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7:03am

Tue April 1, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Legislators Approve Biennial Budget

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Final passage of a 20 billion dollar state budget brought with it high praise, but also some expression of disappointment and frustration. 

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9:00am

Mon March 31, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Do You Pay for Interviews & Not Happy with Raucous Discussion

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Jan wrote to us, “When I listen to a radio reporter interviewing someone, invariably it ends with the remark 'thank you for having me'. I do not understand that remark at all, unless the interviewee gets paid by the interviewer. Is there any truth to my suspicion?”

The simple answer to Jan's question is, certainly not for local productions at WEKU, or anywhere I have ever worked and not at NPR or other public radio entities. 

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11:19am

Sun March 30, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Future of Hemp in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

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Listen to today's show online about the future of hemp in Kentucky.

 In 2013, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill creating a regulatory framework for hemp production in the state. This year, thanks to a federal farm bill, six state universities are piloting projects using hemp.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, the future of hemp in Kentucky.

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10:18pm

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House

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The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.  Proponents say it could lead to state savings of 25 million dollars over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".

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10:14pm

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

House Speaker Says Budget Negotiations Could Extend Into Next Week

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The end of session schedule for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, as often the case, is up in the air.  Leaders from both chambers are working to try to reach agreement on a two year budget. 

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10:08pm

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure

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The Kentucky General Assembly is working to further public-private partnerships when it comes to large expensive projects.  Legislation to assist in local and state projects has been approved by the state senate.

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6:54am

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee

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A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee.  

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6:48am

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Under Negotiation

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The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.  The transportation committee adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.  Committee Chair Ernie Harris says the multi billion dollar transportation program contains no tax increases.

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6:45am

Thu March 27, 2014
State Capitol

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

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A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

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6:40am

Thu March 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Summit Examines Appalachian Health Issues

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Nearly 700 people are expected in Lexington Thursday to dialogue on health disparities in Appalachia.   The aim will be to explore pooling resources and researchers to attack health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and stroke.

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7:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to defund the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program. 

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6:48am

Wed March 26, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Eminent Domain Ruled Inappropriate for Bluegrass Pipeline Project

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A Franklin County judge has ruled that Kentucky law doesn’t allow the use of eminent domain for a natural gas liquids pipeline.  This is the latest blow to the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline project.

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9:17pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Business and the Economy

Rising Waters at Lake Cumberland

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The water level of one of Kentucky's most popular waterways is going up.   The message from Washington got a good reception at the state capitol Tuesday.

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9:14pm

Tue March 25, 2014
State Capitol

Voting Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

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Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kentucky can now register to vote in confidentiality.  The Address Confidentiality Program is being implemented through the Secretary of State's Office.

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11:14pm

Mon March 24, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Passes Its Version of State Budget

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The Kentucky Senate has now passed its version of a two year $20 billion budget.  The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.

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11:12pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Sports

NCAA Tournament Impact on Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team, along with its coaches and many fans are back in Richmond after a trip to St. Louis.  The Colonels exerted a solid effort against Kansas before coming up short in their one NCAA contest.  But, the March madness appearance is expected to have lasting impacts on and off the court.

NCAA Impact on a school like EKU

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11:02pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

More Evidence of Sewer Improvements

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Lexington residents will notice a lot more above ground water storage in the years ahead.  As part of a 600-million-dollar project to overhaul the city's sewer system, wet weather storage tanks will be constructed.

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10:55pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Commonwealth

Shaking Off the Cold

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Kentucky is having a hard time shaking winter in 2014.  The weather forecast calls for snow showers overnight with scant accumulation expected.  Temperatures have warmed significantly in recent weeks, only to be dashed by a return to colder conditions.

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11:33am

Mon March 24, 2014
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Ron Crouch on Business Trends

Ron Crouch is Director of Research and Statistics, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet in Frankfort. He oversees the development of databases on demographic, social, educational, workforce, and economic issues and trends relating to life in the Commonwealth. He spoke recently with Tom Martin about the numbers flowing across his desk and what they mean to us.

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8:30am

Mon March 24, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Too Much Coverage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

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In reaction to our Friday news story, Over 200 Becoming US Citizens at Transylvania University, Natasa left a correction for us, using the Disqus feature beneath the web post.  We reported, based on a news release from the university that last week’s was the first naturalization ceremony at the school in 26 years.  Natasa commented, “Actually, the last Naturalization Ceremony was held at Transylvania sixteen years ago, not twenty six.”


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2:22pm

Sat March 22, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Former NPR Newscaster Jean Cochran on Eastern Standard

Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
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An NPR newscaster who helped wake America for 33 years joins us on our next program.  Jean Cochran retired from National Public Radio last year as part of a buy-out offered to many long-time employees at the network.

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12:28pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels Head Home As UK Wildcats Advance in NCAA Tourney

EKU Senior Glenn Cosey sparked the upset-minded Colonels early with four first-half three-pointers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis
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The University of Kentucky Wildcats are staying in St. Louis for the weekend for another game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.  It took some doing, but UK held fast in beating Kansas State by seven.  Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, brought a yeoman's effort against number-two-seeded Kansas before falling 80-69. 

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7:30am

Fri March 21, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Snow White, Lafayette Grad in Mamma Mia and Preview of Spring Events

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, among other events this weekend, is the Lexington Ballet production of Snow White on Saturday.


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6:05am

Fri March 21, 2014
The Commonwealth

Over 200 Becoming US Citizens at Transylvania University

Transylvania University's Haggin Auditorium becomes a federal courthouse for a day to host a naturalization ceremony Friday March 21, 2014
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A facility in downtown Lexington becomes a federal courtroom for a day today.  That’s because Transylvania University is hosting a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony. The school’s Haggin Auditorium  will be the site of the university’s first citizenship ceremony in 16 years.  

    

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12:25am

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels, UK Wildcats to Begin NCAA Tourney Play

Colonels Take to the Court for Practice
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The long wait for the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team is about over.  The Colonels get their shot in the NC Double-A limelight Friday.

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10:46pm

Wed March 19, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Passes Proposal to Shorten Legislative Sessions

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Legislation aimed at shortening Kentucky General Assembly sessions has easily passed the state's senate.  If approved by the full legislature, the constitutional amendment would require statewide voter approval before it could to go into effect. 

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10:43pm

Wed March 19, 2014
State Capitol

General Assembly Expected to Approve Lexington Room Tax Increase

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Lexington's legislative request for authority to raise the city transient room tax seems to face clear sailing in the Kentucky House, The backing comes as time winds down for the 2014 session of the General Assembly.

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10:39pm

Wed March 19, 2014
State Capitol

Tanning Bed Ban Falls Short in Senate Committee

Credit courier-journal.com

Legislation to ban most minors from Kentucky tanning beds has failed in committee.  The House-approved measure fell two votes shy of passage in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

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5:43pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Affordable Housing Proposal Backed by Lexington Council Committee

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With an improving economy, Lexington city leaders are moving ahead with an affordable housing initiative in the Bluegrass community.  Lexington's city council has wrestled with an affordable housing question for years.

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5:39pm

Tue March 18, 2014
State Capitol

Coal Incentives Passed by House Committee

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A state House panel has unanimously approved a bill to provide tax incentives to the ailing coal industry. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says his bill will permit tax breaks on machinery and manufacturing for coal-related companies.

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