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1:07pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Session Ends Without Requested Rupp Money

Credit kentucky.com

Proponents of Lexington's Rupp Arena project will likely be looking for new sources of funding to re-work the downtown complex.  Kentucky lawmakers left Frankfort just after midnight Wednesday without backing a plan to borrow 80 million dollars toward the capital construction effort.  Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas called it disappointing that legislators didn't come up with support for a project which could create five thousand jobs.  

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12:47pm

Wed April 16, 2014
State Capitol

Bourbon Barrel Tax Break Signed Into Law

Credit farmflavor.com

Kentucky's bourbon industry is about to gain an income tax credit.  Beginning next year, distilleries can get the credit for state and local property taxes paid on aging barrels of bourbon.  Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill into law Tuesday afternoon.  Former Maker's Mark President Bill Samuels Jr. says Kentucky needs to maintain its position in the industry.  

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5:37pm

Tue April 15, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard: Community Gardening & Sustainable Kentucky

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  Tuesday April 22 is Earth Day.  This year marks the 45th observance of the annual celebration of our planet and its environment. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss community gardening and other efforts to bring about a sustainable Kentucky.

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3:45pm

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Still No Vote on State Road Plan

Credit kentuckyroads.com

Leaders in the House and Senate appear closer to reaching an agreement on a three billion dollar road plan.  Differences between the two chambers have made negotiations difficult.  House Budget Review Committee on Transportation Chair Leslie Combs says there's still some details to work out.  

"We're back and moving forward. It's never done until it's done.  As far as a time frame, I've been asked that a couple of times, we've got til midnight tonight," said Combs.

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3:40pm

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

State Funding for Rupp Coming Down to the Wire

As the hours pass on the 60th and final day of the 2014 General Assembly, it looks more unlikely Kentucky legislators will reach agreement on state funding for the Rupp Arena project.  The governor initially suggested borrowing 65 million dollars to go toward construction of the new Rupp facility.  The senate opted to delete that funding.  If not passed, House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn't believe it's an issue which deserves special session attention.  

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7:23am

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Rupp Financing Still A Topic in Frankfort

Credit kentucky.com

State of Kentucky and Lexington officials are considering revised strategies for funding the proposed Rupp Arena project.  Governor Beshear said yesterday it would not involve any increase in the hotel/motel tax in Lexington, but it does call for the state to increase its commitment from 65 to 80 million dollars.  

In his budget address last week, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray called for borrowing 40 million dollars for the downtown project.

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7:20am

Tue April 15, 2014
State Capitol

Electronic Cigarettes Out of Minors' Hands

Credit kentucky.com

A new Kentucky law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is being hailed as a step to curb teenage use of tobacco products.  With the official signing by Governor Beshear, the sale of all types of e-cigarettes to minors is now illegal. 

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9:21am

Mon April 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

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9:15am

Mon April 14, 2014
Station News & Events

Forest Fire Closes State Park

An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park.  The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties.    Local fire departments and about 50 Division of Forestry firefighters worked to contain the fire, which at one point covered about 465 acres including some state park property. Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.

 

 

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8:50am

Mon April 14, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Can You Slow Down the Streaming & Enough with the Jean Cochran!

Send us your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) edu, call the Comment Line at 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or send us a tweet @889weku

Over the weekend, we had an interesting comment from Mike in Versailles. He writes, “I stream WEKU and have noticed WEKU uses more broadband resources than other streaming sources I often listen to (like jazzradio or old time radio). Is it possible to stream weku at a lower level? If I'm

listening to WEKU and try downloading a large file at the same time, my system slows down a lot. I will often have to turn off WEKU to complete the download.”

 

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12:45am

Sun April 13, 2014
State Capitol

Beshear Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Credit courier-journal.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients.

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12:44am

Sun April 13, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Budget Surplus Seen Less Likely

Credit courier-journal.com

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year.

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7:30am

Fri April 11, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Lex Phil Premieres Schoenberg's 'Canto,' 'Bring It On' at Opera House & The Werks Perform

The Lexington Philharmonic performs "Canto," a commissioned piece by Adam Schoenberg, this year's Saykaly-Garbulinksa composer-in-residence

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the weekend begins with a performance by the Lexington Philharmonic, featuring the premiere of a piece by its latest Saykaly-Galbulinska composer-in-residence.


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9:44pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Business and the Economy

Governor Celebrates Opening of Woodford Reserve Center in Versailles

Company officials and local leaders today celebrated the expansion and renovation of the Woodford Reserve Distillery visitor center in Versailles. Brown-Forman, owner of Woodford Reserve, invested more than $1.9 million into the 7,500-square-foot visitor center. 

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9:40pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Science and Tech

Landfill Gas-Recovery System to Generate Electricity in Glasgow

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Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced funding to help create an environmentally friendly methane gas recovery system in Glasgow that will also save taxpayer dollars. The new system will harness the gas emitted from the Glasgow Regional Landfill and turn it into electricity.

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11:52pm

Tue April 8, 2014
State Capitol

Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges

Former Ky. Rep. John Arnold has been cleared of ethics charges
Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.

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6:53pm

Tue April 8, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Chemical Weapons & Bluegrass Army Depot on Eastern Standard

One of 852 "igloos" at the Bluegrass Army Depot, 45 of which are dedicated to chemical weapons.
Credit Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

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  Beginning in the 1940's the U.S. Army stored chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond.  At the order of Congress and in compliance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the materials at the site are slated for destruction.

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2:19am

Tue April 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Disappointed Fans Act Out Frustrations After UK Loss in NCAA Championship Game

Fans gathered outside bars on Lexington's South Limestone Street when they couldn't get in to watch the NCAA Championship game
Credit John Hingsbergen

The UK Wildcats will have to settle for second place this year.  Fans gathered wherever they could cluster around big screen TVs for the NCAA Men’s Championship game.


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9:00am

Mon April 7, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Overnight Music on 102.1, Hemp Film Screened, TAL & Snap Judgment Airing Same Story

Send your feedback to: WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, post on Facebook, send us a tweet or call 859-622-1657

We begin this week with two messages from the Listener Comment Line.  First, Bill, "I congratulate you all on the fine music that you provide all of us on 102.1"

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9:31pm

Sun April 6, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kynect enrollment period extended to April 11

Credit kycountynews.com

Because of high demand, kynect has scheduled a special enrollment period to give Kentuckians who had trouble starting or completing applications during open enrollment a final opportunity to apply for subsidies and purchase new affordable health coverage through midnight April 11.

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7:30pm

Sun April 6, 2014
Business and the Economy

State to Provide Assistance for Jobless Fruit of the Loom Workers

Credit kentucky.com

More than 600 people will be looking for work following a summertime plant closure in southern Kentucky. They could benefit from group and individual job counseling offered by the state.

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11:43pm

Sat April 5, 2014
Sports

Kentucky to Meet UConn in Final After Harrison 3-pointer defeats Wisconsin

Credit UK Athletics via Twitter

Kentucky’s party crashers are one win away from hanging their ninth national championship banner.

The No. 8 seed Wildcats defeated No. 2 seed Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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7:30am

Fri April 4, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Thy Will Be Done, Mosaics in Mt. Sterling, Lex. Vintage Dance and Beatles (sort of)

It’s time for our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  This week Rich discusses Thy Will Be Done, an original oratorio by Winchester composer Angela Rice. It's having its third production this weekend, Thursday at the Cathedral of Christ the King and then Sunday at Tates Creek Presbyterian.. 


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12:49am

Fri April 4, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Ready to Begin Growing, Producing Hemp

Ky. Agriculture James Comer says he has been given the go-ahead by the Attorney General to implement pilot projects in growing and producing hemp at six state universities.
Credit File photo

The Commonwealth is ready to move forward with plans for the first legal production of hemp in at least 50 years.  Earlier this year, the State Department of Agriculture announced it was creating pilot projects in growth and production of the plant at six universities.

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6:40pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Business and the Economy

Promising Report for Kentucky's Forest Industry

Credit isuagcenter.com

    Kentucky's timber industry expects a profitable year in 2014.   That's according to an economic impact report issued Thursday during a forest industry meeting in Louisville. 

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6:20pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Instant Racing Proposals Surprise Family Foundation

Family Foundation of Kentucky Director Kent Ostrander
Credit southeastoutlook.org

The director of the Family Foundation says he's surprised at Keeneland and the Red Mile's decision to move forward with instant racing, since the matter remains in the courts.  

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12:00pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Education

Student Safety Issues a Priority of UK Student Government President Elect

Credit gatton.uk.edu

The University of Kentucky's incoming student government president expects security issues to get top priority during his term.  Mechanical Engineering student Jacob Ingram, who takes over the top student body post in mid April, says student safety off campus needs to improve.  

"The big concern that I've heard this year throughout my time in student government has been about off campus safety, so how can we extend the safety protection, the feeling of being safe from campus out to where students are living," says Ingram.

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5:45pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Sports

Dirt Comes Back to Keeneland Along with Instant Racing at Two Lexington Tracks

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Central Kentucky's historic race track Keeneland is revisiting part of its history.  Track officials announced the poly fiber synthetic track will be taken up this summer and replaced with a dirt surface.

 Vince Gabbert, Keeneland C-E-O says the track surface has always been a 'journey, not a destination, with the regional circuit and where the horses come from and going to it just has become just absolutely paramount that we have to switch back to  dirt," said Gabbert.

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5:15pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Student Faces Charges for Armed Robbery, Burglary

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

An Eastern Kentucky University student is in custody on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a campus dormitory.  University police say they are unable to release some details since they are still investigating. 


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11:02pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Education

Students Bring Concerns About Public-Private Dining Partnership

Credit kentucky.com

    The University of Kentucky's consideration of a public-private partnership for dining services got attention from two fronts during Monday's meeting.

The UK Board of Trustees meeting began with a  student protest.  The protesters asked the board to reject any and all proposals to privatize public dining services at the school.  Their primary concern is with one potential vendor, the Sodexo Group.  The students say Sodexo cited the Affordable Care Act as a reason to cut off full-time benefits for some of its employees at another school.

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