Charles Martin is Director of Lexington’s Division of Air and Water Quality. He manages the city’s settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to bring Lexington into compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. In essence, when it rains hard, the city’s storm sewers flow into its sanitary sewers. The resulting overflows have not been pretty.
The city is now well into the process of fixing this. Tom Martin spoke with Mr. Martin (no relation) about this enormous project in November, 2013. Now, one year later, time for an update.
Eastern Kentucky University is establishing an on campus emergency food pantry. Items for the Colonel's Cupboard will come from student and staff donations. EKU Assistant Director of Student Life-Services, Will Keaton says 21 percent of students surveyed said they've faced food insecurity issues over the past year. "The purpose of the cupboard is to provide short term food assistance boxes, while connecting our students to resources that help deal with the long term causes of why they may be facing food insecurity," said Keaton.
Monday is National Premature Awareness Day in the United States. University of Kentucky Neonatologist Doctor Hubert Ballard says he is seeing an increase in the Commonwealth in the number of infants born prematurely.
New meter display that allows station operators to confirm visually that all stations are on the air! From the top down, it's WEKU, WEKH, WEKF, WEKP and on the bottom, Classic 102.1 WKYL.
This past week, we shared with our Facebook followers a picture of some new equipment we have installed in the Master Control Room for the WEKU Stations. It’s an idea whose time has come, a set of volume meters that allow us to see the return air signals from the four WEKU news and information stations and also our music outlet, Classic 102.1.
It’s just one step in our recent efforts to make sure we are delivering a reliable signal for all our listeners.
The State Agriculture Committee heard an update last week on Kentucky's hemp pilot project. In September, researchers at the University of Kentucky harvested the first legal crop in decades. UK Plant Sciences Professor David Williams says there's growing interest in a variety of hemp supported products. "They're particularly interested in the vast of the long strong fibers for composite materials like car door panels, pseudo plastics, particle board type products, building construction materials," said Williams.
Kentucky's Automated Truck Screening Project usage is about to almost double at interstate weigh stations. There are currently five systems deployed at weigh stations throughout the state. The technology allows for automated license plate readings that can be used to determine if a truck has delinquent taxes or regulation violations.
A Kentuckian known for decades of public service in state government was publicly sworn inFriday as the Commonwealth's Lieutenant Governor. A public oath of office ceremony was performed before a packed rotunda at the state capitol for Crit Luallen. In her address to the audience, Luallen paid homage to the state's founding fathers. "We are here to carry out the hopes of those who could only dream of what lay ahead for our state, but laid these stones and built the foundation of a state government that would serve every Kentuckian in every corner of the Commonwealth with quality and int
Governor Steve Beshear leaves Saturday for an economic development trip to Japan. The governor's office says the trip marks an effort to strengthen and encourage international investment in Kentucky.
More than 160 Japanese facilities are situated in Kentucky, employing more than 40,000people. Governor Beshear says he's determined to extend Kentucky's successful track record for attracting Japanese companies. Foreign direct investment has played a key role in boosting the state's economy.
Hundreds of people gathered at Eastern Kentucky University Friday for the 9th annual Occupational Research Day. Ann Shoredike has worked for 20 years in EKU's Occupational Science and Therapy Department. Shoredike says injuries, severe illnesses, and an aging population across Kentucky are increasing the need for occupational therapists. "The ante's up all around. Everybody is half scrambling in a very studied way working to meet the demands from society, the demands as far as levels of knowledge, of expertise, and education," said Shoredike.
Even with temperatures taking a big dip this week, some folks still have a taste for ice cream. The cold treat was the main topic of conversation for hundreds of people this week in downtown Lexington.
While restoration work on downtown Lexington's Kentucky Theater continues, attention is also focusing on the adjacent State Theater. The issue was discussed this week at Lexington's City Hall. Some 600 thousand dollars has been raised privately by the Friends of the Kentucky Theater group. The city is investing 195 thousand dollars in Kentucky Theater improvements.
The European space probe landing on a comet is hitting home in central Kentucky. Watching it with interest is Suzanne Smith at the University of Kentucky. She heads the NASA Kentucky space Grant Consortium. Smith says one of the students involved in Kentucky's NASA program spent the past summer overseas at the European Space Agency. "I bet that she was involved with or met some of the people that were involved with this project and is truly excited for them and celebrating along with them as is everyone else," said Smith.
A University of Kentucky pediatric pharmacist is applauding attention given this week to health concerns associated with laundry detergent pods. Findings are being released following a two-year study conducted by researchers with Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital. According to the review, between 2012 and 2013, more than 17,000 children in America under the age of six were exposed to detergent pods.
Governor Beshear Announces Lung Cancer Collaboration in the Capitol Rotunda
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Studies show Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and the number of lung cancer related deaths in the Commonwealth is almost 50 percent higher than the national average.
A $7 million grant announced Wednesday is expected to help reduce Kentucky's lung cancer mortality rate. The program is called Kentucky LEADS- Lung Cancer. Education, Awareness. Detection. Survivorship.
Three Year Old Dalton Baker on G-EO at Cardinal Hill Hospital
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Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington is officially unveiling its newest piece of rehabilitation equipment. It's called G-EO and hospital officials say Cardinal Hill is only the second rehab facility in the U.S. to offer the technology. The G-EO is a robotic gait training system. Dr.
Members of a Lexington City Council Committee received an update Tuesday on operations at the Downtown Arts Center. The city's Parks and Recreation Department took over management of the center in July.
Lexington city leaders are considering expanding eligible sites for locating food trucks. Currently, the mobile food vendors are allowed only on certain public streets inside business zones. Planning Director Chris King says the change could move food trucks into office areas. "In the larger professional office projects like Corporate Center or Paragon Park, any of the larger ones like that, a food truck would be able to locate and serve the workers in that area as long as they were 500 feet from a residential use," said King.
An online personal finance social network is giving two Kentucky cities high marks on behalf of certain services available to veterans. In their survey of 100 U.S. cities in areas including military skill-related jobs and medical care, Wallet-Hub ranks Lexington 12th and Louisville 30th.
Brad Jones is a former Marine captain and the author of the novel Black Walls Turn Gray
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A new novel by a Lexington-based author Brad Jones addresses issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and care for our nation’s veterans. During this PTSD Awareness Month, we’ll hear more about the novel Black Walls Turn Gray and discuss the experiences of this former Marine who served in Afghanistan.
This program, during the week of Veterans' Day. is an encore of a show that aired this past June.
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Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."
Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.
Lexington played host for four days to about 140 Pakistani students. The group is involved in the United States Education Foundation in Pakistan. 27-year-old Affan Javed is a student at Columbia University. Javed is studying Public Administration in Urban and Social Policy. "And I think like over here the intention of the professor is to always make sure that you grasp the concept and not just the final product of it," said Javed.
Javed says this program offers an opportunity to share perceived realities of both the U.S. and Pakistan and 'bridge the gap of understanding.'
Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy. Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times. "And it's calling it an IPO, so it's an interpersonal protective order and it will be in chapter 456.
Eastern Kentucky University administrators are considering whether to allow beer sales at some school athletic events. The request comes from EKU's student government association. SGA President Kyle Nicholas says he envisions a designated courtyard site within the football stadium for beer sales. "Right now, there's a lot of people who stay at the tailgate during the game. They don't make their way into the stadium. They either stay out there or they leave to go home or go out to a bar. So, this is something to just bring people in," said Nicholas.
Join us this weekend for a special edition of Car Talk in remembrance of co-founder and co-host Tom Magliozzi. During this tribute version of the show, Tom's younger brother Ray will remember some of Tom's most spectacular moments.
You can hear this special program in Car Talk's regular time of 10:00 - 11:00 am Saturday or in a special time, Sunday afternoon from 4:00 til 5:00.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's bans on same-sex marriages, rolling back two rulings that opened the door for gay couples to have their unions in other states recognized and to be wed in the Bluegrass State.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panels' 2-1 ruling Thursday is the highest-level court victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage in the past year.