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4:07pm

Tue March 24, 2015
State Capitol

Barber Sworn in as Kentucky Supreme Court Justice at Capitol

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The newest member of the Kentucky Supreme Court has been sworn in as a justice.

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11:56pm

Mon March 23, 2015
State Capitol

Horse Racing Commission Backs Proposal for Drug Free Races

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is backing a proposal to prohibit the use of Lasix in some races.  The Courier Journal reports the commission approved the regulation Monday.  The rule would ban the drug from being used within 24 hours of post times for particular races.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes it's the right move to make.  "I do know that it is therapeutic for horses, but I also believe there is good evidence that it is performance enhancing and the public perception is it's performance enhancing," said Thayer.

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11:53pm

Mon March 23, 2015
State Capitol

Final Push to Get Heroin Legislation Through Both Houses of Ky Legislature

Credit wbko

Kentucky lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on what many consider to be this session's priority issue.  Legislators are working until the final hours of the 2015 session trying to reach consensus on a bill aimed at reducing the state's heroin problem.  

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11:51pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Education

High School Students Rally For Search Committee Voice

Credit kentucky.com

Several high school students continue to let their voices be heard in Frankfort, but it may not result in the action they seek.  A number of sign carrying students rallied Monday in support of legislation to add student representation on school superintendent search committees.  Students are hoping for a last minute push to get the bill through the Kentucky general assembly.  It’s passage became more questionable after the state senate attached an amendment related to school bathroom regulations and transgender students.  Some members of the House have indicated inclusion of that amendment

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12:49pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Arts Weekly

UK Grad Wins MET Council Auditions

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Reginald Smith Jr., a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of five winners of the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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6:00am

Mon March 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Highway Fatalities in Work Zones Falling, but Crashes Have Increased

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As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase.  Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels.

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6:00am

Mon March 23, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Kudos, Traffic Woes and 'Love that Jazz'

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

We start with an email note from Connie, “As I listened to feedback this morning, I felt compelled to speak up and say how much I value your programming (except for Ask Me Another) and how glad I am that I can receive it from the Hazard transmitter.(90.9)"

Connie continued, "If the transmission gets staticky, I listen on my phone and have never had a problem.  Anyway, I wanted to send you a big thumbs-up.”

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12:38am

Mon March 23, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Ken Burns' Series Prompts Eastern Standard on Cancer in Kentucky

From left: Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, John Hingsbergen
Credit Logan Riley

A three-part public TV series will focus next week on Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies.  It’s the latest production from documentarian Ken Burns. On this week’s Eastern Standard, Cancer in Kentucky.  

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5:33pm

Fri March 20, 2015
News

Ky Court of Appeals Says Libraries Can Raise Taxes Without Taxpayers' Vote

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a ruling Friday to allow library districts to raise taxes by four percent each year without requiring a vote from taxpayers.

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5:21pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Education

EKU Board Gives Go Ahead for New Student Fee

EKU President Michael Benson Connects with Board Chair Craig Turner Through Face Time
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved a new student fee that would help support renovation and construction of a student center and recreation facilities.  Passage of this fee is just one piece of a broader campus development plan.

Under the proposal, students would start paying $150 per semester beginning this summer.  EKU officials are preparing to ask the state legislature in 2016 to borrow $60 million to renovate the student center and build a new recreation facility. 

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4:22pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Gallery Hop, ZZ Top, & UK Grad in MET National Council Finals

Credit Rich Copley via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events. 

Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, Friday evening’s Gallery Hop is the first official hop of the spring season.

Also discussed: ZZ Top performs at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville, and UK graduate Reginald Smith, Jr. has made it to the finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

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4:45pm

Thu March 19, 2015
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

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Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.

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3:23pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

UK Picked to Oversee Nation's First Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

Left to right, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack-UK College of Agriculture Dean Nancy Cox-Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center.  The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty.

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3:19pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Receives $20 Million to Address Long Term Unemployment

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Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  The Commonwealth will receive almost $20 million from the federal government to support the pilot program.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Thursday in Lexington.  "We're now in a position to say, 'here's resources, figure out how to link these people,'" said Vilsack.  "You know, these are not people who are gonna be easy to employ; they may have been unemployed for an extended period of time." 

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5:06pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

98th Kentucky High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Thousands of basketball fans are converging on downtown Lexington this week for the annual high school state tournament. It might be a brand new experience, or a lifelong experience for attendees. 

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5:03pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Council Member Chris Ford Confirmed as New Social Services Commissioner

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Incoming Lexington Social Services Commissioner Chris Ford says the goal in his new position is to excel in existing programs, while further expanding in areas like drug abuse and violence intervention.  Ford is giving up his seat on the Lexington Council to serve in the position.

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4:45pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Crime

No Signs of a Break-In Where Kentucky Bourbon was Stolen

Five barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon were found behind a shed, and a Franklin County man has been charged, according to Franklin Sheriff Pat Melton. Photo courtesy of the sheriff's office.
Credit kentucky.com

Wild Turkey officials say there were no signs anyone had broken into a Kentucky warehouse where five barrels of aging bourbon were taken in a heist that led authorities to a backyard where the whiskey was found.

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2:59pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

Obama Predicts Kentucky Will Win NCAA Tournament

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President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

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11:13pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Committee Hears from Public on Minimum Wage Proposal

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Lexington got its first public hearing at city hall Tuesday afternoon.  The plan would increase the city's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next three years.  When the committee hearing ended, 19 people testified.  April Taylor is in favor of raising the minimum wage.  "We can support the pursuit of profit at all costs, or we can chose to care about women, children, and families," said Taylor.

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11:07pm

Tue March 17, 2015
State Capitol

Governor Beshear Predicts Passage of Heroin and Dating Violence Bills

Credit kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.  General Assembly members return Monday for the two final days of the 2015 session.  Beshear expects passage on both pieces of legislation.  "There's so much pressure from the public behind both of those bills, so that I don't really think these folks will leave here on March 24 without having accomplished both of those things," said Beshear.

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11:07pm

Tue March 17, 2015
State Capitol

Governor Signs Breeders Cup Incentives Into Law

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law.  The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol.  The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  Breeders Cup President Craig Fravel says when it was held in California, the event had an $80 million impact on the local economy.  "When you combine this year's event with the thoroughbred sales that will follow immediately, you're gonna have people coming to Lexington, coming to Kentucky for a much longer period of time that has historically b

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11:41am

Tue March 17, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Police Militarization on Eastern Standard

From left to right: John Hingsbergen, Dr. Peter Kraska
Credit Richard Turner

In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.


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9:56pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Record Breaking Snowstorm an Ancient Memory in Ky

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A little more than a week ago, central Kentuckians were digging out from an historic snowstorm.  This week is a whole different ballgame, or rather, 'day on the course.'

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5:00pm

Mon March 16, 2015
All Politics are Local

Ky Governor Hopeful Takes Giant Leap - From a Plane

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Will T. Scott took a giant leap in an effort to bring attention to his candidacy for governor of Kentucky: He jumped out of an airplane.

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4:59pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Education

UK Board Approves Tuition Increase

Credit kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.

The tuition and mandatory fee hike this fall for resident undergrads will be three percent.  The combined average increase at UK over the last four years stands at just over four percent.  That compares with an average ten percent tuition hike from 2005 to 2008.

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4:57pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Health and Welfare

Health Dept Official: Most Restaurant Operators Understand Value of Good Inspection Score

Credit lexingtonhealthdepartment.org

This is Environmental Health Professionals Week in Kentucky. Fayette County Health Department inspectors review some 1,700 permitted establishments each year.  Environmental Health Specialist Amy Sullivan says about 60 percent of the health department's reviews occur at restaurants.  She says several are shut down every year.  "Each year there are numerous establishments that do have to be closed for various reasons, whether it's not electricity or not have water," said Sullivan.  "Often times we get reports of a sewage back up in the food preparation area." 

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4:54pm

Mon March 16, 2015
State Capitol

Freshman Lawmaker Experiencing Challenges in Legislative Process

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First term state Senator Danny Carrol says the current 30 day session of the Kentucky General Assembly has been a learning experience.  Carrol says, in business, decisions tend to be black or white.  He says he's quickly learning that in the legislative process there are a lot of gray areas.   "And I've already had an incidence where you get two bills combined like that and one of them you're very supportive of, the other one, you know, you're really not supportive of," said Carrol.

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4:51pm

Mon March 16, 2015
State Capitol

Legislation Would Shut Down Persistent Logging Violators

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The State Division of Forestry is looking to the Kentucky legislature for help in dealing with persistent logging violators.  Legislation to that end has passed both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and has been sent to the governor.  Division of Forestry Director Leah McSwords says the bill focuses on repeat offenders.  "If we find a three or more 'bad actor' who has not paid the penalty or has not cleaned up the site, we can shut them down wherever they're harvesting in the state," McSwords said.

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6:00am

Mon March 16, 2015
Listener Feedback

Still Repeating On the Media, Advice for Traffic & Thanks for Not Fundraising Like Public TV

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet or call 859-622-1657

Here’s an anonymous call from the WEKU Listener Comment Line. (male caller) “It’s about 4:30 in the afternoon here and I’ve heard this every Saturday, for the last three weekends, I know for sure.”

For those who heard our feedback last week, this is especially embarrassing, since we’ve now allowed the same episode of On the Media to air three weeks in a row.

As I mentioned last week, it was originally an error by the producer in New York, failing to properly date the computer audio files.  This week, it is clearly our fault and WILL NOT happen again.

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4:02pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Faith and Values

Bishop-Elect Stowe Eager to Better Understand Diocese Social Service Needs

Credit kentucky.com

The bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington says the social needs of his 50 county region call for the church to 'get outside of itself.'  The Reverend John Stowe says during his 15 years on the Mexico-U.S. border, he experienced poverty under different kinds of circumstances. "You know they don't take a lot of things for granted that many of us are able to take for granted; they learn to help each other and that's the most powerful thing,” said Stowe. “There's no allusion that they can do it all by themselves, and I think we can all learn from that."

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