Kentucky is one of five states chosen to investigate ways to reduce smoking among people with behavioral health issues. In June, a group from Kentucky will participate in the Policy Academy in Maryland. Mary Begley is state Commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. "I believe that the goal is to just unite the leadership at the state level to come together, to pull our resources, our knowledge so that we're all moving in the same direction," said Begley.
A Lexington third grader now has a bit of a head start on building her college fund. Anna Curry is one of six winners of the 'Dream Out Loud Challenge.'
Curry attends Sandersville Elementary. She wrote an essay for the challenge about ways to change the world after college. Curry suggested weekly 'kindness clubs' in schools. "I hope it would work so nobody bullied anybody else and everybody would be nice to each other and kind to each other," said Curry.
The future of the former People's Bank building located on Lexington's Harrodsburg Rd. is among the items up for debate in the city's budget. The mayor's financial plan includes $150,000 to help with the proposed move of the building, possibly to a site on High St. Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen says once moved, the building could be used for community outreach. "A key thing for me was, are we just gonna move this and have it just be sitting there vacant?" said Paulsen.
NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest for this week's show, recorded May 1, 2015 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington,
NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.
Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.
What is Kentucky’s leading export industry? If I told you that it’s manufacturers of products for the aviation and aerospace industry, would you be surprised? In 2014, Kentucky Aerospace exports quietly surpassed far better known industries such as automotive and bourbon. Robert Riggs is founder and current board member of the Kentucky Aviation Association. He spoke with Tom Martin.
Lexington city leaders are continuing efforts to boost ridership on Fayette County's mass transit system. New General Manager Carrie Butler says Lextran expects to welcome its five millionth customer next year. Butler addressed council last week. "We really would like to improve our travel time down some of the major corridors," said Butler. "That will allow us to operate our vehicles at the same level, but have them travel down the roadways faster."
The home of beep baseball is officially open and active this Memorial Day weekend. A one-of-a-kind playing field was dedicated Friday in Frankfort. Beep baseball is a way of giving visually-impaired players more opportunities on the field. The modified game features a sound-emitting ball and buzzing bases.
Two multiple-inch snow events this past winter are causing Lexington city leaders to rethink snow removal strategies. The matter came before Council's Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee this week.
Public Works Commissioner David Holmes says, if Council members want to see more done in neighborhoods, there could be additional costs. "I think that's gonna depend on how deep into the neighborhoods the Council wants us to get and how quickly. We're working on the economics of that," said Holmes.
The upcoming season of "Broadway Live" and "Variety Live" at Lexington's Opera House will include a number of prominent shows. The combined eight-show lineup, announced this week, features seven Broadway musicals and one international dance performance.
With this the 39th year, Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin says there's an eye toward Season 40. “It's one of those crazy things where the first Broadway Live show happened in the spring of 1976, so it's like when do you really celebrate that, the year before the year after," said Franklin.
Officials with a central Kentucky based missionary program are continuing medical services in Nepal.
Nepal Pastor Babu Varghese is in the bluegrass to meet with Go International officials in Wilmore. He says several medical teams have traveled to his country since 2010. Varghese says health needs in villages are only intensified in the aftermath of the earthquake. "Many times people are very poor in the villages where they cannot get enough money to go and visit private doctors," said Varghese.
State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a re-canvass after he lost Tuesday's primary election to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes. Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count because it's almost entirely electronic. "In the old days it was much easier to transpose numbers, put them in different columns and so on, and lots of mistakes were uncovered," said Cross.
Lexington city leaders appear ready to move forward with plans to develop a linear park through the downtown area. Ideas for financing the $75 million Town Branch Commons project were discussed Tuesday at city hall. Council member Kevin Stinnett sees benefits to the plan, which includes water features and a bike-pedestrian trail. "I think this is one of those projects that comes along once in a lifetime for our city," Stinnett said. "It's transformational for our whole downtown and it will bring a new generation of people to downtown. It can be a destination."
The state's most prominent democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor. That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed.
The loser in Tuesday’s democratic primary for Kentucky governor remains intent on battling the overwhelming winner in court. Jack Conway received almost 80 percent of the vote. His opponent, Geoff Young, has maintained throughout the campaign that Conway and a few high ranking democrats rigged the election. "They've done this before,” said Young. “This is not that a small, a very small group at the top of the Democratic Party has tried to dictate to all democrats in Kentucky how things are gonna be."
Fayette County Health officials are continuing to wrestle with higher than usual gastrointestinal illnesses in both children and adults. The upcoming swimming pool season will bring with it another opportunity for the sickness to spread.
From left: Justin Bathon; Cynthia Warner; Susan Cintra and John Hingsbergen
A hundred teachers from across the country have been singled out for their successes in integrating digital technology into their schools. They have been named PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators. On this week's show we'll meet one of them, Susan Cintra of Madison Central High School, and other guests.
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On our website is the news story by WEKU’s Stu Johnson, headlined, Second Hemp Crop Planted in Ky.A reader, identifying as "Hemp Authority," commented, ”This will be a great test to see what actually comes of some serious acreage of hemp growth across the state. Hopefully the industry will come back strong and create many new jobs and tax dollars.”
Jack Conway, in his run for governor, is seeking to advance to a higher office for the third time in his career. The 45 year old Louisville native has been involved in politics for much of his adult life.
Conway has a political past. At age 25 he joined Paul Patton's gubernatorial campaign and served in the Patton administration. The two term state attorney general also made unsuccessful runs for Congress in 2003 and the U.S. Senate in 2010. Now, he has his eye on the governor's mansion.
Much of the media attention in the 2015 gubernatorial primary race for Kentucky governor has focused on the GOP contest. But, there's also competition on the democratic side. Retired state engineer Geoff Young is making his third run for public office. The longtime social activist feels he's fighting an uphill battle.
Work is continuing on Lexington's $100 million Newtown Pike extension project. City leaders received an update last week on the traffic and neighborhood revitalization effort. Eventually, one portion of the road extension will lead into the entrance of the UK campus. Traffic engineer Andrew Grunwald says in time, the project will lessen congestion in the downtown area. "When you open up the entire project it reduces the through traffic, which has a significant impact," Grunwald said.
Caps and gowns will be prevalent at both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University this weekend. The ceremonies come as the state is seeing a slowdown in the number of college graduations.