The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is backing a proposal to prohibit the use of Lasix in some races. The Courier Journal reports the commission approved the regulation Monday. The rule would ban the drug from being used within 24 hours of post times for particular races. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes it's the right move to make. "I do know that it is therapeutic for horses, but I also believe there is good evidence that it is performance enhancing and the public perception is it's performance enhancing," said Thayer.
Kentucky lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on what many consider to be this session's priority issue. Legislators are working until the final hours of the 2015 session trying to reach consensus on a bill aimed at reducing the state's heroin problem.
Several high school students continue to let their voices be heard in Frankfort, but it may not result in the action they seek. A number of sign carrying students rallied Monday in support of legislation to add student representation on school superintendent search committees. Students are hoping for a last minute push to get the bill through the Kentucky general assembly. It’s passage became more questionable after the state senate attached an amendment related to school bathroom regulations and transgender students. Some members of the House have indicated inclusion of that amendment
Send your feedback to WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657
We start with an email note from Connie, “As I listened to feedback this morning, I felt compelled to speak up and say how much I value your programming (except for Ask Me Another) and how glad I am that I can receive it from the Hazard transmitter.(90.9)"
Connie continued, "If the transmission gets staticky, I listen on my phone and have never had a problem. Anyway, I wanted to send you a big thumbs-up.”
EKU President Michael Benson Connects with Board Chair Craig Turner Through Face Time
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News
The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved a new student fee that would help support renovation and construction of a student center and recreation facilities. Passage of this fee is just one piece of a broader campus development plan.
Under the proposal, students would start paying $150 per semester beginning this summer. EKU officials are preparing to ask the state legislature in 2016 to borrow $60 million to renovate the student center and build a new recreation facility.
Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.
Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps. The Commonwealth will receive almost $20 million from the federal government to support the pilot program. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Thursday in Lexington. "We're now in a position to say, 'here's resources, figure out how to link these people,'" said Vilsack. "You know, these are not people who are gonna be easy to employ; they may have been unemployed for an extended period of time."
Incoming Lexington Social Services Commissioner Chris Ford says the goal in his new position is to excel in existing programs, while further expanding in areas like drug abuse and violence intervention. Ford is giving up his seat on the Lexington Council to serve in the position.
Five barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon were found behind a shed, and a Franklin County man has been charged, according to Franklin Sheriff Pat Melton. Photo courtesy of the sheriff's office.
Wild Turkey officials say there were no signs anyone had broken into a Kentucky warehouse where five barrels of aging bourbon were taken in a heist that led authorities to a backyard where the whiskey was found.
A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Lexington got its first public hearing at city hall Tuesday afternoon. The plan would increase the city's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next three years. When the committee hearing ended, 19 people testified. April Taylor is in favor of raising the minimum wage. "We can support the pursuit of profit at all costs, or we can chose to care about women, children, and families," said Taylor.
Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week. General Assembly members return Monday for the two final days of the 2015 session. Beshear expects passage on both pieces of legislation. "There's so much pressure from the public behind both of those bills, so that I don't really think these folks will leave here on March 24 without having accomplished both of those things," said Beshear.
Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law. The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol. The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event. Breeders Cup President Craig Fravel says when it was held in California, the event had an $80 million impact on the local economy. "When you combine this year's event with the thoroughbred sales that will follow immediately, you're gonna have people coming to Lexington, coming to Kentucky for a much longer period of time that has historically b
From left to right: John Hingsbergen, Dr. Peter Kraska
Credit Richard Turner
In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.
Listen to the full audio of this edition of Eastern Standard.
The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.
The tuition and mandatory fee hike this fall for resident undergrads will be three percent. The combined average increase at UK over the last four years stands at just over four percent. That compares with an average ten percent tuition hike from 2005 to 2008.
This is Environmental Health Professionals Week in Kentucky. Fayette County Health Department inspectors review some 1,700 permitted establishments each year. Environmental Health Specialist Amy Sullivan says about 60 percent of the health department's reviews occur at restaurants. She says several are shut down every year. "Each year there are numerous establishments that do have to be closed for various reasons, whether it's not electricity or not have water," said Sullivan. "Often times we get reports of a sewage back up in the food preparation area."
First term state Senator Danny Carrol says the current 30 day session of the Kentucky General Assembly has been a learning experience. Carrol says, in business, decisions tend to be black or white. He says he's quickly learning that in the legislative process there are a lot of gray areas. "And I've already had an incidence where you get two bills combined like that and one of them you're very supportive of, the other one, you know, you're really not supportive of," said Carrol.
The State Division of Forestry is looking to the Kentucky legislature for help in dealing with persistent logging violators. Legislation to that end has passed both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and has been sent to the governor. Division of Forestry Director Leah McSwords says the bill focuses on repeat offenders. "If we find a three or more 'bad actor' who has not paid the penalty or has not cleaned up the site, we can shut them down wherever they're harvesting in the state," McSwords said.
The bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington says the social needs of his 50 county region call for the church to 'get outside of itself.' The Reverend John Stowe says during his 15 years on the Mexico-U.S. border, he experienced poverty under different kinds of circumstances. "You know they don't take a lot of things for granted that many of us are able to take for granted; they learn to help each other and that's the most powerful thing,” said Stowe. “There's no allusion that they can do it all by themselves, and I think we can all learn from that."