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Sitting on top of the Bible on Pastor Brad Epperson’s desk at the Clay City First Church of God is a list of goals for his small congregation written in a looping cursive hand.


Here’s an email from Nancy, “Recently I listened to an interview with author/activist Claudia Rankin.  She mentioned black men dying in the streets in America every day, the prisons being filled with black men and racism in America.  


Stu Johnson

In an extremely rare Saturday meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly, legislators took final action on abortion and labor-related bills.  Both the House and Senate voted to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require an ultrasound prior to any abortion. 

During debate on the ultrasound measure, Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas said some Kentucky children face extreme trauma every day.  “We see children that are unattended.  We see children who will suffer. We see children who are harmed and permanently damaged.”

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On November 18, 1967, one of Kentucky’s most scenic and treasured wilderness areas was poised to become Red River Lake. The pivotal visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas placed the local controversy into the national spotlight.  

Ky Politics Distilled: Republicans Assume Control Of The General Assembly

Jan 6, 2017
J. Tyler Franklin

The Kentucky General Assembly was back in session this week and for the first time, Republicans were in charge of the House, Senate and the governor’s office.

The party rushed to approve policies long blocked by Democrats in the legislature, including substantial bills dealing with abortion, labor unions and the University of Louisville’s governance.

Here’s a rundown of the week’s events on this edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They tell us, with the holidays behind us, a more routine schedule of  events resumes.  


Religious Leaders Plan Weekly Frankfort Visits

Jan 4, 2017
Stu Johnson

 

Religious leaders from a number of Christian faiths gathered in Kentucky's capitol rotunda Tuesday.  They're planning weekly visits to Frankfort to spotlight issues and pray.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Conflict On Eastern Standard

Jan 3, 2017
Marisa Hempel

The US abstention from a UN vote to halt Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has renewed discussions about our nation’s role in relations between Israel and Palestine.

 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the issues with Kentucky scholars, former residents, and a former ambassador who have insight on the area..

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Much of the attention on day one of the short session focused on the House, where Republicans 

  have control for the first time in almost a century.  Jamestown Representative Jeff Hoover was sworn as the new House Speaker.  “I am humbled and honored to stand here today and accept your election as Speaker of the House of Representatives on this House Floor,” Hoover said.

Picturing The Future: A Coal Community’s Comeback

Jan 3, 2017
Rebecca Kiger

  

 Can photography help a community grow? One photographer is shedding some light on ongoing efforts in a region looking for some new ways to sustain itself.

Rebecca Kiger is a documentary and portrait photographer born and raised in West Virginia. The images she captures are often exceptionally emotionally evocative. She says it takes a lot of patience, and a little faith in both her process and her subjects.

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Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor. The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul. 


Focus On Business: Lorie Bishop on Equine Drug Testing

Jan 2, 2017

This week, Tom Martin talks with Lorie Bishop, Laboratory Manager of LGC Science, Incorporated in Lexington.  Lorie has been at LGC since the lab opened in 2010.  She has a degree in forensic chemistry, has over 13 years of experience in equine drug testing and is a professional member of the Association of Official Racing Chemists.

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A leader in a Kentucky-based patient advocacy group is calling for more timely information about drug-resistant bacteria cases.  Members of a state legislative health panel got a briefing earlier this month. 

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald Leader

Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor.  The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  Gray isn't showing his hand regarding political maneuvers in 2017.

When asked about future runs for office, Gray says he responds, "Today I’m happy as a clam right where I am."

On this week’s Eastern Standard, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. 

Joe Palca joins us in a program recorded in May of 2016 at WEKU’s annual Day Sponsor event and you can hear it this Thursday morning at 11:00 and Sunday evening at 6:00.

CASA: Caring For Kids Caught In Addiction Crisis

Dec 27, 2016
Aaron Payne/Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley’s opioid epidemic has effects far beyond the individuals struggling through addiction, with families and children suffering as well. An organization that helps children in abuse cases now sees substance abuse as a leading contributor, and could be overwhelmed by the addiction crisis.

Kentucky.com

With Lexington one of two cities being considered for the World Equestrian Games, a highly successful Central Kentucky dressage rider is hoping she’ll be able to compete close to home in 2022.


Columbia Gas Customers Face Slight Rate Increase

Dec 23, 2016
Columbia Gas of Kentucky

 

The Kentucky Public Service Commission Thursday approved a proposed settlement in a Columbia Gas Company rate case that would slightly increase monthly bills.

Changes Coming to State Park Golf Courses

Dec 23, 2016
Kentucky Tourism

Changes are coming to three nine-hole golf courses at Carter Caves, Kincaid Lake, and General Butler state parks in Kentucky.


Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Horse Park is one of two finalists to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games.  As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports the announcement came Thursday.


Kentucky.com

 

Lexington officials are updating staffing policies following a weekend barn fire killing 23 horses.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Glenn Brown said six temporary staff members are being added to the 9-1-1 center.  

AVOL

 

AIDS Volunteers Inc, of Lexington, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Elton John Foundation.  A large portion of the money will be used to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Eastern and Central Kentucky. 

 


Stu Johnson

 

After a very difficult growing season, sales of live Christmas trees this holiday season are a reason to celebrate for a Richmond area farmer.

 


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It's an encore of a special recorded edition of the show that aired originally on March 24, 2016 but we're still glad to have your comments. Post them here on the website, on Facebook or by email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com

We’ll discuss this 2013 discovery with University of Kentucky paleoanthropologist Dr. Andrew Deane who was called to South Africa to join the team examining over 1,500 bones that were found. 

kidsnow.ky.gov

When it comes to quality, Kentucky’s Head Start programs have received a very high ranking.  A Head Start administrator says a commitment to intense training is a major key to success.  Since 1965, Head Start has been offering free early childhood education and other services to low income families. 

Just last week, the National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Kentucky number two in program quality, second only to Vermont. 

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Berea College Partners for Education

Berea College is being awarded $6 million to expand a federal program aimed at helping students in high poverty areas go to college.  The Promise Neighborhood funds will be used in Knox County.


John Hingsbergen

More than 400 people gathered Monday night in Lexington for a unique holiday celebration. “United in Harmony: An Interfaith Encounter” was held at Historic St. Paul’s Catholic Church downtown. 

A new national report is showing a slight decline in College enrollment.  Statewide figures show enrollment at Kentucky's public universities remains strong.  


A Lexington-based organization is about to begin its second decade distributing care packages to servicemen and women overseas. The number of deliveries from Military Missions Incorporated this year is significantly up from a year ago.

 

For 10 years, volunteers in Lexington have packed up items such as baby wipes, snacks, personal care products, socks and greeting cards. 

Volunteer Karen Weaver says, by year’s end, some 6000 packages will have gone out, about 1000 more than last year.

After a recent injury that left him temporarily unable to drive, Tom Martin heard about the car service ITN-Bluegrass and decided to give it a try.  He quickly discovered what an important difference this nonprofit is making in so many lives in the Bluegrass area.  So, Tom sat down for a chat with executive director Laura Dake. 

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