Kentucky Humanities Council

President Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a plan to zero-out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss what such cuts could mean for Kentucky.

Toyota Investing $1.33 Billion in Georgetown Plant

Apr 10, 2017
Stu Johnson


Toyota’s announcement of a one and a third billion dollar investment at its Scott County plant is expected to have implications for decades.  Changes at the plant are expected to bring about an overhaul of designing, engineering, and production.

Focus On Business: Conrad Carney on Xooker

Apr 10, 2017

Today, Tom Martin talks with Conrad Carney, founder of Lexington-based CMS Text, about his latest venture, Xooker. Carney partnered with several local high tech companies to produce a text- marketing app that he says levels the competitive playing field for small and medium size businesses.

We received a detailed email from listener and supporter in Frankfort, Andy. He writes,  “I was interested to hear today's story about a solar array being installed at the KY Coal Museum in Benham."  

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers.


Farmers here have been big winners under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and while farm country voted overwhelmingly for Trump, his talk about scrapping NAFTA has farmers like Jed Clark nervous.

Stu Johnson

Final preparations are underway in Lexington for the opening of a new Catholic Action Center for homeless men and women.  The new site off Industry Road is expected to open in about two weeks.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to Unveil Proposed Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year just prior to Tuesday’s council work session.  The city’s vice mayor doesn’t anticipate many new initiatives.  

Irap Wins Bluegrass Stakes, 100 Points for Derby

Apr 9, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/

Long-shot Irap won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes for his first career victory and 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby, holding off Practical Joke by three-quarters of a length Saturday as favorite McCraken made a late charge at Keeneland.


Lexington Herald-Leader/

Lexington’s Keeneland race track will welcome patrons to its spring meet today.  During the month of April visitors can experience expanded walking tours of the historic facility.  

University of Kentucky -

A University of Kentucky professor says unmanned aircraft are likely to play a bigger role in predicting tornadic activity in the years to come.  Members of the Lexington Rotary Club heard a presentation Thursday from an expert with more than three decades experience in aeronautics and space. 

Copley/Hendren on Kenny Rogers, Other Weekend Events

Apr 7, 2017 - provided by the artist

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They start out this week with Rich offering us some advice, related to a weekend show…  

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 


Two people who spent years in a Kentucky jail after being wrongfully charged with murder have sued 10 police officers from three departments. They allege there was a conspiracy to frame them by planting evidence to protect a confidential informant.                                                 


Clay County Schools -

Children attending a southeastern Kentucky elementary school are participating in a whole new library experience. The changes have been made possible through a joint project by Eastern Kentucky University and Berea


Fayette Co. Health Officials Confirm Mumps Cases

Apr 5, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/

Fayette County health officials are reporting two cases of mumps in the Lexington area.  These are the first confirmed cases of the viral disease this year.  

Ky Horse Racing Commission -

A state panel is working to better determine how various drug compounds might affect horses involved in racing. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council Tuesday gave its support for screening limits.

Lawmakers transformed the legal landscape of Kentucky during this year’s General Assembly.  The state has new laws restricting abortions and allowing charter schools.  Legislators also passed pro-business measures that forbid mandatory union dues and add a hurdle for people suing doctors and hospitals for malpractice.

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this report on what passed the General Assembly and how the new laws might affect Kentuckians.    

Judge Won't Suppress Evidence in Whiskey Theft Case

Apr 5, 2017 Herald-Leader - provided

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has denied a motion to suppress evidence that led to a distillery worker being accused of masterminding a long-running whiskey theft ring in bourbon country.

Benny Becker - Ohio Valley ReSource

Federal health researchers are visiting health clinics and medical schools in the Appalachian coalfields to recruit allies in the fight a resurgence of Black Lung Disease.

The worst form of the disease may affect as many as 5 percent of experienced working miners in the region, and the researchers fear that rate could be even higher among retired miners.  

In keeping with tradition, the spring meet at Keeneland opens this weekend with the running of the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes. Seven three-year-olds are in the field for the Kentucky Derby prep race.


Last week’s collapse of an Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta will likely affect hundreds of spring break travelers from Kentucky.  State transportation officials are urging motorists to check all traffic routing sources before making the trip through Georgia's capital city.


More than 80 Kentucky school districts were scheduled to observe spring break this week.  The I-75 path to Florida is a popular one for many Kentuckians. 

John Hingsbergen

A crowd of about a hundred gathered in Berea Monday to show support for a lesbian couple targeted by vandals.  Organizers also used the event to draw attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the Madison County community.   

A group of students and other youth is sponsoring meetings in southeastern Kentucky aimed at helping workers move into jobs in technology while staying close to home.  Whitesburg hosted one of the meetings this past weekend.  

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is sponsoring the Solution Spotlight sessions. 

Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up this past week, and not only were there overrides to the Governor’s vetoes, but the new Republican super-majority successfully passed quite a bit of new legislation in what seems to be record time.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, our panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable to discuss all legislative news that occurred in Frankfort this year.


We received the following email from listener Betty one morning last week during the WEKU Spring Fund Drive. She wrote, “I thought I ought to let you know, before your pledge day is over, that I had a problem trying to make a donation by phone call before 7 a.m. this morning." 

Lexington Herald-Leader/ - File photo Mark Cornelison

Human rights and LGBTQ advocates are organizing in Berea Monday evening. They’re reacting to  an incident in which a lesbian couple were targeted with graffiti.

Bereans for Fairness and the Madison County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are sponsoring a rally followed by a march to a meeting of the city’s Human Rights Commission.


When President Donald Trump visited Kentucky for a recent rally he returned to a common theme from his campaign: environmental regulations are job-killers.

“I have already eliminated a devastating anti-coal regulation,” he said, referring to a measure he recently signed overturning a Department of Interior stream protection rule. “And that is just the beginning,” the president continued, pledging to turn the Environmental Protection Agency “from a job killer into a job creator.”

Cheri Lawson



The state of Arkansas may soon put to death eight convicted murderers in 10 days. The state is executing death warrants at an unprecedented rate because it's supply of one of the drugs that's used for lethal injections is reaching its expiration date. Officials are concerned it won't be available later. Dr. Allen Ault has been a commissioner of corrections in three states, including Georgia, where he presided over five executions. Dr. Ault has written a piece in Time magazine in which he implores the Arkansas government to reconsider its plans for executions. Dr. Ault joins us now from member station WEKU in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Ault, thanks for being with us.

ALLEN AULT: Thank you, sir.

Federal Judge Halts Closing of Kentucky's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic

Mar 31, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/

A federal judge has halted the impending shutdown of the only clinic in Kentucky that performs abortions.

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, a U.S. District judge issued a restraining order today that prevents state officials from revoking the license of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. 

Matt Goins,

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week they tell us of a production of the hit musical based on an iconic album by the rock band Green Day.

Kentucky House lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of two bills.

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, the bills concern regulating drones and deciding who gets to spend up to $100 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen.