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9:16pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Mining Engineer Says There May Be Lessons Learned From Turkey Tragedy

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Recovery operations continue as rescuers search for survivors of a mine explosion in Turkey earlier this week. At the time of the blast, there were reportedly just under 800 miners inside the western Turkey mine. 

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6:00am

Thu May 15, 2014
All Politics are Local

Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office.  The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor. 

In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry.  Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

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9:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Focus on Business

Lexington Officials Considering Horse Farm, Historic Building Tours

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    Lexington tourism officials are investigating introducing two new tours; one with a rural focus, the other urban-centered. 

The Blue Grass is known for its horse farms, but getting an up-close experience has typically been challenging.  Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jim Browder told city leaders this week there's interest in a new approach to horse farm tours.  

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9:45pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Focus on Business

Pikeville Looks to Zip-Lines to Further Tourism

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Pikeville officials hope an eight run zip-line fits well into their current efforts to boost tourism dollars in the eastern Kentucky community.  It will be situated in the city's Bob Amos Park. 

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5:56pm

Wed May 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week. 

The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but  Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.

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11:57pm

Tue May 13, 2014
All Politics are Local

Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Jim Gray

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape.  As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry.  Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.

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11:52pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Hundreds of Families Impacted by Family Care Center

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Lexington's Family Care Center is celebrating its silver anniversary.  

In 25 years, the center has helped hundreds of single mothers and their children.

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11:48pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

New, Expanded YMCA Coming to Lexington

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The YMCA of Central Kentucky is moving forward with plans for a new facility in Lexington's Hamburg area. 

President and CEO David Martorano says the new center will be built on Old Rosebud and should open in 2016.  "The Hamburg facility will be a full facility, amenity wise, very similar to some of our other Y's, similar to the Beaumont facility.  We'll have a full gymnasium, health and wellness center, group exercise studios, a lap pool, in addition to a warmer therapeutic pool with a recreational slide," said Martorano.

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11:57pm

Mon May 12, 2014
All Politics are Local

Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Anthany Beatty

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    A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday.   Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry.  Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.

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11:46pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky's Harsh Winter Causes Longer Wait for Harvest

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Central Kentuckians may be hankering for local produce, but the wait may be a little longer this spring.  A rather strong winter in many parts of Kentucky put a delay on plantings and the growing season.  

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5:22pm

Mon May 12, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Primary Election Preview on Eastern Standard

Thursday mornings 11:00 am til noon

While the 2014 mid-term election is a half a year away, Kentucky voters will go to the polls this month for a primary election.  On this week's show, we'll discuss the May 20 Primary with journalists covering politics in the Commonwealth.

Among the topics we'll discuss: The competition for the Democratic nomination for the Sixth District U.S. House;  the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Lexington Mayoral Race; and any other races of interest to our listeners.

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8:45am

Mon May 12, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Why Not Focus on Sustaining Donors?

Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call and leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

Thanks to everyone who entered our drawing for tickets to Garrison Keillor's book reading and signing last week.  The lucky winners were Congratulations to Twitter follower Jeff Sames and Facebook friend and Melissa Blose.  We hope you had a good time.

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9:41pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Candidate Q & A: Sixth Congressional District, Geoff Young

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With the May Primary Election just a week away, we begin a week-long series of reports focusing on some of the political races.  Today, we hear from sixth district congressional candidate Geoff Young.   Mr. Young is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr.

WEKU'S Stu Johnson asked the one-time state Division of Energy employee and long time political activist what role should the federal government play in helping those in need.

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9:19pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Education

UK Finance Officer says Stanford Coal Divestment Not Likely to Cause Kentucky Ripples

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    A West Coast school's plan to stop investing in coal could cause a ripple effect among institutions of higher-education.  An official at one Kentucky university says such an approach would be unlikely in the Commonwealth, for more than one reason.

Stanford University announced last week that it will divest its almost 19 billion dollar endowment of all coal mining interests.  The University of Kentucky's Treasurer says it's not the

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9:12pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Could Enlist Private Help in Leaf Collection Efforts

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Lexington city officials are planning revisions to its leaf collection program this year.  Members of a Council committee got an update last week. 

Acting Public Works Commissioner Charlie Martin says snow events caused a disruption in the vacuum collection effort this past winter.  "and this year, they didn't start 'til after Halloween, but by Christmas we had had several snows and you don't have time for leaf collection anymore because now you're dealing with snow and ice, so you have a very narrow window in which to operate," said Martin.

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10:35pm

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

UK Moves Forward with Public-Private Food Service Partnership

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The University of Kentucky is preparing to enter into a public-private partnership for its student dining services.  It's been an issue debated for more than a year on campus. 

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10:32pm

Fri May 9, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Filing Claims Same-Sex Marriage Harmful to Economy

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In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children.  Supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

First, it was a matter of tradition, then a moral issue. Now, after courts across the country have thrown out multiple arguments in favor of banning same-sex marriage, the Beshear Administration is on the vanguard of a new logic: Dollars & cents.

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10:20pm

Fri May 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Officials Look for Cause of Fire That Killed Thoroughbreds

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A barn fire near Keeneland in Lexington has taken the lives of eight Thoroughbred horses.   Joe Best of the Lexington Fire Department says the call came in just before one a.m. Friday morning. 

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10:05am

Fri May 9, 2014
Business and the Economy

Lexington Examines Branding Options

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Lexington city leaders are examining branding options.  This week, Mayoral Senior Advisor Scott Shapiro laid out a "blue horse" logo option.  He says there is a proliferation of city-related logos with no standard.  "There are things that the city does that you all as council members fund that people of Lexington don't know that the city is responsible for," said Shapiro.

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10:02am

Fri May 9, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky's Electric Utilities Recruiting Veterans

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Kentucky's most prominent electrical utility is putting out a call for workers with military experience.  

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9:58am

Fri May 9, 2014
Sports

EKU and UK in Roundball this December

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Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky are slated to meet this December in regular season men's basketball action. 

Both schools were in St. Louis in March to play in the 2014 NC double A tournament. 

Eastern fought bravely against Kansas before losing by eleven.  UK beat Kansas State and Wichita State in its run to the championship game where the Wildcats lost to Connecticut. 

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6:00am

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

Ky. Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After Retirement

Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Michael McCall is the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—and he's among the highest-paid community college administrators in the U.S.

And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January. 

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job.  As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.

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6:00am

Fri May 9, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Studio Players Stage 'Perfect Wedding,' Film with Ky Connection & Moonshiner's Ball

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that it’s going to be another busy weekend across Central Kentucky, beginning with the opening of a play staged by “Kentucky’s oldest community-involved theatre.” 


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8:56am

Thu May 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Blasting Paves Way for Centre Point High-Rise Development

The Centre Point commercial development in the heart of downtown Lexington is in full construction mode.  It's a large scale project, recently redefined in scope, approaching a cost of 400 million dollars and including hotel-retail-office- and condominium uses. 

Centre Point Blasting Making an Impact Downtown

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11:13pm

Wed May 7, 2014
State Capitol

In Reversal, Ky. Leg. Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

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After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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10:48pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Park Barring Policy Gets Full City Hall Review

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A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked extended discussion Tuesday at city hall.  The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report.  A council committee approved the policy change. 

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9:05am

Wed May 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lextran Budget Constraints Remain Despite Ridership Increase

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Officials with Lexington's mass transit system have detailed budget figures before city leaders.   The bus system has grown substantially in dollars and services.

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11:09pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Business and the Economy

Lexington Leaders Consider Expanding Food Truck Options

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Lexington city leaders are looking into expanding where food trucks can conduct business.  A city council committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday to allow food trucks in professional office zones around the community. 

Division of Planning Director Chris King says proximity to neighborhoods should be considered.  "The only thing that does give me pause is that a lot of times P-1 are very close to residential and were set up and agreed to by neighborhoods as a step down buffer and if a food truck came in running a generator, generating smells, they might not be happy," said King.

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12:15pm

Tue May 6, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Announces Run for Governor

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.

“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team.The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”

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9:58am

Tue May 6, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Former Morning Edition Newscaster Jean Cochran

Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran joins  us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners. Cochran, who retired from employment with NPR after 33 years, is the special guest at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.


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