Library Director Weighs in on Possible Move

Aug 3, 2016

Officials with the city of Lexington are beginning to study the feasibility of buying the building that currently houses the downtown Public Library.  the move could be advantageous for both parties.

Accessibility Focus of Lexington’s Newest Playground

Aug 3, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


The official unveiling of Lexington’s newest destination playground includes a focus on accessibility.  A ribbon cutting for the half million dollar complex at Jacobson Park took place Tuesday morning.

Central Library Under Consideration For New City Hall

Aug 2, 2016


Lexington city officials are talking with Central Library administrators about a potential move for city hall.   It’s considered a ‘very early’ discussion.

A joint statement comes from Public Library Director Ann Hammond and Lexington Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton.  It reads that the city and library are exploring the possibility of the city buying the Central Library building for a new city hall. 

Pipe Art Project in Lexington Park Tracks Groundwater

Aug 2, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


Bright fluorescent green pipes in Lexington’s Jacobson Park signal a new interactive art project.  It’s an auditory experience.

Graduation Focuses on Fostering Sucess

Aug 2, 2016


The State Department of Community Based Services has held its first Fostering Success graduation.  The pilot program focuses on helping foster children as they leave the system.

FoodChain Kitchen Project Moves Forward

Aug 2, 2016


FoodChain, a Lexington based nonprofit, has announced plans to build a Processing Kitchen in Downtown Lexington. The kitchen is meant to both educate and possibly provide employment.

Federal Review Request of Flood Damaged Counties

Aug 2, 2016

   Kentucky officials are calling for a federal review of areas in the Commonwealth damaged by July flooding and severe storms. The storms that occurred in early July left a large impact on almost two dozen Kentucky counties.

The level of damages that occurred from July 3rd through the 9th  warranted a joint assessment from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Kentucky Emergency Management.

Twenty-three counties all across the Commonwealth, including Clay, Lawrence, McCracken, and Union all incurred damages from the severe storm system.

Olympic Games Tend to Boost State Games Interest

Aug 1, 2016

    While the world’s best known amateur athletic competition is about to gear up, Kentucky’s long standing amateur sports event is winding down.  The Olympic Games carry an impact in the Commonwealth.

KSP Troopers Get Higher Pay

Aug 1, 2016

Starting this week, Kentucky State Police troopers are earning higher pay for their service.  Governor Bevin and state lawmakers worked earlier this year to include salary increases in the budget.  State Police Spokesman Michael Webb says this pay hike could help with recruitment efforts.  “With this new pay raise, it is a new tool that has bolstered our efforts and abilities to recruit quality applicants who will be trustworthy and serve their communities in a professional manner,” said Webb.



Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

With the mining industry in sharp decline, some coalfield counties are hoping new prisons can generate jobs. Eastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District is already home to three federal penitentiaries and could soon see construction of a fourth in Letcher County. 

As Benny Becker reports, the proposal has sparked sharp debate over the economics and ethics of prisons.

Rains Impact Tobacco Production This Summer

Aug 1, 2016

Although tobacco production in central Kentucky has fallen steadily over the last decade, local yields could be up this fall.  Steady rain showers over the next week could increase stress in the fields.

St. Catherine College Closes

Aug 1, 2016


After 85 years in operation, St. Catharine College is closing, effective Monday.  Trustees at the Catholic, liberal arts school near Springfield, voted in late spring to shut it down. 

Officials say they had no choice but to close the institution, which has seen declining enrollment and has been embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Education over financial aid cuts. 

Few Defects Earns Toyota High Ranking

Aug 1, 2016


The Scott County Toyota plant has earned another high mark in the production category.  This recognition comes from a familiar automotive review group.

The Georgetown Toyota automotive plant tied with the Kyushu  Japan Lexus facility for producing models with the fewest defects worldwide.  The honor comes from J.D. Power, the global marketing information services firm. 

A guest on campus at Eastern Kentucky University will talk on the topic: “What If We Live Off Earth: Exploring our Future in Space.”    

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet astronomer, educator and author Chris Impey. Professor Impey will be delivering a talk as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series. 

This is a special encore edition of the program, originally broadcast on February 4, 2016.  

Berea Tops National Social Media Poll in Arts and Crafts

Jul 29, 2016


The city of Berea has taken top honors in a national social media contest.  The southern Madison County town tallied the highest vote total for its arts and crafts focus.


Judge Rules on U of L Board Suit

Jul 29, 2016


A Franklin Court Judge Friday issued a temporary block on Governor Matt Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees. It’s a result of a challenge of the governor’s actions last month.

On June 17th, Governor Bevin issued an order abolishing the University of Louisville Board and appointing one that he has called “smaller and more efficient.”

Lexington Tennis Tournament Director Calls Field Strongest Ever

Jul 29, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

Lexington and the University of Kentucky are hosting their 22nd professional tennis tournament this week.  The tournament director calls it the ‘strongest field’ in the tourney’s history.

Rainy weather drove competitors indoors at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Thursday.  Some 150 men and women tennis players began the week Monday with hopes of advancing far enough to earn a ticket to the U.S. Open in a month. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. On their minds today are tonight’s concert by Lyle Lovett, some local bands and “free” events.

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

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

Lexington Police to Activate Body Cameras in August

Jul 28, 2016

A few weeks later than originally anticipated, the first shipment of body cameras is now in the hands of Lexington police.   


Earlier this spring, police officials thought body cameras might be incorporated gradually in June.  


They say a high demand for this type of body camera pushed back the start-up.   Officers will now begin using the video technology in mid August.  Initially 75 officers will each be issued two body cameras.  


Ky. Chief Justice to Head National Judiciary Groups

Jul 28, 2016

Kentucky’s Chief Justice has been selected to head two national judicial groups.  It’s the first time in a quarter century that a head jurist from the Commonwealth has held either of these posts.

Chief Justice John Minton is beginning a one year stint as president of the Conference of Chief Justices as well as being chair the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. 

Stu Johnson WEKU News

Lexington’s success in receiving $14.1 million in federal money for a trail project through downtown could mean increased business. The award, announced this week, offers more assurance the project will become a reality.

Talk of the Town Branch Trail has been prevalent at city hall and among advocates for a number of years.  But, this federal grant puts the trail from South Forbes Street to Midland and Third in a different category. 

Marvel Inc

What do the latest Ghostbusters, Spider-Man and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll be answering that question and others as we examine the increasing diversity in the media.

We’re interested in your questions and comments before the show at  You can leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for EST Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.


Sen. Paul Claims His GOP Vision Differs from Trump

Jul 27, 2016
Stu Johnson -WEKU News

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul admits his philosophy on expanding the Republican Party differs from its presidential nominee Donald Trump.  Paul held a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lexington. 

Afterwards, he said there are different approaches to growing the Republican Party.  Paul says he wants a bigger more inclusive Party, “I’m not saying he doesn’t, but I have a different way of approaching it, of trying to welcome people into the party."  "And, I’ll continue to be that distinct voice,” added the senator.

Lexington Herald- Leader

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has received a federal grant of over $14 million to complete the Town Branch Commons Corridor project.  The funds are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program.   

Gray Proposes Four Point Plan to Aid Coal Counties

Jul 26, 2016

    Kentucky U.S. Democratic Senatorial Candidate Jim Gray is offering suggestions on ways to deal with coal job losses in eastern Kentucky.  Gray outlined his proposal during a stop in Pikeville Tuesday.


New Home for USEF Planned at Ky. Horse Park

Jul 26, 2016


The United States Equestrian Federation reaffirmed Monday the Kentucky Horse Park will serve as their National Headquarters.  A building will be constructed on the Horse Park’s property to house the headquarters permanently. 

The letter of intent, signed by both parties and presented by Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet begins a 40 year lease at the horse park for the US Equestrian Federation. 

Future of Zika Virus in Central Ky. Hard to Predict

Jul 26, 2016


In the wake of Lexington’s first Zika virus case in an infant, health officials continue to stress ways to fend off further cases in the area.  Fayette County’s Health Commissioner admits it’s hard to predict the number of future infections.

More than 14 hundred cases of Zika virus have now been reported nationwide.  All have been determined to be travel related and not through local transmission. 

Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

Listener Lee from Lexington was not happy with the presentation of a news story this past week, “In a recent news report about the NBA’s boycott of North Carolina, a WEKU news reporter said that the boycott was over a law infringing the civil rights of LGBTQ people."  

Lee continued, "That is editorializing, not news reporting.  I expect better than that of WEKU.”