Three technology specialists are working to offer suggestions on improving quality of life in Lexington neighborhoods. The bluegrass community was one of ten selected nationwide to participate in this year’s 'Code for America' project.
The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. The bill does not include an exemption for victims of rape. According to the reproductive rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 88 percent of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris
A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”
The first full week of February is bringing another dose of wintry weather. Winter storm and ice storm warnings are posted for late this afternoon through tomorrow morning for sections of central and northern Kentucky.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum debate Tuesday night in Northern Kentucky
Credit The Creation Museum
The debate over the belief in divine creation versus evolution will be played out Tuesday evening in Northern Kentucky. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will face off with one of the most outspoken supporters of creationism
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t spilling any secrets about the tax reform proposal he plans to unveil Tuesday. When asked about his plan, mum is the word. Beshear won't say whether he wants to raise taxes, or whether his plan will be revenue neutral.
Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657
Last week’s Eastern Standard show generated a lot of interest, both during the show and with Feedback before and after. The show dealt with issues raised by this week’s debate between Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” and the founder of the Creation Museum.
Ted, a research psychologist, wrote, “Overall, I think you gave the Creationists yet one more forum for their disruptive tactics."
Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal this season, with plenty of winter still left. The figure reflects a variety of costs, including for labor, equipment, materials and contractors. The cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter.
Kentucky State Police in Richmond continue to investigate a multiple fatality fire in Madison County. The residential fire came on the heels of another tragic fire in west Kentucky. Three people were killed in the house fire late Friday along Oakley Wells Road in rural Madison County.
Lexington's Turfland Mall is no longer a shopping center in the typical sense, but it appears to be moving toward once again playing an active role in the community. When it opened in 1967, Turfland was Lexington's first enclosed shopping mall.
Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.
UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.
Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Governor Beshear Monday to talk tax reform. Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Governor Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes. But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting.
Science Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University
Credit Eastern Kentucky University
A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal. The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.
Kentucky Utilities is asking for state approval to build a 36 million dollar solar power plant in central Kentucky. If K-U’S request is granted by the State Public Service Commission, the facility would be built adjacent to the coal-fired complex already in place at the Burgin plant.
The scene of Thursday's house fire in Muhlenberg County
Credit Lisa Autry, WKU Public Radio
Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.
Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after 2 a.m.
Lexington city officials are considering more than a 15 hundred percent increase in fines for illegally parking in handicapped spots. Under the proposal passed by the Budget Committee Tuesday, the fine goes from 15 dollars to 250 dollars. Committee members had considered a range of fines, but instead, adopted an amendment by Vice Mayor Linda Gorton. “I think this needs to be a stiff enough fine that people won’t do it ever,” said Gorton.
The former Dillard’s store in the vacant Turfland Mall will become home to University of Kentucky primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. UK HealthCare will be the anchor tenant on the first floor, using some 85 thousand square feet of renovated space.
Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
Credit Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images via npr.org
During his 94 years, Folk singer Pete Seeger left his mark on music and social activism across the U.S. and around the world. But Seeger was also a major influence in the life of a Kentuckian who knew him from childhood.
Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.
Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photoFormer Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.Edit | Remove
Governor Steve Beshear's $20 billion budget includes nearly $190 million for K through 12 education, even at the expense of cuts to many other state agencies. Part of that funding for education is coming at the expense of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador reports that the pension's unfunded liability could bring about dire financial straits for the Commonwealth.
A veteran state lawmaker is concerned the growing number of Kentuckians with health insurance could stress those who care for the mentally ill. Jimmy Lee chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources. The committee met Monday to begin reviewing Governor Beshear’s recommended budget.