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5:16pm

Thu March 26, 2015
State Capitol

Localities Looking Into Needle Exchange Options

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Local governments are already moving to set up needle exchanges just a day after the Kentucky state legislature authorized the programs through a comprehensive heroin bill.

If implemented, drug users would be able to exchange dirty needles for clean ones from local public health departments.

Rice Leach, the commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette County Public Health Department, said needle exchanges would stymie the transfer of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.

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5:12pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Education

Newly Approved Legislation Greatly Increases Number of Evaluations of Child Care Facilities

Credit 4cforchildren.org

    

Legislation approved in the now completed 2015 Kentucky General Assembly means a major increase in the number of early child care facilities that are evaluated. Additional reviews will come over the next few years.

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9:55am

Thu March 26, 2015
Health and Welfare

Conference Keynote Speaker Says Physical Inactivity is a Disease

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Physical inactivity could be considered a polite way of saying someone is 'sitting around too much.'  There was a lot of talk about that subject Wedneday at the Physical Activity Across the Lifespan Conference in Lexington.

Many of the workshops at the day-long event focused on exercise. The keynote address came from Duke Professor of Medicine, Bill Kraus.   "So the lack of physical activity is a disease because it leads to disease," said Kraus. "And then the question is, how much exercise do you have to do to prevent that worsening over time?" 

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3:13am

Wed March 25, 2015
State Capitol

Gas Tax Stabilization Gets 11th Hour Passage

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Kentucky legislature has acted to stem the drop in gas tax revenues that are used to repair and build roads across the Commonwealth.  Passage of a measure to stabilize the state's road fund was a priority of Governor Beshear's.

Officially, it came very early Wednesday morning when House members put their stamp of approval on the gas tax agreement.  Owensboro Representative Tommy Thompson voted yes.  "We need our roads for convenience, we need them to be safe, but we need them for commerce," said Thompson.

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3:10am

Wed March 25, 2015
Health and Welfare

Dating Violence Measures Heads to the Governor's Desk

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After years of debate in Frankfort, the state legislature has approved a measure to add civil protections for dating couples.  The legislation has passed in the Democratic House numerous times, but fallen short in the Republican led Senate.  Louisville Representative Joni Jenkins, who worked at the Center for Women and Families for a decade, called the passage a 'long time coming.'  "I know that this is gonna be a great tool for especially college campuses, whereas none of those protections would have applied to folks,” said Jenkins.

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3:08am

Wed March 25, 2015
Health and Welfare

General Assembly Gives Final Approval to Booster Seat Changes

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Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is getting an upgrade.  Final approval came last night at the state Capital.  The measure increases the height restriction to include any child under 57 inches and applies to children under age eight.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the new standards will protect more children.  "Several hundred accidents a year involving children and it will help make sure that the seat belt, the restraint is in the right place," said Riggs.

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4:17pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health and Welfare

Ignition Interlock Measure Up for Vote on Final Day of Session

Credit rcnky

Northern Kentucky Representative Dennis Keene has been working for six years to help pass an ignition interlock bill and now passage appears closer than ever. The modified bill needs to see action Tuesday, if it's to clear during this session.  Keene almost lost his daughter to a drunk driver.  "It's not everything that we wanted in the House, but it's definitely gonna save lives and that's what's important,” said Keene. “It doesn't matter who's name's on it.  It just matters that it accomplishes and saves families anguish of losing their children."

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4:07pm

Tue March 24, 2015
State Capitol

Barber Sworn in as Kentucky Supreme Court Justice at Capitol

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The newest member of the Kentucky Supreme Court has been sworn in as a justice.

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11:56pm

Mon March 23, 2015
State Capitol

Horse Racing Commission Backs Proposal for Drug Free Races

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is backing a proposal to prohibit the use of Lasix in some races.  The Courier Journal reports the commission approved the regulation Monday.  The rule would ban the drug from being used within 24 hours of post times for particular races.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes it's the right move to make.  "I do know that it is therapeutic for horses, but I also believe there is good evidence that it is performance enhancing and the public perception is it's performance enhancing," said Thayer.

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11:53pm

Mon March 23, 2015
State Capitol

Final Push to Get Heroin Legislation Through Both Houses of Ky Legislature

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Kentucky lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on what many consider to be this session's priority issue.  Legislators are working until the final hours of the 2015 session trying to reach consensus on a bill aimed at reducing the state's heroin problem.  

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11:51pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Education

High School Students Rally For Search Committee Voice

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Several high school students continue to let their voices be heard in Frankfort, but it may not result in the action they seek.  A number of sign carrying students rallied Monday in support of legislation to add student representation on school superintendent search committees.  Students are hoping for a last minute push to get the bill through the Kentucky general assembly.  It’s passage became more questionable after the state senate attached an amendment related to school bathroom regulations and transgender students.  Some members of the House have indicated inclusion of that amendment

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12:49pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Arts Weekly

UK Grad Wins MET Council Auditions

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Reginald Smith Jr., a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of five winners of the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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6:00am

Mon March 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Highway Fatalities in Work Zones Falling, but Crashes Have Increased

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As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase.  Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels.

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6:00am

Mon March 23, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Kudos, Traffic Woes and 'Love that Jazz'

Send your feedback to WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

We start with an email note from Connie, “As I listened to feedback this morning, I felt compelled to speak up and say how much I value your programming (except for Ask Me Another) and how glad I am that I can receive it from the Hazard transmitter.(90.9)"

Connie continued, "If the transmission gets staticky, I listen on my phone and have never had a problem.  Anyway, I wanted to send you a big thumbs-up.”

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12:38am

Mon March 23, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Ken Burns' Series Prompts Eastern Standard on Cancer in Kentucky

From left: Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, John Hingsbergen
Credit Logan Riley

A three-part public TV series will focus next week on Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies.  It’s the latest production from documentarian Ken Burns. On this week’s Eastern Standard, Cancer in Kentucky.  

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5:33pm

Fri March 20, 2015
News

Ky Court of Appeals Says Libraries Can Raise Taxes Without Taxpayers' Vote

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a ruling Friday to allow library districts to raise taxes by four percent each year without requiring a vote from taxpayers.

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5:21pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Education

EKU Board Gives Go Ahead for New Student Fee

EKU President Michael Benson Connects with Board Chair Craig Turner Through Face Time
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved a new student fee that would help support renovation and construction of a student center and recreation facilities.  Passage of this fee is just one piece of a broader campus development plan.

Under the proposal, students would start paying $150 per semester beginning this summer.  EKU officials are preparing to ask the state legislature in 2016 to borrow $60 million to renovate the student center and build a new recreation facility. 

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4:22pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Gallery Hop, ZZ Top, & UK Grad in MET National Council Finals

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. 

Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, Friday evening’s Gallery Hop is the first official hop of the spring season.

Also discussed: ZZ Top performs at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville, and UK graduate Reginald Smith, Jr. has made it to the finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

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4:45pm

Thu March 19, 2015
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

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Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.

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3:23pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

UK Picked to Oversee Nation's First Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

Left to right, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack-UK College of Agriculture Dean Nancy Cox-Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center.  The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty.

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3:19pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Receives $20 Million to Address Long Term Unemployment

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Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  The Commonwealth will receive almost $20 million from the federal government to support the pilot program.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Thursday in Lexington.  "We're now in a position to say, 'here's resources, figure out how to link these people,'" said Vilsack.  "You know, these are not people who are gonna be easy to employ; they may have been unemployed for an extended period of time." 

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5:06pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

98th Kentucky High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Thousands of basketball fans are converging on downtown Lexington this week for the annual high school state tournament. It might be a brand new experience, or a lifelong experience for attendees. 

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5:03pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Council Member Chris Ford Confirmed as New Social Services Commissioner

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Incoming Lexington Social Services Commissioner Chris Ford says the goal in his new position is to excel in existing programs, while further expanding in areas like drug abuse and violence intervention.  Ford is giving up his seat on the Lexington Council to serve in the position.

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4:45pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Crime

No Signs of a Break-In Where Kentucky Bourbon was Stolen

Five barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon were found behind a shed, and a Franklin County man has been charged, according to Franklin Sheriff Pat Melton. Photo courtesy of the sheriff's office.
Credit kentucky.com

Wild Turkey officials say there were no signs anyone had broken into a Kentucky warehouse where five barrels of aging bourbon were taken in a heist that led authorities to a backyard where the whiskey was found.

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2:59pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

Obama Predicts Kentucky Will Win NCAA Tournament

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President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

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11:13pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Committee Hears from Public on Minimum Wage Proposal

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Lexington got its first public hearing at city hall Tuesday afternoon.  The plan would increase the city's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next three years.  When the committee hearing ended, 19 people testified.  April Taylor is in favor of raising the minimum wage.  "We can support the pursuit of profit at all costs, or we can chose to care about women, children, and families," said Taylor.

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11:07pm

Tue March 17, 2015
State Capitol

Governor Beshear Predicts Passage of Heroin and Dating Violence Bills

Credit kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.  General Assembly members return Monday for the two final days of the 2015 session.  Beshear expects passage on both pieces of legislation.  "There's so much pressure from the public behind both of those bills, so that I don't really think these folks will leave here on March 24 without having accomplished both of those things," said Beshear.

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11:07pm

Tue March 17, 2015
State Capitol

Governor Signs Breeders Cup Incentives Into Law

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law.  The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol.  The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  Breeders Cup President Craig Fravel says when it was held in California, the event had an $80 million impact on the local economy.  "When you combine this year's event with the thoroughbred sales that will follow immediately, you're gonna have people coming to Lexington, coming to Kentucky for a much longer period of time that has historically b

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11:41am

Tue March 17, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Police Militarization on Eastern Standard

From left to right: John Hingsbergen, Dr. Peter Kraska
Credit Richard Turner

In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.


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9:56pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Record Breaking Snowstorm an Ancient Memory in Ky

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A little more than a week ago, central Kentuckians were digging out from an historic snowstorm.  This week is a whole different ballgame, or rather, 'day on the course.'

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