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Ashland Estate Makes History With Hemp

Aug 30, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    

A mixture of history and present day agricultural interests are interwoven on the grounds of Ashland near downtown Lexington.  Henry Clay’s estate was home to an education-based hemp harvest Tuesday.

UK, City Police Offer Game-Day Traffic, Security Suggestions

Aug 30, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

The start of the college football season in Lexington brings traffic and security suggestions from area law enforcement.  Officials with the University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington held a briefing Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium.   UK Police Chief Joe Monroe urged fans to tailgate responsibly. He says that includes picking up trash in the lot. “Don’t engage in excessive drinking or behavior that is risky or offensive to the neighbors around you or small child who may be in the parking lots as well,” warnedMonroe.

Town Branch Commons Items Come Before Lexington Council

Aug 30, 2016
kentucky.com

While construction is not slated to begin until 2018, Lexington’s Town Branch Commons trail and park project continues to get attention downtown.  It’s on Tuesday’s agenda of the Urban County Council. 

Jonathon Hollinger is senior administrative officer in planning, preservation, and development. He says council is being asked to approve a memorandum of understanding with the city, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Lexington Center, and the Downtown Management District. 

Airport Safety Revisited After Flight 5191 Crash

Aug 29, 2016
wkyt.com

    The weekend remembrance of the crash of Comair 5191 a decade ago offers an opportunity to reflect on safety improvements at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.  Revised safety measures include airstrip and communication changes.

Just after 6:00 a.m. on August 27th, 2006 the Comair plane took off from the wrong runway, crashing and killing 49 of the 50 occupants.  In addition to concerns about pavement markings and runway crossings, communications were also cited as factors. 

Morehead Pride Organizer Pleased with Inaugural Fest

Aug 29, 2016
wkyt.com

The executive director of Morehead Pride says he was particularly pleased at the number of young people who attended the town’s first festival to celebrate the LGBT community. 

David Moore says there were activities all day long, some put on by other organizations, "I think it’s important for Eastern Kentucky because a lot of time you feel like you don’t really have that support, but you actually do, so it’s important to show visibility and have some awareness for that here." 

Marisa Hempel

Health issues are in the news often these days.


From hundreds of reported overdoses in Kentucky, to concerns about the Zika Virus...to the annual push for flu shots...problems with drug abuse in central and Southeastern Kentucky, and skyrocketing prices for medicine like the EpiPen: all will be discussed with Fayette County Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

 

We solicit comments regarding all of our programming at WEKU but this week, I have a few directed specifically at our public affairs call-in show Eastern Standard. 

These are tweets that didn’t make it to the air following our August 18th show on Safe Spaces on Campus.

First, from Lee Ann, reacting to a remark I made while formulating a question for the guests:

  Today, Tom Martin talks with Steve Kelly, executive vice-president of marketing and sales at Lexington-based Central Bank. The subject: credit card fraud and the shift to a new generation of high-tech debit and credit cards known as “chip cards.”

Kenn W. Kiser, morgueFile.com

Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  

The case has major implications for the country’s policy on climate change. But some experts and industry leaders say the outcome is not likely to bring coal back from its decline in the power market.

 

Diversifying Power 

Effort Focuses on Tree Protection in Lexington

Aug 29, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

A renewed effort is being made in Lexington to protect trees at city funded construction sites.  Members of the council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee heard an update last week. 

Susan Plueger, Environmental Services Director, says the aim is to get all city departments on the same page when it comes to vegetation during capital construction.  “So, if you’re doing a construction project and you’re planning to keep certain trees, those trees need to be protected during construction so they’re not damaged,” 

Lexington Launching New Water Tank Era

Aug 29, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

A massive overhaul of Lexington's sewer system includes meeting capacity demands for new developments.  It’s a project rooted in fixing problems while providing for new sewer connections.

As part of a federal mandate to upgrade the system, Lexington must meet standards in the "Sanitary Sewer Capacity Assurance Program." Council members were briefed on a CAP audit last week.

Ky. Officials Respond to Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Aug 26, 2016
kentucky.com

    

Health and law enforcement officials in Kentucky are responding to a rash of heroin-related drug overdoses.   In the community of Mount Sterling alone, there were 12 overdoses this week including one death.  

The majority of overdoses in Montgomery County occurred within five hours Wednesday evening.

It’s time for our weekly update of weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Rich tells us he’s a “solo act” this week as Harriett Hendren takes some time off after putting together the 2016-2017 arts calendar for Sunday’s paper.   

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 Council to Review Police, Fire Disciplinary Notices

Aug 26, 2016
kentucky.com

    

Lexington leaders are being asked to modify city council’s notification procedure for police and fire disciplinary reports.  The item will be considered in a special meeting.

Council acted Tuesday to include the matter on a special "committee of the whole" agenda.  Council member Susan Lamb wants to discuss including notification of routine disciplinary reports on council dockets. 

Ky.’s Presence Felt in Louisiana Cleanup

Aug 26, 2016

    People well outside the borders of Louisiana are responding to massive flood damage in the gulf coast state. That includes a contingent from Baptist churches in Kentucky.

Corbin resident Dave Hampton is leading a crew of 21 to cut out walls, move out appliances, take up floors, pressure wash, and sanitize houses.  He compares the damage to that seen after Hurricane Katrina.  Hampton says neighbors are helping neighbors.  “A lot of times we go out to the house and it’s already half done because the neighbors are helping each other.”

A new director has been named for the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Enforcement Division.  Paul Joseph Vido comes to the job after serving as Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives out of Louisville. 

Vido administered all ATF investigations and regulatory operations in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Southern Indiana.  Prior to coming to Kentucky, he served in a similar role in California. 

Lexington 5th Graders Get Keeneland Experience

Aug 25, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

    

The Keeneland Race Track is offering a classroom experience for hundreds of Lexington area students.  School children are being educated this week on the finer points of the historic facility, and Keeneland officials hope the youngsters become racing fans.

Hundreds of excited fifth graders started their morning in the sales pavilion.  When it came time for a mock horse auction, everyone got quiet.

U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.  

Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia yesterday.  

Bevin Submits Revised Ky. HEALTH Plan

Aug 24, 2016
governor.ky.gov

 Gov. Matt Bevin says he has changed his proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and submitted it to the federal government for approval.

The new proposal called Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) will cover allergy testing and private duty nursing for about 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's expanded Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lexington Seeing Drop in DUI Arrests

Aug 24, 2016
kentucky.com

Fayette County has experienced a steady drop in the number of driving under the influence arrests over the past five years.  In 2012, there were 1542 DUI arrests compared with 1040 last year.   Lexington Police Sargent Randall Combs believes online transportation services and designated drivers are factors.  “I think a large part of that can be attributed to people using Uber and some of the cab services and just making better decisions and having designated drivers,”

Marisa Hempel

The topic this week: small businesses and entrepreneurship as the Small Town Merchant Program comes to town.

Our round table is full on Eastern Standard, as experts in the field of entrepreneurship are in town and on our show to help teach others who own small businesses. We will discuss all things relating to the local economy, and talk about the innovations in owning your own start-up in the changing times. Our Guests this week include:

Lexington Council Debated Expanding Boundary

Aug 24, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

    

As the city of Lexington prepares to update its comprehensive plan, at least one council member believes it could include expansion of the urban service boundary.

The matter surfaced during council’s weekly work session.  The city’s plan for where development occurs is updated every four years.  The process starts in earnest in January.  The last time the boundary was expanded to any significant degree was 1996.

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Kentucky is among five states that are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.   

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court. It seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Opponents of the president’s order say the rules could force doctors to act against their medical judgments or religious convictions.

State PSC Approves Kentucky American Rate Settlement

Aug 23, 2016
wkyt.com

    

The State Public Service Commission has approved a settlement in Kentucky American Water Company’s rate increase case.  The order amounts to slightly less than half of the amount requested by the utility.

The settlement means a typical residential customer will see a monthly increase of $3 dollars 60 cents.  The new rates take effect August 28th.  It amounts to a six and a half million dollar boost in annual revenue to Kentucky American. 

John Hingsbergen

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage…WindSync...

Their hometown Houston Chronicle calls the quintet “revolutionary chamber musicians”

The gold medalists in the national Fischoff Chamber Music Competition gave a mini concert on the campus of Eastern Kentucky last Sunday and you can hear it on Kentucky Summer Stage Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

State Roaming Horse Task Force Begins Work

Aug 23, 2016
kentucky.com

    

A newly-formed state task force begins its work Tuesday on how to deal with hundreds of horses moving about Eastern Kentucky.  Part of the discussion involves the coal industry.

The Free Roaming Horse Task Force came about through state legislation.  Ginny Grulke, with the Appalachian Horse Center, says the largest concentration of horse herds is found in Breathitt County, but there are also hundreds in another nine or ten counties. 

“Shots Fired” Call Causes EKU Emergency Notifications

Aug 22, 2016
wkyt.com

The investigation continues into a weekend report of “shots fired” in downtown Richmond that led to the arrest of five people. 

Four adults from Lexington and a juvenile were apprehended after being stopped on the Eastern Kentucky University campus.  All were arrested on drug charges.  But, Madison County Deputy Sheriff Michael Stotts says it’s not been determined if the gunshots were related to a drug transaction.

Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

On 120 acres in Marion, Kentucky, small-scale farmer Joseph Mast is taking an innovative approach to provide for his growing family of nine.

Mast belongs to an Amish community and is reluctant when it comes to media. He makes a concession, however, when the conversation involves sustainable farming.   

“I’ll talk grass any day,” said Mast.

Here’s an email from listener Tim,  “I have listen(ed) to this station for the last four or five years and it seems to me that you guys get more and more one-sided all the time.  Try at least to say something good about the other side once in a blue moon.  We are all Americans.  We, Republicans are not your enemies.”

Work Begins on Berea Forest Outreach Center

Aug 22, 2016
berea.edu

    

Construction is set to begin on an Outreach Center at a popular Madison County trail area. The new facility will help introduce visitors to the history of Berea College’s Forest.

The 5,000 square foot structure is being built near the Indian Fort Trail.  It’s expected to include space to offer a curated description of the College Forest. 

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