Gov. Bevin Forms Criminal Justice Task Force

Jun 21, 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin said he wants Kentucky to “lead the way” on criminal justice reform and has appointed a council tasked with producing legislative ideas for next year’s General Assembly.

The 23-member committee includes state officials, legislators and advocates from around the state.

Bevin said the state’s laws need to be changed to save money and allow those convicted of crimes to more effectively rejoin society.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and went to jail.

Officials Focus on Lightning Safety

Jun 21, 2016

Lexington Emergency Management officials says one-third of lightning injuries occur indoors.  This information comes during  Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

Men are five times more likely than women to be struck by lightning. It may seem that lightning strikes themselves are rare, but the fires and deaths they cause are a very real problem.

Louisville National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Sharp says  although only ten percent of people who get hit by lightning die, the rest are left with lifelong injuries.

Contraband Search Conducted at Kentucky Prison

Jun 20, 2016

    Kentucky prisons will be the site of ‘contraband’ searches over the next several years.  Such an inspection took place at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex Monday.

Correctional Emergency Response Team members come from several prisons across the Commonwealth.  


State Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard says the inspection turned up homemade weapons and homemade alcohol.  “You know, it’s their job to sneak it in and it’s our job to catch it.  So, it’s just an industry issue that we just got to stay on top of,”


Judge Rules Louisville Can Move Confederate Monument

Jun 20, 2016


A judge says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer can remove a confederate monument near the University of Louisville campus.

The mayor and U of L President James Ramsey announced plans to remove the statue in late April, but a group headed up by the Sons of Confederate Veterans challenged the move, saying the monument was protected as a designated historical object.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell called the group’s legal arguments “dishonest.”

With Executive Power Expansions, Gov. Bevin Draws Lawsuits

Jun 20, 2016

Only six months into his first term in office, Gov. Matt Bevin is involved in an array of lawsuits, some of which may have ramifications long beyond his administration.

Executive orders made by Bevin have raised legal questions about the limits of the executive branch’s power in the state — power that has been flexed more by some governors than others.

Former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson said Bevin is set on reestablishing the “preeminence” of the governor’s office.

Hot Mess: How Fracking's Radioactive Waste Wound Up Near Homes & Schools

Jun 20, 2016

The energy that lights up, turns on, cools and heats our lives leaves... a trail of waste. And the waste from the gas drilling known as “fracking” is often radioactive. Reporter Glynis Board and the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity found that spotty regulation of this “hot” waste creates ripe conditions for improper disposal. 


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Diane, of Wilmore, emailed us, ”I was so glad on Sunday, 6/12/16 to hear that the news stayed on the tragedy in Orlando and preempted the lame replay of Prairie Home Companion.   I drive home from Berea to Lexington most Sunday afternoons and always tune to another channel to avoid the Prairie Home Companion.” 

Later in the week, in fact on Friday after the week’s detailed coverage from NPR, Susan, from Corbin, posted on Facebook, “"Enough already on the mass shootings.”

In early May, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky convened a variety of stakeholders in Kentucky’s Medicaid program to gather feedback on Kentucky’s plan to apply for a federal waiver that allows states to test and evaluate new ways to provide Medicaid. Tom Martin talked about the outcome of that gathering with Foundation President and CEO Susan Zepeda.

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Temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90’s Monday and that can mean a health risk for outdoor pets.  That’s especially the case when humidity levels spike as well. 

Lexington Humane Society Development Manager Ashley Hammond says there’s not a specific temperature for specific dogs when the risk is highest., “If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet. You want to make sure you limit the time that they spend outside if the humidity level is high as well as the temperature is high."

Lexington Jail Staff Respond to Questions About Work Environment

Jun 20, 2016


Over 90% of Lexington’s sworn jail staff have been quizzed about their work environment at the detention center.  Council committee members were briefed last week.

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A concert featuring the music of Berea-based Sam Gleaves kicks off the 2016 season of our eclectic music series Kentucky Summer Stage.  

Sunday evening's broadcast at 8:00 pm features the Virginia-native singer/songwriter accompanied by: Tyler Hughes, Deborah Payne, Stephanie Jeter and Cory Shenk in a January 31, 2016 concert at the Bluegrass United Church of Christ in Lexington.

U.S. Senate Action Seeks Munition Disposal Alternatives

Jun 17, 2016

    Efforts focusing on developing new methods for disposal of conventional munitions continue in Washington.  The legislation would likely impact operations at the Blue Grass Army Depot. 

The U.S. Senate this week approved the National Defense Authorization Act.  It included a provision seeking alternatives to open air burning and detonation of hazardous munitions waste.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will step down, according to Gov. Matt Bevin.

The governor made the announcement during a news conference Friday morning. He also said he would reorganize U of L’s board of trustees.

“The intent is to give a fresh start, to improve the economies, the efficiencies and the administrative abilities of this board to govern the University of Louisville, because its health and its vibrancy is a critical part of the commonwealth,” Bevin said.

Lexington Council Backs $345 Million Budget

Jun 16, 2016

    Lexington’s city council has overwhelmingly given final approval to a $345 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  One item Thursday night did generate significant discussion prior to the vote.

Several council members offered high marks for the budget and the budget building process.  Council member Kevin Stinnett says significant gains are seen in funding for paving, police and fire, storm water, and code enforcement.  “Really worked with council before the budget came out to make sure we had in there what the citizens are calling us for,” said Stinnett.

Lexington Officials Offer Pet Preparedness Advice

Jun 16, 2016

In times of disaster, many Kentucky pet owners are hesitant to part with their dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, or other animal. June is National Pet Preparedness Month.  Safety suggestions came Thursday during an event at the Lexington Humane Society.  John Bobel, with the city’s Division of Emergency Management, says during an emergency many people want to take their pets with them.  “If they’re not sure whether or not a shelter or facility has capabilities for their pets, they will stay at home.  And in some cases, that’s very dangerous.”


Lexington Photographer Keeps Her Lens Focused on Rodeo

Jun 16, 2016


Lexington’s second Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event is this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The Rotary Club-sponsored event is sure to catch the eye of one local photographer.

Formation of Elder Abuse Task Force Announced

Jun 16, 2016

Attorney General Andy Beshear held a ceremony in Frankfort Wednesday to honor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event was also was to announce the formation of the Elder Abuse Task Force.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry Harvey came together with the attorney of the Western District to represent two of ten districts across the nation selected for the Elder Justice Task Force. Its purpose, Harvey says, is to protect the elderly from a host of problems such as abuse and neglect in nursing homes, and identity theft.

Kentucky River Sweep Cleans Up in 18 Counties

Jun 16, 2016
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The Kentucky River Authority is credited with cleaning up many Kentucky waterways through its volunteer-driven River Sweeps. This weekend’s sweep at Ft. Boonesborough will add to a list of water quality successes.

Ky. Appeals Court Orders Lexington Clinic to Halt Abortions

Jun 16, 2016

A Kentucky appeals court Wednesday ordered a Lexington clinic to stop performing abortions until it gets a license from the state.  Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says EMW Women's Clinic has been performing abortions without a license.      

The clinic's owner says he is exempt from the licensure requirement because the clinic is a private physician's office. Bevin sued, asking a judge to force the facility to close.

Lexington Council Appears Ready to Act on Recreational Zoning

Jun 16, 2016

    Lexington leaders appear ready to move forward with a recreational zoning text amendment.  It’s been a point of discussion for the past few years.

The establishment of a zipline service in a rural section of Fayette County a few years ago started the discussion about permitted recreational uses.  Members of the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee voted this week to make uses like canopy tours, hiking trails and canoeing conditional. 

Gray Calls for Action on Assault Weapon Legislation

Jun 15, 2016

U. S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says Congress should be doing more to prevent terrorist-related gun violence.  The Democratic challenger held a news briefing outside Senator Rand Paul’s Lexington office Wednesday. 

Gray told reporters he thinks people are distressed over continuing to see the headlines like they saw and heard on Sunday morning.  “We need to be doing something,” said Gray.

Parents of Murdered Children on Eastern Standard

Jun 15, 2016

  Grieving the death of a loved one is hard enough, but the matter is further complicated when the family member or friend has been murdered. With the recent news of mass shootings, more parents are left trying to pick up the pieces when their children are killed.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, stories of those who have lost children to homicide and a Kentucky chapter of a group working to help Parents of Murdered Children.

Proposed Lexington Sports Complex Draws Opposition

Jun 15, 2016

Proposed funding to construct a multi-sport complex near the Versailes-New Circle road area is drawing criticism from residents living close to the site under consideration.  Tom Creech told city council members Tuesday the 130 acre site had been considered for a traditional park project.  “We’re kind of thrilled to see that you all are gonna put seven million in the budget. We just like to see this kind of park for all the people instead of a commercial development,” said Creech.

Retired Miners Rally for Health Benefits

Jun 14, 2016
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    An estimated 3500 retired coal miners and their families rallied on the issue of pension and health care benefits Tuesday in Lexington.  The participants were trying to get a message to Washington.

Retired miners filled Heritage Hall to lobby for the  Miners Protection Act.  It includes provisions related to preserving health care benefits.  The legislation comes following bankruptcy filings by certain coal companies.  

Pilot Study on Jockey Injuries Begins this Summer

Jun 14, 2016

    A pilot study could lead to increased standards for health and injury care for jockeys. The University of Kentucky-Jockey Guild review covers a three-year period.

The study is the first of its kind within the horse racing industry. There is no current database for tracking when a jockey has any type of injury, especially dangerous concussions.

School Resource Officers Say Social Media Issues Loom Large

Jun 14, 2016


School Resource Officers from across Kentucky are meeting at Eastern Kentucky University.  They are being briefed on everything from constitutional rights of students to social media trends.

Kentucky Tax Revenues Down In May

Jun 13, 2016

Despite a strong showing during the first 10 months of the year, tax revenue was down last month in Kentucky, dashing hopes of a sizable surplus at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

State revenues are still expected to have grown by 3.9 percent over the fiscal year, slightly above the rate the state estimated and budgeted for of 3.2 percent.

“Monthly revenue collections were hampered by declines in several accounts, some expected and some not,” state budget director John Chilton said in a news release.

Study: Kentuckians’ Views On Climate Change Based On Politics

Jun 13, 2016

A survey has found some interesting takeaways about Kentuckians’ attitudes toward climate change, including that the biggest influence on beliefs may be political affiliation rather than scientific knowledge.

There have been numerous studies about attitudes toward climate change around the country, but very few have looked at Kentucky specifically. For her master’s thesis at Kentucky State University, Jennifer Hubbard-Sanchez surveyed 229 Kentuckians about their climate change beliefs and knowledge.

Listener David reacted to a comment we aired last week, critical of the show “Q” from the CBC which we air weekday afternoons at 2:00, “I just, a minute ago, heard a comment that you aired from a listener about the program “Q” which I find wonderful and lively and unpredictable.” 

David continues, “I think that we benefit from hearing programs that are not simply from the U.S. but in this case Canadian. I’m a real supporter of that program and astonished by his negative reaction to it.”