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3:03pm

Tue December 2, 2014
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul to Run for Senate Re-election in 2016

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

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9:57am

Tue December 2, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Michael Hartman on Online Gaming

Frogdice is an independent game development studio in Lexington, Kentucky.  Founded in 1996 by Michael Hartman, Frogdice creates online and digital download games of the role-playing or "RPG" variety.  Tom Martin talked with Michael about his company and about gaming.

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5:10pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Education

Annual School Safety Report Includes Number of In-School Removals for First Time

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There's been a sizeable increase in resolutions to school violations across Kentucky.  That's according to research released last week from the Kentucky Center on School Safety.  For the first time, Center Director Jon Akers says the report includes data on in-school removals.  "Far more kids are put into in-school removal, maybe for an hour, sometimes a couple of hours, or sometimes for a couple of days.  But, we never recorded that in our reports heretofore.  It was never given to us in that format," said Akers.

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5:08pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Focus on Business

Kentucky Retailers Aim for 'Cyber Week'

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Some businesses in Kentucky are working to extend cyber Monday through the end of the week.  A number of advertisements this past weekend promoted an e-commerce focus for the entire week. 

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3:38pm

Mon December 1, 2014
State Capitol

GOP Rep. Ryan Quarles to Run for Agriculture Commissioner

KY. State Congressman Ryan Quarles
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

A three-term Republican state lawmaker says he will seek the Republican nomination for state Agriculture Commissioner.

 

 

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3:32pm

Mon December 1, 2014
The Commonwealth

Democrats First to File for 2015 Governor's Race

Geoff Young
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A retired state engineer and a woman who was arrested after riding her bicycle to school are the first candidates to officially file for the 2015 governor's race.

 

 

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8:48am

Mon December 1, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: On Being Reza Aslan & Interrupted 'Turkey'

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

Listener Dr. Laura wrote to us last Sunday, “What happened with On Being this morning? I was very much looking forward to the interview with Reza Aslan only to find you were repeating the interview about Bach. Was this a technical error? Deliberate decision? Whatever the case, it was very disappointing.”

We are especially remorseful about this programming error. It turns out that our operations staff were cleaning out some old computer commands and accidentally eliminated the instructions that cause each week's On Being program to overwrite that of the previous week.

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9:54pm

Sat November 29, 2014
-Eastern Standard

EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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2:08pm

Fri November 28, 2014
The Commonwealth

Proposals for Burnside Lodging Facility Sought

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The state is seeking someone to develop and operate a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park in Pulaski County in south-central Kentucky.

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10:46am

Fri November 28, 2014
Business and the Economy

For Some Small Business Saturday More About Experience Than Price

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Small businesses are preparing for more holiday shoppers tomorrow with the fourth annual American Express Small Business Saturday.

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6:35am

Fri November 28, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Lex Children's Theatre, Balagula Theatre, & Warren Byrom

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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 activities. 

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11:57pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Former Lexington Mayor Remembered for His Leadership Into Urban County Government

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Former Lexington Mayor Foster Pettit will be laid to rest Saturday.  The 84 year old died a week ago from an infection he acquired following a boating accident in Louisiana in mid-October. 

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11:54pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Mom and Pop Businesses Hope Black Friday Sends a Positive Message about Holiday Sales

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Even though the day is still young, some black Friday shoppers are already worn out and heading home.  The day after Thanksgiving carries with it the tradition of looking for the best holiday gift deal.  That pursuit can begin at midnight and may involve standing in line for the latest and fanciest item.  

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11:51pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Sports

EKU Host Opening Round Game in FBS Playoffs

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The Eastern Kentucky University football Colonels will go after their first playoff victory in 20 years Saturday.  EKU plays host to Indiana State at Roy Kidd Stadium.  Eastern comes into the Football Championship Series playoff game at nine and three while Indiana State finished the regular season seven and five. 

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12:18pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Business and the Economy

Police Hope for Patient Drivers and Security-Minded Shoppers

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The holiday shopping season is upon us and Lexington police are urging shoppers to do all they can to secure packages around busy retail outlets. 

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12:17pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Education

EKU Pres. Benson to Serve on NCAA Committee

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson has been tabbed to serve on an NCAA Committee representing Football Championship Subdivision institutions.  The EKU President is the first from the Ohio Valley Conference to serve on the honors committee.  Benson says this offers a time to recognize student athletes off the field.  "These really remarkable student athletes, tens of thousands that every day go to class, do what they are supposed to do, that represent their institutions.  And this is a way to recognize, what I believe athletics is all about, and that is access to education

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11:16pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Health and Welfare

Healthier Options for Thanksgiving Dinner

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    Many folks are likely finalizing their menus for Thanksgiving Day.  There are a few ways to lessen health concerns when it comes to preparing the star of the meal.

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4:53pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Mining Reclamation Fund Will Likely Be Tapped Next Year

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The director of Kentucky's Reclamation Guaranty Fund expects the first appropriation in early 2015.  The fund was established in 2013 to help carry out surface mine site reclamation when a company abandons property.  The fund is supported through fees paid by the mining industry.  Director Keith Smith says the trust currently stands at about $32 million.  "There are at least a couple of sites on that list that the Division of Abandoned Lands won't have enough money with the underlying bond to achieve reclamation and the fund will have to kick in some additional funds," said Smith.

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4:43pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Business and the Economy

Auction Fetches High Price for New Bourbon

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One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash with its first batch of bourbon.

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3:24pm

Tue November 25, 2014
All Politics are Local

KY Senate Republicans Nominate Leaders

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Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate.

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5:24pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

High Winds Cause Kentucky Power Outages

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Strong winds Monday wreaked havoc on power lines across many sections of Kentucky.  An official with Kentucky Utilities says the central portion of the state seems to have borne the brunt of the blustery conditions.

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5:22pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Education

UK Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at International Table

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For the ninth year, international students at the University of Kentucky staying on campus for Thanksgiving Day will be treated to dinner. Alumni Association Program Coordinator Meg Phillips says she's expecting a crowd at Tuesday night's traditional Thanksgiving feast.

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6:30am

Mon November 24, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Why Did You Silence the Silent Man?

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Linda emailed us on Saturday morning, “You have been advertising the story of the man who stopped talking for 17 years and then you silenced him again just as he was explaining why he stopped talking. Seemed a bit rude to me.”

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11:12pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Plans Underway for Refurbishment of Historic Downtown Courthouse

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Lexington city leaders are preparing to move forward with architectural plans for improvements to the historic downtown courthouse building.  The Urban County Council last week gave the go ahead to use $450,000 for design plans.  Lexington attorney Foster Ockerman is President of the Courthouse Square Foundation.  "This money will then be spent for architectural drawings to take the information from the assessment and start saying where does the heating and air conditioning duct work go.

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10:24pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Breaking

EKU Locked Down Following Report of Gunman on Campus

Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

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4:28pm

Fri November 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Fort Campbell to Lose More than 2,000 Soldiers

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Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers.  Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation.  Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet.  "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez.  “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr

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4:25pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Business and the Economy

Lexmark Reports Paper Use Still Solid

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Officials with Lexington-based Lexmark International are touting the survival of single cut-sheet paper.  

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4:23pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Rotary Bringing Rodeo to Horse Park

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In celebration of their 100th anniversary, Lexington's Rotary Club is bringing the professional rodeo to town.  The announcement came yesterday during the group's weekly meeting.

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6:30am

Fri November 21, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Hunger Games, Shakespeare, & Gallery Hop

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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 activities. 

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10:25pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Nonprofit Using Arts Strategy for Neighborhood Redevelopment

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A Lexington nonprofit organization is leading rehabilitation efforts in a North Limestone neighborhood.  Project organizers are using what they call a "live-work" strategy. 

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