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9:21pm

Mon September 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Video Games in the Classroom on Eastern Standard

Video game development as an academic program is our topic for this week's Eastern Standard.

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.

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5:50pm

Mon September 15, 2014
State Capitol

Former State Worker Fined for Mistreating Women

Credit klec.ky.gov

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has finished its investigation into the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, fining a former assistant director on Monday for mistreating women.


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4:43pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Officials Looking for Link to E. Coli Infection in 5 Kentucky Children.

Credit kentucky.com

    Four Kentucky children remain hospitalized after suffering what's believed to be an E. coli infection.  The cluster of cases is being investigated by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department based in Elizabethtown. 

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4:25pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky Rail Trail Expansion Hailed as Economic Booster

Credit parks.ky.gov

Eastern Kentucky tourism officials are banking on additional revenue from the extension of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail.  Currently, the 18 mile recreational route runs from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County. 

The second phase, which will run nine miles long, will take the trail to the Breathitt County line.  Main Street Paintsville Director Bonnie Porter says the trail extension will likely be popular with cyclists. 

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3:42pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Diageo Welcoming Visitors at Historic Distillery

Credit kentucky.com

A Louisville-area distillery with ties to historic brands and bourbon barons is joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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11:20am

Mon September 15, 2014
All Politics are Local

Senate Challenger Eyeing 2015 Governor's Race

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Former Republican Senate challenger Matt Bevin said it's likely he'll run for governor in 2015. 

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7:04am

Mon September 15, 2014
The Commonwealth

Historical Journal Features Newly-Found Civil War Diary of Bowling Green Woman

Credit The Register / Kentucky Historical Society

When a young Bowling Green woman’s diary was published as a book in 2009, it gave a glimpse of life in Kentucky during the Civil War.

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6:30am

Mon September 15, 2014
Listener Feedback

Listener Feedback from Crave Lexington

Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, call our Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku.

WEKU staff were present for the weekend’s Crave Lexington Festival.  As we did a few weeks ago at the Woodland Art Fair, we recorded some comments at the event.

Ann: “I really enjoy listening to WEKU because I get news from all over the world, stories that are close to home all the way to things going on in Africa and the Middle East. Anywhere in the world, I can find about what’s taking place and the most important stories.”

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12:33am

Mon September 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Police Chase Ends in Richmond, Suspect Killed in Gunfire Exchange

Police vehicles at the scene of a shootout between a wanted man and police on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
Credit KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader

An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries.  The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert. 

Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.

(audio from alert)

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12:00pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Group Working to Combat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Credit www.cecentral.com

A health care group is taking action against the rising number of Kentucky newborns exposed to narcotics during pregnancy.

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7:30am

Fri September 12, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Jason Aldean, Marcus Roberts & Scarefest

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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3:03pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Beshear Appoints Anti-Bullying Task Force

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a 22-person committee to study bullying and how to stop it.

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12:57pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Business and the Economy

T-shirt Maker Plans New Plant in Northern Kentucky

Credit www.rcnky.com

A company that makes custom T-shirts used for organizations and fundraising campaigns is opening a new plant in Hebron, where it plans to create up to 299 new jobs and invest nearly $22 million.

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11:35am

Thu September 11, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Gretchen Brown on Three Decades as a Leader in Hospice Care

In 1982, Hospice of the Bluegrass was known as Community Hospice of Lexington serving up to eighteen patients in Fayette County with a staff of five plus several dozen volunteers.

Today, Hospice of the Bluegrass serves nearly 700 patients in 32 Kentucky counties with a staff of more than 400 and a volunteer-base of nearly 1,000. This growth and expansion has occurred on the watch of Gretchen Brown, regarded one of the most successful, innovative, and respected leaders of the American hospice movement.

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4:15pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Education

Dropped Students Returning to Kentucky State

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Kentucky State University says 70 percent of the students who were dropped for nonpayment are back at school.

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4:09pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Violence Prevention Program Showing Results in KY High Schools

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Self-reported instances of sexual violence in 13 Kentucky public high schools dropped by more than half over the past five years, according to a new $2 million study based on more than 80,000 anonymous student surveys.

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12:40pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

11th Annual World Suicide Prevention Day

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Wednesday marks the 11th annual World Suicide Prevention Day. 

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3:33am

Wed September 10, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Storytelling in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared this week of September 8 through as Kentucky Storytelling Week. In that context, we'll discuss this form of spoken art with three professional storytellers. 

Delinda Dent is a professor of Education at Eastern Kentucky University who uses and teaches storytelling with her students. Some of her projects with storytelling have included work with the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Riding for Hope, Model Elementary School, and an assisted living complex in Richmond.

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5:45pm

Tue September 9, 2014
All Politics are Local

James Comer Introduces Running Mate Chris McDaniel In Kentucky Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-Off

Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

TOMPKINSVILLE — Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and his running mate, State Senator Chris McDaniel, are framing their 2015 gubernatorial campaign around both conservative and liberal-leaning agenda items.

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5:18pm

Tue September 9, 2014
The Commonwealth

UK Hospital Construction to Start Soon

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

  Another phase of construction is in the works at University of Kentucky Hospital.

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3:49pm

Mon September 8, 2014
All Politics are Local

Comer Navigates Richie Farmer Backlash

Credit Alix Mattingly, WFPL

 

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Tuesday amid a small but vocal Republican backlash over his handling of the investigation and indictment of his Republican predecessor, Richie Farmer.

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12:34pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Receiving Funds to Help Exports

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Kentucky is receiving a $300,000 State Trade Export Promotion grant to foster international trade among the state's small businesses.

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12:00pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Sports

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sales Underway

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While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

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9:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Health and Welfare

Emergency Management Officials Urge Kentuckians to Establish a Plan during “Disaster Preparedness Mo

Credit kyem.ky.gov

Governor Steve Beshear has declared September "Disaster Preparedness Month" in the Commonwealth. Officials with Kentucky Emergency Management are hopeful citizens take time this month to consider the risks posed by natural disasters.

Buddy Rogers with Kentucky EMS says rain, wind, and snow can be more than a nuisance.  "We're at risk every day and the greatest risk that we face in Kentucky is from weather.  Since Governor Beshear's administration, we've had 11 presidentially declared disasters and each of those were due to weather," said Rogers.

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8:18am

Mon September 8, 2014
Listener Feedback

Listener Feedback: Susan Stamberg's 'Sexist' Interview & (of course) Technical Issues

Send your feed back by email to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, call the Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or tweet @889weku

We had an email last Monday from listener, Rodger.  He says, “The interview by Susan Stamberg this morning with the new director of the Kennedy Center was sexist. The first things that Susan pointed out were the director's age, cute haircut and smart A-line dress."

Michael continued, "Imagine her pointing out a new male director's smart suit, haircut and five o'clock shadow. Wouldn't happen. I am interested in this person’s qualifications and vision for the future, not her looks or wardrobe!”

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6:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

New Lexington Trade School Aims to Help Builders Recruit More Workers

left-Bruce Maybriar right-Todd Johnson
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A trade school associated with the Home Builders Association of Lexington officially opens Monday.  About 28 students will participate in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or carpentry classes at the Building Institute of Central Kentucky.

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5:03pm

Fri September 5, 2014
Education

Midway College Reports Balanced Budget Following Previous Year's Deficit

Credit colleges.findthebest.com

    After ending last fiscal year with a deficit approaching $2 million, the president of Midway College says the financial health of his school is improving. 

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11:18am

Fri September 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK "Teal-gaters" Aim to Raise Awareness About Ovarian Cancer

Credit www.kyforward.com

Ovarian cancer awareness will be highlighted in Lexington this weekend. A "teal-gate" event will take place Saturday in the Markey Cancer Center's Whitney Henderson parking lot, just prior to the University of Kentucky football game. Teal is the color associated with ovarian cancer awareness campaigns. 

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7:35am

Fri September 5, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Fall Fest Preview, Coralee and the Townies CD Release & Circus Returns to Town

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly visit with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural offerings.

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10:25pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Education

UK Celebrates Its Largest Gift in School History

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

University of Kentucky officials are celebrating after receiving the largest gift in the school's history.  UK graduate and Trustee Bill Gatton is donating $20 million to go toward construction of a new 330,000 square-foot student center. 

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