Emergency officials spent part of the day investigating a train derailment in the central Kentucky town of Falmouth.

The CSX railroad says 24 cars came off the track this morning (Wed).  Four tank cars contained sulfuric acid but the railroad and local officials confirm that none of the hazardous materials were released.

Local officials issued a “shelter in place” order for the area within a half-mile of the derailment.

Governor Creates New Claims Commission

Aug 9, 2016


Governor Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that will consolidate three separate claims boards into a single administrative body. The Governor hopes the new organization will be both more efficient and more cost effective.

The new agency, called the Kentucky Claims Commission, will handle crime victim compensation, tax appeals, and negligence claims against the state.

Kentucky’s Farmers Markets Grow ‘Double Dollars” Program

Aug 9, 2016


The “Double Dollars” program offered through several farmers’ markets across Kentucky is growing.  Word of the expansion came during Tuesday’s celebration of Kentucky Farmers Market Week in Frankfort.

“Double Dollars” allows families receiving government nutritional assistance to double their spending power up to ten dollars daily by shopping at certain farmers markets.  The program began in 20-14 with private backing at six markets. 

Lexington Police Accreditation Hearing Draws Small Crowd

Aug 9, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

A public meeting in downtown Lexington to solicit comment about the Division of Police attracted a relatively small group of people.  It was all part of a voluntary national accreditation process.

The two assessors, both police representatives from outside Kentucky, heard from five people during the hearing at city hall.  One of them was Don Fishback, who believes citizens might benefit from more information about police training.  “What kind of training do the police go through in high stress situations which is when it seems that things kind of go sideways,” said Fishback.

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Beginning this week doctors fighting the region’s opioid addiction crisis will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with a drug called Buprenorphine.      

Third Highest Rainfall Average Recorded in July

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It’s been a damp summer in many portions of Kentucky, particularly during the month of July.  University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says much of Kentucky averaged almost nine inches of rainfall for the month, while west Kentucky averaged more than a foot of rain.  “Officially, it’s the third wettest July that Kentucky has seen on record.  Now, that record goes back all the way back to 1895.”

Local Expert Weighs in on Rio Attendance

Aug 8, 2016

Amidst issues such as the threat of Zika, theft, and corruption, the Rio 2016 Olympics are officially underway. A local expert has insight as to why many empty seats are attracting attention early on in the troubled city and country hosting the summer games.

Demolishing Case Hall Does not Destroy Memories

Aug 8, 2016
Stu Johnson

What was once women’s dormitory housing thousands of women is now being dismantled.  Case Hall on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is being torn down amidst floods of memories from those that lived and studied there.

Public Comment Sought in Lexington Police Accreditation

Aug 8, 2016

Lexington citizens will have an opportunity to offer their thoughts about local police Monday night.  It’s all part of the national accreditation process.  The city hall meeting will include members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.   Sargent Ann Welch is with the Lexington Division of Police.  “We feel like we do have a good relationship with our community and we’re very proud of that.  But again, there’s always room for improvement.  So, that is why we do like the commission come in and review our practices,” said Welch.

GOP Dominates Fancy Farm 2016

Aug 6, 2016

Democrats were heavily outnumbered onstage this year at Fancy Farm, which used to be dominated by the party. Republicans also made up most of the audience, taking a victory lap after a big year politically. 

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear declined his invitation to Fancy Farm this year. Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear wasn’t in attendance either.

During his speech, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin pounced on the opportunity. “Do we really miss papa bear and baby bear up here, spewing their anger?”

Fancy Farm Emcees Try To Keep Peace - Fan the Flames

Aug 5, 2016


In videos of Fancy Farm, the annual political throwdown in southwestern Kentucky, you’ll usually see little white ceiling fans spinning furiously above the speakers, who are all shouting and sweating profusely with their sleeves rolled up.

It’s one of the few events in U.S. politics where speakers address an audience made up of both supporters and opponents.

Unlike a debate, Fancy Farm attendees are allowed to heckle or cheer those on the stage — a practice that organizers, politicians and beyond have tried to limit, to little effect.

Ribbons Cut for Lexington Schools

Aug 5, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

With the start of school fast approaching in Lexington, proud Fayette administrators and parents celebrated two new elementary school ribbon cuttings today.  Student growth is ongoing in the central Kentucky community.

As the Bryan Station High School  Brass Quintet played the national anthem, the school’s JROTC’s cadets raised the Coventry Oak Elementary Flag for the first time.

Record Crowd Participates in Minority Business Expo

Aug 4, 2016


A record crowd participated in this year’s Minority Business Expo in Lexington.  An organizer says it’s currently a positive environment for growing minority and women owned businesses locally.

Filing Deadline for Independents Approaching

Aug 4, 2016


The Secretary of State’s is reminding potential candidates that next week is the deadline for Third Party Candidates to submit paperwork. The aim is to file in a timely manner.

August Ninth is the final day for independents to file. The deadline doesn’t apply to candidates for President of the United States, or the Vice President.

The Law requires independent candidates to file a statement of candidacy form, no later than April first.  

Art Installation Debuts at Norton Center

Aug 4, 2016
Sarah Jane Sanders

The Norton Center for the Arts debuted this week EAT: a literature and photography installation. The food-driven exhibit at Centre College gives an up-close and personal look at the things we eat every day.

EKU Tests On-Campus Siren System

Aug 4, 2016


Sirens are expected to wail in and around the Eastern Kentucky University campus this weekend.  It’s the first independent test on the Richmond campus.

One of the first political speakers for this Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic is sure to be U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The sixth term senator from Louisville last weekend indicated he’s already looking forward to a seventh term in Congress. 

Library Director Weighs in on Possible Move

Aug 3, 2016

Officials with the city of Lexington are beginning to study the feasibility of buying the building that currently houses the downtown Public Library.  the move could be advantageous for both parties.

Accessibility Focus of Lexington’s Newest Playground

Aug 3, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


The official unveiling of Lexington’s newest destination playground includes a focus on accessibility.  A ribbon cutting for the half million dollar complex at Jacobson Park took place Tuesday morning.

Central Library Under Consideration For New City Hall

Aug 2, 2016


Lexington city officials are talking with Central Library administrators about a potential move for city hall.   It’s considered a ‘very early’ discussion.

A joint statement comes from Public Library Director Ann Hammond and Lexington Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton.  It reads that the city and library are exploring the possibility of the city buying the Central Library building for a new city hall. 

Pipe Art Project in Lexington Park Tracks Groundwater

Aug 2, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News


Bright fluorescent green pipes in Lexington’s Jacobson Park signal a new interactive art project.  It’s an auditory experience.

Graduation Focuses on Fostering Sucess

Aug 2, 2016


The State Department of Community Based Services has held its first Fostering Success graduation.  The pilot program focuses on helping foster children as they leave the system.

FoodChain Kitchen Project Moves Forward

Aug 2, 2016


FoodChain, a Lexington based nonprofit, has announced plans to build a Processing Kitchen in Downtown Lexington. The kitchen is meant to both educate and possibly provide employment.

Federal Review Request of Flood Damaged Counties

Aug 2, 2016

   Kentucky officials are calling for a federal review of areas in the Commonwealth damaged by July flooding and severe storms. The storms that occurred in early July left a large impact on almost two dozen Kentucky counties.

The level of damages that occurred from July 3rd through the 9th  warranted a joint assessment from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Kentucky Emergency Management.

Twenty-three counties all across the Commonwealth, including Clay, Lawrence, McCracken, and Union all incurred damages from the severe storm system.

Olympic Games Tend to Boost State Games Interest

Aug 1, 2016

    While the world’s best known amateur athletic competition is about to gear up, Kentucky’s long standing amateur sports event is winding down.  The Olympic Games carry an impact in the Commonwealth.

KSP Troopers Get Higher Pay

Aug 1, 2016

Starting this week, Kentucky State Police troopers are earning higher pay for their service.  Governor Bevin and state lawmakers worked earlier this year to include salary increases in the budget.  State Police Spokesman Michael Webb says this pay hike could help with recruitment efforts.  “With this new pay raise, it is a new tool that has bolstered our efforts and abilities to recruit quality applicants who will be trustworthy and serve their communities in a professional manner,” said Webb.



Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

With the mining industry in sharp decline, some coalfield counties are hoping new prisons can generate jobs. Eastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District is already home to three federal penitentiaries and could soon see construction of a fourth in Letcher County. 

As Benny Becker reports, the proposal has sparked sharp debate over the economics and ethics of prisons.

Rains Impact Tobacco Production This Summer

Aug 1, 2016

Although tobacco production in central Kentucky has fallen steadily over the last decade, local yields could be up this fall.  Steady rain showers over the next week could increase stress in the fields.

St. Catherine College Closes

Aug 1, 2016


After 85 years in operation, St. Catharine College is closing, effective Monday.  Trustees at the Catholic, liberal arts school near Springfield, voted in late spring to shut it down. 

Officials say they had no choice but to close the institution, which has seen declining enrollment and has been embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Education over financial aid cuts.