Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left) with Dean Allen Ault
Allen Ault is Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. As Dean Ault prepares to retire, we’ll discuss the death penalty, police/community relations and law enforcement trends today on Eastern Standard.
15 Kentucky sites are seeking a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings include a Murray tobacco warehouse, a Woodford County elementary school, and a Daviess County carriage and buggy manufacturer.
State Sen. Joe Bowen says there aren't many potential solutions to Kentucky's pension crisis.
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Analysts say Kentucky will need to hire more state employees or have them pay more into the retirement system in order to reverse the state’s pension crisis, painting a grim portrait of Kentucky’s main public pension system.
Bluegrass music is an integral part of Kentucky's culture. It routinely sounds out in formal and informal settings. That includes the weekly get-togethers at Carl and Norma's Lil' Opry House in Maytown. The down-home venue in Morgan County has become a breeding ground for young musicians.
Every Tuesday night, local bluegrass musicians gather at the Maytown Opry for their weekly jam session. The small white building, formerly a grocery store, is lined with church pews, with an American flag hanging behind the stage.
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Here’s a voicemail message we received early Thursday morning from Danny, “Right at 4:00 am on May 28, we were hearing a flute song and, when that went off, nothing else happened.”
The budget proposal before Lexington Council members includes a number of neighborhood park refurbishing projects. The mayor's plan calls for almost $2 million in improvements. General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says parking lot developments and upgrades to playing courts could be completed within a year or so. "Some of the other projects that they're discussing like new bathrooms which involves construction, interaction with neighborhoods for the planning process of where folks want things, what they want them to look like which parks is very good at doing may take a little longe
In the coming fiscal year, Lexington city leaders are considering spending more than $757,000 on emergency shelter programs. The city's homelessness services director says that figure doesn't cover Lexington's ongoing need.
Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law. The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.
There's an ongoing demand for law enforcement dispatchers across Kentucky. Last week, the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at Eastern Kentucky University graduated its 100thclass. Training Supervisor Mike Keyser says upon receiving their degrees, the 20 new graduates began taking emergency calls right away. "One of the graduates had to work that evening at four o’clock,” said Keyser. “Whenever they graduated they went to work, either that day or if they had the good fortune to have a couple of days off, I guarantee you they were working by Monday morning."
A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas. The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services met Thursday at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine. Hospital CEO Susie Starling says the panel is reviewing day to day experiences. "It's providing them with real life situations and perspectives that they may not have gotten without coming into the communities and talking with the people who are actually living it every day," said Starling.
Kentucky is one of five states chosen to investigate ways to reduce smoking among people with behavioral health issues. In June, a group from Kentucky will participate in the Policy Academy in Maryland. Mary Begley is state Commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. "I believe that the goal is to just unite the leadership at the state level to come together, to pull our resources, our knowledge so that we're all moving in the same direction," said Begley.
A Lexington third grader now has a bit of a head start on building her college fund. Anna Curry is one of six winners of the 'Dream Out Loud Challenge.'
Curry attends Sandersville Elementary. She wrote an essay for the challenge about ways to change the world after college. Curry suggested weekly 'kindness clubs' in schools. "I hope it would work so nobody bullied anybody else and everybody would be nice to each other and kind to each other," said Curry.
The future of the former People's Bank building located on Lexington's Harrodsburg Rd. is among the items up for debate in the city's budget. The mayor's financial plan includes $150,000 to help with the proposed move of the building, possibly to a site on High St. Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen says once moved, the building could be used for community outreach. "A key thing for me was, are we just gonna move this and have it just be sitting there vacant?" said Paulsen.
NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest for this week's show, recorded May 1, 2015 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington,
NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.
Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.
What is Kentucky’s leading export industry? If I told you that it’s manufacturers of products for the aviation and aerospace industry, would you be surprised? In 2014, Kentucky Aerospace exports quietly surpassed far better known industries such as automotive and bourbon. Robert Riggs is founder and current board member of the Kentucky Aviation Association. He spoke with Tom Martin.