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The Kentucky Senate has added emergency first responders to the list of protected groups when it comes to hate crimes with a as 33 to 5 vote after much debate on the Senate floor Tuesday.


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A Lexington mosque has been the target of a bomb threat.  As WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, the Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

At Lexington’s Masjid Bilal Mosque Tuesday afternoon, prayer leader or Imam, Shahied Rashid is chanting a call to prayer.  

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Two state legislative resolutions calling for a national constitutional convention got a hearing Monday in Frankfort.  Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Chair Kenny Imes told the packed room no vote would come this session, but the issue would be studied over the next year. 

 Bowling Green Representative Jim DeCesare’s resolution contains balanced budget and state’s rights language.

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Proposed legislation that would institute performance-based funding for public universities and community colleges is now on its way to the floor of the Kentucky House not without an unsuccessful effort Tuesday to make changes in the budget committee.

Damon Thayer

A bill doubling the individual campaign contribution limit in Kentucky continues to move through the General Assembly, emerging from the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Monday.

Bill Aims To Reduce Deer Damage

Mar 7, 2017
Kentucky.com

The House is being asked to urge the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to take steps to help reduce deer-related property or vehicle damage in certain regions of the Commonwealth, after the Senate passed a bill Friday.


'Religious Expression Bill' Moving Forward

Mar 6, 2017
Kentucky.com

The so-called “Freedom of Religious Expression” bill is before Kentucky House members and likely to get a vote this week after winning overwhelming approval in the Senate.

Senate Bill 17 spells out permission for school students to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments or during school activities.   Elizabethtown Representative Tim Moore carried the bill in the House Education Committee.

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The Road To Recovery

On a recent gray winter morning Tomas Green drove the rain slick streets of Ranson in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. No matter the weather, Green helps transport clients working through addiction at the Jefferson Day Report Center get to their treatment sessions and meetings.


First up this week, a caller choosing to remain anonymous who left a message over the weekend, “I have listened to this station for about three months since I move here from Georgia. It is nothing but a repetition of the morning programs and nothing but begging, begging, begging for contributions."


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Kentucky lawmakers Friday gave final approval to a bill altering the state’s medical malpractice system.

It will do so by creating panels of medical providers to review claims of error or neglect.

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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This week they begin with a focus on the Bluegrass Trust Antiques and Garden Show.   

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo.com.

You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

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The so called "Blue Lives Matter" bill  to include police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians in Kentucky’s hate crime statute is on its way to the full Senate. The measure easily passed out of the Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday.

If the legislation is enacted, anyone who attacks first responders could face an additional finding of a hate crime.  It would give judges and parole boards discretion when it comes to denying probation in those crimes.

Kentucky.com

A Kentucky House bill that would prohibit shock probation in the case of fatal accidents caused by driving under the influence is heading for a vote in the full Senate.

Bill sponsor Robert Benvenuti told the Judiciary Committee Wednesday that Kentucky is one of six states that allows shock probation in such DUI cases.


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Proposed legislation regarding solar energy was passed over during a legislative meeting Tuesday. The bill concerned with net metering was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.


Nuclear Waste Bill Passes In Kentucky Senate

Mar 2, 2017
Kentucky.com

Proponents of nuclear power are hoping the seventh time is a charm at Kentucky's capitol.  The state Senate voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium preventing the storage of nuclear waste in the commonwealth. 

That action is viewed as opening the door to future nuclear reactor construction. Bill sponsor Danny Carrol admits, even with passage of this bill, such a project could be a decade away.


Hemp Bill Could Triple Kentucky Production

Mar 2, 2017
Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Senate voted Tuesday to make modifications to the state’s growing industrial hemp research program.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said the aim is to better align Kentucky’s hemp effort with federal research exemptions.  Quarles said that could put Kentucky growers in a solid position if the federal government approves broader hemp production.


Bill Could Increase Food Bank Donations

Mar 2, 2017
Kentucky Association of Food Banks

A legislative effort to expand primarily retail and farmer donations to Kentucky food banks is one step away from general assembly approval.  The House bill won backing from the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday. 

Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg said the bill ensures donors don’t face liability issues when making food donations.  She said it affects grocery retailers and individual growers.

“This bill also establishes and clarifies that the farmers would not be liable, unless there is intentional misconduct, for any of the food that they allow volunteers to come pick in their fields,” she said.

 As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley

after Obamacare. See more stories here >>

The health care sector has grown by more than 19,000 jobs in the Ohio Valley region. And some economists who focus on health care policy are warning that many of those jobs could well hang in the balance as Congress considers changes to the Act.

Cheri Lawson

A strong line of storms blew through Central and Southeastern Kentucky, Wednesday, knocking down power lines and trees and causing damage to several homes and businesses.

The wind blows hard through Donna Whittaker’s hair while she’s picking up the pieces to her home. The mobile home in Madison County where she and her husband lived was completely destroyed as high winds whipped through her neighborhood. Whittaker says it was pure chaos. “I was in the living room and all I could do was get under the coffee table because everything was falling.”

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly saw a rush of activity during a busy first week, with some major Republican priorities passing both the House and Senate without pushback.

As the legislative session continues, we’ll make our annual visit to the Capitol to talk with Senate Pres. Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover.


 

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Proposed legislation to better coordinate recreational trail development, especially in eastern Kentucky coalfields, is moving through the General Assembly.

A proposal to create the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority passed the full House Monday.

Debby Spencer is president of a Bowling Green-based development firm called We Make Things Happen. She said 20 county judges have signed on to the concept of the recreation authority.  In addition to trail development, Spencer said this entity could work to police, market, and maintain ATV, horseback riding, cycling, and hiking trails.


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A county clerk in Kentucky is backing legislation aimed at reducing the number of special elections across the 120 counties supporting a measure approved Monday by the House Election, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Bill Would Deny Shock Probation In Fatal DUI Cases

Feb 27, 2017
Kentucky.com

 

The Kentucky House is expected to vote this week on proposed legislation to prohibit shock probation in driving under the influence cases that involve fatalities, after the measure emerged from the House Judiciary Committee last week.

 


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Every Kentucky school would be required to have an automatic external defibrillator under proposed legislation easily passed in the Kentucky House Friday.  The bill  would also require that at least three people in each school be trained to use the device.

 

With refugee immigration to the United States much in the news, Tom Martin talks with Dana Lea, community engagement coordinator for the Lexington Division of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Mountain Comprehensive Care Corportation

Mike Caudill runs Mountain Comprehensive Care Corporation in five eastern Kentucky counties. Many of his 30,000 patients gained insurance through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. No one knows if or when those folks might lose coverage. But, Caudill said, the impact could be considerable.   


Listener Mary Ann emailed us, “I am wondering why you had nothing to say about the boil water advisory being lifted this morning. Not everyone plays with social media.” 

To Mary Ann: Although I am unable to document every instance, I know for a fact that we did mention the lifting of the boil water advisory at least a couple of times that morning.

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A controversial bill affecting the operation of the state attorney general's office won approval in the Kentucky House today and is expected to get a favorable reception as it moves to a vote in the Senate.

In addition to requiring the attorney general to explain why outside counsel is needed, the bill sets a cap at $20 million dollars that an attorney can recover in any given case. 

Providence Representative Jim Gooch said that can mean more dollars for taxpayers in large civil cases, “The more you have to pay one of these attorneys, the less money you’re going to get.”


Kentucky.com

The Kentucky House overwhelmingly approved anti-gang legislation today which that  to go after gang recruiters.  The measure, backed by a 91-3 vote would make gang recruitment a felony crime.  During floor debate the cost for additional prosecution and incarceration was estimated at $38 million. 

Lexington Representative Robert Benvenuti said cost of caring for hundreds of shooting victims runs hundreds of millions of dollars.

“What kind of a price tag should we put on the young men and women who are being slaughtered in our streets,” he said.

Copley/Hendren on Barber of Seville, Concerts, Dances, Film

Feb 24, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They begin this week by letting us know that the UK Opera Theatre is presenting Rich’s favorite opera.   

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

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