This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."
On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.
March Madness may come to an end with the crowning of NC AA champions in men's and women's basketball, but the stress along the way can be significant for coaches, players, and even fans. Georgetown College Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter says, usually, that stress is not lasting. He cites the case of his wife, who, like University of Kentucky fans, felt the sting of a loss to Wisconsin. "She's a die hard Arizona basketball fan," said Carter. "I mean she was completely destroyed after Wisconsin beat them. I mean, so much so, that she couldn't even function that night. Bu
The newest member of Lexington's City Council is coming on board just in time to hear the mayor's budget address Tuesday.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named James Brown to serve as council representative for the downtown first district. Brown says he brings level headed decision making to the council and a willingness to listen to other views. "When there's a call for leadership, I believe it's our responsibility to answer that call,” said Brown. “My network of friends, family and mentors have prepared me for the opportunity that I have today."
April is child abuse prevention month in Kentucky. A commemoration ceremony was held Monday at the Fayette County Health Department on Louden Avenue. Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says an in-home visitation program offers the opportunity to counsel new parents on proper discipline. "Particularly in terms of child abuse, they're working to differentiate between proper punishment and when it veers into excessive punishment and into abuse," said Hall. "You want to make sure parents know the difference."
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Robert wrote to us, “I was wondering if Kentucky Center Stage programs are archived for any period of time, so that one can listen to them from the website after they are broadcast."
Robert explained, "I was a soloist (Evangelist) for the St. John Passion, but was occupied and unable to stream it from the website (I’m out of radio range). I wondered if I can listen to it later, like Millenium Stage on the Kennedy Center’s website.”
The Lexington Division of Police is working to increase the number of women on its force. A Women's Law Enforcement Symposium is scheduled for Saturday at the police training academy. Varinka Ensminger heads up recruitment and training at the academy. "Women generally use less use of force incidents because a lot of times they are able to relate to incidents, particularly domestic violence type incidents where they are able to de-escalate situations," said Ensminger.
Officials at Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse are eager for the start of the spring meet, while also keeping an eye toward the fall. Post time for the first race of the three week event comes just after 1 pm Friday. Keeneland will also host the Breeders Cup Championships this October. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says a new chalet will be in operation for the spring meet. "It's really a way that we can test run the facility,” said Gregory. “Give it a test, a trial run during the spring. Look at food operations, parking, layout inside the chalet."
A four legged investigator is being credited with helping to find answers related to a southeast Kentucky wildfire. The case got the attention earlier this week of Magic, a K9 arson dog.
The fire was on Warrior's Path near Stinking Creek in Knox County. Division of Forestry officials knew where the fire began, but were not sure who started it. Investigators found barbed wire rolls and a fencing tool present at the origin.
A Kentucky mayor in a mostly dry community is asking residents to sign a petition that seeks a vote on allowing alcohol sales in restaurants.
Berea Mayor Steven Connelly told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the effort, if successful, would help the economy. Berea is dry except for the historic Boone Tavern, which started selling alcohol last year.
A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.
The measles outbreak that happened late last year in the western U.S. has renewed discussion about vaccination policies. That very issue was the main topic of a panel discussion Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.
Spring time temperatures coupled with breezy conditions are prompting wildfire concerns this afternoon. An open burning ban is in place for the Lexington area.
The open burning ban is being issued in response to a National Weather Service Advisory. It states that a dry cold front passing through is producing gusty west winds coupled with relatively low humidity levels. Officials with the Lexington Fire Department say it’s creating dangerous fire weather conditions.
Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg with Team Food Chain Founder Chad Kamen
Credit Kentucky Association of Food Banks
Food banks across Kentucky will benefit from a fundraising effort by a 16 year old Louisville student. Chad Kamen formed the nonprofit Team Food Chain about six years ago. Kamen says the idea for the project came from his interest in a television show. "I had a huge interest in 'Top Chef', the TV show and I was in love with cooking,” said Kamen. “My mom and I would cook these family dinners together and I started to kind of think about well I guess someone else probably can't have a family dinner somewhere."
Kentuckians are being asked to recognize Vietnam Veterans this week. Governor Beshear proclaimed Monday Vietnam Veterans Day across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry says she's the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Veteran. She says the widespread negative attitude toward soldiers returning from Vietnam was felt by her father and many others. "And it affected him and it affects him still today," said Henry. "Not in as much a way as it did, let's say when I was 15, and he was still having difficulty in transitioning back into socie
Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University. Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.
Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth. EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas. The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.