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10:52am

Wed February 12, 2014
The Commonwealth

Sinkhole Swallows Cars at Bowling Green Corvette Museum

A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
Credit National Corvette Museum

Updated 9:43 a.m.

Officials say the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Eight cars were affected by the sinkhole, several others that were in the domed area of the museum remain in place.  Reversing an earlier decision, the museum has announced that it is closed at the moment.

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8:02am

Wed February 12, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Committee Approves Concealed Weapons in Bars

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A bill that would allow bar owners to open their doors to concealed weapons has won approval by a Kentucky Senate committee.  Current state law prohibits anyone to enter a bar with a gun that is not openly visible.

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10:03pm

Tue February 11, 2014
State Capitol

Booster Seat Bill Emerges from House Committee

Booster Seat Bill Proponents
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

An effort to toughen child booster seat standards in Kentucky is heading to the House floor.  The measure has been before lawmakers in previous sessions of the legislature.

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9:35pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Paul Coomes on Current Economic Conditions

Paul Coomes is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a consultant for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth. He spoke with Tom Martin about current economic conditions.

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5:07pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

300 Million Dollar "Reinvention" of Rupp Arena Unveiled

Designs released February 10, 2014 show the renovations of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. This is a view of the renovated Rupp Arena from Triangle Park.
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Plans for the 310 million dollar Rupp Arena project were unveiled Monday. The "reinvention" of the 38-year-old facility will include construction of a new convention center.  Funding for the massive Lexington development is still being finalized.

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11:25am

Mon February 10, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Senate to Consider Financial Literacy Bill

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The Kentucky House has approved legislation intended to help citizens of the state better understand how to save and use their money.

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11:14am

Mon February 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Rupp Arena Design to be Revealed

Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon. 

Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.

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11:00am

Mon February 10, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

"Mayoral Candidate Danny Mayer to Focus Beyond Downtown Lexington"

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Lexington mayoral candidate Danny Mayer believes infrastructure and economic development strategies need to extend beyond downtown.  The 38-year old joins incumbent Jim Gray and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty in this year’s race for mayor. 

Lexington Mayoral Candidate Danny Mayer on his platform

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9:00am

Mon February 10, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Creationist Unchallenged and Forecast Misses the Mark

Send your feedback to us at: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu or call 859-622-1657 and leave a message. You can also send a message via Twitter or Facebook.

The discussion of creationism vs. evolution from our January 30th Eastern Standard show received yet another response that I feel we need to share, even though the listener who left the message did not leave her name or contact information. She wrote, “I just wanted to register my displeasure with the speaker of the creationist worldview being allowed to go unchallenged in his comparison of non-creationist scientists with racist police officers.  The only challenge came from your other guest who said that he’s accusing other scientists of conspiracy.”

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2:16pm

Sun February 9, 2014
The Commonwealth

Poll Shows Opposition to Same-sex Marriage Softening in Ky.

Credit Kentucky.com

A majority of Kentucky voters continues to oppose same-sex marriage, but public opinion appears to be shifting on the issue.

A new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll found that 55 percent of registered voters oppose same-sex marriage, compared with 35 percent who support allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Kentucky. Ten percent weren't sure.

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2:24pm

Sat February 8, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Ky. Legislature Mid-Point Update on Eastern Standard

As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly approaches the mid-point, what has the state's legislative branch achieved so far this year?  What is likely to be accomplished by the end of this 60-day session?  These are questions we will pursue in this week's show, originating "live" from the State Capitol in Frankfort.

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11:58pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Lang Lang, Graphic Novel/Radio Play plus Silk Artist at Living Arts & Science Center Event

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This weekend brings one of the world's most famous pianists to Lexington.  Danville hosts a unique graphic novel/radio play/stage show Friday night. And, an aerial silk artist performs for the Living Arts & Science Center Fundraiser.  Rich Copley has a preview of weekend events.

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11:42pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Intergalactic Nemesis Takes the Stage at Norton Center

The Intergalactic Nemesis.  Sounds like something from the future, but it's not.  It's what creator Jason Neulander calls a mash-up of 1930's radio drama and classic comic book action into one stage performance.

The show is on stage Friday night and it's getting thoroughly modern reviews.


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10:59pm

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

House, Senate Leaders Debate Minimum Wage Bill

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Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation.  The House approved a bill Thursday to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour.  Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.

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10:56pm

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Approves Plan to Restrict Governor's Authority

The Kentucky Senate Thursday approved a constitutional amendment measure which would give the legislature the ability to block administrative regulations proposed by the governor’s office when lawmakers are not in session.

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10:54pm

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

State Capitol Turns Red for Women's Heart Disease Awareness

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National "Wear Red Day" has been recognized by the Kentucky General Assembly.  The American Heart Association urged everyone to wear red on Friday to bring attention to the number one killer of women, heart disease.

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10:40am

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Committee

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A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the state.

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10:36am

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Leadership's Highest Priority Passes

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 The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

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6:44am

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

House Backs Plan to Raise Ky. Minimum Wage

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill to increase the minimum wage in the Commonwealth.  The measure raises the minimum wage 95 cents a year over a three year period.  If enacted into law, the hourly rate would go from seven dollars 25 cents to ten dollars and ten cents after three years.

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6:41am

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

General Assembly to Consider Loosening Concealed Carry Rules

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People considered at risk in domestic situations may soon have access to additional protection.   Kentucky’s General Assembly is being asked to approve legislation loosening restrictions on concealed weapons.

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6:38am

Fri February 7, 2014
State Capitol

Committee Approves Caregiver Registry Bill

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A Kentucky Senate committee has approved additional protections for vulnerable Kentuckians who receive personal care services.  The bill is aimed at reducing adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation by creating a registry with the state.

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7:50am

Thu February 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Falling Ice and Trees Remain a Threat to Power Lines

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This week’s ice storm has come and gone but its effect on electrical service may linger for some Kentucky residents.  Some areas of the state saw about a quarter inch of ice accumulation on everything including trees and power lines.

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7:47am

Thu February 6, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Merging Technologies and Community Ideas to Further Lexington’s Neighborhoods

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Three technology specialists are working to offer suggestions on improving quality of life in Lexington neighborhoods.  The bluegrass community was one of ten selected nationwide to participate in this year’s 'Code for America' project.

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7:43am

Thu February 6, 2014
State Capitol

Abortion Related Ultrasound Bill Passes Senate

Credit kbcpublicaffairs.org

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.  The bill does not include an exemption for victims of rape. According to the reproductive rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 88 percent of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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11:11am

Wed February 5, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Students Offer Advice to Better Link Campus with Downtown Richmond

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes Meets With Eastern Students
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A group of Eastern Kentucky University students is offering several ideas to spur activity in downtown Richmond.  A forum was staged Tuesday night in Eastern’s student center.

  It was promoted as an EKU student conversation with Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.  Organizers say it was the first time a sitting mayor participated in a program to solicit thoughts from Eastern students. 

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10:59am

Wed February 5, 2014
Focus on Business

Food Truck Talk in the Midst of Winter

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This time of year might be considered the off season for food truck vendors, but it still prompted some discussion at Lexington City Hall Tuesday.

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4:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
Science and Tech

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum's Ken Ham Face-Off

"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris

A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”

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5:02pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ice Storm Warning in Effect Through Wednesday Morning

Credit kentucky.com

The first full week of February is bringing another dose of wintry weather.  Winter storm and ice storm warnings are posted for late this afternoon through tomorrow morning for sections of central and northern Kentucky. 

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12:57pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Science and Tech

"Science Guy"Bill Nye to Debate Creation Museum's Ken Ham

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum debate Tuesday night in Northern Kentucky
Credit The Creation Museum

The debate over the belief in divine creation versus evolution will be played out Tuesday evening in Northern Kentucky. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will face off with one of the most outspoken supporters of creationism

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5:31pm

Mon February 3, 2014
State Capitol

Governor to Reveal Tax Reform Plan Tuesday

Credit courier-journal.com

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t spilling any secrets about the tax reform proposal he plans to unveil Tuesday. When asked about his plan, mum is the word. Beshear won't say whether he wants to raise taxes, or whether his plan will be revenue neutral.

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