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4:59pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Education

Several Child Welfare Agencies Collaborate to Prevent Child Abuse

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A coalition of Lexington area child welfare agencies is recognizing those working to reduce abuse and neglect.  Stand Up For Youth sponsored an appreciation event Friday morning at the Plantory.  Sunflower Kids coordinates supervised visitation, often court ordered by a judge.  Director Stephanie Hoffman says her agency works with some 140 families each year. "Educating parents about how having safe stable relationships with both parents is important.”

Hoffman adds there can’t be abuse by one parent and expect it not to affect the child.

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4:56pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Education

Early Childhood Academy Expansion

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A central Kentucky corporate mainstay and a social service nonprofit are working together to help more parents become actively involved in their children's pre-school education.  

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5:26pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Business and the Economy

Keeneland's Economic Impact to Region Close to $600 Million

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A study just released by the University of Kentucky says Keeneland last year generated $590 million for Lexington and Fayette County.  The economic boost goes beyond traditional racing days.

The new study, the first of its kind on Keeneland, focused on fall and spring racing meets, along with four international Thoroughbred sales.  The economic impact study was conducted by the University of Kentucky's Center for Economic Research. 

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4:56pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Sports

Record 75 Horses Registered for the 37th Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event

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Equine competitors from around the world meet this weekend for the 37th time at the Kentucky Horse Park.  A record number of horses are registered for a record amount of prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

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4:50pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Smoke-free Kentucky Award Winners Recognized

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This year's winner of the Kentucky Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award says candidates running for governor need to hear from citizens regarding a statewide smoking ban.  Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department, was recognized Thursday during a Lexington conference.  "It's really nice that Allison Adams talks to the governor candidate and says 'what do you feel about smoke free?' but I'm just one vote," said Adams.

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5:34pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Crime

Police Seeking Suspect and Motive in Death of Pizza Delivery Worker

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Lexington Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a pizza delivery man this past weekend.  The motive for the crime has not been determined.

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5:26pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Education

Longer School Days for Fayette County Students

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Lexington area students are spending a little more time at school this week. Public schools in Fayette County are extending the school day by 30 minutes to make up for missed instruction time due to wintry weather.  Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm says 177 days of strong instructional focus are required.  "It's not only an obligation, I think it's what we desire,” said Helm. “As educators, you want to make sure that you are giving your students a full instructional year."

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5:07pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Business and the Economy

Grocery Costs in Kentucky Show First Decline Since June 2013

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Prices of retail food items in Kentucky fell during the last quarter, the first time since June 2013, in a survey of grocery costs.

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4:35pm

Wed April 22, 2015
All Politics are Local

Candidates Face Midnight Deadline for Fundraising Totals

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Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear says he has $1.5 million in cash available to spend less than a month before the primary elections.

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10:38pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Education

Fayette School Board Reviews Redistricting Plan

Board member Doug Barnett reviews rezoning recommendations
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Members of the Fayette County School Board are asking questions about the student redistricting plan.  A workshop was held Tuesday to preview recommendations after a year-long review.

The rezoning committee, comprised of some two dozen people, drafted plans for boundaries for elementary, middle, and high schools in the state's second largest district.  The workshop offered Board members a chance to ask about specific movement of students from one school to another. 

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10:29pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Health and Welfare

Intestinal Pump System Used to Address Parkinson's Symptoms

From left to right, Becky Cox, Marion Cox, Dr. John Slevin
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A Georgetown man is benefiting from a portable infusion pump that delivers a drug to treat his Parkinson's disease symptoms.  The device is designed for patients who have seen little success with traditional, oral methods.  70 year old Marion Cox participated in a University of Kentucky clinical trial.  Cox says the drug delivery method has made a big impact on his life.  "I've referred to it as a new lease on life, where I came from versus were I am," said Cox. "It's hard for me to believe and it was in my skin." 

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6:21pm

Mon April 20, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Poets Laureate & Writers' Day on Eastern Standard

From left: John Hingsbergen, Julie Hensley, Lisa Williams
Credit Richard Turner

On Friday April 24, Harlan, Ky native George Ella Lyon will be inducted as the Commonwealth's 2015-2016 Poet Lauriate.  Friday is also this year's Kentucky Writers' Day, sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council. 

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5:07pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Education

Fall Tuition Rates for EKU Finalized

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Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents has put its stamp of approval on new rates for tuition and room and board.  Monday's board meeting followed action by a state governing agency.

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5:02pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Crime

Third Arrest in Fatal Shooting of UK Student

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A third arrest has been made in connection with the fatal shooting of 22 year old Jonathan Krueger.  The University of Kentucky student was fatally shot along Maxwell Street early Friday morning.  Lexington police have charged a 17 year old juvenile with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence.  Police do not anticipate more arrests in the case.

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4:59pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Health and Welfare

Former Lexington Mall Now Home to UK Outpatient Center

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The official opening of a new outpatient center in Lexington also marks a rebirth of a portion of the former Turfland Mall.  The 85-thousand-square-foot University of Kentucky HealthCare at Turfland sits on the one-time site of a Dillard's store. 

Chief of Ambulatory Services Dr. Marcus Randall says family and community medicine takes up a big part of the center, "So that's a large chunk of the space.  Not only do they have their clinic space here, but they also have their academic offices here.  Their teaching location is here.”

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6:00am

Mon April 20, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Offended by Eastern Standard on Religion, Thanks for Removing Stream Pre-roll

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On Facebook, Steve commented in response to the post about the Eastern Standard show, posing the questions, Is Religion Obsolete in the 21st Century, “ He writes, “I find it quite distasteful that you are airing this program on Easter Sunday. I would rather listen to your fund drives." 

Steve continued, "I would expect this from such a liberal station but your choice of when to air it is off the charts. Anyway, letting you know that I will not be sending any more money your way and I am taking you off my presets.”  

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2:00am

Mon April 20, 2015
Health and Welfare

Main Street Litter Pick Up Blitz Planned for Earth Day

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Picking up litter in central Kentucky's downtown communities will be widespread this Wednesday.  The effort is connected to the 45th Earth Day Commemoration.

The main street clean sweep program is being coordinated by Bluegrass Greensource, which serves 19 central Kentucky counties.  Director Amy Sohner says the trash pickup blitz will take place in many towns this week from 11 am to 1pm. "And the idea is to go in mass, 15 communities, 15 cities in central Kentucky, picking up litter all at the same time to celebrate Earth Day," said Sohner.

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5:10pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Crime

Police Make an Arrest in Shooting Death of UK Student

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Lexington police have made an arrest in the Friday morning shooting death of a University of Kentucky student.  The fatal shooting appears to be robbery related.

Jonathan Krueger, 22,  of Perrysburg, Ohio died early Friday morning after being shot along Maxwell Street near Transylvania Park.  Police have arrested 18 year old Justin Smith of Lexington and charged him with murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing and evading.  Police do not believe the two men knew each other.  

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Fri April 17, 2015

12:41pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Health and Welfare

Syphilis Cases Rise in Kentucky

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Kentucky is seeing a rapid increase in the number of syphilis infections, mirroring a national trend. 

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11:57am

Fri April 17, 2015
All Politics are Local

Comer Promises Tuition Reimbursements, More Technical Education If Elected Kentucky Governor

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Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says if he’s elected governor he’d essentially offer Kentucky students a $20,000 degree to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville if they can graduate in four years and then stay in the state.

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11:51am

Fri April 17, 2015
The Commonwealth

License Plate Supporting Eastern Kentucky Program Approved

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Kentucky residents can sign up for a new license plate showing support for an initiative to diversify eastern Kentucky's economy.

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10:16am

Fri April 17, 2015
Crime

University of Kentucky Student Fatally Shot Near Campus

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Update at 12:43pm Friday, April 17:

According to the Lexington Herald leader, police have charged 18-year-old Justin D. Smith with the murder of UK student Jonathan Krueger.

Smith is also charged with robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing and evading. 

Earlier:

Police say a University of Kentucky student was fatally shot in an altercation near campus.

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4:43pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Business and the Economy

KSU Students Piloting Floating Raft Project to Benefit Small Scale Farmers

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A group of students at Kentucky State University is working on a project that could help small scale Kentucky farmers generate additional income.  Farm ponds could prove to offer farmers more financial options.

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4:37pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Citizen Fire Academy Combines Hands-On Tactics with Classroom Instruction

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A group of Fayette County citizens has gotten a feel for the firefighter profession.  Next week, 15 people will graduate from the Citizen's Fire Academy.  Public Education Firefighter Kyle Branham says a number of tactical techniques are taught during the 11 week academy.  "Engine operations where we get the flow hand lines and we also do ladder operations where they climb the ladder and flow water out the ladder and do search and rescue," said Branham.

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5:57pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Education

Boundaries Redrawn in State's Second Largest School District

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A plan to redraw boundaries in the state's second largest school district is now before Fayette County School Board members.  The 24 member school rezoning panel has completed its work after 31 meetings and four public hearings over the past year. 

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5:53pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Mountain Parkway Extension Options Examined

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There seems to be significant interest in the state's plans to extend Kentucky's Mountain Parkway.  Hundreds of people attended a meeting this week to get a glimpse of two proposals.  

The state is planning to extend the Mountain Parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg.  Two options were on display for more than 300 people attending the public meeting in Prestonsburg.  One proposal calls for widening the existing corridor while the second option involves building a new road just north of Kentucky 114. 

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5:50pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Business and the Economy

Governor Beshear Talks Economic Development in Asia This Week

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Governor Beshear is in the midst of an economic development trip, visiting three Asian countries.  He and his team are meeting with company and country officials in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan.  Cabinet for Economic Development Spokesman Joe Hall says the governor may not come back home with an expansion or new plant announcement in hand.  "A lot of times these are forming relationships and discussing initial opportunities or even exploring opportunities,” said Hall.  “Usually these trips do pay dividends. It just might not be right when he gets back."

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5:41pm

Wed April 15, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Reporters' Discuss Latest News on Eastern Standard

From left: John Hingsbergen, Ryland Barton
Credit Logan Riley

Next month, voters from across the Commonwealth go to the polls to select candidates for the fall gubernatorial election.  Meanwhile, one Kentuckian has launched a campaign for our nation's highest elected office.

In other news, well....we'll ask our reporters around the table for what's on their minds.

Our guests this week:  Stu Johnson WEKU Reporter; Sam Youngman, political reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader; Ryland Baron, KPRN's State Capitol Bureau Chief.  

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4:46pm

Wed April 15, 2015
All Politics are Local

State Auditor Launches Investigation Into Kentucky’s Untested Rape Kits

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Kentucky has hundreds or possibly thousands of untested rape kits sitting in local law enforcement offices, according to State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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