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10:38pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Health and Welfare

Central Ky Drug Awareness Group Working to Keep Up with Illegal Drug Use Trends

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A group of central Kentuckians is working to reduce drug addiction in their region. The Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy sponsored a community forum on the issue last week in Richmond.  ASAP Board Chair Jerian Petry says a state trooper spoke to the group about trends in alcohol use.  "Inhaling it or breathing it in, instead of just drinking it,” said Petry. “There's also other avenues; kids are doing things like putting alcohol directly into their eyes to basically feel the sensation earlier." 

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4:54pm

Tue January 27, 2015
All Politics are Local

Kentucky LRC Audit Says Little About Sexual Harassment

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The long-anticipated performance audit of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission gives scant attention to the issue that led to the review—workplace sexual harassment.

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4:20pm

Tue January 27, 2015
All Politics are Local

John Arnold Accuser Alleges Retaliation in Firing From Kentucky Statehouse Job

State Rep. Johnny Bell
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A former Kentucky legislative staffer alleges House Majority Whip Johnny Bell fired her because she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against another legislator.

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3:43pm

Tue January 27, 2015
The Commonwealth

Biden, Clinton Among Hundreds Who Honor Former Senator Ford

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Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.

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11:03am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Homeless Programs Being Awarded $19M From US

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More than $19 million has been awarded to help homeless housing and service programs in Kentucky.

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10:58am

Tue January 27, 2015
Lexington/Richmond

Nunn's Request to Have Guilty Plea Withdrawn is Rejected

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Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn has lost his bid to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2009 shooting death of his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross.

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5:46pm

Mon January 26, 2015
State Capitol

Former Governors Believe Higher Political Aspirations Still Ahead for Grimes

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Two former Kentucky governors say future opportunities for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to seek higher office remain strong.  Julian Carrol and Martha Layne Collins had front row seats Monday for Grimes' announcement in Lexington.

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5:40pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Central Kentucky Group Stages First Public Meeting to Discuss Fracking Concerns

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A group of central Kentucky land owners and interested citizens are joining together to fight oil and natural gas fracking in their area.  The first public meeting of 'Frack Free Foothills' is scheduled for Tuesday night in Berea. 

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1:13pm

Mon January 26, 2015
All Politics are Local

Alison Lundergan Grimes Seeking Re-Election to Sec. of State Seat

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Alison Lundergan Grimes is seeking another term as Kentucky’s Secretary of State.

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9:07am

Mon January 26, 2015
Focus on Business

Focus On Business: Phil Holoubek on Downtown Lexington Projects

Phil Holoubek’s downtown-Lexington projects have included Main & Rose and the Nunn Lofts. He is now leading an effort to redevelop the eastern end of downtown Lexington along Midland Avenue, from Vine to Third Streets. Phil joined Tom Martin for a conversation about the project.

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6:30am

Mon January 26, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: 'Annoying' Message on Web Stream and Why the Weak Signal?

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We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

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6:30am

Mon January 26, 2015
Listener Feedback

Feedback: 'Annoying' Message on Web Stream and Why the Weak Signal?

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

We had a couple of interesting calls this past week to the WEKU Listener Comment Line. “Hello, this is A.J. and of course you can use my comments on the air. WEKU’s programming is superb.  There is one minor irritation I wonder if you could take care of."

A.J. continues, "When I listen to the stream on (the) TuneIn app, the commercial (sic) that comes before-hand that says, ‘Thank you for tuning in to WEKU and please give,’ is really irritating and it doesn’t make me want to give it just makes me want to get on with the program.”

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11:30pm

Sun January 25, 2015
The Commonwealth

Former Governor & Senator Wendell Ford Remembered in Capitol Memorial

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Hundreds of mourners filled the state Capitol Sunday to pay tribute to Kentucky's 53rd governor. Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. Ford is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senator. Governor Beshear offered a prayer to begin the service.  "He listened, he cared, and he brought people together.  Give us the courage to follow his examples," said Beshear.

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11:28pm

Sun January 25, 2015
State Capitol

Transportation Advocacy Group Supports Freezing Gas Tax

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When they return to work next week, Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider ways to stem a drop in state gas tax monies.  Significant declines in the price per gallon at the pump have led to a loss of revenue to maintain and build roads. 

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11:25pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Faith and Values

Nonprofit Leader Urging Kentuckians to Take a Day Off from Fast Pace

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The founder of a central Kentucky nonprofit says setting aside one day a week to do very little can do a lot to improve one's physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  That's the message from author and Blessed Earth founder Matthew Sleeth.

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4:53pm

Sun January 25, 2015
-Eastern Standard

Raising Kentucky's Minimum Wage on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments or personal stories before the show by email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest or leave a message at 859-622-1657

Last month, the city of Louisville voted to raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour, a move that will be complete by 2017.  As part of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, a bill is on the table that could see a similar increase state-wide.   

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll talk the Minimum Wage in Kentucky.

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4:39pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Preliminary Report on West Kentucky Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.

The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.

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4:32pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Highway Fatalities Up in 2014

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Highway fatalities across Kentucky increased in 2014 following a record low year in 2013.  Kentucky Office of Highway Safety preliminary figures indicate 667 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways last year, up 29 from the previous year.  KOHS Director Bill Bell says gas prices ‘went through the floor’ and more people were on the road.  “On the initial look, that’s probably the main reason for the drastic increase we had in late November through the end of December,” said Bell.

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4:30pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Commonwealth

Wendell Ford Memorial Scheduled This Weekend

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Former Kentucky Senator and Governor Wendell Ford will lie in state Sunday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro Tuesday.

Ford passed away yesterday morning at the age of 90. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

The public is invited to the Capitol Sunday, where the Daviess County native will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time.

A memorial service is scheduled that day for 3 p.m.

A funeral service is being held at 11 a.m. central time Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Owensboro.

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12:05pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Guys and Dolls, UK Art Museum, and...Monster Trucks?

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It's time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at the weekend's arts and cultural activities. 

Event's discussed this week:

  • Monster Trucks at Rupp Arena
  • "Guys and Dolls" on stage at The Lexington Opera House
  • UK Arts Museum opens 4 exhibits

Rich Copley covers arts and entertainment for the Lexington Herald Leader. You can read more about this weekend's activities in Friday's edition.

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11:36am

Fri January 23, 2015
All Politics are Local

GOP Candidates Mostly Agree at Gubernatorial Forum

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Kentucky's Republican candidates for governor found little to disagree with during their first joint appearance of the 2015 election cycle.

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10:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Fayette Schools Panel Endorses New Elementary School Boundaries

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The group charged with drawing new school boundaries in Fayette County is working toward making final decisions in the coming weeks. Tentative elementary school lines were endorsed Thursday night.

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4:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

KCTCS Releases Details of President Emeritus Deal

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As the new — and paid — president emeritus of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Michael McCall will attend meetings, give advice, provide executive coaching, help hire new executives and help run a systemwide leadership academy now bearing his name.

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2:47pm

Thu January 22, 2015
All Politics are Local

Comer Files to Run for Governor

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Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.

The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.

Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.

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2:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Graduation Rate Higher in Kentucky Than U.S. Overall

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The Kentucky Department of Education says the latest figures on statewide graduation rates are in, and Kentucky's rate is higher than the national mark.

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1:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
All Politics are Local

Two Well Known Kentucky Political Observers Reflect on Wendell Ford's Legacy

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The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era.  So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades.  Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair.  "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."

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10:32am

Thu January 22, 2015
The Commonwealth

Wendell Ford, Former Ky Senator and Governor, Dies at 90

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A man considered one of the most consequential Kentucky politicians of the 20th century is dead at the age of 90.

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6:00am

Thu January 22, 2015
Mountain Kentucky

Second SOAR Summit Planned for February

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Plans are underway for the second 'Shaping Our Appalachian Region' Summit.  The February meeting is expected to focus on implementing economic and social strategies for eastern Kentucky.

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5:42pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Addressing Mental Health Issues in Diversion Court

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Lexington's new 'mental health court' aims to help offenders get needed treatment and save taxpayer dollars.  The goal is to keep those convicted of misdemeanors from becoming felony offenders.

Kelley Gunning with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Lexington says there are currently eight people enrolled in the program.  "They have to have a mental health diagnosis, be willing to engage in treatment, and be willing to engage in whatever kind of mandate the court puts on them to remain out of trouble," said Gunning.

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4:27pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Education

Half of Kentucky’s Kindergartners Were Ready For School

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The number of Kentucky children who are prepared for kindergarten is nearly unchanged over last year—half of kids entering school still don’t have the basic skills that the state deems as necessary to be “kindergarten-ready.”

The Kentucky Department of Education’s annual kindergarten readiness results released Wednesday show that 50 percent of children are prepared for a public education, a 1 percent increase from last year.

In Jefferson County Public Schools, 51.9 percent of children were ready for kindergarten this school year.

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