More than 43 percent of teens report being bullied online. That’s according to a recent study commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Council. Bullying, online and in-person, has been cited as a cause of teens becoming depressed and physically ill and missing school, even considering suicide.

On this week’s EST, bullying as a Commonwealth problem.

UK Releases Survey on Safety, Sex Assaults

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A campus-wide survey of safety at the University of Kentucky ranges from perceptions of safety to stalking to reporting of sexual assaults.  UK officials believe the Lexington school is among the first in the country to undertake a mandatory survey of these issues.  UK President Eli Capilouto says the findings indicate many students remain reluctant to report sexual assaults.  “Too many students, too many still believe that sexual assault is a shame and a scorn that they cannot share,” said Capilouto.

‘Topping Off’ Signals Progress on EKU Science Building

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It’s ceremonial, but also a sign of progress at a major construction site on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU celebrated Monday with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Last week we brought you some comments from listeners who stopped by to see us at two area festivals, namely the Woodland Art Fair and Crave Lexington. Here are some more comments from the weekends of August 15th and 16th and the 22nd and 23rd.    

Prep for Breeders’ Cup in Final Furlong at Keeneland

Aug 31, 2015

In less than two months, all eyes of the horse racing world will be on Lexington.  Preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Championships is entering the stretch drive at Keeneland race track.  Keeneland Vice President Vince Gabbert says auxiliary seating is being positioned around the historic facility.  “They’re upscale premium seating that we’ve got, that we brought in.  Much more like a golf course type setting with the tents and the Chalets that we’re using.  But, those are already being done and will be finalized in the next three weeks actually,” said Gabbert.

Council Considers New Site for Lexington Homeless Shelters

Aug 31, 2015
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Lexington’s Council has given “first reading” approval to a proposal to relocate the city’s services for the homeless. With final Council approval, by next summer, some night and day services could end up combined at one location.

Lexington Global Engagement Center to Serve Foreign-Born Residents

Aug 28, 2015
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Lexington officials unveiled the city's Global Engagement Center Friday. 

Global Lex is located on Versailles Road with a mission of fostering civic engagement, mutual understanding, economic development, and artistic diversity.

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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.

As Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, this week marks the beginning of a series on Community Theaters. He says the project has been in the works for over a year. 

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Hundreds of Fayette County high school students received tips Thursday on how to respond if they witness bullying or are victims themselves. Suggestions came during an anti-bullying summit.

Short Street Facelift Precedes Breeders’ Cup Frenzy

Aug 27, 2015
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Downtown Lexington’s Short Street is featuring a new look.  The makeover comes in advance of October’s Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland.  Downtown Development Authority President Jeff Fugate says the changes make the area more pedestrian friendly.  “We’ve made it safer for the pedestrian,” said Fugate. “We’ve widened sidewalks, we’ve shortened the crosswalks so that, if you’ve got heels on or slow to get across the street it’s easier to get across the street to get where you want to be.”

Lexington IT Firm Founder Appointed to Council

Aug 27, 2015
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The rural communities in Fayette County will be represented by Lexington businessman Russ Hensley.  He replaces Ed Lane who passed away earlier this month after serving on council for almost 10 years.  The 40 year old London, Kentucky native is part owner of an information technology services firm and partner in a design and branding company.  Hensley says he wants to carry on Lane’s focus.

The fatal on-air shooting of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a common topic of conversation among Kentucky political leaders the next morning.

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A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, an event at the state fair that draws many of the state's top political leaders.

A Kentucky county clerk temporarily closed her office Thursday, hours after denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple. 

Lexington City Officials Aim to Improve Workforce Training Tactics

Aug 26, 2015

Lexington city officials this week are discussing ways to enhance workforce training strategies. Members of the council’s budget committee heard Tuesday from Commerce Lexington.

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A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

EKU Finance Professor Says Dust Not Settled on Wall Street

Aug 26, 2015

An Eastern Kentucky University finance professor believes it could be another month before the dust settles on Wall Street.

Major Party Candidates for Lieutenant Governor to Debate in Midway

Aug 26, 2015

Midway University will host a debate next month between the major party candidates for Kentucky’s lieutenant governor. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky.

Lexington Officials Waiting to Hear from Feds on Park Funding

Aug 25, 2015

Lexington city officials are expecting to hear in September if they’ll receive a federal grant to help with a much talked about downtown park project.  The money would add $13 million toward construction of the Town Branch Commons linear park.  Mayoral Chief of Staff Jamie Emmons said Tuesday during a council work session that even if Lexington doesn’t secure the grant, plans for the project are likely to remain the same.  “No I don’t think there’s any scaling down of the project," Emmons said.

Stumbo To Propose Expanded Gambling Legislation

Aug 25, 2015

House Speaker Greg Stumbo will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky, with tax revenue from the businesses dedicated to public education, boosting the racing industry and shoring up the state’s ailing retirement system.

Under the proposal, the casinos would be operated by private entities and overseen by the Kentucky Lottery. They would be located in each of the state’s six congressional districts, plus one “at large” casino.

Colon Cancer Screening Grant to Focus on Appalachia and Louisville

Aug 25, 2015

Kentucky will receive over two and a half million dollars in federal money to boost the number of colon cancer screenings. The grant program focuses on at risk people in Appalachia and Louisville.

The money comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Over the next five years, state health officials will use the funds to focus on improving screening rates and outcomes, in terms of incidence and mortality.

The Kentucky Board of Education has advanced five candidates in its search for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday, who is retiring at the end of the month.

The Kentucky County Clerks Association has proposed amending state law so county clerks don’t have to sign marriage licenses.

Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses.

Volunteers for foster care review boards are needed in at least three dozen counties across the commonwealth.

    Berea College is being recognized for its educational value and the impact its graduates make. 

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Berea College first in the south for ‘Best Bang for the Buck.’  The school also places third nationally among liberal arts schools.

The college’s president says the southern Madison County school could teach other institutions a thing or two about affordability.

Rural Water Utilities Face Funding Concerns

Aug 24, 2015

More than 600 utility representatives are meeting in Lexington this week for the Kentucky Rural Water Association Conference. One of the most discussed topics is funding for water related improvements in rural areas.  Association Training Specialist Randall Kelly says many grant programs no longer exist.  Kelly says some rural utilities take out loans to pay for new water lines.  “That has to be budgeted for in their rates and so, some of these communities are poor communities, so they really can’t jack up their rates very much," Kelly said.  "It’s a tough balance.

Lexington to Host Broadband Conference Next Month

Aug 24, 2015


As efforts continue to wire both rural and urban communities across Kentucky, the city of Lexington is planning to host a broadband conference next month.  A major emphasis will be on the economic impact of broadband growth.

GED Diplomas to Kentucky Inmates Drop 89 Percent

Aug 24, 2015

Kentucky inmates earned dramatically fewer GED diplomas since the test switched in January 2014 from a paper-based test to a more rigorous version taken on a computer, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Keeneland Host Committee. In this week’s Focus on Business, he talks with Tom Martin about what’s in store for Lexington during the week leading up to the racing at Keeneland on October 30th and 31st.