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Ky. Officials Respond to Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Aug 26, 2016
kentucky.com

    

Health and law enforcement officials in Kentucky are responding to a rash of heroin-related drug overdoses.   In the community of Mount Sterling alone, there were 12 overdoses this week including one death.  

The majority of overdoses in Montgomery County occurred within five hours Wednesday evening.

It’s time for our weekly update of weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Rich tells us he’s a “solo act” this week as Harriett Hendren takes some time off after putting together the 2016-2017 arts calendar for Sunday’s paper.   

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

Lexington Council to Review Police, Fire Disciplinary Notices

Aug 26, 2016
kentucky.com

    

Lexington leaders are being asked to modify city council’s notification procedure for police and fire disciplinary reports.  The item will be considered in a special meeting.

Council acted Tuesday to include the matter on a special "committee of the whole" agenda.  Council member Susan Lamb wants to discuss including notification of routine disciplinary reports on council dockets. 

Ky.’s Presence Felt in Louisiana Cleanup

Aug 26, 2016
wkyt.com

    People well outside the borders of Louisiana are responding to massive flood damage in the gulf coast state. That includes a contingent from Baptist churches in Kentucky.

Corbin resident Dave Hampton is leading a crew of 21 to cut out walls, move out appliances, take up floors, pressure wash, and sanitize houses.  He compares the damage to that seen after Hurricane Katrina.  Hampton says neighbors are helping neighbors.  “A lot of times we go out to the house and it’s already half done because the neighbors are helping each other.”

A new director has been named for the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Enforcement Division.  Paul Joseph Vido comes to the job after serving as Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives out of Louisville. 

Vido administered all ATF investigations and regulatory operations in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Southern Indiana.  Prior to coming to Kentucky, he served in a similar role in California. 

Lexington 5th Graders Get Keeneland Experience

Aug 25, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

    

The Keeneland Race Track is offering a classroom experience for hundreds of Lexington area students.  School children are being educated this week on the finer points of the historic facility, and Keeneland officials hope the youngsters become racing fans.

Hundreds of excited fifth graders started their morning in the sales pavilion.  When it came time for a mock horse auction, everyone got quiet.

U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.  

Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia yesterday.  

Bevin Submits Revised Ky. HEALTH Plan

Aug 24, 2016
governor.ky.gov

 Gov. Matt Bevin says he has changed his proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and submitted it to the federal government for approval.

The new proposal called Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) will cover allergy testing and private duty nursing for about 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's expanded Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lexington Seeing Drop in DUI Arrests

Aug 24, 2016
kentucky.com

Fayette County has experienced a steady drop in the number of driving under the influence arrests over the past five years.  In 2012, there were 1542 DUI arrests compared with 1040 last year.   Lexington Police Sargent Randall Combs believes online transportation services and designated drivers are factors.  “I think a large part of that can be attributed to people using Uber and some of the cab services and just making better decisions and having designated drivers,”

Marisa Hempel

The topic this week: small businesses and entrepreneurship as the Small Town Merchant Program comes to town.

Our round table is full on Eastern Standard, as experts in the field of entrepreneurship are in town and on our show to help teach others who own small businesses. We will discuss all things relating to the local economy, and talk about the innovations in owning your own start-up in the changing times. Our Guests this week include:

Lexington Council Debated Expanding Boundary

Aug 24, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

    

As the city of Lexington prepares to update its comprehensive plan, at least one council member believes it could include expansion of the urban service boundary.

The matter surfaced during council’s weekly work session.  The city’s plan for where development occurs is updated every four years.  The process starts in earnest in January.  The last time the boundary was expanded to any significant degree was 1996.

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Kentucky is among five states that are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.   

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court. It seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Opponents of the president’s order say the rules could force doctors to act against their medical judgments or religious convictions.

State PSC Approves Kentucky American Rate Settlement

Aug 23, 2016
wkyt.com

    

The State Public Service Commission has approved a settlement in Kentucky American Water Company’s rate increase case.  The order amounts to slightly less than half of the amount requested by the utility.

The settlement means a typical residential customer will see a monthly increase of $3 dollars 60 cents.  The new rates take effect August 28th.  It amounts to a six and a half million dollar boost in annual revenue to Kentucky American. 

John Hingsbergen

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage…WindSync...

Their hometown Houston Chronicle calls the quintet “revolutionary chamber musicians”

The gold medalists in the national Fischoff Chamber Music Competition gave a mini concert on the campus of Eastern Kentucky last Sunday and you can hear it on Kentucky Summer Stage Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

State Roaming Horse Task Force Begins Work

Aug 23, 2016
kentucky.com

    

A newly-formed state task force begins its work Tuesday on how to deal with hundreds of horses moving about Eastern Kentucky.  Part of the discussion involves the coal industry.

The Free Roaming Horse Task Force came about through state legislation.  Ginny Grulke, with the Appalachian Horse Center, says the largest concentration of horse herds is found in Breathitt County, but there are also hundreds in another nine or ten counties. 

“Shots Fired” Call Causes EKU Emergency Notifications

Aug 22, 2016
wkyt.com

The investigation continues into a weekend report of “shots fired” in downtown Richmond that led to the arrest of five people. 

Four adults from Lexington and a juvenile were apprehended after being stopped on the Eastern Kentucky University campus.  All were arrested on drug charges.  But, Madison County Deputy Sheriff Michael Stotts says it’s not been determined if the gunshots were related to a drug transaction.

Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

On 120 acres in Marion, Kentucky, small-scale farmer Joseph Mast is taking an innovative approach to provide for his growing family of nine.

Mast belongs to an Amish community and is reluctant when it comes to media. He makes a concession, however, when the conversation involves sustainable farming.   

“I’ll talk grass any day,” said Mast.

  Today, Tom Martin talks with Steve Kelly, executive vice-president of marketing and sales at Lexington-based Central Bank. The subject: credit card fraud and the shift to a new generation of high-tech debit and credit cards known as “chip cards.”

Here’s an email from listener Tim,  “I have listen(ed) to this station for the last four or five years and it seems to me that you guys get more and more one-sided all the time.  Try at least to say something good about the other side once in a blue moon.  We are all Americans.  We, Republicans are not your enemies.”

Work Begins on Berea Forest Outreach Center

Aug 22, 2016
berea.edu

    

Construction is set to begin on an Outreach Center at a popular Madison County trail area. The new facility will help introduce visitors to the history of Berea College’s Forest.

The 5,000 square foot structure is being built near the Indian Fort Trail.  It’s expected to include space to offer a curated description of the College Forest. 

Advocacy Group Wants Role in Landfill Cleanup Negotiations

Aug 22, 2016
wkyt.com

    

A citizens group wants representation at the table as the state of Kentucky negotiates the clean-up of radioactive waste at a Central Kentucky landfill. The best a state official is offering is to hear citizen comments.

Representatives with the Energy and Environmental Cabinet are talking with Advanced Disposal Services.  It’s the owner of the Estill County landfill where 2,000 tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped. 

The Madison County Sheriff's department is investigating an incident that caused Eastern Kentucky University officials to issue multiple emergency alerts during the weekend. EKU sent out a campus alert shortly after 2:30 Sunday morning. 

The initial alert sent by email, text and voicemail to students, faculty and others in the Richmond area, reported a “dangerous situation” involving a “possibly armed individual.”

15 minutes later, university safety officials said four persons were detained by police on the EKU following an incident in which shots were fired off campus.

Rep. Barr Seeking Fix for Flood Insurance Program

Aug 19, 2016
barr.house.gov

As thousands in Louisiana cope with historic flooding, Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr says the federal government’s approach to assistance needs attention. 

Citizens in a portion of eastern Kentucky experienced loss of life and significant damage from flash flooding last summer.  Barr believes more effort needs to focus on how federal funds are distributed, “We need to make sure that we target the relief to those individuals who are truly the victims of these natural disasters.”

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016
praa.eku.edu

   

This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point.  The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year.  Any decision to suspend the academic programs would not affect current students. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Today, they’re thinking about concerts, movies and Lexington’s annual arts festival.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

Camp Nelson Seeks National Park Designation

Aug 18, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU

    

The effort to make Kentucky’s Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park part of the National Park Service has gotten a congressional boost. 

Sixth District Representative Andy Barr visited the Jessamine County Civil War site Thursday morning.  He is seeking congressional co-sponsors to back legislation for a feasibility study.  Barr says such a review could itself take three years. 

Sand Sculpture Jumps to Debut at Ky. Horse Park

Aug 18, 2016
Stu Johnson

 

The 2016 International Hunter Derby Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park will feature more than 70 of the nation’s top equestrian riders and a first for this type of equine competition.   The course will include jumps over eight sculptures, made with 125 tons of sand. 

Lexington Charles Young Center Earns Historic Designation

Aug 17, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    

A Lexington community center, known for its cultural significance, especially among African Americans, now holds new historical prominence.  The Charles Young Center is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

The community center in Lexington’s East End opened in 1935.  It carries the name of Charles Young who born in Mays Lick Kentucky and the third African American to graduate from West Point. 

112th Kentucky State Fair Opens Thursday

Aug 17, 2016
kystatefair.org

The 112th annual Kentucky State fair opens Thursday the 18th of August in Louisville. The event, which includes 1.2 million square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center, has more than enough room to feature more than just the blue-ribbon winners.

New Kentucky Political Group Launched

Aug 17, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU Radio

A former Kentucky state auditor and a sports radio talk show host are launching a new statewide political entity.  It’s called the New Kentucky Project.   Adam Edelen and Matt Jones held a news conference Tuesday.

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