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2:11pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Health and Welfare

Police Presence Part of NCAA Gatherings in Lexington

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Lexington's Limestone Avenue is likely to once again be a loud and active spot this weekend.  The downtown street is a well-known hot location for University of Kentucky basketball fans. 

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5:14pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Keeneland’s Spring Meet Provides a Backdrop for the Breeder’s Cup

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Officials at Lexington's historic Keeneland Racecourse are eager for the start of the spring meet, while also keeping an eye toward the fall.  Post time for the first race of the three week event comes just after 1 pm Friday.  Keeneland will also host the Breeders Cup Championships this October.  Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says a new chalet will be in operation for the spring meet.  "It's really a way that we can test run the facility,” said Gregory.  “Give it a test, a trial run during the spring.  Look at food operations, parking, layout inside the chalet."

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4:35pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Health and Welfare

Arson Dog Plays Key Role in Investigation

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A four legged investigator is being credited with helping to find answers related to a southeast Kentucky wildfire.  The case got the attention earlier this week of Magic, a K9 arson dog.

The fire was on Warrior's Path near Stinking Creek in Knox County.  Division of Forestry officials knew where the fire began, but were not sure who started it.  Investigators found barbed wire rolls and a fencing tool present at the origin.  

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5:37pm

Wed April 1, 2015
News

Petition Seeks Alcohol Sales In Berea

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A Kentucky mayor in a mostly dry community is asking residents to sign a petition that seeks a vote on allowing alcohol sales in restaurants.

Berea Mayor Steven Connelly told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the effort, if successful, would help the economy. Berea is dry except for the historic Boone Tavern, which started selling alcohol last year.

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5:08pm

Wed April 1, 2015
All Politics are Local

Prominent Democrats Skipping Obama Visit to Kentucky

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Democrats topping their party's ticket in Kentucky's off-year election are skipping a visit by President Barack Obama this week.

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5:05pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Health and Welfare

Fayette County Agencies Offering New Technologies to Hurry Domestic Violence Protection

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

A central Kentucky law enforcement agency is helping to roll out two new domestic violence related initiatives.  Both focus on expediting the paperwork for emergency protective services.

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4:53pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Local Foods Initiative to Assist Low Income Families

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A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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4:13pm

Wed April 1, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ark Project Using Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Law to Sue State

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A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.

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3:58pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31.
Credit Kentucky Department of Educaton

After more than five years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner Terry Holliday has announced plans to retire. 

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4:44pm

Tue March 31, 2015
All Politics are Local

Beshear Plays Both Sides of Gay Rights Debate

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky's religious freedom law similar to one signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week should be clarified to include protections for the LGBT community.

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4:27pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

Childhood Vaccination Attitudes Discussed By Panel at UK

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The measles outbreak that happened late last year in the western U.S. has renewed discussion about vaccination policies.  That very issue was the main topic of a panel discussion Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.

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4:25pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

Open Burning Ban in Place for Lexington Area

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Spring time temperatures coupled with breezy conditions are prompting wildfire concerns this afternoon.  An open burning ban is in place for the Lexington area.

The open burning ban is being issued in response to a National Weather Service Advisory.  It states that a dry cold front passing through is producing gusty west winds coupled with relatively low humidity levels.  Officials with the Lexington Fire Department say it’s creating dangerous fire weather conditions.

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4:22pm

Tue March 31, 2015
Health and Welfare

16 Year Old Louisville Student Leads $22,000 Effort for Hunger Relief

Kentucky Association of Food Banks Director Tamara Sandberg with Team Food Chain Founder Chad Kamen
Credit Kentucky Association of Food Banks

Food banks across Kentucky will benefit from a fundraising effort by a 16 year old Louisville student.  Chad Kamen formed the nonprofit Team Food Chain about six years ago.  Kamen says the idea for the project came from his interest in a television show.  "I had a huge interest in 'Top Chef', the TV show and I was in love with cooking,” said Kamen.  “My mom and I would cook these family dinners together and I started to kind of think about well I guess someone else probably can't have a family dinner somewhere."

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11:51am

Tue March 31, 2015
Crime

Veterans Group Adds Reward in Southeastern Kentucky Deaths

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A veterans organization has increased the reward for information in the deaths of a southeastern Kentucky couple found shot to death after a house fire.

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9:14pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Stotelmyer: Neubauer Leaves Firm Foundation for Next EKU Basketball Coach

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Eastern Kentucky University is beginning the search for a new coach to head the men's basketball program.  Jeff Neubauer is leaving to take over as head coach at Fordham University.

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5:04pm

Mon March 30, 2015
The Commonwealth

Obama to Visit Louisville on Thursday

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President Barack Obama will visit Louisville on Thursday for an event on the economy, the White House announced Monday.

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4:53pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Kentuckians at War

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Are Being Honored This Week

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Kentuckians are being asked to recognize Vietnam Veterans this week.  Governor Beshear proclaimed Monday Vietnam Veterans Day across the Commonwealth.  Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry says she's the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Veteran.  She says the widespread negative attitude toward soldiers returning from Vietnam was felt by her father and many others.  "And it affected him and it affects him still today," said Henry.  "Not in as much a way as it did, let's say when I was 15, and he was still having difficulty in transitioning back into socie

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1:40pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University.  Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.

Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth.  EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas.  The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.

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6:00am

Mon March 30, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Issues with Corbin Signal and Comments from Donors

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call and leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

First up, a response to listeners who have been in touch regarding technical problems with our signal at 88.5 in Corbin. We are very much aware of some issues there in the last few days and engineer Bill Browning is looking into what’s going on there.  

The best we can tell at the moment is that it’s another case of an unreliable Internet connection.  We apologize for the disruptions and we remain grateful to those who write or call to let us know about them, especially Karen in London.

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10:32pm

Sun March 29, 2015
Crime

Veteran Prosecutor Weighs in on New Heroin Law

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A long time circuit court prosecutor is hopeful Kentucky’s new heroin law works to help reduce drug overdoses.  Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson is taking a wait and see approach.

Kentucky’s new heroin law sets higher trafficking penalties, particularly for those found with larger quantities of the drug.  Larson worries the changes to the law could make it harder to prosecute drug offenses.  "They'll know how much heroin that they can possess on their person to keep the penalties low, they know about that," said Larson.

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6:49pm

Sun March 29, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Is Religion Obsolete in the 21st Century?

From left: John Hingsbergen, Gretchen Woods, Jefferson Callico
Credit Richard Turner

For Christians, this week is Holy Week while Jews are getting ready for Passover. During this week when many people are thinking about such matters, we’ll discuss the role of faith in our society. 

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1:43pm

Sat March 28, 2015
Sports

Former University of Kentucky Athlete Named to Head EKU Athletics

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Eastern Kentucky University's new athletics director says raising money for all sports at the Richmond school is a priority.  EKU has named Steve Lochmueller to head Colonel athletics.

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1:39pm

Sat March 28, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Beshear, Feds Announce $38 Million In Grants For Coal Communities

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The federal government will award as much as $38 million in grants this year to assist Eastern Kentucky communities negatively affected by the decline of the coal industry.

Funding will come from the Department of Labor’s Dislocated Worker National Emergency grants, the Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is co-chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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5:16pm

Thu March 26, 2015
State Capitol

Localities Looking Into Needle Exchange Options

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Local governments are already moving to set up needle exchanges just a day after the Kentucky state legislature authorized the programs through a comprehensive heroin bill.

If implemented, drug users would be able to exchange dirty needles for clean ones from local public health departments.

Rice Leach, the commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette County Public Health Department, said needle exchanges would stymie the transfer of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.

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5:12pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Education

Newly Approved Legislation Greatly Increases Number of Evaluations of Child Care Facilities

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Legislation approved in the now completed 2015 Kentucky General Assembly means a major increase in the number of early child care facilities that are evaluated. Additional reviews will come over the next few years.

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9:55am

Thu March 26, 2015
Health and Welfare

Conference Keynote Speaker Says Physical Inactivity is a Disease

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Physical inactivity could be considered a polite way of saying someone is 'sitting around too much.'  There was a lot of talk about that subject Wedneday at the Physical Activity Across the Lifespan Conference in Lexington.

Many of the workshops at the day-long event focused on exercise. The keynote address came from Duke Professor of Medicine, Bill Kraus.   "So the lack of physical activity is a disease because it leads to disease," said Kraus. "And then the question is, how much exercise do you have to do to prevent that worsening over time?" 

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3:13am

Wed March 25, 2015
State Capitol

Gas Tax Stabilization Gets 11th Hour Passage

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The Kentucky legislature has acted to stem the drop in gas tax revenues that are used to repair and build roads across the Commonwealth.  Passage of a measure to stabilize the state's road fund was a priority of Governor Beshear's.

Officially, it came very early Wednesday morning when House members put their stamp of approval on the gas tax agreement.  Owensboro Representative Tommy Thompson voted yes.  "We need our roads for convenience, we need them to be safe, but we need them for commerce," said Thompson.

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3:10am

Wed March 25, 2015
Health and Welfare

Dating Violence Measures Heads to the Governor's Desk

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After years of debate in Frankfort, the state legislature has approved a measure to add civil protections for dating couples.  The legislation has passed in the Democratic House numerous times, but fallen short in the Republican led Senate.  Louisville Representative Joni Jenkins, who worked at the Center for Women and Families for a decade, called the passage a 'long time coming.'  "I know that this is gonna be a great tool for especially college campuses, whereas none of those protections would have applied to folks,” said Jenkins.

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3:08am

Wed March 25, 2015
Health and Welfare

General Assembly Gives Final Approval to Booster Seat Changes

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Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is getting an upgrade.  Final approval came last night at the state Capital.  The measure increases the height restriction to include any child under 57 inches and applies to children under age eight.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the new standards will protect more children.  "Several hundred accidents a year involving children and it will help make sure that the seat belt, the restraint is in the right place," said Riggs.

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4:17pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health and Welfare

Ignition Interlock Measure Up for Vote on Final Day of Session

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Northern Kentucky Representative Dennis Keene has been working for six years to help pass an ignition interlock bill and now passage appears closer than ever. The modified bill needs to see action Tuesday, if it's to clear during this session.  Keene almost lost his daughter to a drunk driver.  "It's not everything that we wanted in the House, but it's definitely gonna save lives and that's what's important,” said Keene. “It doesn't matter who's name's on it.  It just matters that it accomplishes and saves families anguish of losing their children."

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