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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky is denouncing vandalism scrawled on a county GOP office.

WLEX-TV reports that someone scrawled "Nazi Scum" and "Die Nazi!" on the storefront of the Republican Party of Fayette County.

US Forest Service Extends Ban on Ginseng Harvesting

Aug 25, 2017

Federal forestry efforts to re-establish Kentucky’s wild ginseng population continue with a second year of harvest prohibition. 

The U.S. Forest Service is not issuing permits for taking ginseng from national forest land in Kentucky.

Lexington’s Planning Commission Thursday gave its approval for a zone change that will allow use of the campus of the Veterans Administration Hospital for new housing in the form of apartments and townhouses.

The 50 units will be offered first to military veterans and perhaps all low-income families.

Lexington Cable Subscribers Air Complaints

Aug 25, 2017
Stu Johnson

For about an hour and a half Thursday evening, a roomful of Lexington cable subscribers aired their complaints to representatives of Charter Communications, the provider of Spectrum services. 

Many of the concerns raised at Lexington’s performance evaluation centered on customer service.

Stu Johnson

Prosecutors from across Kentucky were briefed Thursday on the state’s heroin problem through the eyes of representatives of crime lab, medical, drug recovery, and other government agencies.

The update came during a panel session at Thursday’s Kentucky Prosecutors Conference in Lexington.

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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 weekend, they begin with a focus on a popular local music festival.   

Mountain Comprehensive Care

A new report shows just how far Appalachia has fallen behind the rest of the country on key health measures such as rates of cancer, heart disease and infant mortality.

Researchers say the region’s health gap is growing and they hope the data they’ve compiled will spur new approaches to health care.   

Stu Johnson

Twice a month, Lexington area citizens who have lost sons, brothers or other family members to drug overdoses gather together.

While lacking in formality, their gatherings always provide a family atmosphere for those experiencing Life After Loss.

Lexington to Evaluate Performance of Spectrum Cable

Aug 24, 2017

Lexington's Council is hosting what they're calling a "cable provider performance evaluation" Thursday evening.   

During the meeting at the Lexington Senior Center, a representative of Spectrum is likely to hear comments from a large number of cable subscribers.

Kentucky Tourism Cabinet

Kentucky officials are hoping a reminder of a once-popular toy will generate additional visits to the state’s tourist attractions. 

It’s called a MegaViewer and this week it's in the "Pride of the Counties" area at the Kentucky State Fair.

The Lexington Fayette Health Department has confirmed its first case of West Nile virus for 2017 in a local resident.

Health department crews are initiating targeted spraying in sections of downtown and east Lexington.


Lexington, State Working Toward Road Swap Agreement

Aug 23, 2017

A lengthy discussion over a proposed road-swap between Lexington and the State Transportation Department continued Tuesday at City Hall. 

The eventual decision could affect plans for expansion of the Lexington Convention Center and construction of a much talked about downtown park.

Eastern Standard

Saturday August 26, 2017 is Overdose Awareness Day in Lexington. 

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll discuss opioid addiction, overdoses and recovery and meet some of the "Voices of Recovery and Hope" in Central Kentucky.    

Ohio Valley Environmental Council

The Trump administration’s Department of the Interior has asked the National Academy of Sciences to suspend research into the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.

A team from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was established last year for a two-year study.    

Stu Johnson

A group of Lexington Muslims spent a portion of Monday in prayer.  The mosque ceremony was a response to the solar eclipse.

Cheri Lawson

Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.


Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.


Here are the reactions of some of them:

Mary Meehan

The sweltering temperature dipped noticeably as the final countdown began just before 2:31 p.m.

The young woman with a microphone and black "Solar Eclipse 2017" T-shirt - the fashion rave of the day- addressed the crowd outside the Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University. 

“Three, two, one, put on those solar glasses and you will be able to see our maximum here in Richmond, 95 percent.”

This week, we have a number of calls to the Listener Comment Line. First up, Charles from Lexington, regarding a major news story of the past week.

“After the violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, why Mayor Jim Gray would risk bringing the same kind of violence to Lexington is beyond me.”   

Opioid Emergency: What the Ohio Valley Needs to Combat Crisis

Aug 21, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The opioid crisis gripping the Ohio Valley is now, according to President Donald Trump, a national emergency.

But more than a week after the president made that announcement, state and local health officials in the region told the Ohio Valley ReSource that they have little information about what that emergency declaration actually means or what additional tools it will provide.

Copley/Hendren on Weekend Arts Sampler, Other Events

Aug 19, 2017
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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.

Among the events on their minds are Friday and Saturday night's Picnic with the Pops at Keeneland as well as the Woodland Arts Fair.

Cheri Lawson

A team from Bluegrass Community and Technical College will live-stream eclipse footage as part of a national Eclipse Ballooning Project

The NASA-sponsored project, which is led by the Montana Space Grant Consortium at Montana State University, has been years in the making

Lexington Council Votes to Move Confederate Statues

Aug 18, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington's council has voted to proceed with plans to move two Confederate statues from a historic downtown site.

Next steps include asking the Kentucky Military History Commission for permission to relocate the statues. 

Stu Johnson

The combination of the start of public school in Fayette County and with move-in days at the University of Kentucky has led to increased traffic this week.

So, work to re-pave a stretch of Richmond Road leading into downtown has presented a few additional challenges.

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

The country’s newest Republican governor is, like President Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, a political outsider, and a fan of the coal industry.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a former coal company owner, was elected as a Democrat but switched parties with a surprise announcement at a Trump rally in West Virginia. 


It’s not a giant toad, wolf or even a dragon eating the sun but millions will see it disappear at least briefly on August 21st.

Dr. Richard Gelderman Professor Extra-Galactic Astrophysics Western Kentucky University, told our Eastern Standard listeners, "The sun disappears in the middle of the day, one of the transformational phenomena that is going to be one of the top memories you will ever have in your life."

A Feeding America study shows the percentage of senior Kentuckians who are food insecure is higher than the national average.  

Almost 10% of Kentuckians 60 or older didn’t have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food in 2015. 

Stu Johnson

As public school students went off to class on their first day of the academic year in Lexington, hundreds entered a brand new building. 

The opening of Frederick Douglass High School brought with it some challenges.

This week, a special edition of our show with Janet Steele Holloway, founder of Women Leading Kentucky and author of Leaving: sometimes you have to leave.

We'll talk with Janet about her life, career and interests as well as organization she founded in support of women in the Lexington area.

Ky Universities Proposing Separate Pension System

Aug 16, 2017
Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says a proposal for state schools to move out of the state retirement system is under discussion.  

The university president spoke during the annual convocation before faculty and staff Tuesday in Richmond. 

Stu Johnson


The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to back Mayor Jim Gray’s plan to move two Confederate statues from the old historic courthouse grounds. 

Where to move them looms as a large question.