Ron Garrison / Lexington Herald Leader

Following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kentucky's second largest city is discussing the removal of two Confederate statues from its downtown.

Now a white nationalist group has announced plans to hold a rally in Lexington.

Richmond will once again host Kentucky’s All A basketball tournament next year.  

The five-day competition the last week of January focusing on small high schools will be held at Eastern Kentucky University.

Eastern Kentucky University’s nearly 2000 Richmond campus employees are returning this week to a more traditional work schedule.
That comes following a summer with a modified schedule, all in the name of saving energy.


Stu Johnson

Hundreds of people gathered in Lexington’s Courthouse Square Monday evening to remember those who died in Charlottesville Virginia this past weekend in connection with a white supremacists’ rally.  

Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

In the rich land of Christian County, wheat is milled for McDonald's biscuits, corn is turned into ethanol, and grazing cows support the state’s leading dairy.

This is Kentucky’s breadbasket, and a river runs through it: the South Fork of Little River. 

Today, Tom Martin talks with physical trainer Sheila Kalas, owner of Fitness Plus in Lexington, about her efforts to raise the bar on her industry's standards in Kentucky.

Stu Johnson

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels face tough challenges in opening the 2017 football season. 

Games against two in-state schools are first and second on this fall’s schedule.

Lexington Police Advertising Recruiting Efforts

Aug 14, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington police are working to grow the force to 600-plus officers over the next few years. 

The recruiting coordinator says the process is moving along well.

Here's an email from Marilyn in Lexington, "Recently a listener commented that WEKU should replace the program Q.  However, I enjoy Q and hope it stays on the air."

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will ask the urban county council this week to petition the state to relocate two confederate monuments that stand in the heart of downtown.   

In a Youtube video released Sunday, Mayor Gray said his family has ties to America’s Civil War.

Mary Meehan

Days after sending mixed signals on his response to the nation’s opioid crisis, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he plans to declare a national emergency to better address the epidemic.

“We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” the president said, announcing that his administration was drafting the paperwork to make the emergency declaration official.

A former Lexington council member pleaded guilty Friday to two felonies and three misdemeanors for cashing bogus payroll checks. 

According the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sasha Love Higgins entered the guilty pleas in Fayette Circuit Court.  She could face up to two years in prison.

Allegra Schawe-Lane Facebook

A Kentucky man and his transgender wife are suing online retailer Amazon alleging workplace discrimination.  

They’re claiming violations of a number of federal and state laws.

A number of officials within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have been schooled in entrepreneurial thinking. 

KCTCS representatives gathered prior to last week’s Saving Our Appalachian Region Summit in Pikeville.

Two Kentucky agencies are among 32 organizations nationwide benefiting from almost $17 million in federal funding to help low income-citizens buy fruits and vegetables. 

The assistance goes beyond the purchase of produce.


Rebecca Kiger

The Trump administration’s top health official backed away from a presidential commission’s proposal to declare a national public health emergency to address the opioid crisis.

An emergency declaration could have big implications for the Ohio Valley, a region with some of the country’s highest addiction and overdose rates.

The top recommendation from President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis was for the president to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.   

Stu Johnson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening and expansion of a Lexington-based technology company Tuesday.

Fooji Incorporated specializes in brand promotion using familiar tools of social media.

Stu Johnson

Automobile executives from across Kentucky and beyond have been briefed this week on many facets affecting their industry during the annual Autovision conference in Lexington.

Among the topics has been materials used in building today’s vehicles.

Madison County Schools have joined the list of those that will close on the day of the near-total solar eclipse.

The district has announced that the schools will observe a “Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day”  on Monday, Aug. 21.

Students will not report to school that day, but will be expected to complete assigned work.

The district is able to designate up to 10 days as NTI Days during the school year at the discretion of the superintendent.

Lexington-based Lexmark Incorporated will cut 700 employees from its payroll during the next year. 

The company announced the cuts Tuesday.

Fayette Schools Take a Day Off for Solar Eclipse

Aug 7, 2017

The Fayette County School Board has voted to change the school calendar, partly based on safety concerns related to this month’s solar eclipse. 

The switching of dates became official Monday.

J. Tyler Franklin

Paramedics and police are already in the hotel room when Kyle Simpson walks in.

“What happened?” he asks.

A 37-year-old man in the room is barely conscious–just revived by the overdose reversal medication Narcan.

Stu Johnson

The fourth Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit featured updates on efforts to reinvigorate economies in more than 50 southeastern Kentucky counties. 

They included reports on broadband, workforce training, and a high tech agricultural plan. 

But, the event Friday also provided an avenue for Appalachian expression.

Stu Johnson

Kentucky’s governor says there’s some question about the agenda for a special legislative session he plans to call this fall.

Governor Matt Bevin participated in the annual Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit Friday.  

Thomas, of Paris, Kentucky emailed,  “This morning NPR had another great report on the art work of the trench solders of WWI.

In NPR's opening statement they said that WWI was the first war fought on a world wide scale.  Historically this is an erroneous assumption.   

This week we'll turn our attention to the heavens and discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. In addition to facts, we just may discuss myths and legends as well.

Stu Johnson

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Pikeville's East Kentucky Expo Center for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit.  

They heard status reports on topics ranging from high tech greenhouse plans to aerospace manufacturing and workforce training expansion.

A judge this week dismissed a charge against a Republican Kentucky legislator from Madison County accused of illegally transporting alcohol across county lines.

81st District Representative Wesley Morgan was cited in April by police in Barbourville while moving liquor between two of his four stores.  At the time, doing so was illegal under state law.   

Copley/Hendren on Ballet Under the Stars, Other Events

Aug 4, 2017
Matt Goins | 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.

They tell us that, this weekend for the 27th consecutive year, Ballet Under the Stars will take place at Lexington’s woodland Park.

Pikeville to Host 4th SOAR Summit

Aug 3, 2017

Hundreds of people will converge on downtown Pikeville Friday for the 4th Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit. 

The overall objective continues to be rebuilding economies in 54 Southeastern Kentucky counties.