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Diana, from Lexington, emailed us, “As long as you have all day broadcasting of Talk Shows, it is beyond me why you do not broadcast one of the best shows on any radio station, and that is the Diane Rehm Show. Why? The only time I ever get to hear this wonderful show is when I’m in my car on a trip.”
A series of additional portraits now decorate the walls of Lexington’s Council Chambers. Paintings of four former mayors were retrieved by Mayor Jim Gray and Council member Bill Farmer from an old storage site
Disagreements between well-meaning people are inevitable, but, a Christian group believes those dispute can be more civil. The Kentucky Council of Churches will work over the next year on strategies to promote civility. Director Marian McClure Taylor says sometimes humor is key. It was a tactic commonly employed by her grandfather.
This week's show features segments of the Best of Eastern Standard.
This special edition of our program will feature highlights of previously-aired shows, including: EKU President Michael Benson; The Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington; Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky; The Bluegrass Pipeline; Domestic Violence; and Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on Kentucky. We'll also hear from the man who was for many years, "The Most Heard Voice on Public Radio," Frank Tavares.
The acoUstiKats, the all-male a capella group at the University of Kentucky, are in concert tonight at the Singletary Center.
Given the lateness of the Thanksgiving weekend, the season for holiday events is compressed. As a result, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald says the next couple weekends are quite busy. Rich says this weekend begins with an a capella performance at the University of Kentucky. The arts reporters spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Next Tuesday’s special election in Lexington pits Democrat Reginald Thomas, Republican Michael Johnson, and Independent Richard Moloney in a race for the state senate. The winner will replace former State Senator Kathy Stein, who’s now a family court judge. The community’s next representative will have a part to play in the revitalization of downtown Lexington, including a major overhaul of Rupp Arena.
It’s not ready to let food trucks park just any place downtown, but Lexington’s council might be willing to extend a pilot program. Thursday, council members will likely consider a one year extension. For six months, a pilot program has allowed food truck to operate during specific times in specific spots downtown. Council member Shevawn Akers, who backed the experiment, says so far, no major complaints.
A veteran Lexington Council member would like to put himself in position to take over as vice mayor. Sixth district councilman Kevin Stinnett announced Tuesday he’ll run next year for an at-large seat. Stinnett says the current council-mayor relationship is positive and worth maintaining.
Lexington’s city council has rejected a business tax which would fund downtown beautification. It would have levied an assessment on property owners within a special taxing district. Ferrell Alford, who owns two downtown buildings, thinks such improvements should be left to the owner's discretion.
The University of Kentucky is about to launch a clinical study into an existing medication as a treatment for Alzheimer Disease. Researchers at UK’s Alzheimer Disease Center think a cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as fibrates can also prevent the deadly disease. Clinical Director Greg Jicka says fibrates apparently interact with a person’s RNA. Inside the cell, ribonucleic acid helps its cousin DNA determine a person’s physical characteristics.
‘Cyber Monday’ is wrapping up, with many of the Commonwealth’s companies offering deep discounts to on-line shoppers. For Kentucky-based Café Press, nearly 99% of its business is conducted via the internet. The Louisville company started in 1999, creating specialty items, like mouse pads, coffee cups, and T-shirts. CEO Bob Marino says his inventory is based solely on demand.
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We’ve had a number of calls to the Listener Comment Line this week. First, this one from a grateful listener, “I really enjoy the holiday program guide. It’s really good that I got that yesterday. I appreciate it very much.”
This call came in last Sunday evening, November 24th, “I’m trying to listen to Kentucky Center Stage and I’d love to hear the tape of the woman playing the Chopin, but that tape’s not coming through. You all talking about it are loud and clear but, when the tape comes on, I can’t hear it.”
A roundup of drug offenders touted by the Kentucky State Police as the largest such operation in its history still has a ways to go. “Operation Black Friday” began on Nov. 1 to arrest nearly 500 drug offenders across the state, but about a third of those targets remain at-large.
A volunteer with the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter which burned down on Friday night says all of the 21 dogs that made it out have found a home. But the nonprofit that runs the shelter could use donations to help rebuild. Theresa Martin said they do not yet know what caused the fire that killed one dog and 34 cats.
A new study of children’s furniture has found that most contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to serious health problems. The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. They analyzed 42 children’s couches and chairs from big box retailers, and found that 90 percent of them contained one or more of the flame retardant chemicals.
The Louisville Zoo has some new residents. They are a 1 ½-year-old male maned wolf named Rocko and four male meerkats named Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh, for characters on the CBS hit show "The Big Bang Theory." The maned wolf is the only one of its species on exhibit in Louisville, but the zoo hopes to add a female soon.
What is it like to be Jewish in America? Better yet, what about in Kentucky?
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Before heading into the throng of Holiday shoppers, it’s wise to have a plan. That's the recommendation of Jennifer Doom, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Doom suggests mapping out a gift buying budget and strategy for the entire month of December.
High stepping horses along with their riders will bring some holiday cheer to the Kentucky Horse Park. The Alltech Arena is the site this weekend for ‘The Spirit of the Horse: A Holiday Equine Extravaganza.’ Some 18 high level dressage-performance horses ridden by championship riders participate in the 55 minute production.
Vehicle exports have reached historic levels in Kentucky. They were up 43 percent through the first nine months of the year. It’s a state record. Gov. Steve Beshear said the state exported more than $3 billion worth of vehicles between January and September and will likely top $4 billion by year's end.
Snow is arriving in West Virginia just in time for the opening of the state's ski season. Snowshoe Mountain is opening its 40th season Wednesday with at least three lifts and about 10 trails in operation. Winterplace Ski Resort announced Wednesday that it's opening on Friday, two weeks earlier than planned, because of natural snow and good snowmaking conditions.
Kentucky parks officials are allowing a limited harvest of ash trees at General Butler State Resort Park. Many trees are feeling the effects of the emerald ash borer. Parks officials say the project will take place during the winter when the northern Kentucky park has fewer visitors.
As Kentuckians prepare their Thanksgiving feast, they’re advised to add fruits to the menu. As for concerns about the presence of pesticides and other farm chemicals, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist Rick Bessin says farmers have long been urged to assess the need for such chemicals and minimize their use.
Anthony Hayden, owner of the Lexington Academy of Barbering.
Making the move from incarceration into a productive life can be helped with career training. During a visit today to the Lexington Academy of Barbering, Mayor Jim Gray met with ex-cons who are trying to learn a trade. The academy is directed by Anthony Hayden.
To develop the Interstate-64 corridor between Lexington and Louisville, a new report says the region must work with companies already based in Kentucky. Then, they can develop the highly skilled workers needed by advanced manufacturers.
Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes (left) and EKU President Michael Benson (right) showing the new paint scheme for four city owned water towers.
Four water towers in Richmond should deliver a new and consistent message about Eastern Kentucky University. Over the next several months, the city-owned towers will be repainted with new logos. Some will underscore the partnership between EKU and the city. University President Michael Benson and Mayor Jim Barnes made the announcement this morning.
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Last week, we devoted out entire segment to comments in reaction to a listener who was very unhappy with a Day Sponsorship announcement that mentioned God. Most of the comments came down on the side of allowing such messages in the interest of free speech.
Here is one final remark that came in last weekend, “I appreciate all the news that NPR brings and I think all the news includes all kinds of religious information, whether or not I agree with it. Thank you for doing a great job.”
Kentucky's top judge will ask for more funding to bring justice cabinet salaries in line with those of the legislative and executive branches. Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton will present a budget overview and a request for additional money to lawmakers today in Frankfort.