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A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

EKU Finance Professor Says Dust Not Settled on Wall Street

Aug 26, 2015

An Eastern Kentucky University finance professor believes it could be another month before the dust settles on Wall Street.

Major Party Candidates for Lieutenant Governor to Debate in Midway

Aug 26, 2015

Midway University will host a debate next month between the major party candidates for Kentucky’s lieutenant governor. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky.

Lexington Officials Waiting to Hear from Feds on Park Funding

Aug 25, 2015

Lexington city officials are expecting to hear in September if they’ll receive a federal grant to help with a much talked about downtown park project.  The money would add $13 million toward construction of the Town Branch Commons linear park.  Mayoral Chief of Staff Jamie Emmons said Tuesday during a council work session that even if Lexington doesn’t secure the grant, plans for the project are likely to remain the same.  “No I don’t think there’s any scaling down of the project," Emmons said.

Stumbo To Propose Expanded Gambling Legislation

Aug 25, 2015

House Speaker Greg Stumbo will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky, with tax revenue from the businesses dedicated to public education, boosting the racing industry and shoring up the state’s ailing retirement system.

Under the proposal, the casinos would be operated by private entities and overseen by the Kentucky Lottery. They would be located in each of the state’s six congressional districts, plus one “at large” casino.

Colon Cancer Screening Grant to Focus on Appalachia and Louisville

Aug 25, 2015

Kentucky will receive over two and a half million dollars in federal money to boost the number of colon cancer screenings. The grant program focuses on at risk people in Appalachia and Louisville.

The money comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Over the next five years, state health officials will use the funds to focus on improving screening rates and outcomes, in terms of incidence and mortality.

The Kentucky Board of Education has advanced five candidates in its search for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday, who is retiring at the end of the month.

The Kentucky County Clerks Association has proposed amending state law so county clerks don’t have to sign marriage licenses.

Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses.

Volunteers for foster care review boards are needed in at least three dozen counties across the commonwealth.

    Berea College is being recognized for its educational value and the impact its graduates make. 

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Berea College first in the south for ‘Best Bang for the Buck.’  The school also places third nationally among liberal arts schools.

The college’s president says the southern Madison County school could teach other institutions a thing or two about affordability.

Rural Water Utilities Face Funding Concerns

Aug 24, 2015

More than 600 utility representatives are meeting in Lexington this week for the Kentucky Rural Water Association Conference. One of the most discussed topics is funding for water related improvements in rural areas.  Association Training Specialist Randall Kelly says many grant programs no longer exist.  Kelly says some rural utilities take out loans to pay for new water lines.  “That has to be budgeted for in their rates and so, some of these communities are poor communities, so they really can’t jack up their rates very much," Kelly said.  "It’s a tough balance.

Lexington to Host Broadband Conference Next Month

Aug 24, 2015


As efforts continue to wire both rural and urban communities across Kentucky, the city of Lexington is planning to host a broadband conference next month.  A major emphasis will be on the economic impact of broadband growth.

GED Diplomas to Kentucky Inmates Drop 89 Percent

Aug 24, 2015

Kentucky inmates earned dramatically fewer GED diplomas since the test switched in January 2014 from a paper-based test to a more rigorous version taken on a computer, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Keeneland Host Committee. In this week’s Focus on Business, he talks with Tom Martin about what’s in store for Lexington during the week leading up to the racing at Keeneland on October 30th and 31st.

The news story on the WEKU website headlined,  Judge Orders County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses by August 31st, received a number of comments in the Disqus area attached to the story.

Among those comments, one from a writer self-identifying as “Stryke,”  “So, in America, a land of laws, any little two-bit clerk can just pick and choose which ones he/she will abide by and enforce? Regardless of Supreme Court rulings? Have we gone utterly insane?” 

  African Americans were among the first settlers of Kentucky.  Since then, they have played significant roles as builders, entrepreneurs, politicans, doctors, soldiers….and the list goes on and on.

On this week’s show, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.  We’ll meet the people who made it happen and learn some of the facts and stories in this nearly 600-page volume.

EKU to Begin Ticketing for Tobacco Related Violations

Aug 23, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Beginning next month, anyone caught smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco on Eastern Kentucky University campuses could be ticketed.  EKU officials are cracking down on offenders after declaring all campuses tobacco free more than a year ago.

EKU 2015 Freshman Class One of School’s Largest

Aug 21, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus is overflowing with new faces. Friday is move-in day for what is expected to be one of EKU’s largest incoming freshman classes ever.  Don Garza of Springfield, Kentucky says his brother, already an Eastern student, encouraged him to enroll. Garza says he knows it will be a brand new experience.  “Meeting some new friends, just hanging out, different experience from high school, grow up a little bit,” said Garza.

Beer to Be Sold At Select EKU Football Games

Aug 21, 2015

Beer will be sold for the first time this season at select home Eastern Kentucky University football games. School officials say the decision to do so came after lengthy consideration. 

Rich Copley: Pedal Pubs, Crave, & Ancient Warfare

Aug 21, 2015
Rich Copley, via Twitter

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.

A nonprofit association that advocates for hemp growers is hosting an annual conference with a keynote address by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Work Begins on $80 Million Facility at Georgetown Toyota Plant

Aug 20, 2015

A groundbreaking at the Georgetown Toyota plant this week signaled the start of construction of an $80 million production engineering campus. Toyota is consolidating engineering services for vehicle assembly at the Georgetown complex. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg says, once completed, some 700 engineers will work at the new facility.  “The engineers that we’ll have at Georgetown aren’t product engineers, but they’re process," Hesterberg explained.

Kentucky Center For School Safety Releases Report

Aug 20, 2015

This year’s school safety data report has been released.  Drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern.

Rob Canning

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin said again this week that some recipients of welfare benefits should be tested for drugs as a condition of receiving public assistance.

Recent allegations against Planned Parenthood have resulted in calls for de-funding the non-profit provider of family planning services.  Among them is Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.

Work on New Lexington High School to Resume

Aug 19, 2015

Construction of a new high school in Lexington is expected to resume soon.  A building permit is expected to be issued this morning. 

The judge in the lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis says the clerk will have to resume issuing marriage licenses by August 31 unless an appeals court says otherwise.

Pickleball Comes to a Lexington Park

Aug 19, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The game of Pickleball is now officially a part of Lexington’s park system.  The dedication of six outdoor pickleball courts took place Wednesday at Kirklevington Park.

Pickleball is described as a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played with small paddles, a whiffle ball, and a low net.

Lexington council members should be expecting a request in the next week or so to hire an architectural firm to design new uses for the old courthouse.  Council was updated on the project during Tuesday’s work session.   Jenifer Wuorenmaa with the Chief Administrator’s Office says the plan is to form a for-profit general partner to take advantage of tax credits.  “This project has to sort of work together with exterior work, some internal work, and some roof replacement so we can start spending money and capturing as much of those expenses as we can," said Wuorenmaa.