Lexington Council Hears Fire Station Recommendations

Oct 14, 2015

A comprehensive fire station location study in Lexington is not expected to result in any major changes anytime soon.  City council members heard the report during Tuesday’s work session.  Public Safety Commissioner Ronnie Bastin says the recommended consolidation of two downtown fire stations would come with some costs.  “The merger of the two stations that they mentioned, there’s a cost of having to do an addition onto one of the stations in order to house the equipment from the station that would be closed if that decision were made,” said Bastin.

Lexington Lawmakers Question Drone Use in Fayette County

Oct 14, 2015


The use of drones in and around Lexington is being discussed at City Hall.  Government officials say public use of unmanned aircraft is an evolving conversation.

61 Flags Fly Along Legacy Trail

Oct 13, 2015
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Lexington’s Legacy Trail now features 61 flags or ‘blazes’ designed by local artists.  The blazes are part of the Legacy Trail Public Art Master Plan.  They hang in clusters of three to five at 15 locations along the trail.  Jim Eichner is one of more than a dozen artists who participated in the project.  “I grew up on horse farms, and that was the theme of my design,” explained Eichner. “You might notice when you look at the flags, the cupolas flying and the fences in the forefront."

As Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign enters the final three weeks before the election, the latest poll shows Democrat Jack Conway with a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin. 

Statewide, 43% of likely voters support Conway while 41% back Bevin.  Six percent favor Independent Drew Curtis and ten percent are undecided.  Conway’s 2 point lead over Bevin is well within the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus four percentage points.

‘Pay What You Can’ Café Aims to End Hunger in Danville

Oct 13, 2015
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A restaurant offering a unique dining experience is attracting a crowd in Danville.  It’s called Grace Café and lunch there comes at a price, but how much of a cost is left up to the patron.  The restaurant’s founder says the objective is to reduce food insecurity in Boyle County.

AG Candidates Debate Voting Rights, Religious Freedom on KET

Oct 13, 2015

The two candidates competing to be Kentucky's next attorney general have differing views on the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it relates to the highly publicized actions of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.  Davis went to jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses for same sex couples. 

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The city of Lexington is preparing to celebrate the 100th birthday of Douglas Park.  Organizers hope the centennial celebration will bring more people to the west end grounds.

With only 22% of the public expressing a positive impression of the thoroughbred racing industry, the 2011 Jockey Club report on the state of the industry strongly suggested a new direction. One strategy is to open the horse farms of the Bluegrass to tourism.  Tom Martin talks with Anne Sabatino-Hardy, executive director of “Horse Country, Inc.“ the not-for-profit created to make that happen.

Last week’s Eastern Standard show featuring EKU’s President and emergency officials discussing the school’s reaction a threat posted in graffiti in a campus restroom received a lot of interest and attention. 

New Tracking Method for City Services in Lexington

Oct 12, 2015

In just a few weeks, Lexington leaf removal crews will begin making runs through neighborhoods.  Weather conditions can often result in altering the curbside pick-up schedule.  Deputy Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says new this year is ‘City-Gram,' a notification system that alerts residents of any changes.  “People can either get a daily text if their geographical area that they signed up for is being collected or they can get a weekly email, letting them know, hey zone A-3 is pending,” said Allen.

Earthquake Preparedness Takes Center Stage Thursday

Oct 12, 2015


The ‘Great Central U.S. Shakeout’ will take place Thursday.  Kentucky is one of 14 states participating in the earthquake preparedness event.

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  Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and other HEALTH complications in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the growing epidemic, and how we can reverse this trend.

Send us your questions or comments before the show to, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for Eastern Standard. Thursday morning at 11:00.

Transylvania University 26th President Formally Installed

Oct 9, 2015
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Seamus Carey has been officially installed as the 26th president at Transylvania University.  Carey, who came to the Lexington liberal arts school from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, has been on the job for more than a year.  

Lexington Officials Confirm October 31 as Trick-or-Treat Date

Oct 9, 2015

Trick-or-treaters in Lexington have options this year when it comes to the traditional Halloween activity.  The matter of a date for trick-or-treating has been an item before Lexington’s council more than once this year. 

Record Ticket Sales for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 9, 2015

The upcoming Breeders Cup Championships in Lexington is bringing in record ticket sales.  President Craig Fravel says sales have reached $19 million, surpassing the previous high of $10 million.  Fravel says that doesn't necessarily mean attendance will be a record breaker.   “You know we spent an awful lot of time and money creating a brand new campus over at Keeneland," he said.  It’s got a lot of trackside dining facilities, so it’s really more a function of high quality, high end seating arrangements."


Pharmacists across Kentucky are being trained how to properly administer the drug Naloxone.  University of Kentucky officials hope the potentially lifesaving medication will soon be available as a nasal spray.

EKU Football Moves to Georgetown Due to Security Threat

Oct 8, 2015

A security threat on the Eastern Kentucky University campus has prompted officials to move Thursday's football game to Georgetown College. 

EKU says the decision was due to an escalating threat after the discovery of graffiti on campus that threatened to "kill all" this week.

The venue change comes following an emotional loss to the University of Kentucky on Saturday. During this week’s OVC teleconference, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said senior cornerback Stanley Absanon held his own against UK. 

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Lexington city officials are recognizing a renovation project planned for a west end housing complex.  The Ferrill Square Apartments project is one of the first funded through the city’s Office of Affordable Housing.

EKU Cancels Classes, Closes Campus Due to Threat

Oct 7, 2015
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UPDATE 2:50 pm 10/7/15 

Eastern Kentucky University’s football game against Tennessee Tech University, scheduled for Thursday at Roy Kidd Stadium, is being moved to Toyota Stadium at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced Wednesday.

All previously issued tickets will be honored at the game.  All seating will be general admission, there will not be any reserved seats. 

Admission is free for all EKU students, with a valid student ID.


Eastern Kentucky University canceled classes through Friday, citing the escalation of a graffiti threat discovered in a campus building early this week.  An update from campus public safety Wednesday says while there is no evidence of imminent danger, there has been an escalation in the threat, originating from social media.

Campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday. Essential services will remain open, and police presence will continue to be increased.

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State officials on Tuesday unveiled the new ‘Cross Kentucky Master Trail Plan.’  The initiative aims to link all of the state’s recreational trails. Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear were at Lexington’s Issac Murphy Memorial Gardens for the announcement. Jane Beshear says the master trail plan is just the beginning. She says it’s difficult to say when the entire state will have a fully linked trail system.  “It just takes a long time because a lot of the trails end up going through private properties, so there’s a lot of negotiations," said Beshear.

Lexington Council Debates Cost to Research New City Hall Home

Oct 7, 2015


Lexington’s Council voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to spend almost $200,000 to study the feasibility of moving city hall to a new location.  A highly debated downtown project was drawn into the discussion.

Strengthening the financial security of state employee and teacher pensions is a priority of both candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next state auditor.  Republican Mike Harmon says new rules for new hires can help to stabilize retirement funds.  “Those that start new, if they start under a certain promise, then it’s okay to make that change,” said Harmon.

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Officials with Eastern Kentucky University are continuing their investigation of a threatening message found on campus over the weekend.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the message.

Campus police were notified late Sunday night of graffiti found inside a men’s bathroom stall in the Powell Building. The message wasn’t entirely legible but part of it reads “Kill all by 10/8/15.”

EKU classes are continuing as scheduled. In a campus wide email Tuesday, President Michael Benson said students with concerns about going to class this week should coordinate with faculty on making up work and excusing absences if they choose not to attend. 

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    For the first time in more than 75 years, the University of Kentucky is hosting a Thursday night football game.  The nationally televised contest is expected to impact thousands of area residents.

UK football is normally only played on Saturdays. But On Thursday October 15, the Wildcats will host the Auburn Tigers in an evening game.  Mayor Jim Gray says asking for those affected for their patience. “A lot of patience," added Gray. "Chief (Barnard) said a little bit of patience, I would say a lot of patience.” 

EKU Investigating Graffiti Threat, Reward Offered

Oct 5, 2015
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The Latest:

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 5, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  To that end, the EKU Police Chief contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI), Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Berea Police Department, to inform them of the threat and ask for their assistance by increasing patrols through campus and having a presence on campus through Thursday, Oct 8.

In a campus wide email on Monday, President Michael Benson said students, faculty and staff will not be penalized should they decide not to come to campus this week. EKU students will have to make up any missed work.

The Model Laboratory School will be closed for the remainder of the week.

On the station website at, listener Don wrote a comment in response to a news story by reporter Stu Johnson, headlined Eastern Kentucky Residents Steadily Moving Forward Following Summer Floods,  Don wrote, “Wonderful writing Stu! Keep reporting on life and living!”

Centre College Site of Gubernatorial Debate on Tuesday

Oct 5, 2015
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  The race for Kentucky governor will be decided in just over a month. Two of the three candidates will take center stage during a debate Tuesday night.

Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin will participate in an hour-long debate at Centre College.  Centre Assistant Professor of Politics Benjamin Knoll says debates typically do not sway allegiance.  “Because the type of people who spend an hour of their night on a Tuesday night to tune in to watch are the types of people who are already interested and likely already have a preference,”  said Knoll.

EKU Benefits from Game with UK go Beyond On the Field Play

Oct 5, 2015

As the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels prepare for an OVC matchup on Thursday, they are sure to still be talking about Saturday’s game in Lexington.  After leading by two touchdowns in the last quarter, EKU saw the University of Kentucky do just enough to win 34 to 27 in overtime. 

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk.

State Park Manager Gives 50-50 Chance of a Colorful Fall

Oct 2, 2015

    Mid-October is typically considered the peak period for viewing the changing colors in Kentucky trees.  It’s difficult to predict with any certainty the amount of color coming this fall.