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Some of the most riveting comments came during the Lexington Foum Thursday came from Alex Elswick.

He said the use of pain pills for wisdom teeth surgery turned into a four year addiction.  After starting with pills, Elswick said he only used heroin for six months before finding himself homeless in Dayton, Ohio, shooting up under a bridge. Elswick called his parents from a pay phone. “I’ve been kicked out of a treatment center.  I need help,” he told them.


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Just a day after President Donald Trump’s announcement of a nominee for the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts visited Lexington. 

Justice John Roberts, America’s 17th chief justice, sat down at the University of Kentucky for a talk with John Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.


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   Lexington parks and recreation is moving forward with plans for new "spray grounds" this summer at Masterson Station and Jacobson parks.  Similar facilities will be constructed near existing Douglass and Castlewood pools in 2018.  All will be free.  Committee member James Brown said how these changes are used could drive future decisions about aquatics.

 

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President Donald Trump’s action to temporarily ban refugees and other immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries continues to prompt public response.

Piano music greeted those who filled Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday night, creating the feel more of a unifying rally than a protest.  But Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes elicited a strong response urging attendees to denounce hate and fear.


Online retail giant Amazon will build an air cargo hub expected to employ more than 2,000 people at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport.  As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, the facility will support the company's growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes.  

Kentucky economic development officials say Amazon plans a nearly $1.5 billion investment that will create 2,700 full- and part-time jobs.

Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, says Amazon’s investment will be “transformational” for the region, including Kenton and Campbell counties.

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Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to formalize a performance-based funding structure for the state university system.  But, there remains some “angst”, as one school president said, about future funding consequences. 

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Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved  borrowing  up to $75 million for new construction and 

renovation work at the Richmond campus.

 EKU Vice President for Finance and Administration Barry Poynter said the projects will include a new student recreation/wellness center, a pedestrian walkway over the Eastern By-Pass, and renovation of the current student center building. 


February is Black History Month; and on this week’s Eastern Standard we’ll kick off the month with a discussion of African American achievements, heritage and culture in Kentucky.

 


Tom Martin talks with Sam Perkins, CEO of Purgenix. The company produces ultraviolet technology to rid hospitals of the airborne pathogens responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections. The technology is now in use in the UK Medical Center surgical suite.

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Following a weekend of reactions to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration into the U.S, Lexington’s mayor says the city will continue welcoming those who come into the community. 
 

Mayor Jim Gray reacted to the nationwide and international controversy in a series of tweets, beginning with the comment that (quote) “The President's actions have created unnecessary anxiety and unrest.His poorly developed plan divides the American people.”

Here’s an email we received from Thomas in Lexington, “I listen to WEKU every morning for the news and weather. I use the current temperature to decide how warm a coat to wear but some mornings you do not give the current temperature. Why not?” 

I wrote back to Thomas, letting him know that we certainly intend to give temperatures frequently for a number of locations during Morning Edition.  If we’ve been failing to do so, we’ll make sure we resume the practice.

Mentoring Program Considered By Lexington Schools

Jan 30, 2017
Fayette County Public Schools

The head of Lexington’s public school system was recognized by Mayor Jim Gray during his “State of the City” 

address last week. Superintendent Manny Caulk said he building up young people comes within and outside the school walls and that includes strengthening families. 

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Workforce training is high on the list of priorities at Lexington's City Hall as Mayor Jim Gray made clear in his recent "State of the City" address. 

Elodie Dickinson has been serving in the role of workforce development manager for just a few months.  She said her responsibilities include connecting people needing jobs to educational institutions and other agencies that provide training.  Dickinson said her office will be evaluating a new city-financed job training grant program.  


Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

 On any given day in Martin County, Kentucky, the water system loses more water to leaks than it delivers to paying customers through their faucets. The water system is under a state investigation for the third time since 2002. Customers complain of frequent service interruptions and discolored water, and their bills come with a notice that drinking the water could increase the risk of cancer.

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An executive order issued Friday banning refugees and limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries set off a flurry of protests and court filings over the weekend.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This week, they begin with a focus on local music and the Lexington Music Awards. 

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

The theme for the 2016/2017 series of Chautauqua lectures at Eastern Kentucky University is “Order and Chaos.”   On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet some of the folks who’ve been on campus so far this academic year.

GUESTS:

Erik Liddell, Coordinator of the Chautauqua lecture series at EKU;

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Lexington residents will soon have a chance to charge their electric cars.  

 The East High Street public charging station is one of 20 offered through Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. 


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A judge has ruled against the University of Kentucky student newspaper in an Open Records case regarding a sexual harassment investigation.  

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark ruled the Kentucky Kernel does not have the right to review documents in the case involving a former UK professor. 

Pablo Alcala, Lexington Herald-Leader

NOTE: Mayor Gray's entire "State of the City" address is here for listening & downloading.

Mayor Jim Gray says there are more people employed in the bluegrass city than at any time in the city’s history.  That was one of several points made during the mayor’s annual “State of the City” speech before government, business, education, and other civic leaders. 

Gray began his remarks saying he and City Council work together to further progress in Lexington.

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 Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverages is fielding hundreds of calls each week concerning local alcohol laws as as more cities and counties put the sale of alcohol to a vote.

 Kentuckians participated in 11 local wet-dry elections in 2015.  Last year that number jumped to 43. It’s attributed in large part to legislative action last year, giving localities greater autonomy to take the choice to voters.

 

Stopping Superbug: A New Farm Rule Targets Antibiotic Resistance

Jan 23, 2017
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Kentucky Department of Agriculture

State agriculture officials believe President Donald J. Trump’s pick to serve as United State Secretary of Agriculture will benefit Kentucky farmers.  The new president selected former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head the federal agency.

Kentucky Council on Churches

The leader of the Kentucky Council of Churches believes faith communities can help reduce gun violence. The comments come as the Lexington community deals with three shooting deaths in the past week.

 


Here’s an email from Elaine in Lexington,  “When I moved to Kentucky from Ohio, I determined not to acquire a southern accent. To this purpose, I listened to NPR for good pronunciation and grammar."

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Thousands of women, men and children gathered for a rally and march in Lexington Saturday.  As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, the afternoon event coincided with the national Women’s March on Washington.

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On Friday, Donald Trump, who has no elected or military experience and is known for his inflammatory remarks about minorities will become the 45th president of the United States.  

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, some area Muslims are responding with vigilance, education and kindness.


Kentucky.com

University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester.  Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.

 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week, they start with a mention of one of the area’s entertainment hot spots that Rich and colleague Walter Tunis visited.  


Trump's EPA Pick Questioned In Confirmation Hearing

Jan 19, 2017
West Virginia Public Broadcasting/Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt faced questions from Senators in his confirmation hearing Wednesday. 


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