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A Berea College administrator has offered testimony about the cost of college education to a congressional committee in Washington.  Much of the questioning Tuesday focused on student debt.

Berea College is known nationally for its "no student paid" tuition with a "student work required" philosophy. 

Lexington Needle Exchange May Expand

Sep 14, 2016
lexingtonhealthdepartment.org

Lexington new health commissioner gave an update on the status of the city's needle exchange program Tuesday.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh told council members that just over 20,000 used needles had been brought in and more than 21,000 clean needles were given out.  Since the first needle exchange on September 4, 2015, 376 clients have made over 1000 visits. 

Lexington Council Discusses Diversity Recruitment

Sep 13, 2016
kentucky.com

Lexington public safety officials are working to increase the number of minorities in policing, fire protection, corrections, emergency management and emergency 911.  A number of barriers to increasing diversity were discussed during a council committee meeting Tuesday.

Public Safety Commissioner Ronnie Bastin told members of the General Government, Social Service Committee that agencies are reaching inside and outside the community to recruit employees. 

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A woman with 35 years of experience evaluating and treating adult sex offenders is leading training sessions throughout Kentucky.  One such program attracted well over 100 people Monday in Lexington.

Cory Jewell Jensen is with the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Oregon.  She spoke to those working in areas like law enforcement, school counseling, nursing and child protective services. 

Stu Johnson

Governor Bevin says the University of Louisville is a key component of a National Center to focus on automotive research in areas of automotive efficiency and sustainable transportation.  That could cover everything from online transportation services to self-driving cars.

He made that announcement Monday before the second Auto Vision Conference in Lexington. 

 Tom Martin talks with Dave Tatman, executive director of the Kentucky Auto Industry Association. He is also associate vice president for advanced manufacturing at Western Kentucky University. Dave and his team are getting ready for "AutoVision," the association’s annual conference coming to the Lexington Center September 12th and 13th.

Opioid High: Students Face A Different Kind of Test

Sep 12, 2016
Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

t’s not just about notebooks and pencil boxes anymore: the opioid epidemic means back-to-school supplies now include things like emergency overdose treatments and drug prevention plans.

Many schools in the Ohio Valley region are using random drug testing despite doubts from addiction treatment experts about whether the tests really work to deter abuse.

 

A Tragedy, Then Testing

Yearlings Enter Sales Ring at Keeneland

Sep 12, 2016
keeneland.com

Potential buyers will be eyeing hundreds of thoroughbred horses this week in Lexington.  The 73rd edition of the fall auction at what’s regarded as the primary international sales event begins Monday at the Keeneland race track.

kentucky.com

Kentuckians joined the rest of the nation and the world last weekend in marking the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.  There were interfaith services, a memorial dedication, and a 9/11 stair climb.

Two Central Kentucky Muslims hold out hope for growing relationships in the next 15 years.

Dr. Nadia Rasheed is an anesthesiologist who was in an operating room when the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon occurred.  She says a television was placed in a common area and all were horrified and scared. 

It’s been a busy first few weeks of the Fall Semester on the campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2016 has been a busy and eventful year in many ways.

On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond. 

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Lexington’s chief prosecutor says his father taught him early on about consequences for breaking rules.   Ray Larson announced Thursday he will retire at the end of this month. 

Larson is concerned about changes in sentencing standards that result in more probation, saying his preference is “first time, every time.”  “If people were punished first time they committed a crime every time, that would be a deterrent.  But, we’re in a 2nd, 3rd and 25th chance society right now,” said Larson.

UPDATE AS OF 5:00 PM 9/9/16 

EKU officials say it could be three weeks before Lancaster Ave between Barnes Mill Rd. and Crabbe St. is re-opened.

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An accident has seriously damaged the pedestrian walkway over Lancaster Ave on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

The incident, which occurred around noon Friday has shut down Lancaster between Barnes Mill Rd and Crabbe St. University officials say there were no injuries but the roadway is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Now that Labor Day is behind us, they’re focusing on fall festivals.  

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

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

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The leader of a non-profit economic development agency in Eastern Kentucky sees promise in the results of a just-released workforce survey.  It’s partly focused on efforts to lure new firms to the region that could offer employment to out-of-work coal miners.

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Long time Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson has announced his retirement effective at the end of September.  He’s served as Lexington’s chief prosecutor for more than three decades.

The man known among criminal court professionals as a "no-nonsense" prosecutor says he didn’t want to be known as someone who stayed too long in the job. 

In his notice, Ray Larson states guiding principles for his office were, among others, treating every person fairly.  In almost 32 years as Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney he believes the office has been operated free of politics. 

Miners to Rally for Pension Protection

Sep 8, 2016
U.S. Senate

Thousands of retired coal miners will rally in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to urge Congress to shore up a fund that supports their pensions and benefits. Area lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were at the National Press Club in Washington to speak in support of the Miner’s Protection Act.  

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A Kentucky man has entered a "not guilty" plea in a computer hacking case with ties to a highly-publicized sexual assault in Eastern Ohio. 

Deric Lostutter appeared in federal court in Lexington Wednesday. He is accused of helping to hack a website to draw attention to a 2012 Ohio High School rape case.  He is charged with conspiring to gain illegal access to an online account and making false statements. 

chfs.ky.gov

In light of a recent rash of overdose – related deaths, Kentucky public health officials say they can't predict drug overdose activity across Kentucky.  But they have gained some insights about heroin use from voluntary reporting by medical partners.  Preliminary reports to the Department of Public Health show 15 overdoses, 12 of them fatal, from noon last Friday until Monday morning. 

Fire Safety Month Focuses on Off-Campus Housing

Sep 7, 2016
firescience.eku.edu

September is being observed as Campus Fire Safety Month as Kentucky joins with states across the nation in focusing on the issue.

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A panel comprised of public university presidents, legislative representatives and officials from Governor Matt Bevin’s office is continuing to work on plans to implement partial performance funding for higher education in Kentucky.  The Performance Funding Work Group meets Wednesday in Frankfort. 

Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles was charged Tuesday with rape, sodomy and bribing a witness. Arraignment has been set for September 26. 

The state charged the 76-year-old Miles in Daviess County Circuit Court with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and bribing a witness. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the rape allegedly occurred on or about July 2. The person making the allegation isn't identified.

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The University of Kentucky will benefit from the latest gift from a foundation tied to a Lexington auto dealership.

A $10 million gift from the Don Jacobs Charitable Foundation, announced Tuesday, means further investment in undergraduate science education at UK.  A majority of the contribution, $8 million, will go toward the new academic science building that now bears the name Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building.  Don Jacobs, well-known in Lexington, passed away last spring.

kentucky.com

Lexington city officials are moving forward with an economic development initiative with grants aimed at businesses, non-profits and educational institutions.  Council members got an update last week during a committee meeting. 

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It could be months or years before a final resolution is reached regarding the dumping of radioactive waste in a central Kentucky landfill.  A county leader is interested in preventing any future similar incidents.

The case of the 2000 tons of low level radioactive waste in the Estill County landfill is being debated in the courts and the topic of state and landfill owner negotiations. 

The prestigious National Academy of Sciences recently announced a comprehensive study on the health effects of the controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal. For coalfield residents who have long questioned what impact the dust, blasting, chemicals and water contamination was having, the announcement comes as welcome news, if somewhat overdue.  

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Media outlets report Gray released his economic agenda Monday at the United Auto Workers union hall in Louisville.

Gray says he wants to invest in infrastructure, broadband internet and education to bring more jobs and attract businesses to Kentucky. That includes repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges.

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In addition to hosting a weekly radio show that airs on over 500 stations, producing numerous Troubadour concerts every year and performing at venues across the nation, Michael Johnathon is the man behind a two-day music festival/pickin’ party/and member conference later this month.

 


 

 

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll talk about  The Gathering at Shaker Village.

We’re interested in your questions or comments before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Groundbreaking Ceremony to Give Blue Grass Stockyards a New Home

Sep 2, 2016
Blue Grass Stockyards via Kentucky.com

A Friday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony in Lexington could be the beginning of a new era for the Blue Grass Stockyards.  

It was seven months ago when a three-alarm fire destroyed the long time historic home of facility off Forbes Road.  Now, government, agriculture, and others in business are celebrating the start of construction for a new stockyards off Iron Works Pike. 

EKU Opens Football Season Against Purdue

Sep 2, 2016

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels open up their football season in northern Indiana tomorrow.  It’s a return trip to West Lafayette to take on Purdue.  Four years ago, EKU took on the Boilermakers in the season opener, losing 48 to 6.    

The Colonels begin their 104thseason under the leadership of new head coach Mark Elder.  Eastern has fared better against Football Bowl Subdivision teams in recent years, beating Miami of Ohio in 2014 and losing in overtime to the University of Kentucky last year. 

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

This week, with two big music festivals on the calendar, Rich is joined by music critic Walter Tunis.

Rich Copley & Walter Tunis cover arts, culture and music for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

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

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