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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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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.
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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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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!"
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.
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."