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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. As they tell us, there’s a lot going on over the 3-day 4th of July holiday  weekend.

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. 

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage...folksinger, songrwiter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon. 

Our eclectic series of “live” performances continues with John McCutcheon’s concert in May at the Union Church in Berea, KY.

Tune in and enjoy, KSS Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

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The University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Rural Health is one of 38 organizations to receive funding from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. The $1 million grant will be used to help children in Appalachia get the health insurance they need, as well as provide to families that are eligible to coverage. Many Kentucky families are unaware they qualify for healthcare coverage so do not look into signing up for them or their children. This is especially difficult in rural parts of Eastern Kentucky, where healthcare providers have a hard time gaining access to those that need it most.


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Kentucky's attorney general and state auditor will no longer be able to nominate members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. That’s under a new executive order from Republican Gov.  Matt Bevin.

  

 

The governor appoints the members of the commission, which investigates allegations of state ethics code violations in the state's executive branch.  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay the state of Kentucky nearly $3.5 million in civil penalties in a settlement that could result in up to $100 million for the state and its residents.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the state's part in the automaker's agreement to pay up to $15.3 billion to settle lawsuits and allegations that it cheated on emissions tests.

Region's Farmers Have High Hopes for Hemp

Jun 27, 2016

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products.   

Thousands turned out in downtown Lexington over the weekend for Pride 2016.  Organizers of the LGBT-focused event were predicting crowds larger than last year’s total of about 25,000.

This year’s Pride included a moment of remembrance for victims of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando led by Pastor Marsha Moors-Charles of Lexington’s Bluegrass United Church of Christ.

MMC: “Although we may not know all the names on this beautiful flag that will be sent to Orlando, God indeed knows their names and welcomed them into their eternal home.”

Ark Encounter Park on Eastern Standard

Jun 27, 2016

A new biblical-themed amusement park is set to open July 7th in Grant County, but some Kentuckians believe that the tax breaks the park is receiving violate the separation of church and state. A much-anticipated full scale Ark will be the center of the park as well as zip lines and other attractions.

 


 

On our website, a comment to an NPR story From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World,  “Jim” writes, “Here we go again? European Nationalism, a political Party of ignorant and intolerant lemmings being stampeded by a charismatic insecure leader with an agenda driven by the psychotic hatred of a targeted minority. Where have we heard or witnessed that before? Oh that's right here and 1939 Germany.”

kentuckyconstableassociation.org

A Lexington city council committee will review constable policies in the central Kentucky community.  The request came last week from Council member Kevin Stinnett.  He says his inquiry comes following news stories about constables from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.  Stinnett says there may or may not be any issues related to constable work in the Lexington area.  “I think it’s time to make people aware of what’s going on and the efforts that have been made the last couple of years before the state legislature to alter that and their role in the community.  Do we need to

Fireworks Sales and Safety Tips Leading Up to Fourth Weekend

Jun 27, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend will kick into high gear this week.  That will likely mean a lot of tent perusing for fireworks’ buyers.

Kentucky Crimes Against Children Figures in National Report

Jun 24, 2016
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Kentucky police agencies investigating crimes against children face a daunting task.  It’s partly seen in the release of information through the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Amid Overcrowding, Kentucky Considers Reopening Private Prisons

Jun 24, 2016
courier-journal.com

    State prisons are at capacity, county jails are overcrowded and the state is recommending transferring about 1,600 inmates to private prisons that have been shuttered for the past several years.

Officials ended the state’s last private prison contract in 2013, partly as a cost savings measure and also in response to scandals at privately owned prisons in the state.

corvetteactioncenter.com

Kentucky officials say General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million at the automaker's Corvette plant in Bowling Green.

The company's North American manufacturing manager, Arvin Jones, said Friday the investment includes technology upgrades to improve the plant's manufacturing process. It could also create as many as 270 new jobs.

The investment announcement was made by Gov. Matt Bevin's office in Frankfort.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

As they tell us, one of this weekend’s major events is the Lexington Pride Festival

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 Pride Festival Organizer Expects Big Crowd

Jun 24, 2016
lexpridefest.org

    Lexington’s ninth public ‘Pride Festival’ will take place tomorrow in the center of downtown.  One organizer believes attendance for this summer’s event could be much larger than last year.

 

 

Beshear And Bevin Go To Court Over Board Overhauls

Jun 24, 2016
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The latest legal challenge against Gov. Matt Bevin had its first hearing Thursday — Attorney General Andy Beshear is attempting to join a lawsuit contesting Bevin’s reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board, which manages retirement funds for state workers.

Beshear is also trying to challenge Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville board of trustees in the same move, arguing that both reorganizations should be tried at the same time.

education.ky.gov

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt testified on Thursday before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, discussing the commonwealth’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

State Health Officials Offer Zika Prevention Reminders

Jun 23, 2016
wtvq.com

With the heat of summer kicking in, lots of Kentuckians will be heading to a lake or park for recreation.  With that in mind, state health officials are reminding citizens to think about mosquito bite prevention.  It comes with increased attention tied to the Zika Virus. 

Tornado Watch for Central Kentucky

Jun 23, 2016
wkyt.com

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several central Kentucky counties until 10 p.m. Thursday evening.  A tornado warning was issued just before 5 p.m. for Scott County.  The watch area includes the counties of Bourbon, Harrison, Scott, Clark, Madison, Fayette, and Nicholas.  A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop.

kyretail.msiconnect.com

A relatively small sample of Kentucky’s independent retailers shows mixed reviews when it comes to evaluating their local economies.  The springtime survey was conducted by the Kentucky Retail Federation.   Federation Spokeswoman Sarah Rowlette says respondents noted workforce numbers haven’t changed much since the last survey.  “While you know, it’s great that we’re seeing the workforce appears to be stabilizing, outlook is unclear.”

Ky. Racing Commission Committee Assignments Set

Jun 23, 2016
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Officials with Kentucky’s Horse Racing Commission have announced committee structure and membership for the upcoming year. The commission executive director says the focus of committees won’t change significantly.

Bevin’s Medicaid Changes Would Charge New Premiums

Jun 22, 2016
scoopnest.com

    At a news conference Wednesday morning in Frankfort, Gov. Matt Bevin announced his much-anticipated plan to remake the state’s expanded Medicaid system.

Kentucky Attorney General Will Sue Bevin Over U of L Action

Jun 22, 2016
kentucky.com

Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for abolishing and then reinstating the boards of trustees of both the University of Louisville and Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state agency that manages the pensions of most state employees.

Bevin appointed new members and changed the number of seats on each panel on Friday. In both cases, Bevin said the moves were made to achieve a “fresh start.”

On Wednesdy, Beshear said Bevin had overstepped his power.

“The opportunity for abuse of power here is evident, and it’s scary,” Beshear said.

The first of ten regional meetings on the issue of food insecurity in the commonwealth took place Tuesday in Northern Kentucky.

The inaugural meeting in Highland Heights established the goals of the Hunger Task Force which was initiated earlier this month to combat what seems to be a growing problem in the Commonwealth.

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles says the regional meetings will serve the purpose of displaying the need for the task force with statistics from foodbanks as well as developing attainable and measurable methods to fight the hunger inequities.

Transgender Issues on Eastern Standard

Jun 22, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Lexington's Annual Pride celebration is this weekend, happening on the tail of devastating news such as the mass shooting in Orlando. In the midst of all the discussions involving LGBT issues, Eastern Standard will focus on the oft-forgotten T: Transgender rights and issues. Kentucky recently joined the lawsuit with other states over the controversial matter at hand of Transgender restrooms.

Pavement Policy Debated at Lexington City Hall

Jun 22, 2016
apm-lex.com

   A new method for determining "pavement projects" in Lexington is moving forward.  It got a full discussion Tuesday before council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee.

EKU Board Hears Reports on Graduation, Parking, and Dining

Jun 21, 2016
regents.eku.edu

Eastern Kentucky University’s President says the school’s financial ship is steady and moving forward.  EKU’s Board of Regents Monday approved a $355 million budget for the year beginning July 1.  A court battle over Governor Bevin’s decision to reduce funding for this year continues. 

President Michael Benson says tough decisions will need to be made before next July, "The real heavy lifting is gonna come in the next several months when the faculty come back and we start the process of really ernest program review and some other things, that we look on the staff side as well."

Gov. Bevin Forms Criminal Justice Task Force

Jun 21, 2016
courier-journal.com

Gov. Matt Bevin said he wants Kentucky to “lead the way” on criminal justice reform and has appointed a council tasked with producing legislative ideas for next year’s General Assembly.

The 23-member committee includes state officials, legislators and advocates from around the state.

Bevin said the state’s laws need to be changed to save money and allow those convicted of crimes to more effectively rejoin society.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and went to jail.

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