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Members of Kentucky Adoption Task Force Named

Apr 19, 2017
adopt.ky.gov

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has announced a new task force that will overhaul the state’s adoption process. A bi-partisan group of eight House members are tasked with streamlining the process and making it more affordable. 

kentucky.com

The Kentucky Department of Corrections this week is implementing an emergency regulation aimed at expediting the release of certain offenders.  These inmates have already been approved for parole.

The move impacts some 570 inmates whose cases have been reviewed by the state parole board as part of the normal discharge process.  The regulation is designed to free up prison and jail beds.  High inmate numbers in the most crowded county jails have raised concerns over safety and operations.  Since January of 2016, the state inmate population has grown 6.9%. 

Lexington City Leaders Discuss Panhandling

Apr 19, 2017
wkyt.com

Panhandling in Lexington received a thorough discussion Tuesday at City Hall.  Mayor Jim Gray says he’s held three meetings on the issue over the last week and a half.

The mayor says he gathered a task force of sorts and recommendations will be coming to council.  One member, Fred Brown says his wife was harassed in a parking lot. “They’re not only holding signs up now. They’re approaching the vehicles and knocking on the windows,” said Brown.

Stu Johnson

The 39th annual of Lexington Picnic with the Pops is set for August 18 and 19  at Keeneland.  Details of the summer event were revealed  Tuesday inside the Kentucky Theater lobby. 

On Friday August 18, the Lexington Philharmonic will perform the soundtrack from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  The following night the orchestra will present the music of Michael Jackson.  

Lexington Teens Weigh In on New Curfew

Apr 18, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington has a new curfew law in effect.  The new curfew ordinance sets midnight every night as the time for those under 18 to be inside.  The previous law established 1:00 a.m. as the deadline on weekends.  

Teenagers experienced the biggest change for the first time this past weekend.

It was a warm spring Saturday night when seven teenagers gathered at a Lexington Sonic Drive-In.

Several of the teens, including 18-year-old Luke Florence, 17-year-old Lindsey Campbell, and 16-year-old Annie Vandenburg, voiced their opinions about the curfew.

Stu Johnson

University of Kentucky medical researchers will use just over $11 million to further study the metabolism of cancer. 

The formal announcement of the National Institutes of Health’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant was made Monday.

Kentucky has disproportionately high rates of cancer and metabolic disorders. 

In the past few years, many so-called “traditional values” have been challenged. The legalization of same-sex marriage.  Efforts by transgender persons to gain acceptance, to say nothing of shifts in gender roles that have been under way for decades.    It's an encore of a show we first aired in October of last year but we’re still glad to hear from you at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com.

You can also post a comment to the WEKU Facebook page or tweet us @wekuEST.

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The director of Kentucky’s Center for School Safety applauds legislative efforts to bring more attention to problems associated with human trafficking.   One provision pertains to schools across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Reaches Settlement in Radioactive Waste Dumping

Apr 16, 2017
Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached a $168,000 settlement with one of the companies accused of being involved in the dumping of radioactive waste in an Appalachian landfill.

 

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services said Friday it reached the settlement with Fairmont Brine Processing, which operates a wastewater treatment facility in West Virginia.

Kentucky officials accused Fairmont Brine of arranging for the disposal of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill.

Lexington Officers Punished for Traffic Accidents

Apr 15, 2017
Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Two Lexington police officers are being punished for causing traffic accidents while on duty.

The Urban County Council ordered Officer Nathan Barks' to give up his police cruiser for two weeks and Officer Roman Sorrell received a 20-hour suspension without pay.              

                             

The Herald-Leader reports Barks has been involved in three recent at-fault collisions, two of them in December and a third in February. In one of the incidents, he backed into a utility pole and hit a guardrail in another.

J. Tyler Franklin - WFPL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for President Donald Trump say he did nothing wrong as a candidate when protesters said they were roughed up by his supporters at a campaign rally in Louisville last year.

 

Trump's team responded Friday to their lawsuit in federal court, saying the protesters waived their right to sue by buying tickets to the event. Trump's response also says he's immune as president from such suits.

Trump's team also denies that he was urging the crowd to take action against the protesters when he repeatedly said "get them out of here."

Lexington Kite Festival Sure Sign of Spring

Apr 14, 2017
Stu Johnson

There are many ways to spot the change of seasons in the Bluegrass.  But, a Lexington tradition this weekend is sure to count as another official sign of spring. 


Copley/Scherer on Lex Phil Concert, Kite Fest, Other Easter Weekend Events

Apr 14, 2017
Rich Copley rcopley@herald-leader.com

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This week, he is joined by the newspaper’s features editor Sally Scherer.  


Lexington Council Considering Vicious Dog Revisions

Apr 13, 2017
Kentucky.com

Lexington council members will be voting on a revised vicious dog ordinance in the coming weeks.  A committee gave unanimous approval this past week. 


Pinwheels Draw Attention to Child Abuse, Neglect

Apr 13, 2017
Stu Johnson

Nearly 1400 pin wheels are spinning at a busy Nicholasville Rd. intersection in Lexington.  They are there to draw attention to issues related to child abuse and neglect in Fayette County.    


Lawmakers to Include 'In the Year of Our Lord' on Documents

Apr 12, 2017

State lawmakers have voted to include the phrase "in the year of our Lord" on some of their documents. Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers passed resolutions requiring the phrase to be included in the date on all of their simple resolutions and floor citations.   


Harry Connick Jr. to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby

Apr 12, 2017

Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby next month. The jazzman, actor and former "American Idol" judge will perform the anthem in the Derby Winner's Circle at Churchill Downs on May 6.   


How Asian Politics Could Affect U.S. Coal

Apr 12, 2017
Peabody Energy, Inc., via Wikimedia Commons

With Australia coping with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and China turning back imports of coal from North Korea this week as apparent punishment for missile tests, U.S. coal exporters are hoping for a boost.

But analysts aren’t predicting a coal comeback. 


Keeneland Unveils Bonus Program for Yearling Sale

Apr 12, 2017
WEKU file photo

While Keeneland's spring race meet continues for the rest of April, the historic track is putting the focus on another of its functions.  Officials at the Lexington facility Wednesday  unveiled what they are calling "major enhancements" to this year's yearling sale.     


Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Lexington police officer.  The incident took place around 11:30 Tuesday night.    

An officer was investigating a suspicious car near a motel off Stanton Way off Newtown Pike, near I-75.  While doing so, he discharged his firearm, striking a 26-year-old suspect.  The subject was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The officer was not injured. 

Pablo Alcala palcala@herald-leader.com

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has unveiled his $358 million budget for council consideration.  In his address Tuesday, the second-term mayor made it clear he considers public safety a top priority.  

NOTE: There's a link to the mayor's entire budget presentation at the bottom of this story page. 

kyforward.com

A one and a third billion dollar investment in Kentucky’s automotive industry is not changing a legislative leader’s mind about the need for broad tax reform. Toyota officials announced Monday plans to spend the funds over 5 years to revitalize design, engineering, and production at the Scott County plant.   


Kentucky Humanities Council

President Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a plan to zero-out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss what such cuts could mean for Kentucky.

Toyota Investing $1.33 Billion in Georgetown Plant

Apr 10, 2017
Stu Johnson

UPDATED

Toyota’s announcement of a one and a third billion dollar investment at its Scott County plant is expected to have implications for decades.  Changes at the plant are expected to bring about an overhaul of designing, engineering, and production.


Focus On Business: Conrad Carney on Xooker

Apr 10, 2017

Today, Tom Martin talks with Conrad Carney, founder of Lexington-based CMS Text, about his latest venture, Xooker. Carney partnered with several local high tech companies to produce a text- marketing app that he says levels the competitive playing field for small and medium size businesses.

We received a detailed email from listener and supporter in Frankfort, Andy. He writes,  “I was interested to hear today's story about a solar array being installed at the KY Coal Museum in Benham."  


Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers.

 

Farmers here have been big winners under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and while farm country voted overwhelmingly for Trump, his talk about scrapping NAFTA has farmers like Jed Clark nervous.
  

Stu Johnson

Final preparations are underway in Lexington for the opening of a new Catholic Action Center for homeless men and women.  The new site off Industry Road is expected to open in about two weeks.


Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to Unveil Proposed Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will outline his proposed budget for the coming year just prior to Tuesday’s council work session.  The city’s vice mayor doesn’t anticipate many new initiatives.  

Irap Wins Bluegrass Stakes, 100 Points for Derby

Apr 9, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Long-shot Irap won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes for his first career victory and 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby, holding off Practical Joke by three-quarters of a length Saturday as favorite McCraken made a late charge at Keeneland.

 

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