WEKU's Jonese Franklin speaking with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader
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 activities. Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, following a delay due to last week’s snow storm, UK Theater’s presentation of ‘The 39 Steps’ is back on track.
The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth. The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product.
Proponents of the bill say the games the businesses offer are equivalent to gambling. Bowling Green Senator Mike Wilson says the establishments in his town are impacting charitable groups. "It has taken away from, in Warren County, the revenue that comes from charitable gambling for our veterans' organizations," said Wilson.
State officials say progress is being made to get water to southeastern Kentucky families who are without. Emergency response officials have been distributing bottled water in the region following last week's big snowfall and subzero temperatures that damaged water lines and clogged river intakes.
The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law. The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state. Bill Sponsor John Schickel says councils would no longer be involved in the hiring of principals and teachers. He believes that authority should rest with school superintendents and principals. "It's hard to ask someone to manage something, but not give them the proper tools or authority,” said Schickel. “In my mind and in the minds of many people it’s a flawed system, a flaw in generally what's a v
Work continues to determine the specific strategies of the 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' initiative, usually referred to as SOAR. Legislation to establish a grant framework has passed the Kentucky Senate.
The first SOAR Summit was staged in December of 2013 in Pikeville. Discussions focused on the economic and social needs of eastern Kentucky. Since then, working groups have met several times. New legislation would create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund. The measure does not specify how it will be funded.
Under a bill making its way through the Kentucky House, multi-passenger bicycle cart businesses that shuttle riders to area bars could be allowed to serve alcohol on board. The measure emerged from the Licensing and Occupations Committee Wednesday. Shelbyville Representative Brad Montell says the bill could boost tourism in cities like Louisville and Lexington. "It permits businesses like the 'Thirsty Pedaler' to be licensed and then to transport their customers from site to site while they have an alcoholic beverage in hand," said Montell.
A bill to include workers compensation protections for certain types of cancer found in firefighters is headed to the Kentucky Senate. The House approved the measure Wednesday. Chris Bartley represents firefighters in Lexington. He says studies show that firefighters are at a higher risk of cancer affecting the prostate, brain, and colon, among others. "It gives the presumption that this is a job related injury," said Bartley.
Booster seat advocates say legislative action is needed to fix Kentucky's current law. A bill that would increase the height requirement to 57 inches and age standard to nine years old, passed the House Transportation Committee Tuesday. Dr.
After failing on the initial vote last week, legislation to require most public school students in Kentucky to use the bathroom of their biological sex is now headed to the full Senate. The measure was approved during a surprise vote Monday by the Senate Education Committee.
There seems to be significant nationwide interest in the first Thoroughbred Makeover event planned at the Kentucky Horse Park. A large group of horse enthusiasts gathered in Lexington Monday for the launch of the initiative, which aims to help Thoroughbred racehorses transition into second careers.
Everett McCorvey, voice professor, Director of UK Opera Theatre and native of Montgomery, Alabama shared memories of growing up under segregation during the program originally broadcast August 29, 2013
Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.
Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013. Here is a link to the original post.
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A Bowling Green Senator wants to clarify Kentucky's stance on internet sweepstakes cafes. The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. Senator Mike Wilson's legislation aims to shut down those trades. "I do not even know that it exists because on the front of the building it says ‘Faxes and Copies,’ and you can get copies there, but they'll only give you three,” Wilson said. “That's not what they are there for and it says ‘No One Under 21 Admitted’ and there's a little kind of sign to the side that says 'Better than B
Legislation aimed at reducing Kentucky's debt is headed to the Senate floor. The measure seeks to lower overall debt over time.
The bill limits general fund supported debt to 6 percent of general fund revenues. Sponsor Joe Bowen told budget committee members the state's current debt ratio is at 8.1 percent, including the state's participation in county courthouse construction borrowing.
Legislation before Kentucky lawmakers could impact the Kentucky Lottery's plan to offer online electronic ticket sales this fall. A measure prohibiting the use of credit cards for such transactions cleared a senate committee Thursday. Bill Sponsor Jimmy Higdon says the law also calls for establishing a pre-paid card program. "If you're gonna buy that internet product, you first have to buy a pre-paid card from a lottery retailer,” said Higdon. “That's simply to protect the retailers from competition of the internet."
The unseasonably cold temperatures in the Bluegrass this week are creating life threatening conditions. Lexington officials continue to sound the alarm for safety strategies.
On Wednesday, for the third straight day, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray held a news briefing at city hall. "This weather is dangerous and it is unusual for us,” said Gray. “This is not something we're used to."
Water pipes around the home are always at risk of freezing during the Kentucky winter. But, that risk is greatly increased this week with temperatures expected to reach 15 to 20 degrees below zero. Kentucky Association of Master Contractors Director Tim House says home insulation standards in the Commonwealth require pipe protection for temperatures above zero. "And the house is insulated. Well, it's only insulated to a point. You don't typically design the insulation of a home in Kentucky for Alaska weather," said House.