Lexington’s city hall is likely to be a bit quieter this week, as council members continue on their summer break.  A couple of issues, one a tradition every year and another, a newer hot topic will be first on the agenda come August.

Inspectors with Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture are again on the lookout for credit card skimmers.  Inspectors have been monitoring gas pumps for skimmers for three years now. 


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Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contractedbarns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products.

On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his business.


This week in Kentucky politics, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he’s running for governor, the state auditor released a report finding a “pervasive lack of accountability” in Kentucky’s courts administration and a bunch of new laws go into effect this weekend.

"Papa John" Gone From Cardinal Stadium

Jul 13, 2018

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi says the school is renaming its football stadium, from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to just Cardinal Stadium. 
It comes after Papa John’s founder John Schnatter admitted to using a racial slur during conference call in May. 
Bendaputi says Schnatter’s name is also being removed from U of L’s college of business.

19TH NASCAR Racing Weekend in Kentucky

Jul 13, 2018

For many of the Commonwealth’s NASCAR racing fans, the annual weekend of racing at Kentucky Motor Speedway got off to a good start last night.  Louisville native Ben Rhodes won his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  

Speedway Director of Communications Tim Bray says Rhodes’ win at the Sparta track was historic. “First time that we’ve ever had someone from the Bluegrass State win here in a national series at Kentucky,” said Bray.

Bray says the fabric of the mile and a half track was changed three years ago with 17 degrees of banking on the south end. 

Free Waste Disposal This Weekend in Fayette County

Jul 13, 2018

Fayette County residents without government garbage collection have a chance to unload some of their bulky trash Saturday.  

Environmental Outreach Specialist Lauren Monahan says big items like mattresses and rimless tires can be brought to the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station on Old Frankfort Pike. “This is a great opportunity for those who may live outside the urban service boundary, for example, to help clean up their property, bring some of that waste in and we don’t require payment that day,” said Monahan.

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Kearney Hill Links played host to a record-breaking Girls Junior PGA Championship this week.  The tournament winner secured more than one personal best during her four days on the Lexington course.

Yealimi Noh finished second last year when the Junior PGA tourney was held in Missouri.  But things went better this year in the Bluegrass. 

Drug Company Lawsuit Filed In Madison County

Jul 12, 2018
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Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed another lawsuit against a drug manufacturer, accusing a company that makes morphine and codeine of using deceptive marketing to promote painkillers that fueled the drug addiction epidemic in Kentucky. 

In a press conference Thursday, Beshear said that St. Louis pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt underplayed the risk of addiction in order to promote its opioid products.

A new report says thousands of people across the Commonwealth lost their dental and vision coverage as well as transportation assistance in the recent Medicaid expansion rollbacks .

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial ceremony Thursday for a member of its team that died under suspicious circumstances.

The only K-9 with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was found unresponsive in his outdoor kennel at the home of his handler in late April. The dog named Kane was rushed to the vet but couldn’t be saved.

Sgt. Curtis Hargett  is a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

"A necropsy was done immediately and evidence was sent to numerous labs for testing. As time went on we have determined now that the cause of death was foul play.”


The agency that runs Kentucky’s court system has a “pervasive lack of accountability” according to a special examination released by state Auditor Mike Harmon. 

State auditor Mike Harmon says that the Administrative Office of the Courts improperly held employee-only sales of surplus property and left the system vulnerable to abuse by top officials. 

Food Safety During Ground Beef Grilling Season

Jul 11, 2018

American consumption of ground beef remains a popular choice when it comes to mealtime.  And while concerns about the more virulent strain of e-coli bacteria may not be as prominent today, food safety measures are found in the field of cattle through when the meat winds up on your plate.

Blue Grass Army Depot

The Blue Grass Army Depot has a new commander.  He’s Colonel Joe Kurz , who served in the Middle East during the 2001 to 2011 decade.  The formal transfer of authority took place during a ceremony Tuesday.

Kurz says activities at the 14,000-acre Army installation haven’t changed much in its 75 year history. “The mission is unchanged.  Receiving, storing, and maintaining, refurbishing, and shipping conventional ammunition for the United States Army and our joint war fighters,” said Kurz.

A judge has denied Gov. Matt Bevin’s request to reconsider a ruling that struck down changes to Kentucky’s pensions system. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked the pension law last month, saying that lawmakers had violated the state Constitution by not following proper procedure when they passed it.

Bevin asked Shepherd to amend his ruling to determine if the pension bill violated the state’s “inviolable contract”—a provision that protects state worker benefits from being tinkered with after they’ve been hired. 

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The U.S. Attorney for Kentucky’s Western District announced eight conspiracy indictments on Wednesday against employees of the bankrupt Armstrong Energy coal company for falsifying dust monitoring samples in two of its Kentucky mines.

The indictments against a supervisor, safety directors, and section foremen at the mines come as black lung cases are surging in the region.  

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will be speaking to a Fancy Farm crowd in August about his plan to restore  “honesty and decency to government” if he is elected governor in 2019.

Beshear outlined his message for the annual political rally as he spoke outside Paducah-Tilghman High School Tuesay during a statewide tour this week. Beshear says he believes Governor Matt Bevin’s administration has been divisive.

Series Of New Laws Go Into Effect This Week

Jul 10, 2018

Drivers will need to maintain a three-foot buffer when they pass bicyclists, health educators will be required to teach sex abstinence in public schools and sweeping changes to Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system are all part of new state laws that go into effect on Saturday. 

Stu Johnson

When it opens in 2022, Lexington’s Town Branch Park will include an amphitheater.  It could be considered a project almost 40 years in the making.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made the official announcement on what’s now the Cox Street parking lot next to Rupp Arena. “Today, with the Picnic with the Pops Commission I am announcing a $1.2 million gift to be used for an amphitheater in Town Branch Park.  Right here,” sounded Gray.

The state budget director’s office says end of fiscal year tax receipts show some growth in Kentucky’s economy.

Greg Harkenrider, deputy director in the Governor’s Office for Economic Analysis, says general fund receipts totaled 3.4 percent more than last year.  

Still, the veteran budget official says that’s not, quote, “gigantic growth.” “In the 1990’s and some of the years in the early 2000’s after the recession, it would not be unusual to see five or six percent growth in sales tax and four plus percent growth in withholding,” said Harkenrider.

Cheri Lawson

Eastern Kentucky award winning writer Silas House has released his 6th novel. House told WEKU’s Cheri Lawson there are at least three themes to “Southernmost” including the unbreakable bond between a parent and child, the complexity of rural people, and people of faith who have different ways of believing.

Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond are partnering to bring an assisted living community to the Madison County campus.   It’s expected to benefit seniors while also providing educational and employment opportunities for Eastern students.

Plans call for the assisted living facility to be developed, owned, and operated by a private enterprise. 

Migrant Education In The Ohio Valley

Jul 9, 2018

While the nation is focused on the treatment of immigrant children at the border, some teachers are focused on the children of migrant workers in the Ohio Valley. The teachers are setting politics aside to put kids first with a migrant education program. And, as Nicole Erwin reports, the changing faces in the program offer some insights into the shifting demographics among migrant workers.

EKU OSHA Course Focuses on Confined Space Safety

Jul 9, 2018
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A large tube structure with confined space was positioned Monday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins parking lot.  EKU safety interns and those already in the profession participated in the U.S. Military Safety Certification Course.  

George Bonney works at the Chief Joseph Dam in Bridgeport Washington. “Cause in a hydro power dam you’re talking, it was built 50 years ago, so confined space is everywhere.  Confined space is everywhere throughout the dam,” said Bonney.

One of Kentucky’s first licensed hemp growers is optimistic about congressional action to legalize the plant as an agricultural commodity. 

Brian Furnish of Cynthiana says U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many other congressional leaders have been convinced of the market potential of hemp.

Stu Johnson

Players from all over the U.S. and even outside the country are competing in this week’s Girls Junior PGA Championship in Lexington. Organizers expect to see many of these young ladies on the professional golf tour in the future. 

Andy Beshear Expected to Announce Run for Governor

Jul 9, 2018

Attorney General Andy Beshear will launch a run for Kentucky governor this week and his running mate will be an assistant high school principal and political recruiter. The Democrat has a deep rivalry with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Beshear sent out a press release on Sunday promoting a series of speaking events across the state on Monday and Tuesday in order to make an “announcement concerning future of Kentucky.” 

Lexington council action this week to facilitate construction of a new convention center included extensive discussion about plans to demolish the Jefferson Street viaduct bridge.  Members of the Main Street Baptist Church appeared at several previous council meetings during the spring expressing concern about how the new facility would affect church parking. 

Stu Johnson

Hundreds of fish have been on the move this week, going from northern Kentucky to central Kentucky, with the bulk of that trip made on wheels. 

In an effort to assess a leaking dam at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, water in the nine acre lake is being drawn down.  Kentucky State Parks Spokesman Gil Lawson says some 300 fish were moved this week to Benjy Kinman Lake.  “They do that by stunning the fish with electro-fishing boats and then, picking them up with nets and putting them into a container truck that transported them to a lake in Henry County,” said Lawson.