A serious plumbing issue is causing problems for one of Lexington’s transitional houses for homeless men.

An official with the Lexington Rescue Mission says the residents will not go without housing this week.

A new survey of the health behavior of Kentucky youth is showing some positive signs, especially regarding tobacco use.

A representative of The Kentucky Alzheimer’s Association says the Commonwealth is making history with a new vehicle license plate.  

The Bluegrass state is the first in the country to make the Alzheimer's-related specialty plate available.

Representatives of four different groups are calling for more attention to the number of women incarcerated in Kentucky. 

The groups claim much of that imprisonment stems from low level non-violent drug crimes.

Cheri Lawson

This week Americans will come together to celebrate and give thanks. Thanksgiving has become a holiday for family, football and feasting.

WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, for many families, the centerpiece of the celebration is the turkey. And hundreds of those turkeys will come from a Northern Kentucky farm.

Today, Tom Martin talks with Jim Owens, Dean of the School of Communication Arts at Asbury University in Wilmore.  Dr. Owens is working with several partners to launch the Kentucky Film Certification Program.

We start with a message from listener Todd,

“I’ve listened to NPR my whole life and I am really tired of listening to how bad us men are.  If that’s all I’m going to hear, I’m going to work and from work every day and I’m just going to tune in to something else.

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Roberto Gonzales and six other workers came from Nayarit, Mexico, to work on a Garrard County, Kentucky, tobacco farm using a guest worker program called the H-2A visa

The Department of Labor program guarantees a wage in Kentucky of $10.92 an hour. But Gonzales said the workers were only getting between $3 and $8 per hour. So they went on strike

Lexington Council Discusses Bike Lane Development

Nov 20, 2017

Lexington council members have discussed the timing and location for the development of new bike lanes in Fayette County. 

The matter came before the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee last week.

Stu Johnson

The head of Lexington's water quality division says the local government is about halfway through the almost $600 million sewer system overhaul.

The total bill could come in below that original estimate.

A Lexington government official says a number of Lexington area creeks and streams do not meet State Division of Water standards for recreational use.

Members of Lexington’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee got a rundown last week on about a half dozen watershed areas within Fayette County.

For the first time in program history, the Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team will run this weekend in the NCAA National Championships. 

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A significant day in the history of Kentucky's Red River Gorge will be celebrated this weekend. 

It’s the 50th anniversary of a historic hike in the gorge.

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s council has given final approval to a plan to move two statues depicting two Confederate generals to the Lexington Cemetery.  

A busy agenda Thursday night also included a final vote to maintain the current urban services boundary.

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The new leader of the Kentucky Democratic Party says the “Republican experiment” has failed. 


Chairman Ben Self accuses the GOP of waging a war on the middle class by creating right-to-work and prevailing wage laws. 

Copley/Hendren on Sound of Music, Ky Book Fair, Other Events

Nov 17, 2017
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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They note that this weekend is the last before holiday events get into full swing.

Lexington’s council is expected to vote Thursday night on a road-swap strategy involving both city-maintained and state-maintained roadways.

It’s a modified plan that came about following vocal opposition from some Lexington residents.


Stu Johnson

An official with the federal government wants the mayor of Lexington to remove a rainbow-colored crosswalk, saying the agency is concerned that the crossing is a safety hazard.

Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University will apply with the state of Kentucky to make its Model Lab School a new charter school.   

EKU’s Board of Regents also took action Wednesday to freeze the university’s tuition for a year.

Stu Johnson

Three Fayette County high schools will soon implement a new approach to career readiness. 

Plans for launching what’s being termed the Academies of Lexington were unveiled Tuesday at Bryan Station High School.

The future of the Model Laboratory School at Eastern Kentucky University is coming before the university’s board of regents Wednesday morning.

A Model Task Force will offer recommendations that are likely to include a move to a charter school structure.  


Stu Johnson

Residents of Lexington and Fayette County will soon have a new option for cable television, Internet and even telephone service.

Mayor Jim Gray announced Tuesday that the community will soon be one of the nation’s only “Gigabit Cities.”

During the next month, Kentuckians are being asked to offer their thoughts on proposed academic standards for bible literacy courses taught in public high schools. 

The final standards are expected to be in place for elective classes to be offered during the next school year.

A statewide advocacy group for abused and neglected children is seeking to greatly increase its number of volunteers to help young people find safe permanent homes. 

The call is going out from the organization of Kentucky Court Appointed Special Advocates. 

Kentucky CASA estimates more than 21,000 vulnerable children in the Commonwealth could benefit from volunteers each year as they seek a permanent solution, navigating the juvenile court system.  Across the state, there are 831 court appointed special advocates serving 2,831 children.

For the first time, firefighters in Lexington worked this past weekend focused on a specific neighborhood to place smoke alarms in homes. 

Some 40 firefighters and volunteers entered 188 homes in Cardinal Valley Saturday and installed 762 alarms.

Fifty-eight people died and over 500 were injured while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Twenty-six died when they were shot down while in church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

EKU Basketball Colonels Take on SEC's Ole Miss

Nov 13, 2017
Stu Johnson

Fresh off a come-from-behind win Friday in Texas, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team faces a taller task Monday night in Mississippi. 

EKU sports fans lady weekend experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Democratic Party has elected a new chair.

The party said in a news release Saturday that its State Central Executive Committee elected entrepreneur Ben Self.

A Veterans organization, just a year in the making, is hoping to expand its activities over the next three years.

Veterans Resources United in Central and Southeast Kentucky serves some 43 counties.  Lexington has observed its first Week of Valor event that culminates tomorrow with a Veterans parade.  


Former Kentucky Speaker Hospitalized Following Resignation

Nov 10, 2017

Kentucky’s former Republican House speaker has been hospitalized days after resigning his leadership position amid sexual harassment allegations.