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The Kentucky Humanities Council Tuesday named a new Executive Director.  As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, the new head of the non-profit is a person whose name and face are familiar to many Kentuckians.  


Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates met Monday night on statewide television for the only debate of the 2016 campaign. Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appeared together on KET's "Kentucky Tonight.”


Lexington Council to Review Curfew

Oct 31, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

Lexington council members will study the city’s 21-year-old curfew law in the months ahead.

Council member Fred Brown has called for an update to the ordinance that requires anyone under 18 to be in by 1:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11:00 p.m. the rest of the week.  There are a number of exceptions. 

The Values Behind Your Vote on Eastern Standard

Oct 31, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Have you made up your mind about your vote for the Presidency, the US Senate seat and your representative to the U.S. House?  What about state legislators and county and local races.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, Why are you voting the way you are voting?

 


 

 

One look at the recent arrivals shelf at Carmichael’s Books, in Louisville, and I knew something was up. 

 

Titles like “White Rage,” “White Trash,” and “The End of White Christian America” were piling up.

“And then this has been the surprise,” Carmichael’s co-owner Michael Boggs said, picking up another hardcover. “This actually hit the Timesbestseller list: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance.”

Boggs has been in the book business nearly four decades, so he’s seen publishing trends come and go. This trend is built on something that hits close to home.

John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s annual public celebration of Halloween brought thousands into the city’s downtown Saturday. 

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, this year marked the 15th annual re-creation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  


Listener Clay emailed us, “Please create a pronunciation guidebook for your announcers, primarily containing area street and place names.  Your morning guy continually mispronounces "Tiverton" and "Aristides", street names in Lexington.  But other WEKU announcers also struggle in this area.  Nothing makes an announcer sound more amateurish than continually mispronouncing local names.”


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Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

Seth Tuska

A Lexington man’s effort to preserve the artistic legacy of his father got a boost this month with an exhibit in Brooklyn, New York.  As WEKU’S Mary Meehan reports, it’s another step in the 18-year journey of Seth Tuska and a way of taking his father “home.”

Although born in the coal fields of Pennsylvania, John Tuska grew up in New York. The libraries and streets of the city fueled John Tuska’s creative spirit.

Wicked Wonders Art Comes to Lexington for Halloween

Oct 28, 2016
Stu Johnson

Halloween-related events continue to grow in downtown Lexington.  New this weekend will be booths to highlight local artists.

The Wicked Wonders Art Market will join the Farmer’s Market Saturday in Cheapside Park.  Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Manager Amber Luallen says 15 visual artists will display their works starting at 11:00 a.m.  She says a lot of artists have work that is very in keeping with the Halloween spirit wither either a “spooky feel or whimsical or magical theme.”

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  On their minds this week is Lexington’s annual Halloween event, the Thriller Parade and a day of related activities.  

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

kentucky.com

Before the first snowflake has fallen, Lexington City Council members are considering modifications to a new sidewalk shoveling ordinance. 

A final vote on the toughened snow removal law for sidewalks is scheduled Thursday.  The ordinance would require private property owners, including neighborhood residents, to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of a 4-inch or greater snowfall or face penalities. 

libguides.uky.edu

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science is receiving almost $20 million from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant announced Wednesday is expected to further lab-to-bedside patient care.

Dr. Philip Kern says this second multi-year NIH grant will continue efforts to move from studies with mice to trials with human subjects.  The director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science says it may involve selective pilot seed money for researchers. 

Ex-Coal CEO Blankenship Argues He's Wrongly Imprisoned

Oct 26, 2016
Ashton Marra/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in the appeal by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship was convicted last year of conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws in connection with a 2010 disaster at a West Virginia mine.

As reporter Ashton Marra, of the Ohio Valley ReSource, tells us, the panel of judges focused on just one of four of Blankenship’s arguments to overturn his conviction.

Domestic Violence Awareness on Eastern Standard

Oct 26, 2016

On average, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss domestic violence in Kentucky.

 


 

 

kentucky.com

Central Kentucky business leaders got briefings on Southern and Eastern Kentucky economic strategies this week.  The Commerce Lexington-sponsored trip included stops in Williamsburg, Hazard, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and Salyersville.  

Group President Bob Quick says the trip and related events are about coordinated efforts to grow a statewide economy.  The Commerce Lex CEO says it’s incumbent on central Kentucky business interests to reach out and help other economies as well.  “When all the Commonwealth is growing, then we’re all going to do better,” noted Quick.

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A motion to remove Lexington’s minimum wage ordinance from the books failed in a Tuesday council meeting.  It took two votes before the matter was addressed at the work session.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last week that Lexington and Louisville’s minimum wage increases were invalid. A motion seeking to repeal the minimum wage statute ultimately failed on a 5-9 vote. 

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Eastern Kentucky University officials say the school’s freshmen retention rate is at its highest level ever, at almost 75 percent.  The data was mentioned during a Board of Regents meeting Monday.

Eastern Vice President Laurie Carter also told board members that, in addition to an all-time high in retaining freshman, four andfive-year graduation rates continue to rise.  Overall enrollment at the school based in Richmond remains steady at roughly 17,000 students.

Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election.

The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.   

wkyt.com

Daytime and overnight homelessness services offered by Lexington’s Catholic Action Center are being merged into one complex.  Ironing out details has been more than a year in the making.

Despite original projections of a much earlier date, a 24-hour homelessness center on Industry Road is now expected to open in early 2017.  It comes after Divine Providence, the corporate entity for Catholic Action Center and Community Inn paid the city $550,000 for the building. 

kentucky.com

A leader of a Central Kentucky citizens group says there remain outstanding issues regarding the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive fracking waste at the Estill County landfill.  

A proposed agreement announced Friday by state Energy and Environment Cabinet includes a $95,000 civil penalty for Advance Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill.  About two-thirds of that money would go for Radon monitoring and abatement at Estill County schools and at the landfill gate. 

EKU Teacher, Student Stay Connected for Decades

Oct 24, 2016
international.eku.edu

Two eastern Kentucky men, years apart in age, have maintained an educational and professional career connection for decades. That connection was recognized at Eastern Kentucky University’s 2016 homecoming festivities.

Tom Martin talks with Lexington attorney Jim Frazier, chair of the governing board of the new Downtown Lexington Management District.  Frazier also chairs the Lexington Parking Authority, so he has his eyes on much of what’s happening to improve Downtown Lexington’s attractiveness - not only as an interesting destination, but also as a place to live and work.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Radio

 

For more than half a century along the Ohio River, the chemical company DuPont provided jobs for thousands of people. One chemical they produced is PFOA, commonly known as C8. It was a remarkably useful compound, used in “Teflon” non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and even in some food wrappers.

 

First up, an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WEKH Hazard is now back at FULL POWER on 90.9 FM, thanks to Chief Engineer Bill Browning, Hazard Engineer Phil Hayes, WEKU Assistant Engineer Jim Whitaker as well as numerous outside vendors and contractors as well as support agencies at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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Horse industry growth opportunities were on the agenda last week during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s 2016 conference in Lexington.Horse industry growth opportunities were on the agenda last week during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s 2016 conference in Lexington.

Ky. Restaurants Review Minimum Wage Ruling

Oct 21, 2016
kentucky.com

Retailers across Kentucky are assessing the State Supreme Court’s ruling on local efforts to set a minimum wage.  That includes many in the restaurant business.

The state’s highest court yesterday ruled on wage increases in Lexington and Louisville invalid.   The court says only state lawmakers can act to raise the base rate. 

Kentucky Restaurant Association President Stacy Roof says it will be a business-by-business decision about whether to go back to the lower minimum wage of $7.25.  She says most of their workers are not making minimum wage.

eku.edu

This weekend is not a typical homecoming at Eastern Kentucky University.  It’s not every fall the 2nd ranked team nationally provides the homecoming opposition.

Eastern Kentucky University welcomes its alumni back to the Richmond campus as the Colonels take on Jacksonville State on the football field.  EKU has won nine straight homecoming games, but tomorrow’s opponent stands out. 

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

One of the events on their agenda this week is a concert by the Lexington Philharmonic.


kentucky.com

A six-to-one Kentucky Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down minimum wage increases in the state’s two largest cities.  

  

  

Lexington’s minimum wage increased 95 cents in July to eight $8.20 an hour.  The rate was scheduled to go up two more times over the next two years before resting at $10.10.

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