Kim Davis' attorney is disputing the Vatican's description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis.

Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Rowan County clerk's right to be conscientious objector.

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.

Keeneland’s Fall Meet kicks off Friday. And as Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, race goers can expect to get a taste of the upcoming Breeder’s Cup World Championships when they visit the Lexington track. 

Prep for Contest Against UK Proves Difficult for EKU Team

Oct 2, 2015

It’s been a tough week for Eastern Kentucky University’s football team.  As players and coaches have prepared to face the University of Kentucky, they’ve also been grieving over the loss of redshirt defensive lineman Joey Kraemer.  He was killed in a car crash last weekend.  During the OVC teleconference this week, EKU Head Coach Dean Hood said he’s made a point to remind his players and staff that there are more important things in life than football.  “I think we’re psychotic in this culture with the value we place on sports and the devalue we place on other things that are really, reall


Thursday marks the beginning of the fall wildfire season across the Commonwealth.  This week’s rainfall is welcomed by Division of Forestry firefighters.

The outdoor ban on burning from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of a woodland runs through mid-December.  Division of Forestry Fire Management Chief Floyd Willis says officials in his agency are hoping for a fall much like last year.  “It was pretty slow for us in the fall and the spring for the most part because there was a lot of precipitation during those times, even snowfall,” said Willis.

Greenhouse 17 Launches "17 Days/17 Ways"

Oct 1, 2015

As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a Kentucky advocacy agency is launching a social media campaign to educate the community on intimate partner abuse.

Each day for the first 17 days of the month Greenhouse 17 will share one way to combat abuse.

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There’s a great deal to be proud of in the just released student testing results for Fayette County public schools.  

Berea Voters Expand Alcohol Sales

Sep 30, 2015

A Berea tourism official says allowing limited alcohol sales will be great for the economic future of the southern Madison County town. Voters on Tuesday approved alcohol sales by the drink for restaurants with food sales of at least 70 percent of their total business and that can seat at least 50 people.  Assistant Tourism Director Kerri Lee Hensely believes the change can produce rippling economic impacts.

Matt Bevin Says He Wouldn’t Vote For Rand Paul

Sep 30, 2015
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote for Kentucky’s U.S. Senator Rand Paul in next year’s Republican presidential primary, and would instead cast a ballot for Detroit neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

“I like Ben Carson, he’s not taking shots at people. He’s intelligent, he’s articulate, he’s respected. There’s a lot about him that I think America would do well to have at the helm,” Bevin said during a gubernatorial debate on Kentucky Sports Radio.

Bevin has previously supported Paul’s White House bid. And his comments could prove awkward this weekend. Paul is scheduled to stump for Bevin at a rally Saturday in Frankfort.

Kentucky's Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he'll run for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Whitfield announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election after spending 20 years representing Kentucky's 1st Congressional District in Washington. The heavily Republican district consists of 35 counties in western Kentucky that includes Comer's hometown.

Good Neighbors, Inc.

    It’s been over two months since an eastern Kentucky flash flood claimed lives, homes, and belongings.  The tiny community of Flatgap in Johnson County took a major hit.  WEKU's Stu Johnson visited one family in the area that's still working to pick of the pieces.

Keeneland Officials Prepare for October Racing

Sep 29, 2015
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Another fall meet gets underway this Friday at the historic Keeneland Race Track.  October racing in Lexington is expected to pack in the crowds like never before.

The two candidates vying for Kentucky agriculture commissioner both say they see a big future for hemp in the Commonwealth.  Democratic candidate Jean Marie Lawson-Spann believes in time, industrial hemp could mean tens of thousands of jobs in Kentucky.  “We will recruit Ag processors that will help that come to fruition like when you look at makeup, baskets, clothing, automobile needs,” said Lawson-Spann.

Beshear Optimistic About Funding for Higher Ed

Sep 29, 2015
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Governor Steve Beshear on Monday offered a positive financial review to members of Kentucky’s higher education community.  Beshear admitted he’s a bit envious of Kentucky’s next governor.

That envy comes as Governor Beshear predicts a bright revenue future.  He addressed participants at the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship.  “It will be a matter of priorities," Beshear said. "It will be a matter of balancing.  But, I’m hoping that the next governor has higher education as one of those priorities.” 

EKU Athletics

The Eastern Kentucky University football team is mourning the loss off one of its members.  19 year old Joey Kraemer, a redshirt defensive lineman, died over the weekend after his SUV struck a tree off Tates Creek Road in Madison County.

EKU Football Players Dies in Weekend SUV Crash

Sep 28, 2015


The Eastern Kentucky University community is mourning the loss of a student-athlete.  19 year old Joey Kraemer died in a weekend crash in Madison County.

Joey Kraemer, an EKU redshirt freshman football player, was killed after his SUV left Tates Creek Road and struck a tree.  Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison says, judging from the damage to the vehicle, speed was definitely a factor in the crash. 

We begin this week with a comment from an anonymous listener about traffic reports, “Well, it’s 7:52 in the morning on the 21st of September and traffic is backed up from Versailles Rd. to the first Versailles exit on the Bluegrass Parkway, and the morning drive host is telling us there are no delays to be concerned about.  You don’t have anybody spotting for you or your head’s in the sand or something.” 

Kentucky Veterans Honored with Flight to Nation’s Capital

Sep 28, 2015
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This past weekend, a large group of Kentucky military veterans made a one day trip to the nation’s capital.  They received a heroes’ welcome Saturday night at Blue Grass Airport.

Scores of people, many not knowing anyone on board the Honor Flight plane, lined the entire terminal at the Lexington airport.  World War II veteran  William McCroskey of Lexington was asked what stood out the most during the trip to Washington.  “Just the number of people that have turned out, that they haven’t forgotten,” said Mcroskey.

Kentucky Businesses Interested in Trade with Cuba

Sep 28, 2015

Representatives from the Kentucky World Trade Center are taking a business related trip to Cuba next month.  Lexington council members received an update last week of trade center activities. Center President Ed Webb says area business leaders approached him about a trip to Cuba. “Basically we said initially no because the embargo still exists,” Webb said. “It’s still in place which means we cannot do any kind of business activity except for humanitarian aid, which would be medical and food supplies.”

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s show, an encore of our November 2014 discussion on the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.



Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats.

Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel represents Davis in her legal battles.

All across the nation Saturday, people will be throwing out un-needed medications in an effort to keep the drugs out of the wrong hands. 

It’s the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force Director Tommy Loving says there are several reasons to dispose of old prescriptions.

Rich Copley: Beauty & The Beast, LexLatino Film Fest, and Lots of Live Music

Sep 25, 2015
Rich Copley, via Twitter

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

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is the first person to file for Kentucky's presidential caucus.

Bush filed his paperwork on Thursday during a visit to Louisville for a state Republican party fundraiser. He also paid a $15,000 filing fee.

Kentucky normally has a presidential primary in May. But this year, the Republican Party of Kentucky voted to have a presidential caucus on March 5. 

Lawmakers Consider Raises for KSP Troopers, Workers

Sep 24, 2015

Representatives from the professional association for state troopers are requesting a 5 percent increase in pay for all state police employees and a $5,000-per-year raise for all state troopers.

The pay hikes would help the Kentucky State Police attract and retain employees, according to Tim Hazlette, president of the KSP Professional Association. Hazlette said after three years of service, troopers don’t get raises the longer they stay on the job.

 Newly released depositions of a former state official and a former state lawmaker shed a fresh light on sexual harassment allegations and a workplace plagued by low morale at the Legislative Research Commission.

According to his deposition, which a judge allowed to be released on Wednesday, former LRC Director Bobby Sherman threw away calendars and didn’t take notes during the agency’s in-house investigation of former state Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis.

Kentucky's major party nominees for lieutenant governor clashed over a sexual harassment scandal in their first televised debate.

Democratic nominee Sannie Overly denounced "false attacks" from Republican Matt Bevin that she turned her back on the female state workers who said they were sexually harassed by a former Democratic state lawmaker. Overly said both she and Democratic nominee for governor Jack Conway condemned the behavior and would work to change the culture in Frankfort.

New LRC Director Gets Two-Year Contract

Sep 23, 2015

Kentucky legislative leaders have given the final approval to hire David Byerman as the new director of the Legislative Research Commission, the state agency that provides administrative support to legislators.

Byerman is the former secretary of the Nevada State Senate; his duties included serving as the chamber’s chief administrative officer and parliamentarian. He also managed a $21.5 million biennial budget and oversaw about 90 employees.

Lexington Revenues Much Higher Than a Year Ago

Sep 23, 2015

Early fiscal year reports of revenues in Lexington are promising, but the city’s finance commissioner is urging caution. Bill Omara offered a financial report to the council’s budget committee this week. Revenues are running some $7 million ahead of the same time a year ago, but Omara says to make any firm revenue predictions now would be premature.  “We’re in a favorable position after two months but two months into the year is too early to make predictions or look for trends,” said Omara.

Berea College's Farm Ranks 17th Nationally

Sep 23, 2015

Berea College is being recognized nationally for its campus farm.  The 500 acre farm placed 17th out of the nation’s top 40 postsecondary farms.

The rankings come from ‘College Ranker,’ an organization that researches schools all across the country.  Berea College’s farm listing is based on a number of factors including hands on experience, community outreach, and degree options. 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Lexington Tuesday to announce the expansion of a Kentucky-based firm to his state.  Scott says there are better business opportunities in the sunshine state.