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Lexington’s success in receiving $14.1 million in federal money for a trail project through downtown could mean increased business. The award, announced this week, offers more assurance the project will become a reality.

Talk of the Town Branch Trail has been prevalent at city hall and among advocates for a number of years.  But, this federal grant puts the trail from South Forbes Street to Midland and Third in a different category. 

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What do the latest Ghostbusters, Spider-Man and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?

 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll be answering that question and others as we examine the increasing diversity in the media.

We’re interested in your questions and comments before the show at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com.  You can leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for EST Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

 

Sen. Paul Claims His GOP Vision Differs from Trump

Jul 27, 2016
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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul admits his philosophy on expanding the Republican Party differs from its presidential nominee Donald Trump.  Paul held a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lexington. 

Afterwards, he said there are different approaches to growing the Republican Party.  Paul says he wants a bigger more inclusive Party, “I’m not saying he doesn’t, but I have a different way of approaching it, of trying to welcome people into the party."  "And, I’ll continue to be that distinct voice,” added the senator.

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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has received a federal grant of over $14 million to complete the Town Branch Commons Corridor project.  The funds are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program.   

Gray Proposes Four Point Plan to Aid Coal Counties

Jul 26, 2016
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    Kentucky U.S. Democratic Senatorial Candidate Jim Gray is offering suggestions on ways to deal with coal job losses in eastern Kentucky.  Gray outlined his proposal during a stop in Pikeville Tuesday.

 

New Home for USEF Planned at Ky. Horse Park

Jul 26, 2016
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The United States Equestrian Federation reaffirmed Monday the Kentucky Horse Park will serve as their National Headquarters.  A building will be constructed on the Horse Park’s property to house the headquarters permanently. 

The letter of intent, signed by both parties and presented by Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet begins a 40 year lease at the horse park for the US Equestrian Federation. 
 

Future of Zika Virus in Central Ky. Hard to Predict

Jul 26, 2016
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In the wake of Lexington’s first Zika virus case in an infant, health officials continue to stress ways to fend off further cases in the area.  Fayette County’s Health Commissioner admits it’s hard to predict the number of future infections.

More than 14 hundred cases of Zika virus have now been reported nationwide.  All have been determined to be travel related and not through local transmission. 

Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

Listener Lee from Lexington was not happy with the presentation of a news story this past week, “In a recent news report about the NBA’s boycott of North Carolina, a WEKU news reporter said that the boycott was over a law infringing the civil rights of LGBTQ people."  

Lee continued, "That is editorializing, not news reporting.  I expect better than that of WEKU.”

Hendren, Copley on Winona Concert, Weekend Festivals

Jul 22, 2016

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 today are tonight’s concert by a famous country star and a number of weekend festivals.   

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

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

GOP Convention Not Likely to Change Many Voters’ Minds

Jul 21, 2016
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The Republican convention this week is being taken in by many Kentuckians, but a University of Kentucky political scientist doesn’t expect a major long term shift in presidential support.  Stephen Voss says political conventions tend to be ‘glorified advertisements’ for their parties.  “At least the ones who are discussing it, the ones who are doing more than just having it on in the background, still, judging from what I’m seeing, tends to be either the people who are republican or already hate Trump and know it and looking to see a train wreck.”

It's cool jazz for a hot summer night on this week's Kentucky Summer Stage. Our July 24, 2015 show features the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur recorded in concert at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts Friday October 30, 2015.

It’s the Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur, at the Norton Center for the Arts during our eclectic series of concert programs, Kentucky summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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More than 30 high school students from southeast Kentucky are participating in a camp this week examining math and science technologies.  The lecture and lab time is being held at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

EKU Again Ranks High in 'Places to Work'

Jul 19, 2016
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This week, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an annual list of “Great Colleges to Work For”.  One of the sixty-eight colleges named on that list is Eastern Kentucky University.

The nationwide poll covered 46,000 employees at 281 campuses with an enrollment of 10,000 students or more. In Kentucky, EKU and Murray State University were the only two large institutions to make the list. The survey was taken between March 14th and April 15th of this year.

Atheist Couple Claims Discrimination by Trigg County Official

Jul 19, 2016
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A non-religious couple is claiming discrimination from a western Kentucky county official who refuses to marry the couple without a religious ceremony.  

Jon and Mandy Heath arranged to marry at the Trigg County Courthouse this month, but say they were informed by Judge Executive Hollis Alexander that he won’t perform the secular ceremony they requested, only a religious one.  

According to the couple's complaint, Alexander told them "I include God in my ceremonies, and I won't do one without him."

Performance Funding Work Group Gathering for First Meeting

Jul 19, 2016
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A group charged with determining university funding based on performances is meeting Tuesday in Frankfort. This is the first of three meetings of the newly-formed Performance Funding Work Group.

Those serving on the workgroup are trying to develop a formula to determine how much money public schools should receive from the state. 
 

EKU Colonels Voted 2nd in Preseason Football Poll

Jul 19, 2016
Stu Johnson
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The Eastern Kentucky University Football Colonels have been picked to finish second in this year’s Ohio Valley Conference race. The rankings came during an annual pre-season event in Nashville.

EKU earned 100 points in the preseason poll, three more than third-place Eastern Illinois. 

Jacksonville State, coming off an appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision title game, picked up all 16 available first place votes. 

Three Colonels, offensive tackle Justin Adekoya, kicker Lucas Williams, and punter Keith Wrzuszcak are on the preseason all OVC team.  

AG Beshear Says Dialogue Only Answer in Police Shootings

Jul 19, 2016
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it’s difficult to watch some things going on across the U.S.  He was referring to violence such as Sunday's ambush-style shootings of three police officers in Baton Rouge. Beshear says he understands there are concerns about policing today, "None of them should lead to violence and all this is about getting together as a community to talk through any differences that we have.”

Ground Broken for New Methodist Home for Children

Jul 18, 2016
WEKU News

    A new chapter in a long history is being written by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.  Monday’s groundbreaking focused on centralization.

For almost three decades, the facility off Versailes road has offered residential services for children with histories of abuse and neglect.  It sits on more than 200 acres.  Now, it’s moving to a 35-acre site in Jessamine County. 

Pokémon GO!es Mobile on Eastern Standard

Jul 18, 2016
Marisa Hempel

In the midst of the political conventions and other serious news, we’re running the other direction with this week’s Eastern Standard.

 

Whether you are aware of it or not, Pokémon Go is taking over. We’ll discuss this new gaming fad that has both adults and kids alike chasing “pocket monsters” with their phones.

Tom Martin talks with Clive Pohl, a principal of the Lexington architecture firm Pohl-Rosa-Pohl. He is a proponent of “Natural Capital Accounting,” a method of measuring and assigning values to the world's natural assets as a way to assign a cost to environmental destruction. 

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As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the Ohio Valley with addiction and death, the search for safer methods of pain management has become increasingly urgent. 

Advocates for medical marijuana have recently made inroads in the area with growing scientific evidence that the substance currently considered of no medical value by the federal government might be a tool to wean those suffering from chronic pain off of more dangerous drugs.

 

Listener Lisa emailed in response to a comment from someone who hates our afternoon show from the CBC, “Q.”   

Lisa writes, “It made me cringe to see the guy from Corbin talk about how supposedly terrible Q is. It might not be relevant to his life, but I really enjoy the show. I enjoy learning about other cultures and hearing perspectives from outside the US, although Q is definitely still very influenced by the US and our media. It’s not boring, nor silly, nor pretentious. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a nice change from the other news only shows.”

EKU Camp Focuses on Social Skills of Adolescents

Jul 18, 2016
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    Teaching social skills can be carried out in a variety of settings.  A camp last week at Eastern Kentucky University helped eight adolescents interact in a different way.

New AmeriCorps Focus on Central Kentucky Self Sufficiency

Jul 15, 2016
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Kentucky will use six million dollars in federal AmeriCorps dollars to support 19 programs and more than a thousand members.  AmeriCorps supports service programs including those at EKU and Berea College.

Estill County Residents to Rally on Radioactive Waste Concerns

Jul 15, 2016
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The state attorney general’s office has determined there is insufficient evidence to seek criminal charges in the disposal of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill.

Still, a number of residents plan to rally this weekend.  Tom Bonny is with the newly created Concerned Citizens of Estill County.  “We’re just very concerned that this landfill could become a dumping ground for any and everything and would cause a risk to the citizens who live around it on all sides of it,” said Bonny.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Today, their focus is largely on children and family-oriented events.  

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

Ky. Expungement Law Takes Effect

Jul 15, 2016
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Kentuckians with certain felony convictions can now begin the process of having such Class D offenses expunged.  July 15th marks the first effective day of the legislation approved by lawmakers earlier this year. 

Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan expects thousands to seek removal of non-violent felonies.  “Once they get rid of that one felony, they’re going to come out from under an economic death sentence and their going to have a chance to provide better for their families and be even better contributors to their community,” explained Monahan.

Fayette Schools Plan Office for Educating Boys of Color

Jul 14, 2016
Stu Johnson
WEKU News

    

Lexington school officials have announced a new initiative aimed at addressing a long-standing perception of an "achievement gap" in public schools. 

It’s an issue that’s been studied, and debated for more than two decades.  A $600 thousand grant from the William R. Kenan Junior Charitable Trust will be used to establish an Office for Educating Boys of Color. 

SLC Featured a Familiar Face from Years Past in Frankfort

Jul 14, 2016
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After serving in Kentucky’s general assembly for almost three decades, David Williams was back among a large contingent of state lawmakers this week in Lexington.  The former Senate President is now a circuit judge in southern Kentucky.  Williams attended this week’s Southern Legislative Conference.  In his private law practice, Williams says he was filtered from a great many defendants.  “And now I see all these people with various challenges, drug addiction, conflict in their lives.  And, it really gives me an opportunity, at my age to have a little sympathy and empathy for what they are

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