Officials at Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse are eager for the start of the spring meet, while also keeping an eye toward the fall. Post time for the first race of the three week event comes just after 1 pm Friday. Keeneland will also host the Breeders Cup Championships this October. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says a new chalet will be in operation for the spring meet. "It's really a way that we can test run the facility,” said Gregory. “Give it a test, a trial run during the spring. Look at food operations, parking, layout inside the chalet."
A four legged investigator is being credited with helping to find answers related to a southeast Kentucky wildfire. The case got the attention earlier this week of Magic, a K9 arson dog.
The fire was on Warrior's Path near Stinking Creek in Knox County. Division of Forestry officials knew where the fire began, but were not sure who started it. Investigators found barbed wire rolls and a fencing tool present at the origin.
A Kentucky mayor in a mostly dry community is asking residents to sign a petition that seeks a vote on allowing alcohol sales in restaurants.
Berea Mayor Steven Connelly told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the effort, if successful, would help the economy. Berea is dry except for the historic Boone Tavern, which started selling alcohol last year.
A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.
The measles outbreak that happened late last year in the western U.S. has renewed discussion about vaccination policies. That very issue was the main topic of a panel discussion Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.
Spring time temperatures coupled with breezy conditions are prompting wildfire concerns this afternoon. An open burning ban is in place for the Lexington area.
The open burning ban is being issued in response to a National Weather Service Advisory. It states that a dry cold front passing through is producing gusty west winds coupled with relatively low humidity levels. Officials with the Lexington Fire Department say it’s creating dangerous fire weather conditions.
Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg with Team Food Chain Founder Chad Kamen
Credit Kentucky Association of Food Banks
Food banks across Kentucky will benefit from a fundraising effort by a 16 year old Louisville student. Chad Kamen formed the nonprofit Team Food Chain about six years ago. Kamen says the idea for the project came from his interest in a television show. "I had a huge interest in 'Top Chef', the TV show and I was in love with cooking,” said Kamen. “My mom and I would cook these family dinners together and I started to kind of think about well I guess someone else probably can't have a family dinner somewhere."
Kentuckians are being asked to recognize Vietnam Veterans this week. Governor Beshear proclaimed Monday Vietnam Veterans Day across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry says she's the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Veteran. She says the widespread negative attitude toward soldiers returning from Vietnam was felt by her father and many others. "And it affected him and it affects him still today," said Henry. "Not in as much a way as it did, let's say when I was 15, and he was still having difficulty in transitioning back into socie
Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University. Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.
Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth. EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas. The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.
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First up, a response to listeners who have been in touch regarding technical problems with our signal at 88.5 in Corbin. We are very much aware of some issues there in the last few days and engineer Bill Browning is looking into what’s going on there.
The best we can tell at the moment is that it’s another case of an unreliable Internet connection. We apologize for the disruptions and we remain grateful to those who write or call to let us know about them, especially Karen in London.
A long time circuit court prosecutor is hopeful Kentucky’s new heroin law works to help reduce drug overdoses. Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson is taking a wait and see approach.
Kentucky’s new heroin law sets higher trafficking penalties, particularly for those found with larger quantities of the drug. Larson worries the changes to the law could make it harder to prosecute drug offenses. "They'll know how much heroin that they can possess on their person to keep the penalties low, they know about that," said Larson.
The federal government will award as much as $38 million in grants this year to assist Eastern Kentucky communities negatively affected by the decline of the coal industry.
Funding will come from the Department of Labor’s Dislocated Worker National Emergency grants, the Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is co-chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Legislation approved in the now completed 2015 Kentucky General Assembly means a major increase in the number of early child care facilities that are evaluated. Additional reviews will come over the next few years.
Physical inactivity could be considered a polite way of saying someone is 'sitting around too much.' There was a lot of talk about that subject Wedneday at the Physical Activity Across the Lifespan Conference in Lexington.
Many of the workshops at the day-long event focused on exercise. The keynote address came from Duke Professor of Medicine, Bill Kraus. "So the lack of physical activity is a disease because it leads to disease," said Kraus. "And then the question is, how much exercise do you have to do to prevent that worsening over time?"
The Kentucky legislature has acted to stem the drop in gas tax revenues that are used to repair and build roads across the Commonwealth. Passage of a measure to stabilize the state's road fund was a priority of Governor Beshear's.
Officially, it came very early Wednesday morning when House members put their stamp of approval on the gas tax agreement. Owensboro Representative Tommy Thompson voted yes. "We need our roads for convenience, we need them to be safe, but we need them for commerce," said Thompson.
After years of debate in Frankfort, the state legislature has approved a measure to add civil protections for dating couples. The legislation has passed in the Democratic House numerous times, but fallen short in the Republican led Senate. Louisville Representative Joni Jenkins, who worked at the Center for Women and Families for a decade, called the passage a 'long time coming.' "I know that this is gonna be a great tool for especially college campuses, whereas none of those protections would have applied to folks,” said Jenkins.
Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is getting an upgrade. Final approval came last night at the state Capital. The measure increases the height restriction to include any child under 57 inches and applies to children under age eight. Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the new standards will protect more children. "Several hundred accidents a year involving children and it will help make sure that the seat belt, the restraint is in the right place," said Riggs.
Northern Kentucky Representative Dennis Keene has been working for six years to help pass an ignition interlock bill and now passage appears closer than ever. The modified bill needs to see action Tuesday, if it's to clear during this session. Keene almost lost his daughter to a drunk driver. "It's not everything that we wanted in the House, but it's definitely gonna save lives and that's what's important,” said Keene. “It doesn't matter who's name's on it. It just matters that it accomplishes and saves families anguish of losing their children."