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4:40pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Abandoned Horse Database Established in Kentucky

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State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses.  The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year.  State Veterinarian Bob Stout says information about the horses is collected at county judges' offices.  "It certainly gives opportunities for people to legitimately claim their horse and we would hope then, when they recognize ownership of it, that they maintain responsibility that goes with owning a horse," said Stout.

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4:16pm

Thu July 23, 2015
All Politics are Local

In Debate, Bevin and Conway Tout Rural Roots, Clash Over Kynect

Jack Conway
Credit Ryland Barton

Kentucky’s major party candidates for governor squared off Thursday at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

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4:45pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Sports

Breeders Cup and Maker's Mark Join Together in $1 Million Charitable Campaign

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity.  The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.

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4:40pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Business and the Economy

Keeneland Moves to Meet Anti-Doping Standard Adopted in Europe

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A new condition of sale will be a part of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.  It was established in response to the British Horseracing Authority's zero tolerance for anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances.  Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell says the Lexington track has had a testing program in place for seven years.  "Obviously there was a concern fromthe BHA because they have initiated this policy,” said Russell. “Since we introduced our anabolic steroid testing, we have never had a positive."

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9:49pm

Tue July 21, 2015
The Commonwealth

Cicadas Sounding Off in Big Numbers this Summer

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Many trees in central Kentucky are alive with the sound of insects.  It's the call of the annual cicada.

The sound of cicadas is hard to miss when outside in many neighborhoods.  University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says male cicadas are sounding off and those insect numbers appear to be up this summer.  "It is a mating call and they can get quite loud and they'll start to chorus together and kind of develop a rhythm in their song," said Townsend.

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2:37pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Health and Welfare

Report: Poverty Afflicts 1 in 4 Kentucky Youngsters

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A new report says poverty remains the biggest problem facing Kentucky children, a trend affecting all other aspects of child well-being.

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10:20pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Commonwealth

Rowan Co. Clerk Testifies In Same-Sex Marriage Suit

Credit courier-journal.com

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S., testified in court on Monday that her stance is based on religious grounds.

Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples, represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, who were denied marriage licenses.

Rowan County is one of at least two counties that has refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling.

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9:57pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Education

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

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Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project. 

Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts. 
 

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4:42pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Big Trouble on 90.9 in Hazard, Online Schedule Issues

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku. You can leave a voice message at any time at 859-622-1657

We’ve had another major problem with our transmitter at 90.9 FM. It went off the air last Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm and our engineer worked two full days trying to get it back to full power. Sadly, Phil Hayes was unable to do so and apparently the outdated and elderly equipment has passed the terminal stage.

    

The signal is back on the air operating at very low-power until further notice. Thankfully, we are able to provide service once again to immediate Hazard/Perry County area and communities nearby.

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3:13pm

Mon July 20, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Former Morning Edition Newscaster Jean Cochran on Eastern Standard

Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
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  Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran was our special guest at last years at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Today we revisit that program, which was recorded in front of an audience of WEKU listeners. us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners.

Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.

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11:06pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Education

Performance-Based Higher Education Funding Possible in 2016

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The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities.  The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.

The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income. 

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11:02pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Position to Oversee Construction Agenda

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the hiring of a project management director is aimed at bringing efficiencies to 100 million dollars budgeted for construction. The mayor says the local government currently has no common template for project management.  He cites a number of current projects including a plan to develop a linear park through the downtown area, "Town Branch Commons, for restoring and renovating the old courthouse, plans to design a city hall that would allow the existing city hall to be repurposed."

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5:31pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Sports

EKU Places Second in Preseason Football Poll

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Eastern Kentucky University’s football Colonels have been tabbed to finish second in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference race.  The ranking is certainly partly based on a returning EKU runner.

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2:53pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Equine Hobbyists Expected for Weekend Horse Park Event

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More than 15 thousand people are anticipated for BreyerFest 2015.  It runs Friday through Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park.   It's an event focusing on the model horse hobby focusing on equine entertainment and accessories. 

Also this weekend, the North American Young Riders Championship will include three to four hundred competitors.  Horse Park Deputy Director Darren Ripley says this marks the start of a big run at the facility,  "We start this week, these two shows, and this is kind of what my staff would call the six weeks of utter chaos.”

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2:02pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Health and Welfare

Paintsville Rec Center Providing Support to Flood Victims

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The kitchen at the Paintsville Recreation Center is a busy place today.  Volunteers are there preparing meals for those affected by flood waters this week.  Bonnie Porter is director of the Paintsville Main Street Program.  "We're just working to try to help everybody, it's a very sad to see the devastation here and the T.V. stations don't do it justice how really bad it is up here," said Porter.

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1:53pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Health and Welfare

Mental Health Services Available for Flood Victims

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Hundreds of families and emergency responders are coping with the aftermath of flooding in Eastern Kentucky.  Therapeutic counseling will also be offered.

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1:50pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Health and Welfare

Flood Victims Likely to Face Insurance Challenges

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The focus in flood-stricken areas of Eastern Kentucky remains on immediate day-to-day needs of food and shelter.

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2:00am

Wed July 15, 2015
Faith and Values

Ichthus Festival 20-15 Featured Brothers and Sisters in Harmony

Morning Sun Breaking Through the Clouds at Ichthus
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    After making music for more than 40 years near Wilmore, Ichthus, a once nationally renowned Christian music festival made its debut last week at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bands with a sibling theme made up part of the inaugural lineup this year. 

'Bread of Stone' closed out the first night of the Christian music festival a week ago. The Sioux City band includes two brothers, Ben and Bill Kristijanto who are of Indonesian descent. After playing on Wednesday, the band did an acoustic set Saturday afternoon which included an Indonesian ditty. 

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4:45pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Health and Welfare

Response to Flash Flooding Focuses on Physical, Emotional Needs

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   Flash flooding in eastern Kentucky has caused loss of life, major damage, and general disruption for hundreds of families. 

Rural communities in Rowan and Johnson counties are some of the hardest hit areas.  Joanna King is executive director of the eastern Kentucky Red Cross Chapter.  She says aid goes beyond meeting physical needs.  "The Red Cross offers mental health counseling for people who are having a rough time with the situation that is going on," said King. "We have volunteers who are trained to assist with that as well." 

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1:06pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Health and Welfare

Emergency Response to Flash Flooding in Eastern Kentucky

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Flash flooding is being blamed for at least one death in eastern Kentucky.  Rescue teams are continuing to search for a number of other people who are reported missing.  Communities in Rowan and Johnson counties were especially hard hit.  Buddy Rogers with Kentucky Emergency Management says there's been a lot of structural damage as well.  "Those communities within those counties have reported dozens, if not hundreds of homes effected," said Rogers. "Some totally destroyed, some washed away.  Several rescues and evacuations took place in both of those counties." 

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4:43pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Health and Welfare

Heavy Rains are No Drought Defender

Credit riverlorian.com

Following consistent rainfall across the commonwealth, the Kentucky River is riding high. The river acts as a water supply for communities up and down the channel. Kentucky River Authority Director Jerry Graves says although the state is experiencing steady rainfall and the river is high, that doesn't equate to protection from drought.    "You know the Kentucky River can be up 15 foot one day and 10 days later, be down to a normal pool, sort of like a yo-yo," Graves said. "This has no effect on the long term as far as drought is concerned." 

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4:39pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'42nd Street' Now in Downtown Lexington

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A downtown Lexington street is undergoing a temporary name change.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled the new name Monday.

A new theater production company is bringing the musical "42nd Street" to Lexington's Opera House.  So, in honor of the theatrical offering by the Lexington Theater Company, a block of Short Street has been renamed to read '42nd Street'. 

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12:32pm

Mon July 13, 2015
-Eastern Standard

The Basics of Islam on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen with Dr. Richard Cahill.
Credit Richard Turner

As the annual observance of Ramadan draws to a close, on this week’s show, we’ll focus on the basics of Islam.  This is an encore of a show that originally aired July 31, 2014. 

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12:23pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: New Friday Eve Schedule, Online Stories & Keep the "ee" in Kentucky

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Last week we aired a comment from Mona, concerned that we were canceling The Dinner Party Download.  I wrote to her explaining the new Friday evening schedule and here’s part of her response, “As you surmised, I discovered (to my delight) on Friday evening that Dinner Party Download had simply been shuffled in the day's schedule -- it is such a great way to kick off the weekend!"


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11:12am

Mon July 13, 2015
News

Same-Sex Marriage Back in Court in Kentucky

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Credit lgbtqnation.com

UPDATED 3:37 PM A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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11:10pm

Sun July 12, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Committee Reviews Cell Tower Placement Process

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The cell phone tower landscape in Fayette County could undergo changes in the years ahead. Prior to their summer break, Lexington council members got an update on new cell tower applications requirements. 

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11:05pm

Sun July 12, 2015
State Capitol

Setting Priorities for the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly Session

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In less than six months, state lawmakers are scheduled to return to Frankfort. At that time, there will be a slew of issues to wrestle with, but few are likely to be broadly adopted by a divided legislature.  Lexington Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo thinks state pensions passes that litmus test.  Palumbo said lawmakers need to be willing to negotiate and put everything on the table."  She added, "because for Kentuckians, that matters.  That's an important issue."

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3:39pm

Fri July 10, 2015
All Politics are Local

State Republican Leaders Await Details on Possible Presidential Caucus

Credit paul.senate.gov

Republican leaders in Kentucky are still figuring out whether a presidential caucus next year is feasible.

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3:34pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Health and Welfare

Ky. Legislators Grill Cabinet Officials for Not Disclosing Fraud-Comitting WIC Vendors

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State officials won’t disclose the names or locations of Kentucky grocery stores accused of fraud in the Women, Infants and Children food assistance program.

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2:40pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Business and the Economy

Ky. Has $165.4 Million Surplus, but Road Fund Falls Short

Credit wfpl.org

Kentucky taxpayers got good news and bad news on Friday on the state's budget.

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