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3:32pm

Fri January 10, 2014
The Commonwealth

Water Problems Continue to Impact Two State Parks

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Two state parks have been affected by water problems brought on by recent cold weather, temporarily closing one of the parks and leaving the other with no food service.  The Kentucky Department of Parks says Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County is temporarily closed due to a lack of water.

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3:30pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Business and the Economy

State Tax Collections Down

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Kentucky is reporting a 3.5 percent drop in tax collections for December, but state revenue is up slightly for the first six months of the fiscal year.  State Budget Director Jane Driskell said today General Fund revenue totaled $912.6 million in December, a drop of $33.2 million compared to the same month in 2012.

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6:00am

Fri January 10, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Making Fun Out Of A Not-Funny Topic

Peggy Watts, left, and Lauralyn Hungerford play women in a park who feel threatened by a child wielding a laser.
Credit Eugene A. Williams / Lexington Herald Leader

Dark humor is used in a play staged this weekend to talk about the damage terrorists can do to a society. Called “Terrorism,” the Russian written play is performed in downtown Lexington.  Here to preview it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley…who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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9:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
All Politics are Local

Federal Promise Zone Created For Appalachian Kentucky

Southeast Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers broke with the Commonwealth's other congressional Republicans in endorsing the Obama Administration's "Promise Zones."

Eastern Kentucky has just one of five communities across the US included in the first phase of an initiative the Obama Administration hopes will spur economic growth. So-called Promise Zones are intended to give depressed communities a leg up in securing federal dollars. According to U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation won out in part because it’s spread across eight counties in central Appalachia.  


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8:53pm

Thu January 9, 2014
State Capitol

Legislation to Focus on Spotting Early Signs Of Child Abuse

FRANKFORT— Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville (left), and Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, follow testimony during a meeting of the House Health and Welfare Committee.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Legislation that requires training for physicians so they can better spot signs of child abuse is pending in Frankfort.  The bill was given a preliminary hearing Thursday at the state capital.


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4:35pm

Wed January 8, 2014
State Capitol

EKU, UK And Berea Partner On "Promise Zones" In Southeast Kentucky

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A new federal program could allow eight southeast Kentucky counties to attract more support in their fight against poverty.  The program would create a so-called "Promise Zone." The designation could bring more federal money into the region and spawn additional partnerships between government agencies, social service groups and private employers.  E-K-U President Michael Benson says his school will also be involved in the initiative.

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4:33pm

Wed January 8, 2014
Education

Four Year Colleges Hope To Again Live Up To The Name

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Education Advocates are asking Kentucky college students to work harder and graduate within four years.  It's a tradition few students now follow.
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4:57am

Wed January 8, 2014
State Capitol

Education Funding, Tax Reform Demanded In State Of The Commonwealth Address

Gov. Steve Beshear entered the House of Representatives to give his State of the Commonwealth Address at the Kentucky State Capitol on Jan. 7, 2014, in Frankfort.
Credit Mark Cornelison / Lexington Herald Leader

A State of the Commonwealth Speech offers Kentucky's governor an opportunity to emphasize an administration's accomplishments.  Last night, Governor Steve Beshear spent a good amount of time talking about health care reforms, but also called on the general assembly to enhance state revenues and reform taxes.

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5:05pm

Tue January 7, 2014
State Capitol

Critics Renew Debate Over House Handling Of Sexual Harrassment Claims

FRANKFORT— House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook (left), speaks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives prior to the start of the opening day of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

The opening day of 2014 general assembly included a renewal of the debate over a highly publicized sexual harassment case. Critics took to the house floor and attacked the House special committee that investigated allegation of sexual harassment leveled against former Representative John Arnold.  The panel disbanded just before the holidays without taking action.   
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12:50pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

Multi-Vitamins May Remain Useful In Appalachia

Many residents in Appalachia, where diets are often unhealthy, may still benefit for multi-vitamins and mineral supplements.  A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine claims multi-vitamins are a waste of money.  However, University of Kentucky Clinical Nutrition Professor Travis Thomas says people in areas of deep poverty often need vitamin supplements.

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8:50am

Mon January 6, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Thanks for "Wonderful" Programming, Winter's Solstice, Concerns about Streaming Problems

Send your feedback by email to: WEKU (at) eku (dot) edu, call our Comment Line at 859-622-1657, post on Facebook or on Twitter @889weku

One of our listeners who made a donation near the end of the year added an anonymous comment that’s worth sharing, “I decided after years of being put off with NPR over the firing of Bob Edwards, for the excessive Zionist reporting, and your station for failing to deliver on a poster from Star Date that I would come off my high horse and say thank you for the new wonderful programming. I listen almost all day now when not working. Thank you for the classical station, too.”

WEKU Listener Feedback January 6, 2014

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8:22am

Mon January 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

New Sexual Assault Awareness Initiative at Berea College

Mae Suramek, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director
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Berea College and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center are partnering on a new class offering this week.  Representatives from the Center and the College’s women’s studies department are co-teaching the seminar class.  At the end of the semester, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director Mae Suramek  says the 17 students will be trained advocates.

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8:20am

Mon January 6, 2014
State Capitol

Stumbo Maintains Investigative Committee Could Meet Again

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The future of a disbanded Kentucky House committee formed to look into harassment claims against a former lawmaker may be decided this year.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador reports  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the committee charged with investigating John Arnold could be resurrected.

Although the committee had nothing to show after meeting five times and spending thousands of taxpayer dollars, Stumbo says there’s still a chance for it to continue its mission. He says that if he were in charge, the outcome would have been different.

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7:28am

Mon January 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Icy and Dangerous Cold Invades Kentucky

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Bitter cold temperatures present dangerous and life threatening conditions outside today.  John Jacobson with the Jackson national weather service office says some roadways, particularly in rural areas of the state, could still be iced over.

"But, the biggest threat out there today and what’s going on now is kind of like a flash freeze.  We’ve got all that rain that came down last night, out ahead of that front and so everything is just freezing very quickly and so any untreated road is gonna be very, very treacherous” said Jacobson.

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11:14am

Sat January 4, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Ky Online Health Exchange on Eastern Standard

Kentucky's healthcare exchange is the topic on Eastern Standard Thursday January 9 at 11:00 am
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More than 123,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in new health coverage through the state’s health exchange website, Kynect.   State officials report that, since open enrollment began on Oct. 1, the website has enrolled an average of 1,300 Kentuckians in new health coverage each day. 

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11:00am

Sat January 4, 2014
Station News & Events

State of the Commonwealth Address on WEKU Tuesday

Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address Tuesday evening January 7.

Governor Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday evening January 7 at 7:00 p.m.  The WEKU stations will carry "live" coverage provided by Kentucky Educational Television. 

Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman co-anchor KET’s coverage, which includes analysis and interviews with political leaders.

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3:36pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Mountain Kentucky

East Ky Judge Exec Pleads Case for Unemployed Miners

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Pike County's judge-executive is calling on Kentucky elected officials to extend federal unemployment benefits to help out-of-work miners. Wayne Rutherford wrote a letter this week to Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Hal Rogers. Rutherford said he finds it "unconscionable and heartless" that lawmakers would decline to extend unemployment benefits.

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3:33pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Education

Bluegrass Consortium Stresses College Readiness

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Central Kentucky educators from kindergarten through college will continue to push for career readiness initiatives in the New Year. There are 12 college and university presidents as well as school superintendents from 18 counties who are a part of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.

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3:30pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Business and the Economy

State Auditor to Review Yum Center

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A Louisville Metro Councilman plans to ask the state auditor to conduct a review of the Louisville Arena Authority, which oversees the KFC Yum Center. Councilman Dan Johnson says the authority, which is a state body, has been mismanaged, and the University of Louisville’s control over the authority’s board has caused it to underperform.

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7:22am

Tue December 31, 2013
Health and Welfare

One Ky Health Insurance Program Closes While Another Moves On

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The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk Kentuckians. It's ending because of a provision in the ACA that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.

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12:04am

Tue December 31, 2013
Focus on Business

Focus on Business: Putting Entrepreneurs Together with Investors

Putting Kentucky entrepreneurs together with Kentucky investors is the aim of a new web-based network being rolled out in January by the state Cabinet for Economic Development.

Tom Martin talked with Dean Harvey, executive director of UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, about the Kentucky Angel Network.

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11:48pm

Mon December 30, 2013
-Eastern Standard

Ky Author, Murdoch's World & Host of PRI's The World on Eastern Standard

Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World

In a special holiday program, NPR media correspondent and author David Folkenflik discusses his book Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (2013 Public Affairs.)  We'll also meet Marco Werman, the host of PRI's The World and talk with Kentucky author David Bell about his latest mystery novel,

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4:50pm

Mon December 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

K-U Power Crews Return Home from Ice Storm

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Over a hundred contract workers with Kentucky Utilities spent much of the Christmas holiday in Michigan, assisting with power restoration. K-U’s Cliff Feltham says icy power lines north of Kentucky are somewhat rare.

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8:49am

Mon December 30, 2013
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Thanks for Messiah & Garbulinska, Trouble Listening with NPR App

Send us your feedback by email to WEKU (at) EKU (dot) EDU, post on our Facebook page, send a Tweet to @889weku or leave a message at 859-622-1657

We received a very nice direct message via our Twitter account @889weku from James in Lexington.  He tweeted, “Handel's Messiah was one of the best broadcasts ever. Thank you.”


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7:23am

Mon December 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Statewide Fatalities Down

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Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says the number of highway fatalities in the state this year is the lowest since 1947. Blanton credits stepped-up enforcement and education programs as well as motorists who are vigilant about wearing seat belts, reducing speed and using designated drivers.

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7:21am

Mon December 30, 2013
Mountain Kentucky

More Tornado Repair Arraignments Scheduled Today

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Magoffin County construction firm owners accused in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with the judge-executive of Morgan County are scheduled to be arraigned today in federal court. The Independent reports the indictment accuses Morgan Judge-Executive Tim Conley of steering contracts worth $1.1 million to a company owned by Kenneth and Ruth Gambill in exchange for "gifts, payments and other things of value."

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6:00am

Fri December 27, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From Human Hides To Downtown Walls, Artists Use Diverse Canvases In 2013

Abraham Lincoln presenter Jim Sayre stood near the new Lincoln mural on Water Street in Lexington. It was painted last month by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra on the 60-foot-tall back wall of The Kentucky Theatre building.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

2013 provided central Kentucky’s artists with a diversity of canvases.   Looking back at the year, reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader, says they embellished everything from downtown buildings to human hides.  Rich spoke about the year in arts with WEKU’s Stu Johnson.

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2:40pm

Tue December 24, 2013
State Capitol

Privatization Debate Likely to Resurface in 2014 General Assembly

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Kentucky lawmakers are being asked to consider a new proposal for privatizing certain services or projects.  It is not new to Kentucky state government.  Privatization was used in a significant way to house inmates across the Commonwealth for decades.

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2:38pm

Tue December 24, 2013
The Commonwealth

Lexington-Based Military Care Organization Plans Continued Service in 2014

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The U.S. military drawdown in countries like Afghanistan is not causing big changes for a Lexington based military care organization.  Military Missions Incorporated hears from contributors all across the United States. 

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6:24pm

Mon December 23, 2013
-Eastern Standard

StoryCorps Founder David Isay & Grammy-Winner Ricky Skaggs on Eastern Standard

Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs is with us for this week's Eastern Standard.

In a special holiday program, the founder of StoryCorps discusses the iconic public radio features 10th anniversary and the recently-released book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love &  Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013, Penguin Press) ; and Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs discusses his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music. (2013 itbooks)

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