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4:57pm

Wed December 17, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear: Rail Companies Responsible for Track Safety, Maintenance

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Repair work is underway at the site of a train derailment in Paris which occured early Monday morning. 

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4:50pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Health and Welfare

Blue Grass Army Depot Considers Nerve Agent Disposal Changes

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Discussions are underway regarding proposed changes in the process of disposing chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The contractor is suggesting the elimination of a rinsing technique to reduce the chance of the processed nerve agent congealing. 

Project Manager Jeff Brubaker says rusty pipes are another concern.  "Water has been shown to react with GB agent and result in a very acidic material which could be corrosive to the internal piping systems," said Brubaker.

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4:24pm

Tue December 16, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

Credit transportation.ky.gov

    Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky. 

The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.

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4:19pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Officials Warn of Rise in Shigellosis Cases in Fayette County

Credit chfs.ky.gov

Fayette County Health Providers have seen a big increase this year in cases of shigellosis.  The gastrointestinal illness is a highly contagious form of diarrhea that is easily transmitted by person to person contact. 

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4:05pm

Tue December 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

Ex-Kentucky Mayor Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison

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A former eastern Kentucky mayor who was convicted of intentionally violating voters' civil rights during the 2012 general election has been sentenced to 90 months in prison.

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10:58pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Sports

New Bill Would Enhance Safety for Fast Pitch Softball Players

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Members of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly will be asked to toughen safety standards for girl's high school fast pitch softball.  The proposed measure would require the pitcher, plus players at first and third base to wear protective masks. 

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10:55pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Two Large Cranes Signal Activity Centre Point Development; Traffic Impacted

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

After weeks of little activity, crews began Monday building two big cranes at the Centre Point project site in downtown Lexington.  Developer Dudley Webb says the cranes, one 260 feet tall, the other 300 feet, will be up for some time.  "The big booms that swing are over the project site and they'll use those to load the concrete up into the site,” said Webb.  “And those will be up through completion of the project."

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6:44pm

Mon December 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Winter Weather on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments or stories about winter weather in the Commonwealth to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest or call 859-622-1657 and leave a voice message.
Credit transportation.ky.gov

Winter doesn’t start officially until this weekend but we’ve already had some tastes of the wind and the cold to come. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we ask the question What’s the Forecast: Winter Weather in the Commonwealth.

We’re interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

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5:30pm

Mon December 15, 2014
The Commonwealth

Train Derailment in Paris Sends Three Rail Cars Down Stoner Creek Embankment

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

An early morning train derailment near downtown Paris attracted numerous onlookers.  Repairs are underway and officials say the track could re-open relatively quickly.

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6:00am

Mon December 15, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Fund Drive Comments & NPR App

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

Leonard wrote, “Just wanted to inform you, incase you were not aware, that your station is missing from the NPR App from the list of stations. I would prefer listening through the app instead of finding the website because once the phone goes into standby mode, the website will stop streaming while the NPR App on iPhone will continue to stream whatever is planing. Please fix this by adding your station to the NPR App to make for an easy listening experience.”

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12:00am

Mon December 15, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: LaShana Harris on Product Development and Entrepreneurship

LaShana Harris is a mother, a lawyer, a business professional, and an award winning entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Babylocity, a Frankfort-based company that is developing innovative baby products for on-the-go moms.

Tom Martin talked with LaShana about the challenges and the rewards of having an idea for a business and then shaping and preparing that idea for the marketplace.

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11:08pm

Sun December 14, 2014
The Commonwealth

Water Impoundments on Kentucky Farms May Provide Drought Relief

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One of Kentucky's best known farm organizations is launching an effort to keep adequate water in the hands of farmers.  The Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group held its inaugural meeting last week.

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11:05pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Christmas Tree Farmers Face Challenges

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Kentucky Christmas tree growers can face a variety of challenges, both on the farm and in the marketplace.  In addition to weather, weeds, and threats of disease, the state's soil is suitable for only certain types of Christmas trees.  Marla Jackson, Office Manager at Hutton and Lloyd Tree Farm says customers also tend to want taller trees.  "The larger tree, the eight to 10 to 12 foot is now pretty much, there's about as many people buying the larger trees as there are the small trees," said Jackson.

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4:15pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Business and the Economy

Ark Amusement Park Officials Consider Legal Action

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The Christian group building a massive wooden ark in northern Kentucky is considering a court battle to fight the state's rejection of the project's tax incentives.

Kentucky's tourism secretary said this week that the ark project is not eligible for an 18 million tax rebate because employees would be screened on the basis of religion.

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1:52pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Faith and Values

Thousands of Wreaths to Decorate Kentucky Veterans’ Graves

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Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones Saturday at four state veterans' cemeteries.  The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 

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4:42pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Flu Activity Across Kentucky Reaches 'Widespread' Level

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State public health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu illnesses are now widespread.  That means increased flu-like activity or outbreaks are found in at least half of the regions in the state. 

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4:41pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Council Investigates Combining Health and Fitness Services for City Employees

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Lexington's Council is examining combining health, pharmacy, and fitness services for city workers.  Currently, employees utilize a health clinic and pharmacy situated off Leestown Road.  Council member George Meyers believes a comprehensive center could save tax dollars and improve employee health.  "And the more opportunities and reasons that we have for families to go work out, the more they're gonna do that, the healthier they are gonna be and the less it's gonna cost us, the taxpayer, in the long run," said Meyers.

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5:46pm

Wed December 10, 2014
The Commonwealth

Both Sides of Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Cases Push for Supreme Court Review

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed his support for the request that the U.S. Supreme Court consider the state's same-sex marriage cases.

The state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was upheld in November by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The plaintiffs, including Louisville residents, recently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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5:24pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Business and the Economy

Several Kentucky Post Offices to Feature Sunday Holiday Hours

Credit keyetv.com

Several Kentucky post offices this month will operate over the weekend. In an effort to help customers avoid long lines, the postal service will be open the next two Sundays.

Lexington's Blue Grass Station Branch off Lansdowne Drive will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. December 14th and the 21st .

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5:23pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Blasting Along Lexington's New Circle Road Expected to Stop Traffic Daily

Credit kentucky.com

For several weeks, mid-morning and mid-afternoon travel along a section of Lexington's New Circle Road is expected to be impacted by blasting operations.  The weekday blasting will take place as part of a major reconstruction project for more than two miles between Versailles and Leestown Roads. 

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1:54pm

Wed December 10, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Sustainable Energy in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Clockwise from left: Kenya Stump, Chris Woolery, John Hingsbergen, Bobby Clark.
Credit Richard Turner

In 2013, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we will be discussing sustainable energy initiatives in Kentucky and what alternative energy sources the state can support.  

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10:29pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Contemplates Restrictions for Community News Publication

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The distribution of the Lexington Herald Leader's Community News publication is being scrutinized by city leaders. 

The city council could move to specify how the paper is delivered.

Community News is a supplemental newspaper delivered to residents who do not subscribe to the Herald Leader.  Kif Skidmore represents the paper. "There is a first amendment right of free speech to distribute the publication such as the Community News as there is any kind of newspaper and even commercial publications," said Skidmore.

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10:17pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Ground Broken on LexTran's Future Home

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the new $26 million home of Lexington's mass transit system. The new building will house maintenance facilities as well as administration. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the new site is expected to greatly enhance efficiencies of the bus service.  "We'll have seven bays here, where we had two before,” said Gray. “So there's a likelihood that the turn, the cycle turn on maintenance will be faster."

The 54,000 square foot complex will sit on property once used by General Electric for its glass plant. 

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3:24pm

Tue December 9, 2014
The Commonwealth

Lawsuit Accuses Maker's Mark of False Advertising

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A lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising by promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

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2:57pm

Tue December 9, 2014
The Commonwealth

Ky Police Officers Refer to "Use-of-Force Continuum" when Subduing Subjects

Credit Dept of Criminal Justice Training

After the death of Eric Garner in New York City, police tactics have come under scrutiny on the national level. 

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2:17pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Protected Whooping Cranes Showing Up in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the federally protected whooping crane has been showing up in Kentucky and warns hunters the species is off-limits.

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2:06pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Education

Legislation Proposed to Help Close Achievement Gap in Lexington and Louisville

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The State Department of Education is proposing new legislation to help Kentucky's two largest school districts address achievement gaps.  The issue was discussed Monday during a state legislative committee meeting.

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10:51pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Breaks Interstate Park Master Plan Calls for Substantial Improvements in Kentucky

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Officials are finalizing details for a 30 year master plan for the Breaks Interstate Park. The 4,800 acre park, dubbed 'the Grand Canyon of the South,' is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia border. 

Park Superintendent Austin Bradley says over the years, the Bluegrass side of the Breaks has seen little development. He says the new master plan calls for major improvements on the Kentucky side. "We're looking at everything from primitive camping opportunities in Potters Flat to equestrian and riverside like Kayak canoeing campsites," said Bradley.

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2:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

UK Ally Oops Its Way Over EKU

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A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky.  UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena.  After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer  gave high praise for UK's defensive effort.  "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.

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1:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Listener Stuck in Phone System

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet or call 859-622-1657

Robert left us a voice message last Friday, attempting to pass on some traffic information while the Lexington Traffic Management Center website was out of commission.  He called the main station number only to find he was stuck in voice mail limbo, “And I spent 15 minutes listening to the person say, ‘We’ll get to you to take your pledge, the recording over and over.” 

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