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4:39pm

Wed April 15, 2015
All Politics are Local

Judge Denies Requests to Seal Depositions in Harassment Case

Kentucky Rep. Sannie Overly (D-Paris), left, speaking with Rep. Johnny Bell (D-Glasgow)
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A Franklin County judge has denied the request of lieutenant governor candidate Sannie Overly to seal her deposition in a legislative sexual harassment case.

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10:26pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Backs Downtown Management District Proposal

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Lexington city leaders are moving forward with plans to establish a downtown management district.  Businesses and residents in the designated area would be facing additional taxation.

The idea of the management district is to bolster safety, cleanup, and landscaping efforts within the boundaries.  Lexington Downtown Development Corporation President Drew Flemming is helping to lead the charge.  "We'll have increased power washing, gum removal, graffiti removal, bottles and cans on a daily basis," said Flemming.

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5:12pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Sports

Western Suspends its Swimming and Diving Programs

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WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately. The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.

The move comes after investigations by the Bowling Green Police Department and university uncovered evidence of violations of WKU’s Student Code of Conduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Assault Policy.

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5:09pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Health and Welfare

Rainfall Persist Across Commonwealth This Week

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Rain is continuing to fall in many parts of Kentucky. Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says so far, no formal requests for assistance have come from county governments.  He says residents are dealing with the third wettest spring on record.  "The ground is wet and has remained wet all spring and until we get a good solid week of sunshine, I think our water tables are gonna stay high and the ground is gonna be saturated,"  said Rogers.

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4:59pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Crime

Pulaski County Drug Roundup

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A drug roundup in Pulaski County is targeting lower-level dealers ahead of future efforts against higher-level offenders.

Forty-seven drug-related indictments with nearly 70 felony charges have been handed down this week by a local grand jury. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Karl Clinard says this week’s efforts by federal, state, county, and city law enforcement groups have been aimed at those selling prescription pills and methamphetamine, with a growing number of heroin dealers also targeted.

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3:36pm

Fri April 10, 2015
State Capitol

Motion Filed to Intervene in Sexual Harrassment Lawsuit

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The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and The Courier-Journal have filed a motion to intervene in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the Legislative Research Commission by two former staffers of the agency.

The media organizations are trying to bring to light depositions of former Legislative Research Commission director Bobby Sherman and state Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat.

Overly is scheduled to be deposed on Monday and Sherman was deposed on Wednesday. They have tried to keep the depositions sealed, citing privacy concerns.

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3:30pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Education

Kentucky Education Reform: 25 Years Later

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Education advocates say Kentucky still suffers from inadequate education funding 25 years after the legislature passed sweeping reforms.

The Kentucky Education Reform Act was signed into law 25 years ago this week and served as a model for national reforms. It included a $1.3 billion tax increase, gave parents a say in hiring principals and launched a daring, first-of-its kind accountability system for teachers based on how much children were learning.

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3:26pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Health and Welfare

Why Are People More Dismissive Of Smokers Than Those Who Are Overweight?

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More Kentuckians are supportive of higher insurance rates for smokers than for those who are obese, according to a new health issues poll.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky conducted the study which found a majority of non smokers and former smokers agree higher rates are justifiable for smokers.

Murray State University psychology professor Sean Rife says part of that difference is that people see smoking as an active choice while obesity is more complicated.

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3:19pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Thousands of Tree Seedlings to be Planted in the Kentucky Horse Park This Weekend

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More than a thousand people are expected at the Kentucky Horse Park tomorrow morning for the 17th Reforest the Bluegrass event.  John Saylor, a senior arborist in Lexington, says there will be streamside tree plantings.  "We've had a lot of rain this week, so a lot of standing water, a lot of flooding pooled up in certain spots out there in the placing area.  Basically those trees will absorb that water and you won't have as much runoff going right into the channel," said Saylor.

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5:28pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Sports

New EKU Basketball Coach Says Up-Tempo is His Style of Play

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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach says a 'family' approach is what he's bringing to his new job.  Dan McHale says he'll be fully engrained on campus and in the Richmond community.

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5:25pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington City Officials Seeking Community Involvement in Park Programming

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exington Park officials are working to form community partnerships to help with programming and facilities planning.  The matter was discussed earlier this week during the city council's General Government and Social Services Committee meeting.  Council member Amanda Mays-Bledsoe says park interests vary throughout Lexington.  "Not every kid in certain neighborhoods need ballparks,” said Mays-Bledsoe. “They might need softball fields.  They might need just green space for kickball or for Frisbee golf.  So, I'm encouraging not just to improve what we already have."

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4:37pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Health and Welfare

Hundreds of Breast Cancer Survivors Gather at Keeneland

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Breast cancer survivors from across Kentucky met at Keeneland Wednesday. They participated in Pink Day, an annual event held in conjunction with First Lady Jane Beshear's Horses and Hope Program. Kentucky Cancer Program Director Debra Armstrong says for some breast cancer survivors, it's their first day at the track. 

"The race tracks have developed a bit of a following of women, who are now coming in from all across the state and have found that this is a very exciting event and they feel a part of it," said Armstrong.

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4:35pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Sports

New Head EKU Basketball Coach to Be Introduced Thursday

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Eastern Kentucky University's new men's basketball coach has a wide range of Kentucky-related experience. 

Dan McHale will be formally introduced tomorrow Thursday morning on the Richmond campus.

Dan McHale comes to EKU to head up the men's basketball team from Minnesota where's he's been an assistant to Richard Pitino.  The New Jersey native got his first coaching start as a staff assistant to University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  He also served as a student manager at UK for four seasons.

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4:34pm

Wed April 8, 2015
All Politics are Local

Fallout from Attack Ads Surfaces at GOP Gubernatorial Debate

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Kentucky's Republican primary for governor has turned negative with the airing of attack ads by an outside group supporting Hal Heiner's campaign.

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9:57am

Wed April 8, 2015
Education

Head of Prichard Committee Stepping Down to Address Health

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The executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is stepping down next year to address health issues.

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9:07am

Wed April 8, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Proposes Increased Spending on Capital Projects

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is proposing millions of dollars in new capital investments as part of his budget.  The mayor's spending plan represents a three and a half percent increase over the current budget.

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9:53pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Health and Welfare

Flood Related Road Repairs Still to Come

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Last week's heavy rainfall is still impacting travel in many sections of Kentucky.  The forecast of additional rain this week only serves to complicate the situation.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says sections of four roads and four bridges remain washed out.  "Any time something like that happens, it obviously has a bad effect on people who may depend upon that roadway to get back and forth between home and work or school or whatever," said Wolfe.

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3:34pm

Tue April 7, 2015
All Politics are Local

Paul Set to Challenge Washington and GOP Establishment

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As he launches his presidential campaign, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is delivering a challenge both to Washington and to his fellow Republicans.

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8:02pm

Mon April 6, 2015
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Eastern Standard: Remembering the End of the Civil War

This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."

On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.

Our guests this week:

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5:37pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

March Madness Can Bring On Unhealthy Stress

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March Madness may come to an end with the crowning of NC AA champions in men's and women's basketball, but the stress along the way can be significant for coaches, players, and even fans.  Georgetown College Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter says, usually, that stress is not lasting.  He cites the case of his wife, who, like University of Kentucky fans, felt the sting of a loss to Wisconsin.  "She's a die hard Arizona basketball fan," said Carter.  "I mean she was completely destroyed after Wisconsin beat them.  I mean, so much so, that she couldn't even function that night.  Bu

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5:34pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor Appoints Community and Education Advocate to City Council

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The newest member of Lexington's City Council is coming on board just in time to hear the mayor's budget address Tuesday. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named James Brown to serve as council representative for the downtown first district.  Brown says he brings level headed decision making to the council and a willingness to listen to other views.  "When there's a call for leadership, I believe it's our responsibility to answer that call,” said Brown.  “My network of friends, family and mentors have prepared me for the opportunity that I have today."

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5:30pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Health and Welfare

Fayette Health Department's HANDS Program Used to Help Prevent Child Abuse

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April is child abuse prevention month in Kentucky. A commemoration ceremony was held Monday at the Fayette County Health Department on Louden Avenue.  Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says an in-home visitation program offers the opportunity to counsel new parents on proper discipline.  "Particularly in terms of child abuse, they're working to differentiate between proper punishment and when it veers into excessive punishment and into abuse," said Hall.  "You want to make sure parents know the difference." 

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4:22pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Firefighters Still Tending to GE Appliance Park Fire

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A reduced crew of firefighters remains on site at the fire that broke out Friday at General Electric’s Appliance Park in Louisville.

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4:18pm

Mon April 6, 2015

6:00am

Mon April 6, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Correcting Performer's Name & What About a Kentucky Center Stage Archive?

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Robert wrote to us, “I was wondering if Kentucky Center Stage programs are archived for any period of time, so that one can listen to them from the website after they are broadcast."

Robert explained, "I was a soloist (Evangelist) for the St. John Passion, but was occupied and unable to stream it from the website (I’m out of radio range). I wondered if I can listen to it later, like Millenium Stage on the Kennedy Center’s website.”

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11:13pm

Sun April 5, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Mayor to Unveil Budget Plan Tuesday

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday will unveil his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year.  The spending plan is expected to call for resources for additional construction.

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11:09pm

Sun April 5, 2015
Crime

Lexington Police Working to Recruit More Women

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The Lexington Division of Police is working to increase the number of women on its force.  A Women's Law Enforcement Symposium is scheduled for Saturday at the police training academy.  Varinka Ensminger heads up recruitment and training at the academy.  "Women generally use less use of force incidents because a lot of times they are able to relate to incidents, particularly domestic violence type incidents where they are able to de-escalate situations," said Ensminger.

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3:27pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Health and Welfare

Flooding Drives Some Louisville Residents From Their Homes

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At about 4 a.m. Friday morning, Nathan Milner sloshed through waist deep water surging into his ground-floor apartment in the Bashford Manor neighborhood.

The water came in fast, said Milner, 25. Within 30 minutes, maybe less, the cold, dirty water inundated the small, two bedroom apartment he shares with five other people.

“Water was just gushing in,” said Deann Henderson, who also lives at the apartment.

 

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3:05pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Joshua Bell with UK Symphony, and Where to Watch NCAA Action

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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 events.

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2:11pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Health and Welfare

Police Presence Part of NCAA Gatherings in Lexington

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Lexington's Limestone Avenue is likely to once again be a loud and active spot this weekend.  The downtown street is a well-known hot location for University of Kentucky basketball fans. 

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