theater Company, set to stage its first production, 42nd Street, at the Lexington Opera House later this month. Tom Martin looked into the business side with co-founders and former Broadway professionals Lyndy and Jeromy Smith.

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9:51am

Fri July 24, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Greg Walker on Lexington's Warehouse Block

Greg Walker, along with his father, Randy, and his brother, Chad, has worked for years to rehabilitate and renovate what has been a nondescript collection of small industrial office and warehouse buildings bounded by Walton, National and North Ashland Avenues in Lexington. Lately though, the 13-acre “Warehouse Block” as it’s now called, has been springing to life with a growing collection of interesting entrepreneurial businesses. Tom Martin’s conversation with Greg Walker took place in a studio, Dynamix Productions, that is now into its 11th year on National Avenue.

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9:41am

Fri July 24, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Jeff Brubaker on Chemical Weapons in Kentucky

In March of this year, the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado began destroying the United States’ largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, leaving Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky holding the remaining inventory.  Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass holds the Defense Department contract to operate and close a facility to destroy these weapons. Tom Martin talked with the man responsible, site project manager, Jeff Brubaker.

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9:14am

Fri July 24, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Alison Davis on Rural Hospitals

A recent state audit found that 34 percent of rural hospitals were considered to be in poor financial health. According to the Kentucky Hospital Association, 70 of the state's hospitals have laid off more than 7,700 employees in the past two years. What’s happening to rural hospitals and the communities that depend on them? Tom Martin raised those questions with Dr. Alison Davis, University of Kentucky Professor and Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky and President of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

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4:40pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Abandoned Horse Database Established in Kentucky

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State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses.  The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year.  State Veterinarian Bob Stout says information about the horses is collected at county judges' offices.  "It certainly gives opportunities for people to legitimately claim their horse and we would hope then, when they recognize ownership of it, that they maintain responsibility that goes with owning a horse," said Stout.

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4:16pm

Thu July 23, 2015
All Politics are Local

In Debate, Bevin and Conway Tout Rural Roots, Clash Over Kynect

Jack Conway
Credit Ryland Barton

Kentucky’s major party candidates for governor squared off Thursday at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

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4:45pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Sports

Breeders Cup and Maker's Mark Join Together in $1 Million Charitable Campaign

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity.  The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.

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4:40pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Business and the Economy

Keeneland Moves to Meet Anti-Doping Standard Adopted in Europe

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A new condition of sale will be a part of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.  It was established in response to the British Horseracing Authority's zero tolerance for anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances.  Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell says the Lexington track has had a testing program in place for seven years.  "Obviously there was a concern fromthe BHA because they have initiated this policy,” said Russell. “Since we introduced our anabolic steroid testing, we have never had a positive."

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9:49pm

Tue July 21, 2015
The Commonwealth

Cicadas Sounding Off in Big Numbers this Summer

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Many trees in central Kentucky are alive with the sound of insects.  It's the call of the annual cicada.

The sound of cicadas is hard to miss when outside in many neighborhoods.  University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says male cicadas are sounding off and those insect numbers appear to be up this summer.  "It is a mating call and they can get quite loud and they'll start to chorus together and kind of develop a rhythm in their song," said Townsend.

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2:37pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Health and Welfare

Report: Poverty Afflicts 1 in 4 Kentucky Youngsters

Credit aecf.org / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report says poverty remains the biggest problem facing Kentucky children, a trend affecting all other aspects of child well-being.

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10:20pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Commonwealth

Rowan Co. Clerk Testifies In Same-Sex Marriage Suit

Credit courier-journal.com

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S., testified in court on Monday that her stance is based on religious grounds.

Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples, represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, who were denied marriage licenses.

Rowan County is one of at least two counties that has refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling.

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9:57pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Education

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

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Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project. 

Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts. 
 

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4:42pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Big Trouble on 90.9 in Hazard, Online Schedule Issues

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku. You can leave a voice message at any time at 859-622-1657

We’ve had another major problem with our transmitter at 90.9 FM. It went off the air last Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm and our engineer worked two full days trying to get it back to full power. Sadly, Phil Hayes was unable to do so and apparently the outdated and elderly equipment has passed the terminal stage.

    

The signal is back on the air operating at very low-power until further notice. Thankfully, we are able to provide service once again to immediate Hazard/Perry County area and communities nearby.

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3:13pm

Mon July 20, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Former Morning Edition Newscaster Jean Cochran on Eastern Standard

Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
Credit jeancochran.com

  Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran was our special guest at last years at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Today we revisit that program, which was recorded in front of an audience of WEKU listeners. us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners.

Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.

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11:06pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Education

Performance-Based Higher Education Funding Possible in 2016

Credit cpe.ky.gov

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities.  The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.

The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income. 

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11:02pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Position to Oversee Construction Agenda

Credit mswmag.com

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the hiring of a project management director is aimed at bringing efficiencies to 100 million dollars budgeted for construction. The mayor says the local government currently has no common template for project management.  He cites a number of current projects including a plan to develop a linear park through the downtown area, "Town Branch Commons, for restoring and renovating the old courthouse, plans to design a city hall that would allow the existing city hall to be repurposed."

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5:31pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Sports

EKU Places Second in Preseason Football Poll

Credit courier-journal.com

Eastern Kentucky University’s football Colonels have been tabbed to finish second in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference race.  The ranking is certainly partly based on a returning EKU runner.

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