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4:40pm

Wed November 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

State Enacts Mandatory Electronic Death Reporting

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In the months ahead, Kentucky families who lose loved ones should be able to attain death certificates sooner. In January, the state is moving to an all-electronic death reporting system.  Paul Royce, who heads Vital Statistics, says e-filing can speed up the death certificate acquisition from about a month to two weeks or so.  "When you lose a member of your family, you've got to have a copy of that certified death certificate in order to settle most estates, enroll in benefit plans, entitlement plans, cash insurance policies.  You know, those types of things," said Royce.

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3:39pm

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Stumbo to Press for Higher Minimum Wage

Credit The Lane Report

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'll make another push to raise the state's minimum wage, but he faces the same skepticism from his Senate counterparts.

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2:37pm

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell Cites Trade Agreements, Taxes for Action

Credit Jacob Ryan, WFPL

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action.

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3:40am

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Following loss, Grimes Pledges to Keep Fighting for Kentucky

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What had been a relatively tight race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky turned out to be a substantial win for the incumbent leader in the 100 member Senate. 

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3:31am

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Conway: Grimes’ Loss Not a Setback for State Democratic Party

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Kentucky's attorney general says Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision about whether to run for another political office is a personal one. Jack Conway attended Grimes' post-election event in Lexington Tuesday night.

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3:28am

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lexington Mayor Easily Wins Second Term

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will now go about the business of setting an agenda for a second term in office. It appears the mayor would like to continue what he's started.

In his opening remarks to a celebratory crowd Tuesday night in downtown Lexington, the victorious incumbent sounded a familiar tune.

"Thanks to all of you and thanks for helping us all to get things done in Lexington," said Gray

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3:18am

Wed November 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Steve Kay to Become Lexington's Next Vice Mayor

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Come January, Lexington's new vice mayor will be Steve Kay.  The incumbent council member won top vote honors Tuesday night among the three at large winners.  Fellow council member Kevin Stinnett and former council member Richard Moloney also earned at large council seats.

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9:11pm

Tue November 4, 2014
All Politics are Local

Barr Re-elected in Kentucky's 6th district

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won his first re-election campaign in Kentucky's 6th congressional district.

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6:28pm

Tue November 4, 2014
All Politics are Local

Election 2014 Coverage & Results

Credit John Hingsbergen

WEKU and NPR's  live coverage of Election 2014 begins at 8 pm, continuing until 1 am. Below are some links to election returns and other useful information. 

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10:58pm

Mon November 3, 2014
All Politics are Local

Alcohol Sales Return to Election Day in Lexington

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    A recent change in local law will allow alcohol sales in Lexington for the duration of this Election Day. Prior to September, the sale of alcohol in Lexington stores, bars, or restaurants was prohibited while polls were open.

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10:52pm

Mon November 3, 2014
All Politics are Local

Future Prospects of Latino Representation on Urban County Council

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A longtime advocate for Lexington area Latinos sees governing board representation over the next decade.  Freddie Peralta came to America almost 30 years ago.  Peralta expects Hispanic interests to get a more thorough hearing at city hall in the years ahead. 

"Just also, a matter of numbers.  The number of Latino in our community keeps growing and the number of citizens that are Latino keep growing.  And I thought we're gonna have some sort of representation coming," said Peralta.

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10:48pm

Mon November 3, 2014
All Politics are Local

CNN Crew Spending Time This Week in Fayette County Clerk's Office

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins with CNN crew
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The closely watched showdown between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has put a spotlight on Kentucky. And heading in to this Election Day, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has received a little more attention than usual.

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6:55am

Mon November 3, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Time Change Issues, More on Ghomeshi & Q

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

Apologies are in order as the time change did not go so well. Joan, in Clark County emailed us Sunday, “Waiting for Terry to come on at 5 A.M. this Sunday morning but Alley continued as if there had not been a time change.”

By way of confession from yours truly, While filling in for our Operations Manager, who took a long weekend, I made am adjustment to the Sunday morning automation playlist that I thought was going to fill the extra hour smoothly.  But, I miscalculated.

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5:34am

Mon November 3, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Election Review on Eastern Standard

Send your comments before the show then tune in Thursday morning at 11:00

The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.

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12:00am

Mon November 3, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Warren Nash on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

November 17th begins a week of focus on innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration during the 4th Annual Lexington Global Entrepreneurship Week.  In his role as director of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, Warren Nash is one of those overseeing the event.  He sat down with Tom Martin.

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11:21pm

Sun November 2, 2014
Education

Higher Ed Consortium Seeks More Business Involvement

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Central Kentucky higher education leaders gathered last week for a business summit. Members of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium met in Lexington to discuss a range of issues. Bluegrass Tomorrow President Rob Rumpke says one goal is to shorten college careers from six to four years.  "Getting them graduated, getting them into lifelong learning. And there by creating a better economy for central Kentucky," said Rumpke.

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11:17pm

Sun November 2, 2014
Sports

EKU Opens Season Play This Week

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The Eastern Kentucky University basketball Colonels hit the hardwood Friday night for their first contest of the season. EKU enters this season as the defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion.

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4:17pm

Fri October 31, 2014
The Commonwealth

Judge Set To Take Up Instant Racing

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3:24pm

Fri October 31, 2014
The Commonwealth

Couple Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Monks

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The former accountant for a central Kentucky abbey has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the monastery.

Josh E. Hutchins entered the plea to charges of theft and unlawful access to a computer Friday morning in Nelson Circuit Court. His wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft count.

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2:14pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Garth Brooks, Filmslang, and Renfro Valley's 75th

Credit Rich Copley, via Twitter

This week has already been a big one for live music in Kentucky. Sir Paul McCartney played Louisville the same night Boz Scaggs and Leo Kotke  performed in Lexington. 

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1:54pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Six Months After Legislature Allows CBD Trials for Epilepsy, Doctors Still Jumping Through Hoops

Credit Whitney Jones, WKMS

More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them.

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5:40pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Green Summit Looks at Environmental Collaboration

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A group of about 60 people gathered Friday in Lexington in an effort to coordinate sustainability measures of many different organizations.  Bobby Clark, coordinator of the first Bluegrass Forever Green Sustainability Summit, says energy saving measures are often doable for individual residents or businesses.  "Use energy star type appliances, change what they are doing because most people predict that energy costs are gonna double over the next ten years.  Can you imagine your electric bill doubling at your home or your business?  It's an economic development issue," said Clark.

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5:37pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

Fayette Safe Kids Working to Reduce Halloween Pedestrian Injuries

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The excitement and enjoyment of gathering candy door-to-door can be dashed by tragic neighborhood accidents. 

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9:41pm

Wed October 29, 2014
All Politics are Local

The Impact of Voter Turnout in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race

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In a tight political race, voter turnout can mean the difference between a win and a loss.  That could be the case in the battle for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. Opinions vary on the factors which impact the process of moving a person from political spectator to participant.

The importance of voter turnout is not lost on either candidate running for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. The impact of political ads on the number of people who show up at the polls on Election Day, may be a matter of opinion.

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4:49pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Business and the Economy

Commercial Air Service From Pikeville to Nashville Officially Takes Flight

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12:31am

Wed October 29, 2014
All Politics are Local

Different Philosophies by the Two Men Who Would be Mayor

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In less than a week, Lexington voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead Urban County Government for the next four years.  Jim Gray wants to serve another term as mayor. Anthany Beatty would like to take over the reins. 

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10:52pm

Tue October 28, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Reporters' Roundtable on Election on Eastern Standard

Jonese Franklin joins host John Hingsbergen on Eastern Standard.
Credit Logan Riley

Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council.  Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election. 

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5:31pm

Tue October 28, 2014
All Politics are Local

Barr, Jensen Debate Audio/Video

Republican incumbent Andy Barr, left, listened as his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, made a point during a televised debate Monday night in Richmond. They disagreed on almost everything, particularly the role of government.
Credit MARK MAHAN — Herald-Leader

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).

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11:38pm

Mon October 27, 2014
All Politics are Local

Andy Barr & Elisabeth Jensen Battle it Out for KY's 6th District House Seat

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The race for the Bluegrass Region's congressional seat pits a first term incumbent against a first time candidate.  Republican Andy Barr is seeking a second term as Democrat Elisabeth Jensen works to take his seat on Capitol Hill. 

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4:29pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Business and the Economy

Keeneland Attendance Down for Fall Meet

A less active Keeneland the Monday after a fall meet
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse just wrapped its fall meet. The track set attendance records the past couple of years. This year's attendance fell about 15,000 patrons shy of last year.  Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says rain and cooler than normal temperatures had an impact on turnout during seven of the first 10 racing days.  "The weather really challenged us but we had a new dirt track that we debuted this fall and the dirt track performed beautifully.  The new drainage system handled the rain that we got the first couple of weeks really well," said Gregory.

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