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11:21pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Keeps Courthouse Project in Budget

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Although Lexington's city council has made a number of changes to Mayor Jim Gray's proposed budget, two high profile projects remain intact. Much debate occurred during meetings Tuesday that ran just short of ten hours.

$22 million to refurbish the old Fayette County Courthouse and $10 million toward a downtown linear park remain in the spending plan.

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5:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Acting on Downtown Design Standards

Credit fayettealliance.com

Lexington city leaders continue to consider ways of bringing building design consistency to the core of the city's downtown.  The effort is outlined in what's being called a "design

excellence" initiative.  Council members voted to put the matter on the docket today Tuesday, but opted not to fund a new position to facilitate infill development activities. 

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5:11pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Health and Welfare

More Children Expected to Participate in Summer Meal Program

Credit education.ky.gov

An added 40 thousand dollars is increasing the number of Kentucky's low income children who receive summer meals.  Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear made the announcement Tuesday.

The funding goes to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.  The Summer Food Service Program helps ensure children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  20 thousand dollars in state money is being matched with another 20 thousand in a private grant from 'Share Our Strength.' 

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10:32pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Hears From Public on Minimum Wage Proposal

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Discussion about a proposal to increase Lexington's minimum wage drew a large crowd at city hall Monday.  A council vote appears to be weeks, if not months away.

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4:08pm

Mon June 8, 2015
State Capitol

Governor Orders Minimum Wage Boost for 779 Workers in Executive Branch

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

779 Kentucky state workers will receive a pay increase this summer.  Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement Monday.

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2:16pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Sports

American Pharoah's Win Likely Could Impact Training Strategy

Credit Wade Payne — Herald-Leader

The director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association expects horse racing trainers to take note of Bob Baffert's winning strategy. 

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6:30am

Mon June 8, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback on Eastern Ky Economy, UN-Drive & Classical Music

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

From the WEKU Facebook page, some comments about this week’s Eastern Standard show on the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative and the economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa wrote, “ Enjoyed this show and hearing the plans for Eastern Kentucky. Nice job Ian Mooers, your associates, and the host. This is always a good show.”

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12:11am

Sun June 7, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Dean Allen Ault on Law Enforcement on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left) with Dean Allen Ault

Allen Ault is Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.  As Dean Ault prepares to retire, we’ll discuss the death penalty, police/community relations and law enforcement trends today on Eastern Standard.

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3:16pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Crime

Buffalo Trace Worker Pleads Guilty to Charge Related to Theft Ring

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A former Buffalo Trace Distillery guard pleaded guilty today to aiding a theft ring that allegedly sold thousands of bottles of bourbon illegally. 

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2:27pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Focus on Business

Ground is Broken on Four Roses Expansion in Lawrenceburg

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Officials have broken ground on an expansion at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and announced an expansion of warehouse facilities in Bullitt County.

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3:27pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Commonwealth

Rogers: Disability Pay to be Restored for 900 Recipients

Credit Politico

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says a suspension of federal disability benefits for 900 recipients in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia is being lifted.

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1:02pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Sites Seeking Spot on National Register

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15 Kentucky sites are seeking a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings include a Murray tobacco warehouse, a Woodford County elementary school, and a Daviess County carriage and buggy manufacturer. 

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12:31pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Health and Welfare

Appalachia Gripped by Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bracing for HIV

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Public health officials warn that rural Appalachia might be just a few dirty needles away from an HIV catastrophe, as the region is gripped by an epidemic of injection drug abuse and hepatitis C.

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12:01pm

Thu June 4, 2015
State Capitol

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission to Hire New Director

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Kentucky legislative leaders said on Wednesday that the Legislative Research Commission will move forward with seeking a new director.

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11:43am

Thu June 4, 2015
Business and the Economy

Report Details Auto Industry's Impact on Kentucky

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A study measuring the economic impact of Kentucky’s automotive industry finds $1 out of every $13 in the state’s economy is tied to the industry.

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9:03pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Folksinger Jean Ritchie dies at 92

Jean Ritchie in 2002.
Credit Tom Pich / arts.gov

Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday evening. 

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10:21am

Tue June 2, 2015
State Capitol

Consultants: Ky Pension System Can’t ‘Invest Its Way Out’ of Crisis

State Sen. Joe Bowen says there aren't many potential solutions to Kentucky's pension crisis.
Credit LRC Public Information

Analysts say Kentucky will need to hire more state employees or have them pay more into the retirement system in order to reverse the state’s pension crisis, painting a grim portrait of Kentucky’s main public pension system.

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2:00am

Tue June 2, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Morgan County Music Venue Provides Opportunity for Young Musicians

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Bluegrass music is an integral part of Kentucky's culture.  It routinely sounds out in formal and informal settings. That includes the weekly get-togethers at Carl and Norma's Lil' Opry House in Maytown.  The down-home venue in Morgan County has become a breeding ground for young musicians.

Every Tuesday night, local bluegrass musicians gather at the Maytown Opry for their weekly jam session. The small white building, formerly a grocery store, is lined with church pews, with an American flag hanging behind the stage. 

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3:32pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Education

KSU Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Faculty, Staff

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Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has outlined plans for next year's $45.8 million operating budget.

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10:12am

Mon June 1, 2015
-Eastern Standard

SOAR Update on Eastern Standard

L-R John Hingsbergen; Sandi Curd; Ian Mooers

We'll learn about the latest developments with the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative and we're interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

Guests include: Gov. Steve Beshear; Ian Patrick Mooers, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development at Eastern Kentucky; and Sandi Curd Program Coordinator of the Kentucky Promise Zone

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9:53am

Mon June 1, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Eastern Standard Show with Gonyea and (of course) Tech Issues

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu or call 859-622-1657. You can post on the website or Facebook or send a tweet @889weku

We had two tweets at the end of the week from John Paul, regarding last week’s broadcast of Eastern Standard featuring NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea, John Paul wrote, “Interesting program.  Thanks for letting us get to know Don a little better,” followed by “I was somewhat surprised in his remarks re. biased coverage. I'm convinced that bias is part of every human commentary.”

Here’s a voicemail message we received early Thursday morning from Danny, “Right at 4:00 am on May 28, we were hearing a flute song and, when that went off, nothing else happened.” 

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2:00am

Mon June 1, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Considering $2M Worth of Park Improvements

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The budget proposal before Lexington Council members includes a number of neighborhood park refurbishing projects.  The mayor's plan calls for almost $2 million in improvements.  General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says parking lot developments and upgrades to playing courts could be completed within a year or so.  "Some of the other projects that they're discussing like new bathrooms which involves construction, interaction with neighborhoods for the planning process of where folks want things, what they want them to look like which parks is very good at doing may take a little longe

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2:00am

Mon June 1, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Two Parent Homeless Families Falling Through the Cracks in Lexington

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In the coming fiscal year, Lexington city leaders are considering spending more than $757,000 on emergency shelter programs.  The city's homelessness services director says that figure doesn't cover Lexington's ongoing need.

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5:15pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Health and Welfare

Heroin Law Oversight Panel to Assess Impact of Legislation

Louisville Representative Denny Butler
Credit nkytribune.com

Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law.  The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.

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5:12pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Health and Welfare

Emergency Dispatchers Needed in Kentucky

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There's an ongoing demand for law enforcement dispatchers across Kentucky. Last week, the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at Eastern Kentucky University graduated its 100thclass. Training Supervisor Mike Keyser says upon receiving their degrees, the 20 new graduates began taking emergency calls right away.  "One of the graduates had to work that evening at four o’clock,” said Keyser.  “Whenever they graduated they went to work, either that day or if they had the good fortune to have a couple of days off, I guarantee you they were working by Monday morning."  

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12:35pm

Fri May 29, 2015
All Politics are Local

Comer Concedes Governor's Race, Bevin is Republican Nominee

Bevin (left), Comer (right)
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James Comer has conceded the governor's race in Kentucky, ending a tumultuous Republican primary and handing the nomination to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

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12:31pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Harry Dean Stanton Fest, Ky Ballet Theatre, & Hot Rize

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

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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10:47pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Digital Trucks Used to Set Repaving Priorities in Lexington

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A new strategy is being used in Lexington to determine which roads need to be resurfaced, and which need repairs.  City officials say the more precise information is worth the almost $400,000 cost.

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4:38pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Health and Welfare

Federal Panel Observing Rural Health Issues in Kentucky

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A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas.  The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services met Thursday at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine.  Hospital CEO Susie Starling says the panel is reviewing day to day experiences.  "It's providing them with real life situations and perspectives that they may not have gotten without coming into the communities and talking with the people who are actually living it every day," said Starling.

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4:24pm

Thu May 28, 2015
All Politics are Local

Review Shows Bevin Holding Lead in Kentucky GOP Primary

Matt Bevin (left) and James Comer (right)
Credit wkyt.com

State election officials say there are no changes to the vote totals from Kentucky's Republican primary for governor.

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