Jillian Pyatte, right, watched as Alpha Phi Alpha members Jared Scott, left, T.J. Merritt and Rashad Bigham re-created the scene of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination as people passed during a silent march to commemorate the legacy of the civil rights leader.
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University of Kentucky students and staff honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pacifism on Sunday with a candle-lit march past a half-dozen silently re-enacted scenes of violence, including King's 1968 assassination; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The state of Kentucky is now part of a new federal program designed to improve the economics of impoverished communities. The Commonwealth joins West Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana as the newest partners in the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Strike-Force Initiative.
A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate At first blush, northern Kentucky Senator John Schikel’s bill sounds like fodder for The Daily Show. It allows primates to serve as service companions in private residences. But when asked about it, Shickel, a former police officer, breaks down in tears.
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says President Obama isn’t going far enough with changing the country’s data collection policy. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul believes the privacy of American citizens will continue to be violated despite today’s speech by the President.
Eastern Kentucky University is setting aside a half million dollars to boost pay for well over a hundred employees. E-K-U President Michael Benson says the Step-in-Grade Program is being supported by monies freed up by budget reallocations. Those affected by the move include custodians, laborers, relocation specialists, groundskeepers, and repair technicians.
The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley has written a tribute to WEKU News Director Charles Compton, who's moving on today after eight years at the station. We've been looking for a way to pay tribute to Charles on the air and we couldn't say it better....
The cast of Sealed for Freshness features, clockwise from left, Annie Barbera as Tracy Ann, Abby Reeve as Sinclair, Kathryn Newquist as Jean, Esther Harvey as Bonnie and Allie Darden as Diane. The Actors Guild of Lexington production runs through Jan. 25.
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A pair of plays draw upon icons of the 1960’s to deliver important messages this weekend. Plus, a present-day icon performs in Lexington. Here with a preview of this weekend’s events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
The Kentucky Senate has adopted legislation aimed at addressing the state’s growing heroin problem. It contains provisions on treatment, education, and intervention. Senate bill five increases penalties for high volume heroin traffickers and paves the way for charging them with homicide when there is an overdose death.
The Ichthus Christian Music Festival is back for 2014, but earlier than first announced. The New England-based Creation Fest organization took over the Ichthus in 20-13 after financial challenges brought an end to the long running festival the previous year. The first comeback event was initially scheduled for this fall. Ichthus Director Bill Darpino says it is now set for June fourth through the seventh.
Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.
FRANKFORT— Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington (left), confers with Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, in the Kentucky Senate.
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A proposal to change the timing of elections for Kentucky’s statewide officers has sailed out of a Senate committee. If it passes the House and voters approve the constitutional amendment, statewide races for governor, attorney general, and agriculture commissioner would coincide with national elections. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer supports the change.
A pet project of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray remains locked up at city hall. Mayor Jim Gray wants the city to finance a one million dollar economic development fund. Its grants and loans would help businesses create new jobs. Gray would like to see council act on the ‘jobs fund’, but some council members like Chris Ford want more time before voting.
The fees charged by Lexington for services, such as building permits, are under review. Council members today examined planning and engineering fees for residential construction projects. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says the personnel costs in providing such services often exceed the revenue collected through fees.
Hard-to-fight infections are attracting the attention of Kentucky's lawmakers. A public health expert recently briefed lawmakers on the growing risk. Doctor Kevin Kavanagh with Kentucky based ‘Health Watch USA says the increasing risk of contagions, such as potentially deadly staph infections and untreatable gastro-intestinal bacteria, justify tougher measures. For example, Kavanagh says hospitals need to expand their use of antibiotic ointments and antiseptics.
Before you can ‘hit the ground running’, you’ve got to get the boots on properly. Some 184 students at Eastern Kentucky University are going through ‘boot camp’ this week. They all begin their student teaching assignments Thursday. Doctor Peggy Petrilli heads up the Professional Lab Experience Office at Eastern.
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Last Sunday evening, we aired the pilot episode of a new public radio program called, “The Unconventionals” featuring, among other businesses, Lexington’s Big Ass Fans.
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We solicited comments both for the producers and for our use and here’s what Mary had to say, “I love this show. I always like hearing how companies got started and what they do to survive and grow. Thinking out of the box as it were. It's great advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business. I hope you are able to keep this show on the air."
Two state parks have been affected by water problems brought on by recent cold weather, temporarily closing one of the parks and leaving the other with no food service. The Kentucky Department of Parks says Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County is temporarily closed due to a lack of water.
Kentucky is reporting a 3.5 percent drop in tax collections for December, but state revenue is up slightly for the first six months of the fiscal year. State Budget Director Jane Driskell said today General Fund revenue totaled $912.6 million in December, a drop of $33.2 million compared to the same month in 2012.
Peggy Watts, left, and Lauralyn Hungerford play women in a park who feel threatened by a child wielding a laser.
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Dark humor is used in a play staged this weekend to talk about the damage terrorists can do to a society. Called “Terrorism,” the Russian written play is performed in downtown Lexington. Here to preview it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley…who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Southeast Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers broke with the Commonwealth's other congressional Republicans in endorsing the Obama Administration's "Promise Zones."
Eastern Kentucky has just one of five communities across the US included in the first phase of an initiative the Obama Administration hopes will spur economic growth. So-called Promise Zones are intended to give depressed communities a leg up in securing federal dollars. According to U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation won out in part because it’s spread across eight counties in central Appalachia.
A new federal program could allow eight southeast Kentucky counties to attract more support in their fight against poverty. The program would create a so-called "Promise Zone." The designation could bring more federal money into the region and spawn additional partnerships between government agencies, social service groups and private employers. E-K-U President Michael Benson says his school will also be involved in the initiative.
A State of the Commonwealth Speech offers Kentucky's governor an opportunity to emphasize an administration's accomplishments. Last night, Governor Steve Beshear spent a good amount of time talking about health care reforms, but also called on the general assembly to enhance state revenues and reform taxes.
FRANKFORT— House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook (left), speaks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives prior to the start of the opening day of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
The opening day of 2014 general assembly included a renewal of the debate over a highly publicized sexual harassment case. Critics took to the house floor and attacked the House special committee that investigated allegation of sexual harassment leveled against former Representative John Arnold. The panel disbanded just before the holidays without taking action.
Many residents in Appalachia, where diets are often unhealthy, may still benefit for multi-vitamins and mineral supplements. A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine claims multi-vitamins are a waste of money. However, University of Kentucky Clinical Nutrition Professor Travis Thomas says people in areas of deep poverty often need vitamin supplements.