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While school systems across Kentucky prepare to begin the academic year parents are being alerted to changes in immunization regulations.  

The changes cover certain transmittable diseases and religious exemption requirements.


Cheri Lawson

Since July 1, visitors to the Ark Encounter biblical theme park in Grant County have been paying an extra 50 cents per ticket.

The “safety assessment fee” is for increased police and fire services.  


EKU Conducts 'Active Shooter' Exercise

Jul 26, 2017
Stu Johnson

Police security tape marked two administrative buildings on the Eastern Kentucky University campus Tuesday. 

Blank shots were fired inside the buildings as part of an active shooter exercise.


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The Eastern Kentucky University football team is picked preseason to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

The rankings emerged during this week's annual OVC media day in Nashville.


Roger Duvall

President Trump this week issued an order forbidding transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity" because of the "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

We'll discuss the president's order and it's impact on persons in our area.


cincinnati.com

Some 2000 county government officials including many from Kentucky have participated in the National Association of Counties conference in Ohio. 

A northern Kentucky judge says participants spent a significant amount of time on health related issues.


Cheri Lawson

UPDATED 7/25/17 - Officials with the Ark Encounter attraction in Grant County have transferred ownership of the property for the second time in a matter of weeks.  

The transfer is expected to restore the property to its previous for-profit status.


Lisa Gillespie | WFPL

It was surprisingly quiet outside of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville Saturday.

Hundreds of anti-abortion activists were expected in front of Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic Saturday as far-right fundamentalist Christian group Operation Save America began its weeklong conference with the stated goal of shutting down the clinic. U.S. District Judge David Hale granted a temporary restraining order on Friday establishing a buffer zone around the clinic to keep protesters from blocking its entrance.   


Healthy Debate: What The Republican Health Bill Taught Us About Medicaid

Jul 24, 2017
Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

We had a couple more comments in response to Cheri Lawson’s July 14 story following the first anniversary of the Ark Encounter Noah’s Ark park..

You can see them for yourself on the website. But a couple of highlights,  Mark comments, “…..why is it always ‘banjo’ music that's performed. Even in the bluegrass state that sounds racist to call it 'banjo' music. 'Live' music is the correct term that should be used.”


A new Lexington pedestrian and traffic safety law goes into effect Monday.

Community officials will be watching to see if it affects the amount of panhandling at busy street corners.


Cheri Lawson

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's tourism agency has suspended a tax break worth up to $18 million for a Noah's ark biblical attraction after the park transferred its main property to a nonprofit affiliate.

Media outlets report the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet said the park's action breached the incentive agreement, which would refund a portion of sales tax collected at the site.


Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Kentucky must pay legal fees for couples who sued a county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses.

Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue the licenses following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

 


Copley/Hendren on Legally Blonde, Other Weekend Events

Jul 21, 2017
Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

It’s  time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They begin with a mention of the Lexington Theatre Company production of “Legally Blonde.”


Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2017 was 5.1 percent, according to the state's Office of Employment and Training.

The June  rate was up one tenth of a percentage point from the five percent reported in May.


Lisa Autry WKU Public Radio

Every first Saturday in May, Kentucky is home to the most exciting two minutes in sports.  On August 21, the state will be home to the most exciting two minutes in astronomy…two minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years.  For a town of just over 30,000 people, it’s a really big deal.   


Grant Willoughby

Last year around this time we asked, "What do the latest Ghostbusters, SpiderMan and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?"

We attempted to answer that question and others as we examines the topic of Diversity in the Media and we won an award for the show.


lexingtonky.gov

The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach well into the 90s at least through Saturday, so the Lexington Fayette Urban Government is opening “cooling centers” for those who need a break from the heat. 

Pixaby

More than two million people across the Ohio Valley live in areas that lack any option for fast and reliable internet service.

This week some of them had a chance to tell a member of the Federal Communications Commission what that means for their work, studies, and everyday life.  


Cheri Lawson

The City of Williamstown has rejected the latest request by the Ark Encounter theme park to reduce the amount of a new “safety assessment fee.”

Earlier this year, the city imposed a per-ticket charge of 50 cents to cover the cost of increased police and fire services.


Lexington Opens Fourth Skate Park

Jul 19, 2017
Stu Johnson

Another public skate park is now open in Lexington.  

The official ribbon-cutting for the five-obstacle ramp skate park at Valley Park took place Tuesday.


wkms.org

Close to a million dollars in state grant funds will be used to help make railroad improvements at 14 crossings in seven Kentucky counties. 

The work will include the installation of signals, lights, barriers, gates, and bells. Naitore  Djigbenou with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says mishaps at crossings play a significant role in determining grant awards. 

Ky Auditor Rolls Out Audits of Ten Counties

Jul 18, 2017
kentucky.com

The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts has released financial reviews of ten more county governments this week. 

The state official is required by law to conduct yearly audits of county fiscal courts, sheriffs, and county clerks.


Glynis Board/Ohio Valley ReSource

Thanks to singer-songwriter John Prine, Paradise Fossil Plant might be the only coal-fired power plant that has a household name. “Paradise,” Prine’s 1971 ballad, drew on boyhood memories from the small town of Paradise, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, to relay the environmental and social costs of our dependence on coal.

“Mr. Peabody’s coal train,” he sang, had hauled away the Paradise from his childhood.


Stu Johnson

Lexington is ramping up its campaign to persuade motorists not to give cash directly to panhandlers along streets. 

Signs encouraging citizens to “Change the way you give” are now up at 46 intersections.

The signs, at intersections known to be frequented by panhandlers, urge citizens to contribute at the website www.lexgive com


Tom Martin talks with Roscoe Klausing about his eco-friendly approach to business landscaping.

A visitor to WEKU dot fm, using the alias “Solo Boy,” wrote in response to Cheri Lawson’s story that aired Friday, Ark Encounter's First Year a Slow Voyage for Williamstown.

He writes, “Any reason why Cheri Lawson neglected to mention that Elmer’s General store is located 2 miles away on the other side of Interstate 75?"


EKU Football to Benefit From Largest Gift Ever

Jul 16, 2017
wymt.com

A member of an Eastern Kentucky University championship team a half century ago has made the largest single gift commitment ever to the school’s football program.

The $250,000 will go to help equip an expansion at Roy Kidd Stadium. 


Kentucky Horse Park Hosts Model Horse Fest

Jul 14, 2017
kentuckytourism.com

For the 28th consecutive year, thousands of people are converging on the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend to see and show off model horses. 

This year's Breyer Fest features an India theme.

In addition to "live" and model horse activities for collectors and visitors, the three-day festival includes a focus on cultural aspects of India.  BreyerFest participants can take in Bollywood dancing, tent-pegging, and polo.  


Copley/Hendren on Keeneland Concours, Other Events

Jul 14, 2017
Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

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 this weekend marks the 14th year for the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. 


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