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5:47pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Fest of Ales, Blasters Play Willie's & The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

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WEKU's Jonese Franklin speaking with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader

    

It’s time for our weekly visit with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at the weekend in entertainment.

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5:30pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Health and Welfare

Number of Fatalities Down, Excessive Speed Remains an Issue on Kentucky Highways

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The official Labor Day driving period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and traffic along Kentucky's interstates is sure to pick up.  A declining fatality rate does not diminish concerns associated with excessive speed on the state's highways.

The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways has declined in recent years.   Still, with 638 fatalities in 2013, law enforcement officials would like to see more days of what they refer to as "zero days." That's a day when no one dies on Kentucky highways. 

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4:25pm

Fri August 29, 2014
The Commonwealth

Rains Dampen Attendance at 2014 Kentucky State Fair

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Rainy weather for several days sapped some of the attendance out of this year’s Kentucky State Fair.  The 110th edition of the fair wrapped up this past Sunday.  It drew just under 516 thousand visitors.  The count fell below 600 thousand for the first time since 2012.  Rain fell on eight of the eleven days of the state fair.  Despite the decrease in attendance, other areas saw growth including the competitive entry departments and the World’s Championship Horse Show.

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5:22pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Sports

Keeneland's New Dirt Track Not Like Old One

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Early Thursday morning, six to eight horses worked over the new dirt surface.  Conversion of the main track from a synthetic polytrack surface to dirt began May 19th. At first glance, Keeneland's new track looks very much like the old one. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the new track features a unique draining system.  "We feel that, when there's rain water, it will flow very quickly off the track toward the inside and outside rails and that will carry it away from the track and eliminate a lot of ponding," said Gregory.

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4:17pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Sports

UK Football Fans Face Construction Obstacles

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University of Kentucky football fans are facing a few challenges off the field before they see the first kicked off this weekend. 

UK and city officials have detailed several changes, many which are related to the stadium construction and renovation project.  Gates ten and eleven will be closed due to construction, so fans entering through the south side of Commonwealth Stadium will use gates seven, nine, 12, and 14. 

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4:08pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Business and the Economy

Workforce Development Plan Due in December to City Council

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Lexington city leaders are hoping to use workforce related data to design a new job placement strategy. 

Business and Education Network Director Billie Peavler updated Urban County Council members this week. Peavler says a report detailing workforce needs for 11 industries is expected later this year.  "This is really about identifying what our current labor pool is, what our future needs of our employers are and building that pipeline for that.  Attracting, retaining, and developing a skilled, educated, and talented workforce," said Peavler.

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4:15pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Kentucky Awarded Millions from National Science Foundation

Reporters talking with Principal Investigator Rodney Andrews
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A statewide effort to further the economy through funding energy research and attracting more students into STEM fields is getting a major financial boost.

Kentucky is one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five year research award from the National Science Foundation.

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11:25am

Wed August 27, 2014
Education

Breathitt Schools to Remain Under State Control

"Our district wants to do better," said Breathitt County High School principal Derek McKnight. "The fear is, if the state left tomorrow, would we go back to the same practices that we were seeing before? And I'm afraid that we would."
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The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.

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8:15pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Business and the Economy

Lexington Leaders Still Mulling Over Expenses Tied to Suspended Rupp Arena Project

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While the Rupp Arena project is on indefinite hold, Lexington city leaders still have expenses tied to the venture.  

Plans to renovate Rupp and build a new convention center were postponed earlier this year.  The decision came after the state general assembly turned down a request by project developers for $60 million. Project Manager Frank Butler's contract with the city runs through December of next year. 

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5:49pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Homelessness Prevention Office Moves Forward with 'Housing First' Program.

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Lexington is proceeding with a new program to provide permanent housing for the city's homeless.  The $200,000 "Housing First" project is being coordinated through the new Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

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2:26pm

Tue August 26, 2014
The Commonwealth

County Attorney: Louisville Can Set Own Minimum Wage

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The Jefferson County attorney has issued a legal opinion saying Louisville officials can set a minimum wage in the city.

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12:51pm

Tue August 26, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre College Withdraws Invitation for US Senate Debate

Centre College President John Roush
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Centre College will not host a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

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5:28pm

Mon August 25, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Encore by EKU Center's Aalberts

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This week's show features an "encore presentation" of our show from last spring with Joel Aalberts, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011.

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4:15pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Education

Education Officials Seek Input on Common Core Academic Standards

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Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the common core academic standards. 

It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.

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4:10pm

Mon August 25, 2014
The Commonwealth

Summer Weather in Kentucky Runs Gamut from Drought to Flood

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The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record.  Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.

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8:46am

Mon August 25, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Ebony Nava on Adversity and Achievement

Going from finding herself a 20-year old unwed mother with only a 2nd grade education - who had just received custody of her six younger siblings - to earning a spot among the 20 winners of USA Today’s 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team, as well as a Coca Cola New Century Scholar, and graduating this year from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with a 4.0 GPA and associate degrees in Science and the Arts. Intrigued? This is the story of Ebony Nava.  She spoke with Tom Martin.

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6:30am

Mon August 25, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listener Wants Investigation of Ark Encounter Hiring

Send us your feedback by email to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu, post on the WEKU Facebook page, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657.

Listener Ann, wrote a comment on the WEKU website post for last week’s Eastern Standard show on depression.  She told us, “Perfect timing for this topic in my household. My husband just went to seek treatment for severe depression...” We won’t relay the rest of her story but it is available for all to see on the website.

    

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10:57pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Education

EKU and KCTCS Partner on New Transfer Program

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are joining forces on a new statewide college credit transfer program. 

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10:47pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

Boats of All Sizes Expected on Kentucky Waterways This Holiday Weekend

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It may sound quieter this weekend on Kentucky’s waterways but there could be more boaters than usual. State Fish and Wildlife Boating Education Coordinator Zac Campbell says, increasingly, kayaks and canoes are becoming popular on Kentucky lakes and rivers.

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10:43pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Sports

Expansion and Improvements Planned for EKU Athletic Facilities

Colonel Football Fan Day Event on Saturday
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Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus.  Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director.  McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements.  "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium.  I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum.  The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.

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5:25pm

Fri August 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

Firefighters Still in Hospital After Ice Stunt

Several hundred people, most of the Campbellsville University students, gathered on the campus on Aug. 21, 2014 for a prayer service after two firefighters were seriously injured earlier in the day in an accident at the school.
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Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."

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5:01pm

Fri August 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

State Awaiting Word on Mine Safety Funding

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State mine safety officials are seeking federal funds to continue training and re-training Kentucky's miners.

If the request for funds is granted, over $600,000 dollars would pay for instructors and educational materials for six offices in the State Division of Mine Safety. 

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4:57pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Hit with Two Power Outages in One Week, Same Area Impacted

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Some Lexington area residents were hit twice this week by power outages. Electricity was interrupted for about an hour and a half Friday morning in parts of downtown, the University of Kentucky and portions of Nicholasville Road. 

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7:35am

Fri August 22, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Comedy Off Broadway, Summer Nights in Suburbia & Chamber Music Fest of Lexington

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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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10:29pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts’ Recovery

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In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his caseThursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.

In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.

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10:19pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Talks Jobs, Public Safety with Rotarians.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has climbed out of the recession.  Gray offered an assessment of his first three years in office to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  The first term mayor admits job creation efforts never end.  "Lexington has come out of the recession as a university city faster than other cities our size.  Now, we have many challenges ahead of us.  That's the nature of good management," said Gray.

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10:16pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Business and the Economy

Lexington's New Local Food Coordinator Lays Out Agenda to City Council

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Increasing local food production in the Lexington area is one key objective of the city's newly named local food coordinator. 

Ashton Potter-Wright presented her agenda this week to Lexington council members.  Potter-Wright admits it's unrealistic to expect significant, short-term economic gains in bluegrass food production.

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9:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt

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Police  say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.

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7:00pm

Wed August 20, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre President Awaits Reply on Proposed 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.
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Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.

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4:44pm

Wed August 20, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Prosecutors Gather in Lexington for Annual Meeting

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Hundreds of county and state prosecutors are meeting in Lexington this week to discuss issues ranging from human trafficking to jury selection to search and seizure procedures.

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