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3:28pm

Mon October 27, 2014
The Commonwealth

Jindal, Clinton, Warren to Campaign in Ky.'s Senate Race

Credit Kentucky.com

 

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a trio of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday and Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with her on Saturday in Lexington and northern Kentucky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

 

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3:21pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Education

Murray State Deferring Applications from Africa

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Murray State University in Kentucky is deferring applications from students in West African countries affected by Ebola until the fall of 2015.

Provost and Vice President Jay Morgan says the school is still accepting applications from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but students will not be admitted in January.

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6:00am

Mon October 27, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Jian Ghomeshi Dismissal and Better Traffic Coverage on Listeners' Minds

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

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

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6:00am

Mon October 27, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Jian Ghomeshi Dismissal and Better Traffic Coverage on Listeners' Minds

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

WEKU listeners have been weighing in on yesterday’s news of the dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

Tom Johnston writes, Say it ain't so! I love this guy.

Lisa M Pasbjerg “BOO! I love his show!!!!”

Thomas Crabtree “Horrible news!”

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10:41pm

Sun October 26, 2014
Health and Welfare

50 Years of Organ Transplantation in Kentucky

Credit kyorgandonor.org

It's been half a century since the first organ transplant operation was performed in the commonwealth.  The University of Kentucky last week commemorated the milestone during the 50th Anniversary Transplant Symposium.

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10:35pm

Sun October 26, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Manufacturers Participate in First Innovation Conference

Credit americanradioworks.org

High tech computers and machinery are a part of today's advanced manufacturing environment.  With that, comes the use of robotics to assist in making precision products.   David Chavern, President of the U.S.

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7:24pm

Sun October 26, 2014
Station News & Events

Q Host Jian Ghomeshi Dismissed from CBC

"The CBC's relationship with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the cultural affairs radio show Q, has ended," the network announced Sunday."  

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted the story on the news section of its website Sunday afternoon, quoting a news release from the network, "The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well," the network said in a statement.

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5:59pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Education

Burse Chosen as Kentucky State President Again

Credit kysu.edu

Former Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has been chosen by the school's board of regents to return to the post he left 25 years ago.

Burse has been interim president since July 1 following the retirement of Mary Evans Sias from the historically black college.

 

 

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5:25pm

Fri October 24, 2014
The Commonwealth

TV Ad in State Senate Race Removed

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A Lexington TV station has removed a campaign ad after a Republican state Senate candidate complained the ad was false.

 

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5:54pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Education

EKU Breaks Ground on 2nd Phase of Science Building Project

Credit Richard Turner / WEKU News

A groundbreaking event Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University marked the official start of phase two construction of the school's new science building.  Biological Sciences Professor Malcolm Frisbee says the 155,000 square foot building will allow for more hands on teaching and research.  "For example in the biological sciences, the department has designed a specific suite for genomic research, we've got a couple of suites for biomedical research.  On the geography and geology side, they have designed a couple of spaces specifically for geotechnical research that would involve things lik

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5:48pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Tourism Officials Promoting Food Across the Commonwealth

Credit lanereport.com

Kentucky's Department of Travel and Tourism is working to expand culinary tourism across the state.  Officials are launching the food focused website KentuckyCuisine.com. Department Spokeswoman Scottie Ellis says the goal is to get in on the front end of culinary tourism.  "You know food is a necessary part of everyday life, but it is a very big part of travel.  If you have a bad meal, it could ruin your entire experience," said Ellis.

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4:28pm

Thu October 23, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Lawmaker Indicted on Bribery Related Charge

Credit Legislative Research Commission

A federal grand jury has indicted an eastern Kentucky lawmaker. Phelps Representative Keith Hall is charged with paying bribes to a mine reclamation inspector to ignore violations.

The London grand jury named Hall and former state mine reclamation inspector Kelly Shortridge in an alleged scheme to ensure Hall's mines passed inspection.

The indictment states Hall and Shortridge set up a shell company, DKJ Consulting. Prosecutors say Hall then used a company he owned, S&K Properties, to funnel money to Shortridge.

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12:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Rally Held in Conjunction with National Day of Action Against Police Brutality

Molly Van Zant wearing sign
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    

A diverse group of people marched and rallied Wednesday night in downtown Lexington in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.

Participants gathered first near Lexington's William Wells Brown Elementary School.  Among them, Molly Van Zant, who wore a front and back corrugated sign of names from across the country.  "I am wearing a list of some of people who have been killed by law enforcement recently, men and women," said Van Zant.

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4:35pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Seniors Asked About Ways to Improve Livability

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Lexington area senior citizens are being asked for suggestions on ways the city can help improve their quality of life.  The Livable Lexington Survey will be sent to seniors this week.

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9:51pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Business and the Economy

Bourbon's Impact on Kentucky Economy Still Growing

Credit bourbonblog.com

Kentucky’s Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce in the last two years and contributes $3 billion in gross state product to the state economy. The University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute report shows the industry's economic contribution has increased by 67 percent from 2012.

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9:48pm

Tue October 21, 2014
All Politics are Local

6th District Congressional Candidates Talk Minimum Wage, Affordable Care Act, and Campaign Finance

Credit kentucky.com

The two candidates in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district race stand on opposite sides when it comes to health care reform.  Incumbent Andy Barr and challenger Elisabeth Jensen appeared Monday night on KET'S Kentucky Tonight.  Barr argues current reforms will leave states like Kentucky with unaffordable Medicaid costs.  "The state simply doesn't have the capacity to fund, at this point, this massive expansion of Medicaid.  This is going to crowd out our ability to fund education," said Barr.

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1:35pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Chemical Spill on Interstate 75 Shuts Down Traffic in Both Directions

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

A chemical spill along interstate 75 in Madison County  shut down lanes in both directions for hours Tuesday.  Michael Bryant with Emergency Management says the spill occurred near the 96 mile marker which is near the Boonesboro road exit.  He says the chemical ferric choride leaked out of a tanker truck.  Bryant says the driver realized the chemical was leaking from a valve and pulled off.

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4:45pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Jockeys to Honor Late Teenage Rider Juan Saez

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Jockeys nationwide will honor the 17-year-old apprentice who was killed in a riding accident recently.

The Jockeys' Guild says jockeys will wear a patch during Breeders' Cup weekend with the initials of Juan Saez on their pants or boots as well as a black band to recognize him and other riders who have been killed during a race or as a result of race-related injuries.

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4:24pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Manpower Services Not Yet Seeing Uptick in Seasonal Hiring

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The holidays are fast approaching and that usually means an increase in seasonal employment.  One agency that links potential workers with employers is not yet seeing an increase in temporary hiring.

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4:16pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business and the Economy

Four Country Concerts Causing Parking Adjustments

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Four concerts over two days in downtown Lexington during Halloween weekend are expected to challenge parking and traffic. Country star Garth Brooks will play two shows at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 31st and two more on Saturday, November first.

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6:30am

Mon October 20, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Chasing Down Saturday Morning Problems

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

We’re grateful to those who contacted us about technical problems Saturday morning that delayed a number of programs and preempted almost an hour of Weekend Edition. For example, from Sara at 7:09 am, “Tuned in for Bob Edwards Weekend but getting Rick Steves instead...”

From Madeline, “It’s 8:20 and no Weekend Edition. I love Bob Edwards but know I'm missing Scott Simon. Am I going to have to go online to get it?”

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5:42am

Mon October 20, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Bobby Clark on Overcoming Tragedy in West Liberty

Bobby Clark is founder and president of Sustainable Business Ventures, a non-profit working to develop businesses, social enterprises, environmental literacy training and entrepreneurial training.  In part one of his conversation with Tom Martin, Clark discusses his work to help a Kentucky community overcome tragedy.

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12:12am

Mon October 20, 2014
-Eastern Standard

On Eastern Standard: How Concerned Should We Be About Ebola?

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

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10:42pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Education

Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Inauguration This Week

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Eastern Kentucky University formally recognizes its 12th president this week. The Richmond school will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday afternoon for Dr. Michael Benson. 

The Utah native, who began his tenure at the Richmond school in 2013, says the event recognizes more than any individual.  "I've tried my best to tell folks planning it, that this is not about me.  This institution is bigger than me or any of us.  I mean it's been around for a long time.  It's gonna be around far beyond our tenure," said Benson.

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10:38pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington City Officials Preparing to Take Down Hundreds of Ash Trees

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Lexington officials are hoping to address a potential public safety issue by removing hundreds of dead or dying ash trees.  The trees, like those in many other states, are succumbing to damage caused by the emerald ash borer.  Lexington Division of Environmental Policy Director Susan Plueger says more staff is needed to help remove the  trees.  "We need equipment.  We need a tree crew working throughout the winter on these issues.  Right now, our tree crew is in streets and roads, the only one that we currently have and they have other duties related to snow removal, pot holes, other activ

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5:47pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Business and the Economy

Gas Prices Dip Below $2.90 in Parts of Kentucky

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

There are reports of gasoline prices under two dollars and 90 cents across parts of Kentucky.  The price per gallon has been dropping at a rapid pace with less demand and an ample supply.  Bluegrass AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it's difficult to say how low prices will  go.  "You will see a wide variance in the price of gas.  I can't really comment on how far it will drop or how long it will continue to drop unfortunately because there are so many factors that affect the price, particularly of oil," said Oakford.

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5:23pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Belle of Louisville Celebrates 100th Birthday

Credit insiderlouisville.com

A decades old fixture on the Ohio River at Louisville is celebrating a historic birthday this weekend.  The Belle of Louisville on Saturday turns 100 years old.  The paddle wheeled steamboat was built in Pittsburgh and used to haul cargo for years before becoming a passenger only boat in the 1930's.  CEO Linda Harris says the boat played a role in furthering the industrial revolution.  "Able to have these large boats bringing cattle and cotton and whiskey barrels and all sorts of commerce to towns that became cities because of the steamboat where they would port there, sell their wares.  T

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10:21pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

One and a Half Million Dollars to Go for Hazard Water Project

Credit cityofhazard.com

Residents of an eastern Kentucky town can look forward to a new sewer system.  During a stop in Hazard Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear brought word of state funding for the project.

You might not think construction of a new sewer system would be a headline grabber.  But, to many people in the Hazard community, it will mean increased security for a critical utility. 

During the winter of 2009-20-10, the Hazard water treatment and distribution system experienced severe failures.  Some areas saw water outages for up to 45 days. 

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4:30pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Governor Beshear Helps with Official Kick-Off of Mountain Parkway Expansion

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Eastern Kentucky's Mountain Parkway expansion is years from completion but Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials gathered Thursday in Salyersville to mark the first phase of the project. Mayor Pete Shepherd says the four lane highway will pass through the heart of his eastern Kentucky community.  

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4:29pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Red Cross May Close Local Chapters as Part of Restructuring Plan

Credit redcross.org

The American Red Cross is looking to restructure its presence nationwide by merging some of its smaller chapters, which could mean the closure of some in the region.

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