Lexington resident Elisabeth Jensen worked for a New York Clothing manufacturer in the 1980's and then Disney consumer products in the 90's. In 2000, she help found a non-profit organization to help under-privileged children with their education. Now, she's a candidate for the sixth Congressional seat in central Kentucky. Jensen spoke to WEKU'S Stu Johnson about the role of the federal government in helping those in need.
The general manager of a long-standing training facility for thoroughbred horses anticipates this weekend's Preakness to be a faster race than the Kentucky Derby. The Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington has been operating 44 years.
Recovery operations continue as rescuers search for survivors of a mine explosion in Turkey earlier this week. At the time of the blast, there were reportedly just under 800 miners inside the western Turkey mine.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office. The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor.
In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry. Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.
Lexington tourism officials are investigating introducing two new tours; one with a rural focus, the other urban-centered.
The Blue Grass is known for its horse farms, but getting an up-close experience has typically been challenging. Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jim Browder told city leaders this week there's interest in a new approach to horse farm tours.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.
The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape. As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry. Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky is moving forward with plans for a new facility in Lexington's Hamburg area.
President and CEO David Martorano says the new center will be built on Old Rosebud and should open in 2016. "The Hamburg facility will be a full facility, amenity wise, very similar to some of our other Y's, similar to the Beaumont facility. We'll have a full gymnasium, health and wellness center, group exercise studios, a lap pool, in addition to a warmer therapeutic pool with a recreational slide," said Martorano.
A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday. Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry. Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.
Central Kentuckians may be hankering for local produce, but the wait may be a little longer this spring. A rather strong winter in many parts of Kentucky put a delay on plantings and the growing season.
While the 2014 mid-term election is a half a year away, Kentucky voters will go to the polls this month for a primary election. On this week's show, we'll discuss the May 20 Primary with journalists covering politics in the Commonwealth.
Among the topics we'll discuss: The competition for the Democratic nomination for the Sixth District U.S. House; the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Lexington Mayoral Race; and any other races of interest to our listeners.
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With the May Primary Election just a week away, we begin a week-long series of reports focusing on some of the political races. Today, we hear from sixth district congressional candidate Geoff Young. Mr. Young is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr.
WEKU'S Stu Johnson asked the one-time state Division of Energy employee and long time political activist what role should the federal government play in helping those in need.
A West Coast school's plan to stop investing in coal could cause a ripple effect among institutions of higher-education. An official at one Kentucky university says such an approach would be unlikely in the Commonwealth, for more than one reason.
Stanford University announced last week that it will divest its almost 19 billion dollar endowment of all coal mining interests. The University of Kentucky's Treasurer says it's not the
Lexington city officials are planning revisions to its leaf collection program this year. Members of a Council committee got an update last week.
Acting Public Works Commissioner Charlie Martin says snow events caused a disruption in the vacuum collection effort this past winter. "and this year, they didn't start 'til after Halloween, but by Christmas we had had several snows and you don't have time for leaf collection anymore because now you're dealing with snow and ice, so you have a very narrow window in which to operate," said Martin.
In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children. Supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.
First, it was a matter of tradition, then a moral issue. Now, after courts across the country have thrown out multiple arguments in favor of banning same-sex marriage, the Beshear Administration is on the vanguard of a new logic: Dollars & cents.
Lexington city leaders are examining branding options. This week, Mayoral Senior Advisor Scott Shapiro laid out a "blue horse" logo option. He says there is a proliferation of city-related logos with no standard. "There are things that the city does that you all as council members fund that people of Lexington don't know that the city is responsible for," said Shapiro.
In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job. As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.
The Centre Point commercial development in the heart of downtown Lexington is in full construction mode. It's a large scale project, recently redefined in scope, approaching a cost of 400 million dollars and including hotel-retail-office- and condominium uses.
After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.
It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.
A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked extended discussion Tuesday at city hall. The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report. A council committee approved the policy change.