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4:33pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Business and the Economy

Second Hemp Crop Planted in Ky

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Another industrial hemp season is off and running in Kentucky.  Hemp production is expected to grow by leaps and bounds this year.

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4:47pm

Thu May 14, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ky. Secretary of State Says Fewer Campaign Ad Dollars Could Still Impact Turnout

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Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls.  Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year.  "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.

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10:47pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Sees Big Change in the Number of People Who Drink Alcohol

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Kentucky has seen the highest percent change in alcohol use compared to any other state, according to a report from Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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10:39pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Education

Gamers Demonstrate Their Talents at EKU Exhibition

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The time required to develop a video game can vary widely from days to months to even years.  Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday played host to a regional video game exhibition.

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10:01pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Asked to Spend $100,000 on Two-Way Street Design.

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Discussion resurfaced this week about changing some downtown Lexington streets from one way to two way traffic.  No firm votes on the matter were taken during Tuesday's city council committee meeting.

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9:53pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Education

Eastern Ky County Benefits from Summer Reading Program

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Following a two-year summer reading initiative, officials at an eastern Kentucky elementary school say their students' reading scores increased significantly.  Owsley County Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools that participated in the national non-profit 'Reading is Fundamental' program. 

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4:21pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Second SOAR Summit Focuses on 'Working the Plan'

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Federal, state, and local officials joined hundreds of interested residents in Pikeville Monday for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit. The meeting gave participants an opportunity to strategize on action steps to help move forward the eastern Kentucky economy. 

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4:16pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Crime

Criminal Justice Head Says Ky Hiring Standards Exceed Other States

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The commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Criminal Justice Training says there have been some 30 studies since 1929 on policing in America.  John Bizzack addressed participants Monday at the National Citizens Police Academy Association Conference in Lexington.

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3:39pm

Mon May 11, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Primary Election on Eastern Standard

From left: John Hingsbergen, Ronnie Ellis, Joe Gershtenson
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Kentuckians head to the polls next week for the primary elections that features candidates for governor and other state constitutional offices.

We’ll discuss the twists and turns of the governor’s race and other matters on the ballot on this week's show.  

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6:00am

Mon May 11, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Hazard Tower Work, Reactions to Eastern Standard on Religion & Medicine

Send your feedback by email to WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call and leave a message on the Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657

First up, an announcement regarding technical matters.  For the next few weeks, we are likely to have outages on 90.9 WEKH out of Hazard as a result of tower work being done by our “landlord” KET. 

These outages will happen during daylight hours, on days when weather permits work on the tower and they are unavoidable due to the nature of the work as a matter of safety for the tower crews.

You’ll find more information on the WEKU Facebook page and at WEKU dot FM.

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12:00am

Mon May 11, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Diane Leveridge on Her Journey to a PhD

As a child growing up in Georgia, notions of someday becoming an engineer never occurred to Dianne Leveridge.  But the girl who didn’t think she was good at math went on to earn first a master’s degree, and then a PhD in civil engineering and is now guiding other smart young women to act on their true professional talents and ambitions. Dr. Leveridge is now Director of Technical Programs for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  She shared her journey with Tom Martin.

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4:48pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Health and Welfare

Report: Ky. Hospitals Lose Money Under Federal Health Law

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Kentucky hospitals have cut their workforce by 10 percent since 2013 as they prepare for an estimated $7 billion in federal cuts by 2024 because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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4:16pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Woodford Theatre, Studio Players, Les McCann, & Chris Stapleton

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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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5:05pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

McConnell: $7.5 Million Federal Grant to Help Coal Miners

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The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $7.5 million grant to help out-of-work coal miners in eastern Kentucky.

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4:38pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Commonwealth

Disaster Center Opens in Madison and Lawrence Counties

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Disaster recovery centers opened Thursday in Madison and Lawrence counties for people affected by April storms in Kentucky.

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4:53pm

Wed May 6, 2015
All Politics are Local

New Ky. Electioneering Rule Approved Ahead of Primary

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Kentucky election officials have approved an emergency regulation banning electioneering within 100 feet of polling places.

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4:24pm

Wed May 6, 2015
All Politics are Local

Comer, Bevin Accuse Heiner of Dirty Tactics During Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate

Top row: Hal Heiner, left, and James Comer. Bottom row: Matt Bevin, left, and Will T. Scott.
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Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tag-teamed attacks against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner on Wednesday during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates.

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4:34pm

Tue May 5, 2015
All Politics are Local

Gubernatorial Candidate James Comer Denies Abuse Allegations

Credit Brad Bowman, state-journal.com

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Tuesday flatly denied published allegations that he abused a woman he dated in the early 1990s.

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12:09am

Tue May 5, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Religious Belief Versus Modern Medicine on Eastern Standard

From left: john Hingsbergen, Dr. Sara Rosenthal, Rita Swan
Credit Richard Turner

While Americans have access to the best medical care in the world, some choose to ignore that care, relying on their faith to take care such needs, sometimes with tragic results. On this week’s show we'll discuss the conflict between the religious beliefs of some Americans in Conflict with Modern Medicine.

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4:24pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Education

Fayette School Board Terminates Contract with Superintendent Search Firm

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The Fayette County school board has voted to terminate its contract with PROACT Search Inc.

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4:07pm

Mon May 4, 2015
All Politics are Local

Record Number of Voters Registered for May Primaries

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More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before ahead of the May 19 primaries as Republicans continue to close the registration gap with Democrats across the state.

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6:00am

Mon May 4, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Comments from Donors

Write to us at any time at WEKU@eku.edu or call 859-622-1657. You can also post on the WEKU Facebook page or send a tweet @889weku.

We’re still struggling with some technical issues, especially on the 90.9 signal out of Hazard. Just so you know, we are working on diagnosing the problem that some listeners are reporting and then getting it fixed.  Thanks for your patience and please keep letting us know when you hear technical problems.

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5:50am

Fri May 1, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Derby Prep, Patrick McNeese Band, & Message Theater

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For those planning to make their first ever trip to the Kentucky Derby, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has some tips.

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10:56pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Crime

North Lexington Residents Quiz Law Enforcement Officials in First of Four Public Meetings

Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard Addresses Public Safety Meeting Participants
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The first of four town meetings on public safety issues was held Thursdsy night in Lexington. Topics covered included body cameras, police recruitment and de-escalating tension during traffic stops.

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10:53pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Business and the Economy

Keeneland President: Long Term Success Dependent on Attracting New Racing Fans

Keeneland President Bill Thomason addressing Lexington Rotarians
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The president of Keeneland says the long term success of the historic track hinges on being able to attract youth to the sport. 

Bill Thomason offered his annual pre-derby speech to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  "If you attach them to the horse, then you create life-long fans," said Thomason. "That's why even if they're picnicking on the grounds, which we love to see, we do things to make sure that they have the opportunity to get up next to the racetrack to see the horses and experience it." 

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4:24pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Participates in 2015 PrepareAthon

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Communities all across the country are participating this week in the national PrepareAthon.  It's a campaign to raise awareness about emergency preparedness for issues including severe weather and chemical spills. John Bobel is with Lexington's Division of Emergency Management.  He says two nearby interstates and heavily traveled rail routes always present the risk of a hazardous event.  "Most days nothing happens, but we need to be aware if something does happen to a tanker carrying hazardous materials, that there is going to be a response," said Bobel.

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11:38am

Thu April 30, 2015
Education

EKU to Offer Social Justice Degree in Fall 2015

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This fall, Eastern Kentucky University will become the first college or university in the state to offer a Social Justice Studies degree.

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10:41pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Faith and Values

Anxiety Within Lexington's Muslim Community Eases With Arrest of Murder Suspect

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The arrest of 30 year old Antonio Lewis in connection with the April 19 slaying of a Lexington pizza delivery worker is calming some fears among area Muslims.  The body of Salahuddin Jitmoud was found with knife wounds in the breezeway of a Lexington apartment complex.  University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association President Layla Suleiman says the way Jitmoud was killed prompted concern.  "I think that, just the way he died and the way he was murdered, it made us think like it just seemed very personal," said Suleiman.

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5:41pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Health and Welfare

Medical Researchers and Those They Studied Gather in Eastern Kentucky

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Medical research participants in eastern Kentucky Wednesday had the chance to quiz investigators about their findings.  The first Appalachia Research Day event was held in Hazard.  Debra Moser works in UK's College of Nursing focusing on heart health issues.  "You know we report our research at professional meetings and we publish but if we don't really present back to the people who participated in the research,” said Moser. “It seems like we haven't closed the loop."

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11:53am

Wed April 29, 2015
Sports

Lasix Free Racing Debated Within Equine Industry

Horse in paddock at Keeneland
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    It's not likely to get much attention this week leading up to Derby, but there's a pending rule change that could someday transform the landscape of the horse racing industry. The new rule is not tied directly to training, purses, or gambling but it is a long debated issue.

Certain sights and sounds at the track are well-known and expected. But what many outside of the industry probably do not know is that about four hours before post time, most horses are administered a commonly used drug called Lasix.

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