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2:06pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Education

Legislation Proposed to Help Close Achievement Gap in Lexington and Louisville

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The State Department of Education is proposing new legislation to help Kentucky's two largest school districts address achievement gaps.  The issue was discussed Monday during a state legislative committee meeting.

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10:51pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Breaks Interstate Park Master Plan Calls for Substantial Improvements in Kentucky

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Officials are finalizing details for a 30 year master plan for the Breaks Interstate Park. The 4,800 acre park, dubbed 'the Grand Canyon of the South,' is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia border. 

Park Superintendent Austin Bradley says over the years, the Bluegrass side of the Breaks has seen little development. He says the new master plan calls for major improvements on the Kentucky side. "We're looking at everything from primitive camping opportunities in Potters Flat to equestrian and riverside like Kayak canoeing campsites," said Bradley.

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2:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

UK Ally Oops Its Way Over EKU

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A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky.  UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena.  After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer  gave high praise for UK's defensive effort.  "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.

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1:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listener Stuck in Phone System

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Robert left us a voice message last Friday, attempting to pass on some traffic information while the Lexington Traffic Management Center website was out of commission.  He called the main station number only to find he was stuck in voice mail limbo, “And I spent 15 minutes listening to the person say, ‘We’ll get to you to take your pledge, the recording over and over.” 

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11:32pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Creative Arts Report Includes Analysis of Kentucky Economic Impact

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The new Kentucky Creative Industry Report is being hailed as a barometer of the economic impact of the arts industry.  The state's Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary calls the report 'ground breaking.'

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11:28pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Vice Mayor Bids Farewell to Council Tuesday

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Tuesday will mark the completion of 16 years of public service for Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton.  The registered nurse first served as 4th  district council representative before earning an

at-large spot. 

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10:38pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Business and the Economy

Beshear Announces ‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ Month

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Kentucky's first lady is making a pitch for bluegrass crafted gifts this holiday season.  Jane Beshear Friday morning helped officially launch 'Give a Gift Made in Kentucky' month at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea.  "So many of us give the same kind of things over and over and over again.  Here, you've got so many different choices and they are handmade.  Sometimes you have the opportunity to meet the artist," said Beshear.

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10:37pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Business and the Economy

BBB Warns Kentucky Consumers About Holiday Phishing Scam

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The Better Business Bureau of central and eastern Kentucky is warning citizens of a holiday phishing scam.  Spokeswoman Heather Clary says the Lexington office has received several reports about an email hoax.

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3:16pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Education

EKU Officials Move Forward Following Reorganization

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Eastern Kentucky University officials are beginning to implement the results of a months-long restructuring process.

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9:53am

Fri December 5, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Holiday Dance Events, Wynonna Judd, & Rudolph 'Live'

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 activities.

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12:18am

Fri December 5, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Police Chief Confirmed as Next Public Safety Commissioner

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Effective early next year, Lexington police chief Ronnie Bastin will be the city's public safety commissioner.  The city council made the mayoral appointment official Thursday night. 

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12:13am

Fri December 5, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels Prepare for Matchup Against No. 1 Kentucky This Weekend

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Eastern Kentucky University heads into Rupp Arena Sunday night for an appointment with No. 1 ranked Kentucky.  EKU's head coach says his team's style won't change for the highly anticipated matchup.

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12:08am

Fri December 5, 2014
Business and the Economy

Annual Ag Economic Report Shows Upcoming Challenges for Grain Sector

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Members of Kentucky's agriculture industry Thursday held their annual Ag Economic Review and Forecast meeting in Louisville. 

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12:03am

Fri December 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report: 1 in7 Kentuckians Need Emergency Food Assistance

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One in seven Kentuckians or more than 600 thousand people seek emergency food assistance each year.  That's according to a report released Thursday by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. 

Association Director Tamara Sandberg says a hunger-free Kentucky is possible, but research confirms food banks can't do it alone.  "We believe that together we can solve hunger in Kentucky, but it's gonna require all of us to come together and do our part from policy makers, to business owners, to farmers, to charities," said Sandberg.

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4:20pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Number of Flu Cases Increasing in Kentucky

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With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky.  Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation. 

State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says getting a flu shot remains the primary recommendation.  "Each flu season unfortunately, thousands of Americans die from flu or flu-related complications and the flu shot is folks best protection against influenza," said Humbaugh.

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3:53pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Officials Plan for 2015 Launch of Lexington's 'Housing First' Program

Charlie Lanter- Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director
Credit kentucky.com

Lexington city officials are making final preparations for the new 'Housing First' program. Announced this past summer, the initiative aims to help area homeless people who are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. 

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11:23pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington In Search of a New Police Chief

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The city of Lexington is looking for a new police chief.  The news comes as the current head of the division of police moves on to a new administrative role.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has promoted Police Chief Ronnie Bastin to the position of Public Safety Commissioner.  The search begins immediately for Bastin's replacement.  Bastin joined the force in 1984, worked his way up through the ranks, and was named chief in 2008. 

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11:22pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Continue to Examine Ride Sharing Regulation

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Lexington city leaders continue look for ways to help ride sharing app firms and traditional taxi companies share the road.  City officials are awaiting action on state regulation pertaining to the relatively new ride sharing businesses.  Council member George Meyers believes it's important to strike a fair balance.  "We as a government have to be flexible enough to make it all work because we don't want to shut anybody out of the marketplace or disadvantage our community when you look at what other cities are doing as opposed to what we might do," said Meyers.

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11:18pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Heart Institute Opens New Inpatient Unit

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The University of Kentucky Hospital this week unveiled a brand new cardiovascular inpatient unit.  Patients will move in to the new addition this weekend.

UK officials say the 64 bed inpatient unit is one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care facilities in the country.  It features a combination of the latest medical technologies as well as lots of windows to the outside world.  Officials say it's that view which can help the recovery process.  

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5:12pm

Tue December 2, 2014
The Commonwealth

Keeneland Wins Approval to Acquire Harness Track

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The Keeneland Association has won approval from Kentucky's horse racing regulators to acquire an Appalachian horse track.

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3:13pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Child Abuse Panel Recommends Drug-Testing Parents

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A panel reviewing severe child abuse cases has released nine recommendations to improve protective services, including drug-testing parents who have a child die unexpectedly in their care.

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3:03pm

Tue December 2, 2014
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul to Run for Senate Re-election in 2016

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

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9:57am

Tue December 2, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Michael Hartman on Online Gaming

Frogdice is an independent game development studio in Lexington, Kentucky.  Founded in 1996 by Michael Hartman, Frogdice creates online and digital download games of the role-playing or "RPG" variety.  Tom Martin talked with Michael about his company and about gaming.

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5:10pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Education

Annual School Safety Report Includes Number of In-School Removals for First Time

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There's been a sizeable increase in resolutions to school violations across Kentucky.  That's according to research released last week from the Kentucky Center on School Safety.  For the first time, Center Director Jon Akers says the report includes data on in-school removals.  "Far more kids are put into in-school removal, maybe for an hour, sometimes a couple of hours, or sometimes for a couple of days.  But, we never recorded that in our reports heretofore.  It was never given to us in that format," said Akers.

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5:08pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Focus on Business

Kentucky Retailers Aim for 'Cyber Week'

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Some businesses in Kentucky are working to extend cyber Monday through the end of the week.  A number of advertisements this past weekend promoted an e-commerce focus for the entire week. 

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3:38pm

Mon December 1, 2014
State Capitol

GOP Rep. Ryan Quarles to Run for Agriculture Commissioner

KY. State Congressman Ryan Quarles
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

A three-term Republican state lawmaker says he will seek the Republican nomination for state Agriculture Commissioner.

 

 

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3:32pm

Mon December 1, 2014
The Commonwealth

Democrats First to File for 2015 Governor's Race

Geoff Young
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A retired state engineer and a woman who was arrested after riding her bicycle to school are the first candidates to officially file for the 2015 governor's race.

 

 

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8:48am

Mon December 1, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: On Being Reza Aslan & Interrupted 'Turkey'

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Listener Dr. Laura wrote to us last Sunday, “What happened with On Being this morning? I was very much looking forward to the interview with Reza Aslan only to find you were repeating the interview about Bach. Was this a technical error? Deliberate decision? Whatever the case, it was very disappointing.”

We are especially remorseful about this programming error. It turns out that our operations staff were cleaning out some old computer commands and accidentally eliminated the instructions that cause each week's On Being program to overwrite that of the previous week.

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9:54pm

Sat November 29, 2014
-Eastern Standard

EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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2:08pm

Fri November 28, 2014
The Commonwealth

Proposals for Burnside Lodging Facility Sought

Credit parks.ky.gov

The state is seeking someone to develop and operate a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park in Pulaski County in south-central Kentucky.

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