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3:34pm

Tue April 7, 2015
All Politics are Local

Paul Set to Challenge Washington and GOP Establishment

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As he launches his presidential campaign, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is delivering a challenge both to Washington and to his fellow Republicans.

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8:02pm

Mon April 6, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Remembering the End of the Civil War

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.

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5:37pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

March Madness Can Bring On Unhealthy Stress

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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

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5:34pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Appoints Community and Education Advocate to City Council

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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."

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5:30pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Health and Welfare

Fayette Health Department's HANDS Program Used to Help Prevent Child Abuse

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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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4:22pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Firefighters Still Tending to GE Appliance Park Fire

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A reduced crew of firefighters remains on site at the fire that broke out Friday at General Electric’s Appliance Park in Louisville.

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4:18pm

Mon April 6, 2015

6:00am

Mon April 6, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Correcting Performer's Name & What About a Kentucky Center Stage Archive?

Send or call-in your Feedback to WEKU@eku.edu or 859-622-1657. You can also post on Facebook or send a tweet @889weku

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.”

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11:13pm

Sun April 5, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor to Unveil Budget Plan Tuesday

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday will unveil his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year.  The spending plan is expected to call for resources for additional construction.

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11:09pm

Sun April 5, 2015
Crime

Lexington Police Working to Recruit More Women

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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.

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3:27pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Health and Welfare

Flooding Drives Some Louisville Residents From Their Homes

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At about 4 a.m. Friday morning, Nathan Milner sloshed through waist deep water surging into his ground-floor apartment in the Bashford Manor neighborhood.

The water came in fast, said Milner, 25. Within 30 minutes, maybe less, the cold, dirty water inundated the small, two bedroom apartment he shares with five other people.

“Water was just gushing in,” said Deann Henderson, who also lives at the apartment.

 

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3:05pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Joshua Bell with UK Symphony, and Where to Watch NCAA Action

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It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events.

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2:11pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Health and Welfare

Police Presence Part of NCAA Gatherings in Lexington

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Lexington's Limestone Avenue is likely to once again be a loud and active spot this weekend.  The downtown street is a well-known hot location for University of Kentucky basketball fans. 

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5:14pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Keeneland’s Spring Meet Provides a Backdrop for the Breeder’s Cup

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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."

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4:35pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Health and Welfare

Arson Dog Plays Key Role in Investigation

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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.  

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5:37pm

Wed April 1, 2015
News

Petition Seeks Alcohol Sales In Berea

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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.

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5:08pm

Wed April 1, 2015
All Politics are Local

Prominent Democrats Skipping Obama Visit to Kentucky

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Democrats topping their party's ticket in Kentucky's off-year election are skipping a visit by President Barack Obama this week.

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5:05pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Health and Welfare

Fayette County Agencies Offering New Technologies to Hurry Domestic Violence Protection

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt
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A central Kentucky law enforcement agency is helping to roll out two new domestic violence related initiatives.  Both focus on expediting the paperwork for emergency protective services.

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4:53pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Local Foods Initiative to Assist Low Income Families

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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.

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4:13pm

Wed April 1, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ark Project Using Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Law to Sue State

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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.

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3:58pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31.
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After more than five years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner Terry Holliday has announced plans to retire. 

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4:44pm

Tue March 31, 2015
All Politics are Local

Beshear Plays Both Sides of Gay Rights Debate

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky's religious freedom law similar to one signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week should be clarified to include protections for the LGBT community.

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4:27pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

Childhood Vaccination Attitudes Discussed By Panel at UK

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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.

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4:25pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

Open Burning Ban in Place for Lexington Area

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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.

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4:22pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

16 Year Old Louisville Student Leads $22,000 Effort for Hunger Relief

Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg with Team Food Chain Founder Chad Kamen
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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."

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11:51am

Tue March 31, 2015
Crime

Veterans Group Adds Reward in Southeastern Kentucky Deaths

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A veterans organization has increased the reward for information in the deaths of a southeastern Kentucky couple found shot to death after a house fire.

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9:14pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Stotelmyer: Neubauer Leaves Firm Foundation for Next EKU Basketball Coach

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Eastern Kentucky University is beginning the search for a new coach to head the men's basketball program.  Jeff Neubauer is leaving to take over as head coach at Fordham University.

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5:04pm

Mon March 30, 2015
The Commonwealth

Obama to Visit Louisville on Thursday

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President Barack Obama will visit Louisville on Thursday for an event on the economy, the White House announced Monday.

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4:53pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Kentuckians at War

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Are Being Honored This Week

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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

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1:40pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

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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.

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