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Grant Helps Lexington Homeless With Rent

Nov 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington area realtors are joining city officials in helping homeless persons move into permanent housing.  A national grant of $15,000 is making it possible.

The grant from the National Association of Realtors’ was awarded to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors for deposits and first month’s rent for up to 15 households.

Crews Battling Fires, Wind in Southeastern Ky

Nov 18, 2016
kentucky.com

High temperatures and winds are complicating efforts at fighting ongoing wildfires across Kentucky but a weekend forecast of rain could provide some relief.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s Buddy Rogers said Friday that 54 fires are actively burning on 28,000 acres. More than half of those are on federal forest land. 

Southeastern Kentucky residents should keep an ear tuned for any alerts.  Rogers said people should “closely monitor their local media, weather alert radios, certainly their smart phones.” 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They start this week of a mention of a production by Lexington’s Studio Players.    

Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University student athlete Tyler Swafford’s got a whirlwind schedule this Saturday. He’s making a trip to the nation’s capital for a scholarship interview before trotting out onto the field in Richmond to lead his team.

The redshirt sophomore quarterback is vying for a Mitchell Scholarship. His interview is set for 8:30 a.m. in Washington. He’s one of 20 finalists in the national competitive scholarship program sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. If awarded one of the 12 scholarships, he'll spend a year studying in Ireland.

Walkway Repair to Close Richmond's Lancaster Avenue

Nov 17, 2016
Stu Johnson

Work to restore a pedestrian walkway on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is expected to be visible this weekend with the closure of a portion of Richmond's Lancaster Ave. on Sunday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift slammed into the overhead walkway in September, causing a partial collapse.

EKU Vice President for Facilities Paul Gannoe said two structural beams will be put into place then the repairs will stall. "We have some materials ordered," he said. "We’re fabricating some materials."

kentucky.com

After just two months of operation, Lexington’s newest senior center is serving a growing number of baby boomers. 

Aging and Disability Services director Kristy Stambaugh told the Urban County Council Tuesday that folks 60 to 69 years old made up about 28 percent of total visitors a year ago.  Now, she said, 38 percent are within that baby boomer age range.

Stambaugh said the center’s 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday schedule will likely expand next spring to include a few evenings a week.

Lexington Considering Private Road Signage

Nov 16, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington city officials took the first step to identifying private streets Tuesday, a change that requires developers to post signs indicating the end of public maintenance.

Planning Director Jim Duncan told a council committee that making sure private streets are built to the same standards as public streets is an ongoing emphasis. 

Kentucky Proud Holidays on Eastern Standard

Nov 16, 2016
Grant Willoughby

With the holiday season in full swing, this week's Eastern Standard will be devoted to Kentucky Proud-specific holidays. The mantra of "buy local" is something many hear often these days, and as it turns out Kentucky has a lot of great local brands to offer. Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit more made in the commonwealth other than bourbon and beer cheese!

Guests on this week's show include:

fcps.net

Some students in Fayette County high schools will be going through metal detectors later this month.  The school administration announced new safety policies Tuesday.

Over the past 12 days, three Lexington area students were caught bringing guns to Tates Creek High School.  Earlier this week, another student brought a BB gun to Bryan Station Middle School. 

Stu Johnson

Removing radioactive materials illegally dumped in the Estill County Landfill is the best option, but state health officials told a crowd Monday that it will be a challenge.

  Tony Hatton, deputy commissioner of the Environmental Protection Cabinet, said the preferred option is to remove the material, but added it would likely be an extensive process involving large volumes of waste. 

During a 90-minute public forum at Estill County High School, state public health and environmental officials assured over 100 in the audience that the threat to public is health is low.

Stu Johnson

State officials Monday night sought to allay fears about health risks associated with the illegal dumping of radioactive waste at an Estill County landfill.  Their presentation included a description of just-announced penalties for responsible companies.

Well over a hundred people gathered in the Estill County High School auditorium not far from the landfill where fracking waste now resides buried under cover. 

forestry.ky.gov

Wild fires continue to rage in Southeastern, Kentucky representing a 664 percent increase in November fires over 2015. Five hundred people are still fighting the flames.

So far this month, 130 wild fires have burned almost 15,000 acres in the 16 counties. State Division of Forestry Spokesman Mark Weidewitsch said at this point last year, 17 fires consumed 200 acres.  

Only one structure has been lost, Weidewitsch said. Local volunteer fire departments work to preserve structures, he said, allowing state firefighters to focus on wild fires.

Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

A recent breakdown at an Ohio River dam served as a wake-up call about the aging infrastructure that keeps river commerce flowing. The Ohio is one of the country’s busiest working rivers and some navigation controls are approaching the century mark. I went to see these ailing structures and a new multi-billion dollar project in the works.  

Critical Stretch of River

From the Listener Comment Line, a call from Dan in Lexington about the fact that we chose to, once again, preempt Performance Today on Wednesday evening, the day after the Election.  


Ky Drought Could Stress Water Supplies

Nov 14, 2016
nc dc.noaa.gov

Officials in some Kentucky communities may need to keep a close eye on their local water supply levels in the weeks ahead.  A Level One drought declaration was issued late last week for 117 counties in the state.  

State Climatologist Stuart Foster says the driest conditions have been found in Eastern and Southern Kentucky,  “There is some early indication some of the smaller water supply systems that traditionally are a little more vulnerable to drought, that they need to be aware of the situation and developing a plan of action to take if necessary.”

beginningfarmer.org

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture sponsored what they called a Beginning Farmer Summit Friday in Louisville.  

Madison County Extension Agent in Agriculture Brandon Sears says about half of the people with an interest in farming are new to Agriculture.  He says the other half often see farming passed down from generation to generation. 

weku.fm

The timeline for disposal of mustard blister agent stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot appears likely to change.  Mustard and nerve munitions have been buried in bunkers at the Madison County army installation since World War II.  The change in scheduling could mean demilitarization of nerve agent first.

Ky Veterans Center to Open in Early 2017

Nov 11, 2016
veterans.ky.gov

Beginning in early 2017, more than 100 Kentucky veterans will likely be living in a new home.  Study continues about where to build a fifth veterans center in Kentucky.

There are Veterans centers currently operating in Wilmore, Hazard, and Hanson.  Work continues on a new facility in Radcliff with plans to welcome veterans by the end of February. 

Broadband Projects Sought for Southeastern Ky

Nov 11, 2016
wymt.com

Job-creating projects based on broadband technology are being sought in 26 Southeastern Kentucky counties. Officials with the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation will review the ideas.  The Request for Proposals is now available on line at SKED’S website. 

Corporation Director Brett Traver says the selected projects will be able to leverage broadband infrastructure.  He says the barrier for the entry of ideas is set low, “From that, we’ll take those ideas, however many we get, and start funneling them down until we reach three to five really good ideas."

wkyt.com

The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Eastern Kentucky University open their regular seasons Friday in Richmond.  Both squads are hoping to build on last year’s successes.

The success of EKU’s women’s team last year came with a trip to the championship game in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.  For the men last season, a ranking of 18th nationally in scoring offense and hitting the century mark three times created excitement. 

Copley/Hendren on Weekend Events, Passing of Ann Tower

Nov 11, 2016

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

They start this week of a mention of this weekend’s concert by the Real World String Band.


Coal Interests Counting on Trump

Nov 10, 2016
uky.edu

Thousands of Eastern Kentucky voters are counting on Donald Trump to help bring coal jobs back to the region.  Those same voters want to see changes in the nation's energy policies.

kentucky.com

A public health alert has been issued for a number of counties in Southeastern Kentucky.  It comes following ongoing wildland fires in the region.

The smoke inhalation advisory affects residents living in some nine counties.  Air quality tests this week indicated hazardous readings with significant health risks for the general public in some areas of Breathitt, Laurel, and Whitley counties. 

kentucky.com

Republicans running for the state legislature registered many wins in Tuesday’s election.  The victories put the GOP in solid control of both houses of the General Assembly.

Republicans needed to take four seats in the state House to get majority control.  By night's end, GOP candidates had secured well over a dozen new seats in the 100 member chamber. 

Stu Johnson

Democrat Jim Gray fell short in his bid to upend incumbent GOP U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  But, the two-term Lexington mayor said Tuesday night he felt good about his showing in the statewide race. 

Rand Paul pulled in about 57 percent of the vote as he retained his Senate seat.  Considering how well the Republican presidential candidate did in the Commonwealth, Jim Gray felt his campaign fared well.  “What the margin shows is that we did really respectable considering how well in the presidential race Donald Trump did,” noted Gray.

Stu Johnson

Central Kentucky pastor Nancy Jo Kemper feels good about the congressional campaign she waged in a losing effort.  The first-time Democratic candidate believes Andy Barr’s campaign funding was too much to overcome.

Andy Barr, the GOP incumbent in the Sixth District, garnered just over 60 percent of the vote in the 19-county region.  Kemper, who’s been active in a variety of political debates in Frankfort, felt good about her showing, “I believe that it was an honest decent campaign that tried to evoke civility and to listen to all the people of the sixth district."

Coal's Role in Kentucky Elections

Nov 8, 2016
Washington Post

As Ohio Valley ReSource's Jeff Young reports, support for the ailing coal industry motivated voters in key races across the Ohio Valley region. 

Key races across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia went to candidates who showed strong support for coal.

Election Day 2016: 'Ad it Up'

Nov 8, 2016
Ohio Valley Resource

If it seems like your TV time has been carpet-bombed with campaign ads, some data shows that you’re right.

Jeff Young reports that parts of the Ohio Valley region stand out in analysis of big campaign spending and high volume TV spots.

General Election Updates

Nov 8, 2016
National Public Radio

AP-US-Pres-Sum/85

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Election Day 2016 (all times EST)
 

117,771 of 171,332 precincts - 69 percent

Donald Trump, GOP 48,147,815 - 49 percent

Hillary Clinton, Dem 46,522,774 - 47 percent

Gary Johnson, Lib 3,123,045 - 3 percent
 

Election Updates

Nov 8, 2016
Kentucky Secretary of State's Office

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In the 435 U.S. House races, the Republicans have won 172 seats

and are leading in the races for 49 seats. The Democrats have won 116

seats and are leading in the races for 20 seats. Independent and other

party candidates have won or are leading for 0 seats. If these trends

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