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Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson is expected to undergo faculty evaluation early next year. 

Members of the executive committee for the school's faculty senate met Wednesday to discuss survey format and content. 


Stu Johnson

The Lexington-Fayette government is joining 34 other Kentucky counties in suing close to two dozen wholesale drug distributors and manufacturers. 

Mayor Jim Gray announced the opioid-related federal lawsuit Thursday.


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Eastern Kentucky University is considering freezing student tuition for a year.   Word of the proposal was announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday.


Brian Burkhart

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

On this week's show, we discuss the meaning of that declaration and its potential impact on Kentucky.


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Members of a downtown Lexington church with a history that predates the Civil War continue to have concerns about how a major park project could impact their worship activities.  


Hoover Scandal Disrupts Pension Debate

Nov 8, 2017

Last week, Kentucky lawmakers were focused on the state’s ailing pension systems.  Gov. Matt Bevin had just released a controversial plan to switch most workers into 401(k)-style plans that drew fire from public employees.

Then, sexual harassment allegations exploded in Frankfort, implicating the Speaker of the House and other Republican lawmakers.   

The scandal has taken lawmakers’ eyes off the ball on pension reform, and it’s unclear if they’ll get back on track.

 


From YouTube video of First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs

A Lexington behavioral health expert believes last weekend's mass shooting at a Texas church serves to exemplify the problems associated with domestic violence.   


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The differing opinions about how Lexington should grow in the years ahead became evident in two close votes at City Hall Tuesday. 

As part of the government leaders made a key decision regarding the county’s comprehensive plan.

Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis says she will run for reelection next year. One of the men who was denied a license by Davis in 2015 is considering running against her.   


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The president of the Kentucky Restaurant Association says the opening and closing of eateries is part of the hospitality business. 

Lexington has seen its share of restaurants come and go in recent weeks.


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Lexington’s council is expected to move Tuesday onto it’s docket the goals and objectives for the 2018 comprehensive plan.  It’s this document that will help coordinate growth over the next five years.


Mary Meehan

 

Hundreds of kids scurrying to buses are oblivious to a sign above them declaring Bourbon County High School “100 percent Tobacco Free.”

But upstairs in the library, sophomore and anti-smoking advocate Jacob Steward unfurls a six-foot scroll with earth-toned papers trapped between clear sheets of laminate. He begins reading the anti-smoking slogans he’ll post  around the school.


Today, Tom Martin looks into the "Technology Association of the Bluegrass" or "TAB." Haven’t heard of TAB? That’s because it’s just getting underway with an official launch on November 8th. Tom talks with TAB's executive director, Katy Brown, who worked with Awesome, Inc to develop this important new organization.

Listener Willie called to let us know how much he enjoyed the convergence, which was completely coincidental, between a news story promotion and an underwriting credit.

“On October 31, 2017 at approximately 5:47 pm, you guys made the funniest statement on your newscast and then your ‘commercials.’"


Ky House Speaker Resigns Post After Texts With Staffer

Nov 5, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com File photo

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican House speaker has resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers last month.

Jeff Hoover announced his decision Sunday.

Ryland Barton, Kentucky Public Radio

Republicans in Kentucky’s House of Representatives say Speaker Jeff Hoover still has their support after a report alleging he secretly settled a sexual harassment complaint made by a staffer. 

GOP House members discussed Hoover’s position at closed-door meeting Friday.


wkms.org

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has reached a confidential settlement over sexual harassment allegations made by a woman who works on his staff.

That's according to a report from the Louisville Courier Journal. The report claims the agreement was made last week after the leader of the House received a demand letter from the woman’s lawyer over allegations dating back to 2016. 

wkms.org

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to vote Friday on recommended funding to support higher education institutions over the next two years.  That biennial request will go to the governor, legislative leaders, and the state budget office.

Ryland Barton

Hundreds of state employees and retirees rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Wednesday night, protesting Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the state’s troubled pension plans.

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Fayette County officials are alerting parents at Crawford Middle school of two guns brought to the campus Wednesday.  It marked the third time in just over two weeks guns had been discovered on Lexington school grounds.

kentucky.com

A solid majority of Kentuckians is expressing strong dissatisfaction with the performance of Congress.  A poll conducted this month by researchers at Western Kentucky University gave the U.S. House and Senate an 18-percent approval rating. Joel Turner heads the Social Science Research Center at WKU, and says respondents sounded familiar concerns.  “They had the perception that Congress isn’t doing anything.

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The sponsor of legislation establishing medical review panels in Kentucky anticipates the legality of the measure to be reviewed by the State Supreme Court.

Franklin Circuit Judge Philip Shepherd ruled Monday the new law unconstitutional.

CORRECTION: The initial web story incorrectly indicated the Kentucky Justice Association assisted in challenging the Medical Review Panel law.

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Gov. Matt Bevin is pitching to business groups across the state his bill that would—among other things—move most future and some current state workers onto 401(k) style plans.  Lawmakers in rural parts of the state have been slow to support the proposal. 

The plan has drawn fire from state employees who worry that future hires and current ones affected by the changes would receive less-generous benefits from the state. 

Stu Johnson

A central Kentucky church pastor sees significance in Martin Luther’s 95 theses which were offered 500 years ago Tuesday in Wittenberg Germany.  

The professor of theology is recognized as a key figure in the protestant reformation.  Mike Huebner is pastor of Our Redeemer Church in east Lexington. 

Lisa Autry

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is downplaying the indictment of President Trump’s former campaign manager.   Paul Manafort and an aide are the first to be criminally charged in the investigation into possible Russian influence in U.S. politics. 

Senator Paul says the charges have nothing to do with collusion with Russia and instead accuse Manafort of money laundering and not paying taxes before going ever joining the Trump campaign.

kentucky.com

The leader of the democratic minority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives is not convinced a special legislative session is the best way to go in working to solve public pension problems.  

Rocky Adkins offered his thoughts following an event Monday at the Scott County Toyota Plant. 

wkyt.com

Gov. Matt Bevin Monday defended his proposal to change the state’s pension systems before a group of business leaders in Lexington.

Late last week, Bevin released a much-anticipated draft of a bill that would move most future and some current retirees onto less-generous 401(k)-style plans.

The proposal would also tweak benefits to current employees and retirees, drawing fire from state employee groups that say the changes would be illegal.

Stu Johnson

State and local government leaders, education officials, and business representatives all gathered in Scott County Monday for a formal announcement at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.  

This event centered on engineering.

John Hingsbergen

The city of Georgetown held its second annual LGBTQ Pride over the weekend. The Saturday event went smoothly despite challenging weather and an apparent threat against a lesbian couple in the community of about 33,000.          


Brian Burkhart


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