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The leader of an Eastern Kentucky organization says displaced Appalachian workers provide a good fit for many employers. 

Those comments came from the CEO of One East Kentucky during last week’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference.

Chuck Sexton is CEO of the nine-county organization focused on recruiting industry and investment for Eastern Kentucky.

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Mayor Jim Gray’s One Lexington proposal is undergoing review by council members as they break down the budget he presented last month. 

The mayor says the new initiative would focus on better coordination among public and private partners to address crime and social issues. 

Council members last week quizzed the administration about the proposed hiring of a coordinator for the effort. 

For a couple of reasons, it’s been a few weeks since aired listener feedback so here’s a comment by email from listener Bruno from Aprill 11. 

He says, “I was listening to WEKU  when you provided responses to two listener comments: one comment was on the quality of a news story, the other on an announcer seeming to indicate that Friday April 7 was Good Friday."


Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

By most measures, health outcomes in the Ohio Valley region are not very good, with many parts of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia ranking near the bottom among states.

But a team of health researchers may have found a few places within the region that stand out. They see them as potential “bright spots” — places with some health measures better than expected for the region. 


WEKU has been honored with three awards in the 2016 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

The awards were presented during a ceremony Saturday evening at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington.

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A 19-year-old Cincinnati man has been arrested in connection with machete attack Friday morning in the Transylvania University coffee shop.   

Mitchell Adkins, a former Transy student, is charged with first degree assault, three counts of wanton endangerment, and assault fourth degree. 


Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

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 mention of a new Lexington area shopping destination.  Rich tells us Harriett has already checked it out.  


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Students, teachers, and staff at a Lexington high school are mourning the sudden unexplained death of a student athlete.  15-year-old Star Ifeacho died shortly after coming off the basketball court at Dunbar High School Wednesday.

Basketball Coach Scott Chalk says Ifeacho had complained of being light-headed and was in the training room with the trainer when the medical issue occurred. The coach praised the trainer and other students for administering immediate care.  

Stu Johnson

For some four decades competing horses and riders from around the world have been coming to the bluegrass in the springtime.  This weekend is no exception with the Rolex Three Day Event being held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Lexington Council Member Indicted on Theft Charges

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Lexington council member Sasha Love Higgins has been indicted on multiple theft and other felony charges stemming from her former position at a local motel.

The 34 year old was indicted Tuesday on charges of identity theft, forgery, and three counts of theft by deception, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Higgins’ attorney Fred Peters says she will plead not guilty.  Peters also says the first term councilwoman will likely step down from the council.  He says the likely resignation is not an admission of guilt. 

$1.3 Billion Aluminum Company Comes to Northeast Ky

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Just over a billion dollar manufacturing investment is being made in northeast Kentucky, a region which is still feeling the effects of job losses in the coal, steel and railroad industries.  

Governor Bevin made the economic development announcement Wednesday in Wurtland.

Lexington Mosquito Spraying Reduced this Summer

Apr 26, 2017
kentucky.com

Fayette County Health Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh Tuesday presented mosquito control strategies to leaders at city hall.  

Humbaugh says citywide overnight spraying to control mosquitoes is not planned this summer.  The commissioner says mosquito traps will be used as surveillance to determine where to spray. “So, high mosquito activity areas will be where we’ll be concentrating,” said Humbaugh.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A public meeting is being held Wednesday evening about the next step in repairing Rough River Lake Dam. The 132-foot-high earthen dam helps regulate the reservoir in Breckinridge, Grayson, and Hardin counties.

The dam was installed to reduce flood damage downstream, and is more than 50 years old. Workers are finishing up exploratory grouting along the dam, which confirmed that a cutoff wall needs to be constructed.

Kentucky’s Thapar, Trump Appeals Court Nominee, Gets Confirmation Hearing

Apr 25, 2017
kentucky.com

A Kentuckian nominated by President Donald Trump to a federal appeals court will be questioned during a confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amul Thapar to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which considers appeals from federal cases originating in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.

Thapar serves in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Kentucky and previously as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District; both appointments were made by President George W. Bush.

Stu Johnson

Lexington city officials along with a non-profit agency serving homeless people are implementing new strategies to reduce street corner panhandling.  The launch of a new job centered service was unveiled Tuesday.

Stu Johnson

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr received strong and outspoken reaction from a crowd packed itno the Lafayette High School auditorium Monday night.  Shouts of discontent came early and lasted throughout much of the hour and a half program.

The first very audible reaction erupted when the congressman commented that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. 

Marisa Hempel

April Showers bring may flowers... but the flowers and vegetables don’t just happen without some knowledge and work.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll welcome experts in gardening and horticulture to talk about how we can get the most out of our greenery.

 


 

 

 

 

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The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has adopted tuition, room and board, and meal plan rates for the fall semester.  The board Monday also got an update on campus construction projects.

The EKU board voted to increase undergraduate resident tuition by 5%, or $214 dollar per semester.  In addition, the meal plan costs will go up 3.5%.  The regents acted to up residence hall rates by about 10%, with some variation among dorms and living arrangements.  The  tuition rates must still go before the State Council on Postsecondary Education for its approval.

wymt.com

A site in eastern Kentucky is set to serve as the home for future development of drones, robots and unmanned vehicles. As Government and education leaders revealed plans for the USA Drone Port: National Unmanned Robotic Research and Development Center Monday in Hazard.

Focus On Business: Brad Flowers on "Paired Core Values"

Apr 24, 2017

Tom Martin talks with Brad Flowers, co-founder of the Lexington marketing and branding firm "Bullhorn Creative" about the set of "paired core values" the company's staff of fourteen has been developing as a means of defining their culture and mission.

Alexandra Kanik - Ohio Valley ReSource

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The city of Lexington is in the midst of a $600 million dollar federally mandated sanitary and storm water sewer improvement program.

Madison County Jail Overcrowding Persistent

Apr 24, 2017
Stu Johnson

A central Kentucky county detention center is housing close to twice the number of inmates it’s designed to hold. The Madison County Jailer doesn’t expect a state corrections emergency regulation to ease overcrowding in the short term. 

Gov. Bevin Pushing for Tax Reform

Apr 21, 2017
kentucky.com

Jim Carroll started working for Kentucky’s state parks system in 1978 making $780 a month.

“So I knew the pay wasn’t good but I knew that it was a place where you could advance over time,” Carroll said. “It was stable, and retirement was part of that.”

Carroll later worked in the tourism cabinet and retired in 2009. Since then, he’s organized a group of concerned state pensioners called Kentucky Government Retirees.

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Law enforcement commanders from agencies across the country have participated in a Lexington conference focusing on changing the culture of the public safety profession.  

The two day event, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Police Department, was called “Transform Law Enforcement.”  UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says the problems facing law enforcement include the perception of the public, the way officers present themselves, and the way police behave. 

Police Standoff with Suspect Causes Interstate Shutdown Near Richmond

Apr 21, 2017
kentucky.com

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a police standoff with a suspect along interstate 75 near a Richmond exit ended without injury earlier this afternoon.  Police shut down I-75 in both directions for a period of time when the wanted man refused to exit his vehicle. 

Police were attempting to arrest him at a gas station in Scott County when he took off.  He was wanted on a felony warrant related to a home invasion. 

berea.edu

The chair of the biology department at Berea College sees significant academic and infrastructure benefits to a future new home for sciences.  The final beam of the new building will be put in place at a ceremony scheduled this afternoon on the southern Madison County campus.

EKU Events Recognize American Chestnut

Apr 20, 2017
Stu Johnson

With this month’s Arbor Day recognition fast approaching, officials at Eastern Kentucky University staged various tree related activities at the historic Elmwood estate Thursday. The emphasis was on the American Chestnut.

Ky Grassroots Group Proposes Energy Plan

Apr 20, 2017
kftc.org

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a well-known grassroots social justice organization is proposing a long term energy plan.  

The report called, “Empower Kentucky” is described as a people’s plan to shape a just transition to a clean energy economy.  Josh Bills, a mechanical engineer from Berea and a KFTC member.  “The plan is long and detailed and full of recommendations and action steps that could be taken today by mayors, city councils, campuses, congregations, businesses, the state legislature, the public service commission, and utilities,” said Bills.

Lexington city leaders are beginning to evaluate the use of electronic billboards along certain roadways in the central Kentucky community.  The idea prompted a number of questions during Tuesday’s council committee meeting.

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