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4:59pm

Fri February 6, 2015
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Temporarily Delays Electronic Tax Returns

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State officials said Friday they will temporarily delay processing electronic tax returns following an increase of fraudulent filings from TurboTax.

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4:51pm

Fri February 6, 2015
State Capitol

Leaders of Both Houses of Kentucky Legislature Confident About Heroin Bill

Credit thejointblog.com

Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program.  Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

Efforts to pass heroin legislation last spring fell apart at the end of the session.  Neither leader is saying when final approval might come during the current session.

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5:00am

Fri February 6, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Dollar Store Products Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxic Chemicals, Report Says

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A new analysis of products purchased at dollar stores around the country show that most included significant amounts of at least one hazardous chemical. 

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12:36am

Fri February 6, 2015
State Capitol

Senate Democrats and Republicans Debate Process on Floor

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Democrats in the Kentucky Senate sent a formal letter to the chamber’s president expressing concern about the pace of bill consideration.  Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones says the majority party’s method is not in line with a representative democracy.  "Since the republicans took control of the state senate, the process has been a fast track, railroad type process to moving legislation," said Jones.

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12:31am

Fri February 6, 2015
Health and Welfare

Statewide Smoking Ban Easily Clears House Committee

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A statewide smoking ban bill has easily cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee.  The key sponsor of the bill, Susan Westrom, is confident it will clear the full House.

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12:30am

Fri February 6, 2015
State Capitol

Bill to Exempt School Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Sails Out of Senate Committee

Testimony included Comments from Tom Shelton with the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Legislation that would exempt officials with some Kentucky school construction projects from paying the prevailing wage easily cleared a senate committee Thursday.  Bill Sponsor Wil Schroder told members more work could be done for less money, without jeopardizing the quality of the project. 

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5:52pm

Thu February 5, 2015
All Politics are Local

Abortion-Related Bill Clears Kentucky Senate

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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill aimed at requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and describe what the procedure shows to pregnant women.

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5:10pm

Wed February 4, 2015
All Politics are Local

Lawmaker Who Fired State Worker Added to Harassment Lawsuit

Johnny Bell, right, fired Yolanda Costner this month after he became House majority whip.
Credit kentucky.com / Lexington Herald Leader

One of the top-ranking Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives has been added to an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit in Franklin County.

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5:08pm

Wed February 4, 2015
State Capitol

Expansion of Dog Fighting Legislation Clears Kentucky House Committee

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A bill that would expand Kentucky's current anti-dog fighting legislation is on its way to the House floor.  Committee discussion also included questions about cockfighting.

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5:05pm

Wed February 4, 2015
State Capitol

Senate Panel Hears from Groups in support of Freezing Kentucky’s Gas Tax

Local government and business representatives testify before Senate Committee
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Concerns about Kentucky's dwindling gas tax got a full review during a senate legislative committee Wednesday.  The major worry from state lawmakers and local government leaders is how the drop in revenue effects the commonwealth’s road construction and maintenance fund. 

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4:53pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Education

Model Lab School Closed Thursday Due to Illness

Credit easternprogress.com

Due to a high rate of illness, the Model Laboratory School in Richmond will be closed on Thursday, February 5.

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3:56pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declined Slightly in 2014

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Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future.

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9:05pm

Tue February 3, 2015
State Capitol

Ignition Interlock Legislation Filed for 6th Time in State Legislature

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

For the sixth time, supporters of a bill calling for ignition interlock devices to be installed in the vehicles of DUI offenders will work for approval in the Kentucky General Assembly. 

Advocates say education and awareness of the device's benefits could rule the day this session.

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5:37pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Crime

EKU Officials Investigating Threat of Gun Violence

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The Eastern Kentucky University community is on high alert following a threat of gun violence. 

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1:54pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Business and the Economy

Annual Economic Report: 'Cautiously Optimistic' 2015 Kentucky Economy

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The University of Kentucky released its 43rd state economic report Monday.  Ken Troske with the Gatton College of Business and Economics says Kentucky will likely see moderate to slow growth in 2015.  "I'd love to see three to four percent in the nation and in the state,” said Troske.  “We just don't see the projections, given all of the other issues that are buffeting the economy, particularly some of the troubles in the rest of the world."

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10:37am

Tue February 3, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Cleanup Grants Available for Brownfield Sites in Kentucky

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Kentucky communities can apply for grant money to help clean up brownfield sites.

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10:37pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Promotion Ceremony for 16 Police Officers in Lexington

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

It was standing room only for a special ceremony Monday to recognize promotions within the Lexington police department.  A long-time local religious leader offered some sentiments as the guest speaker.

Reverend Willis Polk says Lexington's police department features a 'good foundation' and 'good work performance standards.'  Still, the Baptist preacher stressed the importance of having a heart, mind, and spirit for police work, and to do it with fairness and honesty.  

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4:44pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Education

Centre Goes Public with New Scholarship Program and Capital Campaign

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Centre College is making public its campaign to raise $200 million.  The private school in Danville has also announced the creation of the Lincoln Scholars program.  Centre Vice President Richard Trollinger says an improving economy is welcomed news.  "I've been involved in a number of campaigns over the last 40 years, and I've never gone public with a campaign when the economic conditions appear to be so favorable," said Trollinger.

The Centre College capital campaign is scheduled to end January 21, 2019, a date that coincides with the school's bicentennial.

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4:41pm

Mon February 2, 2015
State Capitol

Kentucky League of Cities Carries a Full Agenda to Frankfort This Week

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The Kentucky League of Cities is heading to Frankfort this week with a full legislative agenda. Near the top are two long standing issues: stabilization of funding for emergency 9-1-1 services, and giving cities the option of pursuing a local sales tax. 

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2:00pm

Mon February 2, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard "Live" from the State Capitol

From left: Greg Stumbo, Robert Stivers, John Hingsbergen
Credit Richard Turner

As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.

We’re interested in your comments and questions before the show by email to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or on the phone at 859-622-1657.

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6:30am

Mon February 2, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Appropriate Language for Disabilities, LGBT Stories

Send your feedback to: WEKU@eku.edu, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

Last week, we reported that our engineers were getting ready to make repairs to the transmitter for 88.9 in the Richmond, Lexington and Central Kentucky. Well, instead of improving, the signal has gotten a bit worse.  

The fact is, our transmitter is a pretty old one and we’re waiting on the manufacturer to build a replacement part that will get us back to full power.  We’re hoping it will arrive this week. Keep an eye on the website or the WEKU Facebook page for updates.

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4:26pm

Sun February 1, 2015
Business and the Economy

Governor Working On Economic Development Connections During European Trip

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Governor Beshear is in Europe for an economic development trip.  Beshear is scheduled to speak this week at the International CAR-Symposium in Germany.  More than a thousand automobile executives gather for the yearly meeting. 

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4:20pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Education

UPIKE Opening New School for Teachers This Fall

Credit upike.edu

This fall, the University of Pikeville is opening a new college for teachers. The Patton College of Education is named after former governor and current UPIKE chancellor, Paul Patton, who is from Appalachia. 

Dean David Barnett says, upon graduation, many education students are opting to stay in the region to teach.  "The desire to want to return home is already there and so we want to make sure that those people, aspiring educators, have the skills needed to meet those unique needs," said Barnett.

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4:18pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Opts to Suspend Yard Waste Collection for 6 Weeks

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Due to a reduction in demand, Lexington officials are implementing a winter waste collection schedule.  For six weeks, yard waste will not be picked up during regular runs.  The special winter schedule begins on February 9th and runs until March 20th.  Lauren Monahan is with the city's Division of Waste Management.  "It's really nice because it allows us to allocate our resources to enhance the trash and recycling collection, especially as the bad winter weather is ahead of us," said Monahan.

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4:15pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Sports

Eastern-Morehead Rivalry Renewed This Weekend

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As the college basketball season moves into February, the conference schedule beginning to heat up. E-K-U, Morehead, and Murray are all battling for a spot in March’s OVC tournament.

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4:50pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Statewide Homeless Count Shows Surprising Numbers in Lexington

Charlie Lanter, Director of Lexington's Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention
Credit kentucky.com

Figures are beginning to roll in from Kentucky's annual homeless K-count. While initial numbers for the city of Lexington are down, the figures may not show the entire picture.

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4:45pm

Thu January 29, 2015
State Capitol

Thousands of School Basketball Fans Lend a Boost to Capital City Tourism

Credit kentucky.com

The All 'A' Classic high school basketball tournament is in Frankfort this week.  Games for both boys and girls teams run through the weekend at the downtown convention center.  Tourist and Convention Commission Director Joy Jeffries says the city is expected to see almost a $1.5 million economic impact. "As the tournament progresses there's less and less games during the day, so they've got a little more time,” said Jeffries. “Or, they can take a run out and check something out.  Jeffries says man of the city’s attractions are in close proximity to the convention center.

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1:09pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Education

Senator Wants Foreign Language Credit Given for Programming

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Kentucky Senate President Pro Tem David Givens wants students who study computer programming to be given credit for learning a foreign language.

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4:53pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Health and Welfare

Homeless Count Underway in Kentucky

Credit cchousing.org

 Local agencies from across the Commonwealth are taking part in the state's annual homeless count. Current data show both good and bad news. 

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4:50pm

Wed January 28, 2015
All Politics are Local

Political Races Set for 2015, but Are Voters Tuning In Yet?

Credit centre.edu

    The deadline to file for statewide office has come and gone, and now the fields are set for the May primary. Centre College Political Scientist Dan Stroup says while who's running and who's not creates interest among political insiders, the same may not be said for the average voter.  "You know, the primary is not until May and the election then in November and it's probably not as important on people's radar screens as the basketball season right now, for example," said Stroup.

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