Fall Yearling Sale Getting Underway at Keeneland

Sep 11, 2017

For almost three-quarters of a century Keeneland has been auctioning off horses in the fall. 

The September yearling sales is regarded globally as the premiere sales event.

Stu Johnson

Following a massive fire in January of 2016, Blue Grass Stockyards officials have cut the ribbon for a new facility in Lexington. 

EKU Football Colonels Face UK

Sep 8, 2017

For the second time in two years, but only the fifth time ever, Eastern Kentucky University battles the University of Kentucky on the football field. 

The two teams, separated by just 27 miles, meet up Saturday in Lexington.

Eastern Kentucky University has issued a safety alert following an overnight incident involving a firearm.

University police report that, just before 1:00 Friday morning, an individual reported that a vehicle with four persons inside pulled up near him and “verbally argued” with him before displaying a firearm.

Stu Johnson

The president of Berea College says the Madison County private school receives $12 to $18 million each year from maturing bequests. 

President Lyle Roelofs addressed  Lexington Rotarians Thursday afternoon.

Lexington's Planning Commission has voted to keep the combined city/county community’s urban service boundary as is. 

The seven-to-four vote Thursday followed a nine-month review process.

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s new fire training tower opened officially this week with a Wednesday ribbon-cutting, attended by Mayor Jim Gray, former Mayor Teresa Isaac, members of council and past and present fire officials.  

Rebecca Kiger

It’s been nearly one month since President Trump told a group of reporters he was declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency,”  the president said at his golf resort in New Jersey on August 10.  

Mary Meehan

A new program designed to support students who are single parents has begun on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

WEKU’s Mary Meehan reports that Scholar House is about much more than housing.

Cheri Lawson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky among the three states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose.

While there’s no easy answer,  officials who run a Northern Kentucky jail believe they have a program that could be part of the solution, using medication-assisted treatment.

DACA Supporters Rally in Lexington

Sep 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

As in many communities across Kentucky and the nation, supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took to the streets of Lexington last night. 

The outcry comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday to phase DACA out in six months.

Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition Takes Shape

Sep 6, 2017

More than 30 organizations representing interests from manufacturing to farming and engineering are coming together to form a new Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition. 

The aim of the group is to prevent the decline of the state’s multifaceted infrastructure system.

Lexington Leader Eyes Public Pension Reform

Sep 5, 2017

Work at the state level to address public pension problems is also being watched closed at the local government level.  

Council Member Susan Lamb broached the topic last week during the weekly work session. 


A rash of fatal coal mining accidents in the Ohio Valley region pushed the nation’s total number of mining deaths to a level not seen since 2015, sparking concern among safety advocates.

Already this year 12 miners have died on the job in the U.S., compared to eight fatalities in all of 2016. 

Lexington Code of Ordinances Under Review

Sep 5, 2017

Lexington's council is in the midst of revising its code of ordinances in the areas of neglected housing and nuisances. 

Lexington Code Enforcement Director Ken Armstrong briefed the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee on changes last week.

Brian Burkhart

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University’s president kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with his annual address reviewing where the school is, where it’s been and where it’s headed.  

Dr. Michael Benson joins us for this week's show to respond to your questions or comments. 

Citizens Weigh In on Lexington's Service Boundary

Sep 1, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Planning Commission is preparing to weigh in on goals and objectives for the update of the community’s comprehensive plan. 

Before making that decision, the panel heard from the public Thursday afternoon at city hall.

Copley/Hendren on Labor Day Music Festivals

Sep 1, 2017
Jacob Hand

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

As the Labor Day weekend gets started, they have information about music festivals among other events.

Stu Johnson

Two young boys have been honored for their heroics in pulling a two year old family member out of a Lexington swimming pool earlier this year.

Meritorious Civilian Citations were given to eight -year -old Chase Covey and his nine -year -old cousin Parker Everhard.

A group of 20 Lexington firefighters originally planning to help with hurricane and flood relief efforts in Texas has been told to hold on. 

The team did not head out for College Station Texas yesterday as planned. 

Fire Chief Kristin Chilton says a similar situation occurred with a group of firefighters 12 years ago.

“It happened back in 2005 with Katrina, originally they were going right into New Orleans. 

Stu Johnson

A new Central Sector Roll Call facility for Lexington Police is twice the size of its former home not more than a block away. 

The mayor, several council members, and public safety officials participated in a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Industry Road site.

Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

During recent weeks, heritage and history have been on the minds of many in the south and elsewhere.  Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia there have been renewed discussions about Confederate symbols and monuments.

In Kentucky, Lexington is moving forward with plans to relocate two statues and, just this week, there have been renewed calls to remove the statue of  Jefferson Davis from the Rotunda of the State Capitol.

Judge Orders Landfill Protection in Estill County

Aug 30, 2017

A special circuit judge ruled Wednesday that three acres of an Estill County landfill will be protected from any further dumping of waste until core testing is done.  

Judge Jean Logue’s order comes in connection with efforts to address suspected low-level radioactive waste buried in the landfill.

A group of 20 Lexington firefighters will spend the next eight to ten days in Texas, assisting with hurricane and flood relief efforts. 

The crew, along with two boats, other land vehicles, and a support trailer will be staging in the city of College Station.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is asking the board at a local cemetery to consider placement of two Confederate statues on its historic burial grounds. 

A letter dated August 24 making such a request went to the General Manager of Lexington Cemetery Mark Durbin.

Coal Country Tech Job Program Heads For New Round

Aug 30, 2017
Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Last summer Melissa Anderson was unemployed and trying to keep her Pike County, Kentucky, home from falling into foreclosure.

“I built it,” she said. “And, you know, for me to lose that home would have been devastating.”

Lexington leaders are considering ways to help ensure fire trucks and ambulances don’t encounter any parked car delays in getting to those in need.  

Council members heard Tuesday about a proposal to limit some neighborhood parking to one side of the street.

A Lexington council committee will study ways of increasing representation of women through public art.  

Council member Jennifer Mossotti made the request Tuesday.


Stu Johnson

A Lexington council member says the unveiling of a new concession stand at a North End park means more than an updated building to sell snacks.

Mayor Jim Gray and Councilman James Brown participated in the opening Monday of the new concrete structure at Martin Luther King Park. Herald-Leader

Kentucky House lawmakers have held a private meeting Tuesday to discuss the state's troubled pension system.

Republican and Democratic legislators met at the State Capitol for about two hours.