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5:50pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky is One of Five States Picked for Smoking and Behavioral Health Academy

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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.

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5:47pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Education

Lexington Third Grader Wins College Savings Account for Anti-Bullying Essay

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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.

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10:55pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Debates Funding for Social Service Agencies

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Lexington's city council is preparing to enact a new budget. A major part of the process is finalizing funding for area social service agencies.

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10:53pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Moving People's Bank Building Still Debated in Lexington

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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.

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5:22pm

Tue May 26, 2015
All Politics are Local

Bevin, McConnell Joint Appearances Will Have to Wait

Sen. Mitch McConnell (left), Matt Bevin (right)
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Kentucky Republicans waiting to see U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put his arm around his political nemesis Matt Bevin will have to wait a little longer.

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3:04pm

Tue May 26, 2015
-Eastern Standard

NPR's Don Gonyea on Eastern Standard

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.

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9:51am

Tue May 26, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Robert Riggs on the Aviation and Aerospace Industry in Kentucky

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.

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10:18pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lextran Eyeing Fare Structure, Route Frequency

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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."

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5:54pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

Teams from Across the Country in Kentucky for Beep Baseball Field Dedication

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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. 

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9:20am

Fri May 22, 2015
Education

EKU Planetarium Renovated

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Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium has undergone a significant facelift. 

Re-opening ceremonies were staged Thursday highlighting $160 thousand in equipment upgrades expected to make the 27-year-old facility more attractive to students and the general public. 

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6:05pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Consider Revising Snow Removal Plan

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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.

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6:02pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Opera House Announces Series Lineup

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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.

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11:06pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Faith and Values

Nepal Pastor Speaks Before Central Ky Missions Organizatio

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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.

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4:37pm

Wed May 20, 2015
All Politics are Local

Al Cross: Re-canvass Not Likely to Change Outcome in GOP Gubernatorial Race

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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.

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4:32pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Members Raise Questions About Downtown Linear Park Project

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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." 

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1:00am

Wed May 20, 2015
All Politics are Local

High Ranking Democrats Rally For Conway in State's Capital City

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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.

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12:55am

Wed May 20, 2015
All Politics are Local

Following Big Loss to Conway, Young Vows to Fight On in Court

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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."

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3:26pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Commonwealth

Ex-Security Guard Indicted in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Scheme

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A former security guard accused of looking the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery was indicted Tuesday.

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3:18pm

Tue May 19, 2015
News

Rockcastle County Crash Kills 2, Closes Southbound I-75

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Kentucky State Police in central Kentucky say two people have died in a crash that has shut down southbound Interstate 75.

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9:20pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Health and Welfare

Shigellosis Cases Remain High in Fayette County

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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.

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3:05pm

Mon May 18, 2015
All Politics are Local

Will T. Scott Embraces Longshot Role in Kentucky Governor’s Race

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Will T. Scott has trailed in the polls to be the next Republican candidate for governor, but he’s not giving up.

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2:59pm

Mon May 18, 2015
All Politics are Local

Hal Heiner’s Long Campaign Pushes Jobs and Battles Accusations of Dirty Politics

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Hal Heiner has been on the campaign trail since March of last year—62 weeks crisscrossing Kentucky to try and become the next governor.

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2:52pm

Mon May 18, 2015
All Politics are Local

James Comer’s Quest to ‘Pass a Bold Agenda’ Gets Bumpy

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Two weeks ago, the Comer-McDaniel campaign saw nothing but fair skies as the candidates flew to four Kentucky cities in one day, rolling out the final planks of their “Plan For All Kentuckians.”

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2:44pm

Mon May 18, 2015
All Politics are Local

Matt Bevin Finds Himself in Striking Distance for Ky Gubernatorial Nomination

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Matt Bevin has done laps around Kentucky in a messy black suburban, searching for his big political break.

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1:31pm

Mon May 18, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Digital Technology in the Classroom on Eastern Standard

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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6:00am

Mon May 18, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Response to Hemp Story, Outages at 90.9 FM

Send your Feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet or call 859-622-1657

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.” 

 

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10:53pm

Sun May 17, 2015
All Politics are Local

Jack Conway Hopes Third Try for Higher Office is a Charm

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    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.

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10:47pm

Sun May 17, 2015
All Politics are Local

Geoff Young: Outspoken on Issues and Party Process

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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.

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10:39pm

Sun May 17, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Phase Two of Newtown Pike Extension to Start By End of Year

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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.

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4:36pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Education

Graduation Ceremonies at EKU and WKU This Weekend

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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.

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