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Focus On Business: Rodney Vinegar on Human Resources

May 2, 2016

During his 18-year professional career, Rodney Vinegar has been responsible for recruitment, training, professional development, human resources leadership, and labor relations with such global companies as UBS Investment Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Pepsi and Scripps Network Interactive.  Rodney recently returned from New York to his home state of Kentucky and joined Tom Martin to discuss some HR issues common in today’s workplace.

A listener from Frankfort emailed us with what she called some “observations about the WEKU stream vs. other Kentucky public radio streams.” 

She says, “The broadcast volume is about 30% of what some other stations broadcast. For example, to hear WEKU at the same volume as other stations, I have to put my speakers at 20-30% volume vs. 5-10% for others.” 

WalletHub Study Ranks Kentucky Low in Gambling-Related Issues

May 2, 2016
bustle.com

With the Kentucky Derby just days away, much attention this week will focus on which horse to wager on.  A recently-released national study on gambling ranks Kentucky low in gambling related problems.

The study by the personal finance website WalletHub focused on what the site calls “gambling friendliness” and “gambling problems and treatment.”  Kentucky ranked 43rd overall. 

Chelsea Clinton Campaigns For Hillary In Lexington

Apr 29, 2016
kentucky.com

Ahead of Kentucky’s May 17 Democratic presidential primary, Chelsea Clinton stopped in Lexington on Friday to stump for her mother, Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to about 200 people crowded into Clinton’s storefront field office, the younger Clinton called this year’s presidential election the most important of her lifetime.

“If I think about healthcare or education or our economy or women’s rights, I worry that all of that is currently under threat,” she said.

Walk-In Absentee Voting Opens Statewide

Apr 29, 2016
kentuckycountyclerks.com

Friday marks the required opening day for in-person absentee voting at Kentucky’s county clerk offices.  But, the president of the statewide county clerks association doesn’t expect an increase in foot traffic in her Danville office.

EKU Board Grants Contract Extension for Benson

Apr 29, 2016
president.eku.edu

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents is extending President Michael Benson’s contract by two years.  The school’s governing board approved the extension Wednesday.

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 this week are performances by comedian Amy Schumer and the postponed show by Hal Holbrook plus some other shows and concerts.

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

State Dedicates Workers To Cut Benefind Backlog

Apr 28, 2016
Ryland Barton Capitol Reporter

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is bringing 91 field workers from around the state to Frankfort to help deal with the backlog of applications in Benefind, the new umbrella portal for Kentucky’s welfare programs.

Since the February rollout of Benefind, people trying to get benefits have had to deal with long wait times at local Department for Community Based Services offices and over the phone. The system also erroneously sent out notices to some people that their benefits had been canceled.

Olympics Focus at ‘Three Day Event’

Apr 28, 2016
examiner.com

The Kentucky Horse Park is again hosting thousands of equestrian competitors and fans.  The 36th Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event runs through Sunday.  Event Spokesman Marty Bauman says the focus on dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping is even more keen this spring.  “And this year being an Olympic year we have added importance because this event will help determine which horses and riders will ride on the U.S. team at the Olympic Games at Rio this summer.”

EKU Board of Regents Acts on Budget Reductions

Apr 28, 2016
eku.edu

    Eastern Kentucky University officials are implementing short and long-term strategies to help cope with state funding reductions.  It was a day-long task for the school’s governing board.

The EKU Board of Regents backed reducing the tuition waiver benefit and modifying the school’s cell phone policy for employees plus shortening the vacation accrual time benefit for workers who leave the university. 

Bevin Vetoes 7 More Bills, Including Parts Of State Budget

Apr 28, 2016
courier-journal.com

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued seven more vetoes, delaying a free community college scholarship program, cutting out parts of the state budget and killing a new driver’s license bill.

Bevin has now vetoed all or part of 14 bills in the wake of his first legislative session as governor.

“Today’s action will create economic opportunity and provide benefits to generations for years to come,” Bevin said in a statement.

Northern Ky. Police Target ‘Rush Hour’ Heroin

Apr 27, 2016
cincinnati.com

The Fort Thomas Police Department is running what it terms a "heroin rush hour" enforcement program. 

The anti-drug unit, comprised of three northern Kentucky officers, is tasked with working to get heroin-affected drivers off highways. 

Ky. Ranks Above Average in Health Emergency Preparedness

Apr 27, 2016
whitleycountyhealthdepartment.com

    

Kentucky is one of 18 states scoring above the national average when it comes to preparedness for health-related emergencies.  The national index program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Measures like flu vaccination rates, number of hospitals, and presence of food inspection programs are all used in charting the National Health Security Preparedness Index. 

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A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat. A state tourism board this week approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot long Ark Encounter attraction.               

Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction.

State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding "religious indoctrination."

Richmond Commission Candidates Debate Issues from Safety to Parks

Apr 26, 2016
city-data.com

Five candidates for Richmond city commission participated in a debate at Eastern Kentucky University Monday night.  The event, which was streamed “live” on YouTube, began with questions about downtown revitalization. 

Incumbent commissioner Jason Morgan believes there are possibilities for the historic yet long-vacant Glyndon Hotel,  “We can have Eastern rent out some space for college kids and have flats and then have the first floor as retail business.”

Lexington Needle Exchange Offers Referral Counseling

Apr 26, 2016
wkyt.com

Lexington’s needle exchange program is adding an on-site rehabilitation referral service beginning this Friday.

The Fayette County Health Department’s needle exchange program runs every Friday afternoon.  Starting this week, Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Program Administrator Amy Baker will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 on Fridays. 

kentuckytourism.com

Businesses in a southern Kentucky tourist-rich area are hoping a National Park Service report released this week is an indicator of a strong upcoming summer season.  That report showed visitors to the state’s national parks spent over $113 million in the Commonwealth last year. 

Adam Phillips is McCreary County’s Tourism Director.  He says the area recently had a large trail race that had over 400 racers and others who accompanied them. “Obviously,” said Phillips, “That got us kind of off to a good start as far as the spring season goes.”

  WEKU joined the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.  The program was streamed "live" on YouTube  and will be repeated in its entirety as a special edition of our show.

WEKU is joining the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.

Helping the Homeless, Focus of Lexington Awareness Campaign

Apr 25, 2016
kentucky.com

A public awareness campaign on the best ways to help homeless persons is in the early stages of development in Lexington.  The campaign begins with a recommendation to not give cash to street corner solicitors.

Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says giving money can be a way of supporting a drug or alcohol addiction.  Lanter says such well-intended generosity can also serve to undermine existing agencies assisting the homeless.  “Giving them cash may actually be keeping them on the streets,” says Lanter.

East Ky. Leadership Conference Looks at Reshaping Regional Economy

Apr 25, 2016
lanereport,com

This week’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference will continue the discussion about redefining the Appalachian economy.   Sessions Thursday and Friday in Morehead will cover topics ranging from broadband to 3D printing and drones. 

Eastern Kentucky University Regional Stewardship Coordinator Melissa Newman says the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative is causing some introspection, “Because our economy is not just regional any more, it is becoming global.”  Newman emphasizes that there’s a need to consider new ideas and see what’s working and what’s not working.

We begin with a call to the listener comment line from Phyllis from Prestonsburg.  She's responding to a request for comments about the changes underway with A Prairie Home Companion now that Garrison Keillor is getting ready to retire, “I'm heartbroken that Garrison Keillor is leaving.  My opinion on the replacement is still not formed yet but, when I heard the replacement host and program, it just wasn’t the same.   

Earth Day in Ky. Includes Focus on Lead, Radioactivity

Apr 22, 2016
soul-friends.com

Earth Day 2016 is being celebrated globally with events in Kentucky as well.   At the state level, there are two areas of environmental emphasis right now.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Spokesman John Mura says an oil and gas work group begins meeting next month.  Topping its agenda will be radioactive material discovered recently in two Kentucky landfills.   He believes that was the genesis of the immediate work that the group is doing.  “I think that its mission will extend past that to all restricted substances,” said Mura.

Harriett Hendren - Lexington Herald-Leader

Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald-Leader is joined this week by one of his colleagues at the paper, Harriett Hendren.

They discuss shows such as Sunday’s concert by singer/songwriter James Taylor and the production of  Once: The Musical as part of the Broadway “Live” Series.  

Rich Copley covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com where you’ll find more information about this weekend’s events. 

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

Lexington Police Launch Text-a-Tip Program

Apr 22, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Lexington Police Department is introducing a new technology to help citizens anonymously submit crime information.  It’s called Text-a-Tip and it carries the support of many area families who have lost loved ones to violence. 

Tonya Lindsey, a member of Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence, says many people remain fearful of coming forward with information, “People don’t understand the importance of telling.  I mean people are losing their loved ones every day and people know who’s doing it and no one wants to tell."

U.S. Marshal Service

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed an inspector general to look into potential illegal activities by the governor’s immediate predecessor. 

A former U.S. Marshal will assist with the investigation of allegations against former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.   

Gov. Bevin appointed Kenneth F. Bohac as the inspector general for the Finance Cabinet.

Bohac is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. President Barack Obama appointed him U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois in 2010.

U.S. Energy Secretary Comes to Energy Forum in Lexington

Apr 21, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    The U.S. Secretary of Energy is stressing what he’s calling “flexibility” when it comes to the future use of coal as an energy source in this country.  Ernie Moniz led off a regional energy forum at the University of Kentucky Thursday.

Instead of speaking in terms of coal going away as a power source, Secretary Moniz says the emphasis should be on an innovative agenda.  He says that includes furthering carbon capture technologies at UK and other universities. 

UK President Thanks Governor for Funding Restoration

Apr 21, 2016
lanereport.com

The University of Kentucky’s President is expressing thanks to Governor Bevin for reducing funding cuts in the current fiscal year.  The governor released some $23 million to public universities Wednesday.  

 

President Eli Capilouto expressed his appreciation while attending a regional energy forum on the UK campus,  “It’s reminds me that our Center for Applied Energy Research is a state-funded entity.”  Capilouto said the center brings in millions of dollars and creates jobs on the Lexington campus and across the Commonwealth.

 

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

Lexington Looking to Increase Recycling Fees

Apr 21, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

The city of Lexington is moving toward increasing fees for public and private entities using the recycling center.  The matter came before City Council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee Tuesday. 

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