It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  

As the days get cooler and darkness comes sooner, it’s time for the annual Halloween events calendar.

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

Kentucky Constables Association

Lexington officials are considering changes to policies regarding county constables.  The duties of these elected officials were discussed during this week’s Planning and Public Safety Committee meeting. 

The city review follows a summer report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting raising issues about training and accountability.  Council member Kevin Stinnett views city liability related to constables and their deputies as a key issue.

Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Reports of Shots Fired Lock Down EKU Campus

Oct 13, 2016

The campus of Eastern Kentucky University in richmond was locked down for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon following reports of shots fired. Richmond Police declared the lockdown around 2:30 p.m. and issued an all clear shortly after 3:00 p.m.

EKU officials issued the alert as a precaution following 9-1-1 reports of gunfire.  The reports centered near the area of Wellington Court and Second

Street. Wellington is near both the campus and Madison Middle School, near downtown Richmond.

Kentucky Labor Secretary Pushes For Apprenticeships To Train Workforce

Oct 13, 2016

Kentucky’s labor secretary is trying to get more employers to offer apprenticeship programs that provide employment and on-the-job training for new workers entering an industry.


There are currently about 1,100 employers that have registered apprenticeship programs in Kentucky, employing about 3,000 people.

Derrick Ramsey, secretary of the Labor Cabinet, said apprenticeship programs will help train Kentucky’s workforce and attract new businesses.

In the past few years, many so-called “traditional values” have been challenged.


The legalization of same-sex marriage.  Efforts by transgender persons to gain acceptance, to say nothing of shifts in gender roles that have been under way for decades.

Is it possible these issues are at play in this year’s presidential race?



On this week’s Eastern Standard: Kentucky-born journalist, former NPR reporter and author of “The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future.” Frank Browning joins us in a special edition of our show.

A new inmate visitation policy goes into effect Wednesday at the Fayette County jail.  It’s aimed at ensuring security with less wait time for visitors.

Fayette County Jail Sargent Jennifer Taylor says jail visitors will now be allowed evenings between 4:00 and 7:00.  She says no Monday visits will be allowed.  Visits were already prohibited on Friday.

Inmates will be allowed to have no more than five people on their visitation lists.  That number was previously as high as 30.  Inmates can change their visitor's lists every three months.

New regulations for distributing unsolicited materials in Lexington neighborhoods is advancing within the city council.  Proposed standards received committee approval Tuesday.  

Many households receive the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Community News publication.  Since it includes news and advertisements, publisher Rufus Friday told Council its distribution is constitutionally-protected.

Here’s a message of interest to listeners of WEKH in Hazard. Your long wait is almost over! 

Due to technical work at the transmitter site, listeners may experience disruptions of the station’s signal at 90.9 FM for the next few days.

We apologize for the disruption but assure you that, once this work is finished, you’ll be pleased with the results!

Stay tuned for more information, watch Facebook and Twitter for more information as well as the website at WEKU dot FM.

A new snow removal law for residential sidewalks in Lexington could be in place this winter.  The ordinance got initial approval Tuesday.

The proposal would require homeowners to clear sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall of four or more inches.  The law would only effect properties on already-cleared streets.  Council member Peggy Henson cast one of the 11 votes in favor of the ordinance, saying, “I do not want to see another year of people walking in the middle of the street, trying to get to their bus stops or to work."

Rupp Upgrades to Bring Increased Concert Options

Oct 11, 2016

Improvements to Lexington’s Rupp Arena will cater to more than just University of Kentucky basketball fans.  Rupp Officials unveiled the latest technologies this week including $15 million worth of upgrades that could affect the concert schedule.

Much attention is being given to a new center-hanging video board, new sound system, LED lighting and an enhanced rigging grid for concerts.

A person who’s spent decades keeping his finger on the pulse of Kentucky politics doesn’t anticipate weekend revelations about Donald Trump to greatly erode his support in the Commonwealth.  The effect on GOP efforts to take over the Kentucky House appear a little more uncertain.

Mold Concerns Close KSU Dorm

Oct 10, 2016

Kentucky State University officials are temporarily closing a residence hall to address mold issues.  The closing affects some 90 students on the Frankfort campus.

Mold had been discovered late last week in some dormitory rooms of Chandler Residence Hall.  Upon further inspection, KSU officials decided to close the entire building for cleaning.  Students are being moved out and permanently housed in Combs Hall. 

Focus On Business: Chris Stiles on Drone Delivery

Oct 10, 2016

UPS is testing drone delivery of urgent packages to remote areas, while Chipotle experiments with drone delivery of burritos on a college campus. How do these remote-controlled flying robots figure into your future? Tom Martin talked with Chris Stiles, president of Unmanned Services, a Lexington-based company providing drone services to all kinds of commercial and civil industries.

Amber Alert Issued in Kentucky

Oct 10, 2016

An Amber Alert was issued Monday morning for a young Florida girl with a reported sighting near the Kentucky border.   That sighting for 4 year old Rebecca Lewis occurred at the Cove Lake State Park off Interstate 75.   Lewis was reported missing from Lakelake Florida. If you have any information, contact the FBI at 877-419-0934.

Vehicle        2012 Nissa Versa, Silver, Sedan 4 door

Alabama license plate #4JL26

Missing child

Rebecca Ann Lewis

·         Age now: 4 years old

·         Sex: Female

·         Skin: White

Richmond police are investigating a stabbing incident.  The victim was found near the Eastern Kentucky University campus Monday..  

Public safety alerts were issued by EKU to students and staff.  One noted that police were out with a multiple stabbing victim in the area of Madison and Summit streets.

A second alert indicated there was no suspect information.  No other information is currently being released by Richmond police.

Aaron Payne/Ohio Valley ReSource

The sound of sirens in Cabell County, West Virginia, has a good chance of indicating an overdose these days.

The county’s Emergency Medical Service had responded to 622 overdose calls this year as of September 24, according to Emergency Services Director Gordon Merry. Last year it was more than 900 overdoses, which surpassed the total of the previous three years combined.   

We start with an email from a couple whom we will not identify since we don’t want to disclose the amounts of donations to the station, “If it helps for your current drive, I upped my day sponsor by mailing in $20 yesterday. I know it's not much, but I went from $180 to $200, which for us is a lot.”  

John wrote to us, “Please get the web streaming link to smart phones repaired quickly.  I am having serious withdrawal symptoms!” 

Stu Johnson

Kentucky lawmakers will be asked in 2017 to consider additional measures to combat the state’s significant heroin-related drug problem.  Details came Friday afternoon at a news conference at Lexington City Hall.

Many Kentucky communities have seen numerous overdose deaths related to Fentanyl-laced opioids.  Legislation pre-filed before the coming session seeks to amend the state’s drug laws to create penalties for dealers of Fentanyl, Carfentanil, and other designer drugs.

Kentucky Emergency Management workers are responding to calls for assistance from states affected by Hurricane Matthew, specifically Florida and South Carolina. 

The states asked for a volunteer coordinator, public information officers, water rescue teams, and incident management teams. 

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a state-to-state mutual agreement that allows officials to request additional disaster response resources and personnel. ​

EKU Seeking First Conference Win

Oct 7, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University returns to Richmond Saturday for its first home conference football game as the Colonels take on Southeast Missouri State. 

SMU is off to a 2 and 0 start in the Ohio Valley Conference while Eastern comes into the 6:00 pm contest looking for its first league win.  EKU has won five straight against the Redhawks. 

The Colonels go pink this weekend for the “Tackle Cancer Game.”  Donation buckets will be on the stadium concourse to raise money for the American Cancer Society. ​

(Note: This is one of two stories on this topic produced as part of a collaborative effort between The Ohio Valley ReSource and NPR)

A joint investigation by NPR and the Ohio Valley ReSource finds that billionaire coal operator Jim Justice’s companies owe more than $12 million dollars in county, state, and federal taxes. Justice is running for governor in West Virginia but has debts in five other states.

The investigation also found that companies owned by Justice also owe more than $2 million in delinquent fines for mine safety violations.  

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR

(Note: This is one of two stories on this topic produced as part of a collaborative effort between The Ohio Valley ReSource and NPR)

The Democratic candidate for governor in West Virginia has never held public office. Jim Justice is instead running on his record as a businessman. He runs coal mines, farms, and a luxury resort, andaccording to Forbes, he’s also the wealthiest person in the state, worth $1.56 billion.  

Perryville Civil War Reenactment Expanding

Oct 7, 2016

Confederate and Union soldier reenactors will gather this weekend in western Boyle County to depict battles from 1862.  The Civil War atmosphere in Perryville will be more intense than in past Octobers.

Joan House, program preservation coordinator for the Perryville Battlefield expects over 3000 reenactors at the park. She says,  “They come from 39 states and three different countries."

More than a hundred people will be looking for novel ways to address three key health-related issues this weekend in Somerset.  It’s called an Appalachian Health ‘Hack-a-thon’.

The Hacking Medicine program developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has held 40 such events worldwide.  The idea is to convene people with different backgrounds on teams to develop recommendations for fighting substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes.

Kentucky’s state board of education is expected to take a deeper look at charter schools during a special meeting in November.

The board decided Wednesday to conduct a more thorough review of the highly-debated educational option. 

Richard Innes with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy says statistical reviews show charter school programs can help reduce academic achievement gaps.  

Keeneland Unveils Gold Vase Milestone Trophy

Oct 6, 2016
Stu Johnson

This fall’s meet at Keeneland marks the 80th birthday of the historic Lexington race track.  The three weeks of horse racing include the introduction of a new gold trophy.

Along with a gold-plated cup, tray, bowl and pitcher is the latest addition, a vase.  It’s the next Milestone Trophy recognizing graded stakes wins at Keeneland. 

Ky. Utility Crews Lend Support in Florida

Oct 5, 2016

In preparation for damage from Hurricane Matthew, Kentucky is joining many other states in sending electrical repair crews to Florida. 

Kentucky Utilities Spokesman Cliff Feltham says the 130 workers are contractors who normally work on construction, tree trimming, and serve as line crews.  He says these workers come from all across Kentucky. 

Feltham says sending support to Florida won’t mean diminished service for customers in the Commonwealth.  The KU representative says it’s difficult to say where workers will end up in Florida and how long they will stay.


Stu Johnson

Lexington’s newest council member would like to see future growth restricted to inside the city’s current urban service boundary. 

Kathy Plomin was sworn in Wednesday during a city hall ceremony.  She hopes the city boundary stays put. “There’s a lot of acreage inside that’s underutilized,” noted Plomin.  “So, let’s take a look at that and perhaps look at regulations and make it easier for developers to build within the urban service boundary.”


With the second presidential debate taking place this Sunday and the voting registration deadline approaching, we have the general election on our minds.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll gather reporters for a roundtable discussion of politics and the 2016 election.