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7:55pm

Wed March 11, 2015
State Capitol

Changes to Kentucky's Booster Seat Law Appear Headed to Governor's Desk

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Legislation to toughen Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is moving closer to becoming a reality.  The Senate Transportation Committee approved its version of the measure Wednesday.  The modification raises the age and height requirement for children riding in vehicles.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the Senate revision relates to the age restriction.  "My bill was, you had to be less than nine and this changes it to less than eight, which matches most of the other states,” said Riggs.  “Only Tennessee is higher and Utah is higher."

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5:13pm

Wed March 11, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ky Students Get Hard Lesson in Politics from Lawmakers

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A group of bright-eyed, clean cut high school students are learning a hard lesson about politics in Kentucky's state legislature.

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10:16pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

SOAR Legislation Continues to Move in Frankfort

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A Senate bill that would establish a state framework for the 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' initiative passed out of a House committee Tuesday.  First term Jackson Representative Cluster Howard is hopeful that economic gains made through the state-federal effort can help reduce drug problems in eastern Kentucky.  "You end up with people feeling bad and they end up trying drugs to actually feel better, self-medicate, is what I say and I think with economic development and people having a future will eliminate some of that," said Howard.

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10:13pm

Tue March 10, 2015
State Capitol

State Lawmakers Work to Enact Insurance Regs for On-Line Transportation Services

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The Kentucky legislature is working to keep up with relatively new on-line ride-sharing services. The House Transportation Committee Tuesday approved a Senate measure which impacts the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber.   

The bill's supporters say it serves to protect riders and company drivers by guaranteeing adequate insurance coverage. Oldham County Senator Ernie Harris is sponsoring the bill.  "It clears the way for them to continue to operate and be regulated and have a level playing field with regard to insurance requirements," said Harris.

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5:24pm

Tue March 10, 2015
All Politics are Local

Tax Check Off Proposal Clears Kentucky House

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The Kentucky House has passed a bill to create tax check off programs to support rape crisis centers and pediatric cancer research.

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5:09pm

Tue March 10, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ky House Blocks Attempt to Double Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives has refused to agree to a bill that would double the amount of money people can donate to political candidates.

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4:52pm

Tue March 10, 2015
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Tobacco Settlement Bill

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The Kentucky state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would restore funds to several programs associated with the 1998 tobacco settlement.

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4:37pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Legislature Agrees to Screen Newborns for Krabbe

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Babies born in Kentucky would undergo a new medical screening under legislation approved in both houses of the state legislature.  The full House yesterday unanimously approved the measure to begin testing newborns for Krabbe disease.

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10:01pm

Mon March 9, 2015
State Capitol

Fracking Regs Appear Headed for Final Approval at State Capitol

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Additional regulations regarding hydraulic fracking appear headed for legislative approval in Frankfort.  Supporters of the measure include members of the oil and gas industry.

A group of farmers, environmental activists, and members of the oil and gas industry have worked together on the bill for months.  Andrew McNeil with Kentucky's Oil and Gas Association called it 'consensus legislation.'  "They're regulations that we think meet the needs of protecting the environment, but it's not gonna be something that will create an impediment to investment," said McNeil.

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7:05pm

Mon March 9, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Transgender Identity, Rights on Eastern Standard

From left: Tuesday Meadows, John Hingsbergen
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The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.

On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.

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5:56pm

Mon March 9, 2015
State Capitol

Additional Court Costs Aimed at Increasing Internet Crimes Against Children Investigations

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Kentucky court costs will be going up in the future under a measure approved in a state Senate committee Monday. Proponents say the additional funds would help increase investigations of internet crimes against Kentucky children. The bill calls for an additional $10 fee in both circuit and district courts. 

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5:54pm

Mon March 9, 2015
State Capitol

Bill to Clarify Police Disciplinary Process Heads to Full Senate

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A proposed measure that would give more clarity in police disciplinary matters is moving through the Kentucky General Assembly.  With just a few days left in this session, the House bill passed out of a senate committee Monday. 

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11:39am

Mon March 9, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Rich Ord Discusses Internet Advertising

Rich Ord is CEO of iEntry, a Lexington-based company that serves online newsletter and internet advertising.  Rich has been in the business long enough to have witnessed firsthand a great deal of growth and development, as well as some pivotal technological innovations.

  

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6:00am

Mon March 9, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: "App" Troubles, On the Media Repeats, Emergency Tests During News

Send us your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

We had an email  from listener, Scott:  “What gives with iPhone app?  Cluttered, confusing, icons that don't seem to do anything, can't access 102.1.” 

“Just simplify,” Scott continued, referring to other stations that have apps he likes.   “You can do better.”

Sara, wrote to us on Facebook Saturday, “I think today's broadcast of On the Media repeats last week's.”

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9:47pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Health and Welfare

Street Crews Tackle Historic Snowfall in Lexington

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What's traditionally considered the tail end of the winter season has packed quite a punch for many sections of Kentucky.  Lexington residents are weathering a historic snow event.

Mid February brought double digit snowfall to the Bluegrass . Now, less than three weeks later, central Kentucky has been walloped again.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Thursday  gave a briefing on the city's response.  "We fought off a 17 inch historic snowstorm with good planning and hard work," said Gray.

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12:33pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Health and Welfare

Blanket of Snow Causing Major Road Issues

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Snowfall totals varied widely across Kentucky Thursday.  In some sections of the Commonwealth, records are expected to be broken.  But, other sections find only a few inches on the ground.  Jackson National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Sullivan says snow accumulation ranges from one to three inches in far southeastern Kentucky, to 20 plus in the central region.

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10:29am

Thu March 5, 2015
The Commonwealth

Guardsmen Rescuing Stranded Motorists in Kentucky

I-65 in Bullitt County
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Kentucky National Guard soldiers are firing up Humvees to make emergency medical runs and rescue motorists stranded by a winter storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of the state.

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11:30pm

Wed March 4, 2015
State Capitol

House-approved Bill Targets Roofing Fraud

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Officials with the Kentucky Better Business Bureau say they've received a high number of complaints of shoddy roof work.  The House approved a measure Wednesday aimed at addressing such fraud.

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4:26pm

Wed March 4, 2015
All Politics are Local

Craft Breweries Win Battle Over Who Can Distribute Alcohol

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Craft breweries have won a victory over Anheuser-Busch after the state Senate voted to force the beverage giant to sell the two Kentucky companies it owns that distributes its products.

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3:21pm

Wed March 4, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ky Senate Passes No Jail Jailers Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would place more accountability requirements on counties that have jailers but no jails. 

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1:59pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Health and Welfare

Ky House Narrowly Approves Tanning Bed Prohibition for Minors

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Minors across Kentucky would not be allowed to use tanning beds under a bill narrowly approved in the House Tuesday.  The measure, which has been previously considered, was passed 51 to 47.  Western Kentucky Senator David Watkins is the bill's sponsor.  "I don't think that there is a great desire for penalties,” said Watkins.  “What we strictly want to do is see a decrease in our children using tanning beds at an early age, so that we would see hopefully a decrease in skin cancers."

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8:25am

Wed March 4, 2015
State Capitol

House Committee Hears Driving Certificate Proposal for Undocumented

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A legislative proposal aimed at better regulating undocumented drivers in Kentucky has been heard in the House Transportation Committee.  The measure will not be voted on this week.

The measure establishes what's called a 'Certificate for Driving' for drivers who have lived in Kentucky for three years, but are not citizens.  20 year old Fredy Encarnacion  has his driver's license but his immigrant parents do not.  "You don't have fear of driving down to the corner store or to pick up your daughter or your son from school," said Encarnacion.     

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5:47pm

Tue March 3, 2015
State Capitol

Kentucky Winemakers Seek Legislative Approval to Turn Waste into Profit

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Kentucky winemakers are asking state lawmakers for approval to use waste products like grapes, stems, and seeds to make fortified wine. 

The Kentucky House easily approved the measure Monday and sent it on to the Senate. Kentucky Winery Association Treasurer Eddie O'Daniel says the bill would help wineries and vineyards recover lost money.  "Many times the vineyards in Kentucky, because of erratic weather conditions, the grapes are not the highest quality,” said O’Daniel.  “Up to now, they've had to just waste the fruit."

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5:42pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Ranked #1 in National Economic Development

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A ceremony was held Tuesday at the state Capitol Rotunda in recognition of Kentucky's first place honor in Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup rankings.  The Commonwealth was awarded top prize for new and expanded industry activity per capita over the last year.  Site Selection Editor Mark Arend says the award is given for projects that were announced in 2014.  "So, those projects have yet to be built or the expansions have yet to be completed, but those facilities will all need to be staffed,” he said.  “So, that's when the jobs start coming in."

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2:19pm

Tue March 3, 2015
All Politics are Local

House-Approved Kentucky Dating Violence Bill Heads To Full Senate

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Kentucky is one step closer to providing victims of dating violence with the same protections given married victims.

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10:17pm

Mon March 2, 2015
State Capitol

AT&T Bill Easily Passes State Senate

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Major telephone companies won’t have to offer basic land line service to residents in the 15 largest markets in the state if Gov. Steve Beshear signs a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

The so-called AT&T deregulation bill removes a requirement that “carriers of last resort” offer packages with 911 calling, operator service and unlimited local calls to those who ask for it in markets of more than 15,000 people.

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10:14pm

Mon March 2, 2015
State Capitol

Veterinary Medical Supplies Tax Exemption Bill Heard in KY House Committee

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A proposal to exempt veterinary medicines from the state's six percent sales tax got a hearing in the house Monday.  Proponents say Kentucky is one of the few states taxing vet supplies.

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7:18pm

Mon March 2, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Emergency Planning, Crisis Management on Campus on Eastern Standard

From left: Gary Folckemer, Bryan Makinen, John Hingsbergen
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Last month, Eastern Kentucky University faced a perceived threat on public safety stemming from bathroom graffiti.

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss emergency planning, crisis management, and communication on college campuses.

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5:21pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Health and Welfare

Pike County Workplaces Surveyed on Indoor Air Quality

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An indoor air quality study of an eastern Kentucky county shows significant differences between smoke free workplaces and exempted establishments.  Representatives of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, and Pike County Health officials onMonday released the results of a survey of 15 businesses.  Nurse Carol Riker with the Kentucky Center says levels of fine particle air pollution are much higher in certain Pike County workplaces.  "We found that people in the areas that were not covered by a smoke free ordinance were approximately 6.3 times higher than workplaces that were covered b

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5:17pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Health and Welfare

East Kentucky Prepares for Big Rainfall Following Major Snowstorm

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Sizeable amounts of rainfall are expected this week in southeast Kentucky.  That possibility coupled with a continuing snow melt is causing flooding concerns.  Pete Geogerian is a meteorologist with the Jackson National Weather Service.  "We are looking at generally two to three inches of rain to fall across eastern Kentucky between Tuesday evening through early Thursday morning," said Geogerian.

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