Lexington Council Expected to Pass New Budget

Jun 22, 2017

Lexington’s council is expected to take final action Thursday night on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  

Council made relatively few changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended spending plan.

Mary Meehan/Ohio Valley ReSource


Dressed in crisp blue scrubs, Certified Nurse Midwife JoAnne Burris walks briskly, the click of her sensible clogs a counterpoint to smooth jazz in the hall.

The University of Kentucky Midwife Clinic, with its large, color prints of newborns on earth-tone walls, still has that new furniture smell. But word-of-mouth already has the waiting room full.  

Ribbon Cut for Renovated Lodge at Jenny Wiley Park

Jun 22, 2017

Kentucky officials cut the ribbon  Wednesday on a $1.7 million renovated lodge at Prestonburg’s Jenny Wiley State Park. 

State park officials hope to see an increase in conference and tourism activity this summer.

Julia Dake

A new film, having its Kentucky premiere this week, touches on themes that are very much in the forefront today.  

Issues like: marriage equality; family values; cultural diversity; interracial relationships; and the efforts of churches and religion to remain relevant in a changing society.  

Stu Johnson

New rainbow-striped crosswalks at a downtown Lexington intersection became a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s council work session.

The four permanent crosswalks, at the intersection of Limestone and Short Streets, were marked this week in advance of the city’s weekend Pride Festival.

Agriculture in Fayette County accounts for $2.3 billion in annual economic activity. 

That’s according to a report given Tuesday to Lexington’s council.

The Office of Andy Barr

Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr discussed his faith and civic responsibility in Lexington Monday evening. While the media was not allowed at the public meeting, it was shared beyond the sanctuary via Twitter.

Governor Bevin Addresses Investment Summit

Jun 20, 2017

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin believes workforce development, apprenticeship programs, and dual-credit initiatives are keys to attracting new business to states. 

The governor appeared on a panel Monday as part of the Select USA Investment Summit in Washington.

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a  new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The board also heard details about a proposed statewide student fee to help meet campus facility needs.

Roxy Todd


"I’d love to be able to stay here,” said 32-year-old West Virginian Mark Combs. “The people are great. But it’s just dying. If you want to succeed you’ve gotta leave.”

Mark is an actor and an Iraqi war veteran. He thinks there has to be a better life, or at least better economic opportunities, elsewhere. He decided to head west for Los Angeles.  

Today, Tom Martin talks with Michael Baer, president of the Lexington digital design company FusionCorp, about plans to brainstorm ways to strengthen Lexington's position as a home to high-tech innovation and commerce.

We begin with a call to the Listener Comment Line from Linda, in Lexington, “My husband and I listened to the “From the Top” broadcast on Sunday evening.  We listened to that all the time when we lived in Boston."

U.S. Department of Energy

Paducah, Kentucky, is home to USEC, a Department of Energy uranium enrichment facility that operated for 50 years until being decommissioned in 2013.

Just across the Ohio River lies the Honeywell corporation’s Metropolis Works, the nation’s only uranium conversion plant.

Copley/Hendren on U2 in Louisville, Other Weekend Events

Jun 16, 2017
Hobie Hiler Lexington Herald-Leader

It's time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Their list of things to do this weekend begins with the U-2 Concert Friday night in Louisville.

Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

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

Erik Liddell

In spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters, we can and must live together peaceably.

That’s the view of First Amendment scholar and distinguished Professor of Law and Religion John Inazu.  

Cheri Lawson

Have you ever been annoyed by everyday sounds like someone tapping fingers on the desk or pens clicking? Some people are not only annoyed by certain sounds but live with a condition where certain sounds, known as trigger sounds actually elicit a feeling of rage and a negative physical response.

Growing up, dinner time with her family was usually painful  for Kamyla Adrlik .

Andrlik: “I was about 7 years old and I was eating dinner with my family one night and it was just kind of out of the blue , I noticed the way that my dad was chewing was really bothering me.”

Here’s a note from listener Mark, “Are you aware that the Middlesboro 102.5 mHz repeater has been off the air for several day? Even in the tunnel, your signal cannot be heard.

We here in the meteor crater can hear the Pineville 90.1 repeater, but the quality is much lower."

Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

When President Trump picked the Ohio Valley as the setting to promote his infrastructure plan, he also drew attention to an overlooked part of the nation’s transportation system: inland waterways.

Agriculture, energy, and manufacturing interests all depend heavily on the Ohio’s aging navigation system.  

John Hingsbergen

A crowd estimated at about 1000 gathered in Lexington Sunday for the community’s first LGBTQ Pride Rally and March.

Organizers say the event on the downtown Courthouse Square was planned in “solidarity” with a national rally in Washington, D.C.

Lexington Fayette Urban County Government leaders are working to increase the number of contracts with minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. 

Members of the council’s General Government and Social Services Committee got an update last week.

Participants in this weekend’s Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition event will get an update on renewable energy efforts in eastern Kentucky. 

That includes a look at solar initiatives.

Beth Tibbitts

The campground at the Kentucky Horse Park is once again playing host to bluegrass music performers at all levels this weekend. 

The 44th Festival of the Bluegrass is attracting campers from inside and outside the Commonwealth.  

Copley/Hendren on UK Opera Theatre's Grand Night for Singing, Other Events

Jun 9, 2017
Mark Cornelison

It's time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They tell us the annual Grand Night for Singing is hitting a milestone this weekend. 

Stu Johnson

The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes is this Saturday.  Twelve horses will compete for the third leg of this year’s Triple Crown series.  


WEKU’s Stu Johnson has been wondering, “What will the horses be thinking in the gate, at the quarter, and down the stretch?”  

Ohio Valley ReSource

With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure improvements.

The Ohio Valley is home to aging highways, bridges, and dams, poor drinking water systems, and weak internet service for many rural residents.

President Donald Trump will be across the river from Kentucky Wednesday to promote his infrastructure plan.

And if Trump’s previous remarks are any indication, the plan could be heavily influenced by a Kentuckian who’s been dead for 165 years. 

Lexington Council Hears Affordable Housing Update

Jun 7, 2017

Over the past three years, Lexington’s affordable housing program has preserved and created well over 700 units for low income eligible people. 

Council members got an update at Tuesday’s work session.

Lexington Leaders Consider Veterans Commission

Jun 7, 2017

Lexington council members are considering establishing a local commission for veterans’ services. 

Members of the General Government and Social Services Committee heard from state veterans affairs officials Tuesday.

State FFA Convention Comes to Lexington

Jun 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

Over 2000 middle and high school students are in Lexington this week for the annual State FFA Convention. 

The statewide meeting will include sessions beyond issues on the farm.

Eastern Kentucky University has announced it will privatize custodial and grounds maintenance on its Richmond campus. 

The new contract goes into effect in August.