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Bevin Vetoes 7 More Bills, Including Parts Of State Budget

Apr 28, 2016
courier-journal.com

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued seven more vetoes, delaying a free community college scholarship program, cutting out parts of the state budget and killing a new driver’s license bill.

Bevin has now vetoed all or part of 14 bills in the wake of his first legislative session as governor.

“Today’s action will create economic opportunity and provide benefits to generations for years to come,” Bevin said in a statement.

Northern Ky. Police Target ‘Rush Hour’ Heroin

Apr 27, 2016
cincinnati.com

The Fort Thomas Police Department is running what it terms a "heroin rush hour" enforcement program. 

The anti-drug unit, comprised of three northern Kentucky officers, is tasked with working to get heroin-affected drivers off highways. 

Ky. Ranks Above Average in Health Emergency Preparedness

Apr 27, 2016
whitleycountyhealthdepartment.com

    

Kentucky is one of 18 states scoring above the national average when it comes to preparedness for health-related emergencies.  The national index program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Measures like flu vaccination rates, number of hospitals, and presence of food inspection programs are all used in charting the National Health Security Preparedness Index. 

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A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat. A state tourism board this week approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot long Ark Encounter attraction.               

Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction.

State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding "religious indoctrination."

Richmond Commission Candidates Debate Issues from Safety to Parks

Apr 26, 2016
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Five candidates for Richmond city commission participated in a debate at Eastern Kentucky University Monday night.  The event, which was streamed “live” on YouTube, began with questions about downtown revitalization. 

Incumbent commissioner Jason Morgan believes there are possibilities for the historic yet long-vacant Glyndon Hotel,  “We can have Eastern rent out some space for college kids and have flats and then have the first floor as retail business.”

Lexington Needle Exchange Offers Referral Counseling

Apr 26, 2016
wkyt.com

Lexington’s needle exchange program is adding an on-site rehabilitation referral service beginning this Friday.

The Fayette County Health Department’s needle exchange program runs every Friday afternoon.  Starting this week, Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Program Administrator Amy Baker will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 on Fridays. 

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Businesses in a southern Kentucky tourist-rich area are hoping a National Park Service report released this week is an indicator of a strong upcoming summer season.  That report showed visitors to the state’s national parks spent over $113 million in the Commonwealth last year. 

Adam Phillips is McCreary County’s Tourism Director.  He says the area recently had a large trail race that had over 400 racers and others who accompanied them. “Obviously,” said Phillips, “That got us kind of off to a good start as far as the spring season goes.”

  WEKU joined the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.  The program was streamed "live" on YouTube  and will be repeated in its entirety as a special edition of our show.

WEKU is joining the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.

Helping the Homeless, Focus of Lexington Awareness Campaign

Apr 25, 2016
kentucky.com

A public awareness campaign on the best ways to help homeless persons is in the early stages of development in Lexington.  The campaign begins with a recommendation to not give cash to street corner solicitors.

Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says giving money can be a way of supporting a drug or alcohol addiction.  Lanter says such well-intended generosity can also serve to undermine existing agencies assisting the homeless.  “Giving them cash may actually be keeping them on the streets,” says Lanter.

East Ky. Leadership Conference Looks at Reshaping Regional Economy

Apr 25, 2016
lanereport,com

This week’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference will continue the discussion about redefining the Appalachian economy.   Sessions Thursday and Friday in Morehead will cover topics ranging from broadband to 3D printing and drones. 

Eastern Kentucky University Regional Stewardship Coordinator Melissa Newman says the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative is causing some introspection, “Because our economy is not just regional any more, it is becoming global.”  Newman emphasizes that there’s a need to consider new ideas and see what’s working and what’s not working.

We begin with a call to the listener comment line from Phyllis from Prestonsburg.  She's responding to a request for comments about the changes underway with A Prairie Home Companion now that Garrison Keillor is getting ready to retire, “I'm heartbroken that Garrison Keillor is leaving.  My opinion on the replacement is still not formed yet but, when I heard the replacement host and program, it just wasn’t the same.   

Earth Day in Ky. Includes Focus on Lead, Radioactivity

Apr 22, 2016
soul-friends.com

Earth Day 2016 is being celebrated globally with events in Kentucky as well.   At the state level, there are two areas of environmental emphasis right now.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Spokesman John Mura says an oil and gas work group begins meeting next month.  Topping its agenda will be radioactive material discovered recently in two Kentucky landfills.   He believes that was the genesis of the immediate work that the group is doing.  “I think that its mission will extend past that to all restricted substances,” said Mura.

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Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald-Leader is joined this week by one of his colleagues at the paper, Harriett Hendren.

They discuss shows such as Sunday’s concert by singer/songwriter James Taylor and the production of  Once: The Musical as part of the Broadway “Live” Series.  

Rich Copley covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com where you’ll find more information about this weekend’s events. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

Lexington Police Launch Text-a-Tip Program

Apr 22, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Lexington Police Department is introducing a new technology to help citizens anonymously submit crime information.  It’s called Text-a-Tip and it carries the support of many area families who have lost loved ones to violence. 

Tonya Lindsey, a member of Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence, says many people remain fearful of coming forward with information, “People don’t understand the importance of telling.  I mean people are losing their loved ones every day and people know who’s doing it and no one wants to tell."

U.S. Marshal Service

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed an inspector general to look into potential illegal activities by the governor’s immediate predecessor. 

A former U.S. Marshal will assist with the investigation of allegations against former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.   

Gov. Bevin appointed Kenneth F. Bohac as the inspector general for the Finance Cabinet.

Bohac is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. President Barack Obama appointed him U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois in 2010.

U.S. Energy Secretary Comes to Energy Forum in Lexington

Apr 21, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    The U.S. Secretary of Energy is stressing what he’s calling “flexibility” when it comes to the future use of coal as an energy source in this country.  Ernie Moniz led off a regional energy forum at the University of Kentucky Thursday.

Instead of speaking in terms of coal going away as a power source, Secretary Moniz says the emphasis should be on an innovative agenda.  He says that includes furthering carbon capture technologies at UK and other universities. 

UK President Thanks Governor for Funding Restoration

Apr 21, 2016
lanereport.com

The University of Kentucky’s President is expressing thanks to Governor Bevin for reducing funding cuts in the current fiscal year.  The governor released some $23 million to public universities Wednesday.  

 

President Eli Capilouto expressed his appreciation while attending a regional energy forum on the UK campus,  “It’s reminds me that our Center for Applied Energy Research is a state-funded entity.”  Capilouto said the center brings in millions of dollars and creates jobs on the Lexington campus and across the Commonwealth.

 

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

Lexington Looking to Increase Recycling Fees

Apr 21, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

The city of Lexington is moving toward increasing fees for public and private entities using the recycling center.  The matter came before City Council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee Tuesday. 

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A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.

Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing it violated her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union sued her on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then-State Librarian Wayne Onkst, arguing the forms violated her religious beliefs.

Chinese Lexmark Investment Not Expected to Change Workforce

Apr 20, 2016
afr.com

The planned purchase of Lexmark by Chinese investors is not expected to impact the local workforce. The $3.6 billion purchase is expected to be final by the end of 2016.

Lexmark officials say the anticipated acquisition by Apex Technology, PAG Asia Capitol, and Legend Capital Management will result in few, if any, new job losses at the Newtown Pike facility.  The layoffs of 143 workers earlier this spring are being called a “restructuring” separate from this week’s announcement. 

Lexington Water Improvement Projects Under Review

Apr 20, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

    

Lexington city leaders appear ready to change prioritization for select water drainage projects.  The issue came before the city council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee Tuesday. 

National Environmental Health Director Comes to EKU

Apr 19, 2016
kyforward.com

The director of the National Environmental Health Association believes one day many pollutants from fossil fuel combustion will be greatly reduced.  Dr.

Gov. Bevin Alleges Corruption Under Beshear Administration

Apr 19, 2016
governor.ky.gov

Gov. Matt Bevin has launched an investigation into potential corruption under former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.

In a press conference Tuesday, Bevin alleged state employees were coerced into contributing to Democratic political campaigns, including those of Attorney General Andy Beshear and Bevin’s opponent in the governor’s race, former Attorney General Jack Conway.

Seven Million Dollar Gift Leads to ‘Named Department’ at UK

Apr 18, 2016
kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky’s Department of Biomedical Engineering carries a new name, thanks to a $7 million dollar gift.  The department is named in recognition of UK alumnus Joseph Halcomb.  The gift, announced Monday will add one endowed chair and two endowed fellowships along with fully funded graduate fellowships.  College of Engineering Dean John Walz says this influx of money taps into one of the hottest engineering growth areas.  “Huge advances in fields like medical imaging, drug delivery, prosthesis devices.  And so, it really is at the interface between other engineering discipl

Baffert Pulls 'Cupid' From Ky. Derby

Apr 18, 2016
paulickreport.com

Trainer Bob Baffert says Kentucky Derby contender Cupid has a breathing problem and won't be entered in the Derby field. 

Baffert's decision came two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. 
Cupid came out of the race with an entrapped epiglottis, and Baffert says the gray colt would have surgery to clear the breathing passageway. 
The issue is not considered serious. Baffert said Cupid "should be OK in a week" and would be under consideration for the Preakness on May 21. 
 

State Budget Agreement Pleases Land Preservationists

Apr 18, 2016
kentucky.com

    

The state budget adopted by the Kentucky general assembly last week maintains some funding for the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.  Land preservationists are breathing a sigh of relief.

Focus On Business: Kathy Plomin on "100 Women"

Apr 18, 2016

What can be accomplished in a community when you pool the brainpower and resourcefulness of 100 businesswomen?  We’re about to find out.  Tom Martin talked with former United Way of the Bluegrass President Kathy Plomin, now one of three directors of the organization, “100 Women.”

We start with a call to the WEKU Listener Comment Line, “I have been listening to public radio for over 25 years and I’ve listened to a lot of great stations.  But, I wanted to tell you that WEKU is my favorite public radio station, actually any radio station ever.” 

The caller continues, “I love the thoughtful and interesting talk you have on all day.  I learn things all the time and I am so grateful that you are a presence in our community.”

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