The conversion from psychiatric care to classroom instruction continues at a site occupied by Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The B-C-T-C campus sits in Lexington, just off Newtown Pike. Currently, college President Augusta Julian says bulldozers are knocking down nearby buildings.
Just a week after a Louisville lawmaker pre-field expanded gaming legislation, opposition to it is already starting to take shape. Stan Cave is a former Republican House member and an attorney for the anti-gaming Family Foundation. He says that recent expanded gaming bills from Democratic Rep. Larry Clark do little to protect the thoroughbred industry, and would pave the way for casino interests to control Kentucky politics.
Lexington city leaders are trying to lower their debt payments. A Council committee recently approved a ‘debt management policy.’ Currently, about 11% of city revenue goes to pay off debts. Finance Commissioner Bill Omara says his goal is to keep that percent to no more than ten-percent.
Rather than rehearsing for a holiday concert, the Madison Community Band takes December off. Director John Stroube says it leaves his amateur musicians with the time they need for family, friends and their day jobs. Stroube says it’s a satisfying, but complicated, arrangement. The band is celebrating its 5th anniversary.
As the most photographed murder in history, images of the Kennedy Assassination shaped our society. Those images and their impacts are the focus of an art exhibit in Lexington. With a preview of it, and this weekend’s other events is arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
A call for a smoking ban inside Kentucky’s workplaces and public buildings has the support of the state’s largest business organization. Representatives of Kentucky’s Chamber of Commerce made a pitch before a legislative committee today. State Chamber Board member Brent Cooper says common health problems can be tied to second-hand cigarette smoke.
A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a pair of bills that will again bring the issue of expanded gaming before the General Assembly. State Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, has pre-filed legislation that would place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2014 ballot asking Kentucky voters if they permit "the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?” according to language in BR 108.
Advocates for public education raised their collective voices today in Lexington. They’ve been ask to lobby their state legislators for more money. Participants at the Education Summit heard from Lexington Paul Lawrence Dunbar senior Andrew Brennen, who says overcrowded classrooms and worn out textbooks are a concern.
This week's Eastern Standard is just one of the programs and news features commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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Where were you when you first learned about President Kennedy's assassination? How did you hear about it? Did it effect you? How do you view Kennedy's presidency half-a-century later? These are some of the questions we're asking in this week's show.
With Kennedy Press Secretary Pierre Salinger on a trip to Japan, it was Kentuckian Malcolm Kilduff who traveled with the President on a campaign swing through Texas. The assistant press secretary was in a car following President Kennedy as his motorcade proceeded through Dallas. And it was Kilduff who, on November 22, 1963, confirmed that Kennedy had been killed by an assassin. Kilduff continued to work as an assistant press secretary with the Johnson Administration, until he became a newspaper editor in Beattyville, KY. He died in a nursing home there in 2003 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A proposal from Lexington’s mayor that establishes a one million dollar ‘jobs fund’ goes before the full Lexington Council Thursday. Most of the money would go to existing companies for the creation of new jobs. Jamie Emmons, who’s the mayor’s chief of staff, said Lexington’s incentives differ from those offered by state programs.
When they write a new state budget this winter, Kentucky lawmakers will likely revisit cuts in state funding for childcare. The program, which helped provide working-class parents with affordable day care, stopped accepting new applications last spring. Income guidelines are also affecting thousands of families.
Racist flyer found posted in classroom buildings at Eastern Kentucky University.
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White supremacist flyers have circulated around the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. They claim a “non-violent genocide” has been launched against so-called “white countries.” University spokesman Marc Whitt confirms several flyers were posted in classroom buildings that serve police and firefighter trainees. Whitt says an official investigation is underway.
Just as Lexington’s mayor is about to begin the process of building a city budget plan, there’s a slight glitch. Lexington Finance Commissioner Bill Omara told council members Tuesday that revenues are strong, but not as strong as predicted.
Education advocates will meet Thursday to discuss funding for Kentucky schools at a Lexington summit. The meeting will include presentations from numerous education experts. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is slated to discuss school funding issues. And Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will talk about tax reform efforts.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will be in Louisville today to visit a technical training center and participate in a minimum-wage round-table discussion. The visit will begin in the afternoon at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center. Perez is scheduled to learn about the skills training initiatives going on there.
One of central Kentucky’s best known social service agencies is refining how it delivers services to thousands of low income residents. The Lexington-based Community Action Council serves 30 thousand people in four bluegrass counties. Just last year, Director Malcolm Ratchford says his agency saw a one million dollar cut in state and federal funding. As a result, the Head Start pre-school program lost spots for 80-children. With funding scarce, Ratchford says they could charge fees for some services in the community at large.
A new report measuring the level of equality afforded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans shows substantial improvements in the Kentucky cities measured, said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman. The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, examining laws and policies that foster LGBT equality in nearly 300 American cities and awarded them points on a scale of 0-100.
A team of doctors at the University of Kentucky will investigate new treatments for patients with Parkinson’s disease. It potentially could reverse the brain damage done by Parkinson’s.
The current clinical trial focuses on transplanting a nerve taken from a patient’s ankle and implanting it in the brain. So far, five patients have undergone the procedure. Principal investigator Craig van Horne says the newly grafted nerves are also stimulated by electrodes. Over time, Van Horne says the hope is, the brain will heal.
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Hemp supporters will rally in Washington D.C. today. They want Congress to lift a federal ban on the plant for industrial use. Earlier this year Kentucky lawmakers approved the research and cultivation of hemp. It has yet to be implemented because the federal government still considers the crop a controlled substance.
Hyperactivity in children is often not a straight forward diagnosis. So says long time child psychologist Joe Edwards. The Louisville counselor was recently honored by the Kentucky Psychological Association. For those adolescents with properly diagnosed hyperactivity, Edwards says medicine alone is often not enough.
Public Protection Secretary Robert Vance has been honored for the "highest level" of ethical standards by a watchdog panel that oversees the behavior of executive branch staffers. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission recently presented Vance with the Livingston Taylor Ethics Award.
Kentucky lawmakers have been briefed on ongoing technological developments to make the state's coal-fired power-plants more in line with new federal emissions standards. But , the effort may be more about keeping coal a viable source of energy for the state than it is about fixing the environment.
Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says he doesn’t expect to have any difficulties balancing his new role as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with his leadership of the archdiocese. The 67 year old Kurtz says the job will require extensive travel, but he’ll be able to do a lot of work online from Louisville and will “keep a steady pace” fulfilling his local duties.
Sanders Brown Center on Aging Director Linda Van Eldik
The number of Kentuckians with Alzheimer’s Disease is expected to grow greatly. Currently, the disease afflicts 80-thousand patients here. Plus, as baby boomers age, more will suffer from dementia. Director of the Sanders Brown Center on Aging Linda Van Eldik says researchers are making progress in slowing the disease.
Four to five thousand book lovers are expected to attend the 32nd Kentucky Book Fair this weekend. The one-day annual event was started in 1981 as a way of honoring the profession of writing and of raising money for the benefit of schools and libraries across the state. Among the 150 authors at the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday will be Western Kentucky University professor David Bell. Bell, who teaches writing at the school in Bowling Green, has published three crime-mystery novels. WEKU's John Hingsbergen spoke with David Bell about his novel, Never Come Back, the process of writing and the Kentucky Book Fair.
The most experienced member of Lexington’s City Council has announced her plans to leave government service. By the end of 2014, Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton will become the longest serving Council member since local government was overhauled in the 1970’s. She made a formal announcement Thursday before a crowded city hall lobby.