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7:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky

Credit kycountynews.com

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

Credit bluegrassspipelinelawyers.com

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

Credit kentuckytourism.com

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

Credit lanereport.com

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
Credit jeancochran.net

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
Credit ekusports.com

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
Credit transy.edu

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

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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

Credit lexingtonhousingauthority.org

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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6:52am

Tue March 18, 2014
Mountain Kentucky

Pine Mountain Fires Don't Reach Park Lodging

Credit parks.ky.gov

Three separate weekend fires on land at Pine Mountain State Park caused damage to timber, but not to resort lodging facilities.  A lodge and cottages are located on the Bell County property.  State Parks Department Spokesman Gil Lawson says the fires are not expected to impact the spring schedule.

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5:33pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Sports

NCAA Tourney Brings Out Scamming Threat

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With March Madness comes the frenzy for basketball fans to find tickets and make plans to follow their favorite teams.  It's also a time when scammers focus their attention on taking advantage of those zealous fans.

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5:30pm

Mon March 17, 2014
State Capitol

Senate Budget Work Moving Forward

Credit lanereport,com

The Kentucky Senate works this week to put its mark on a two year budget.  Members have been reviewing spending and program needs the last few weeks, but now it's decision time.

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5:27pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Environmental Groups to Sue Over Coal Ash Discharge

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After collecting a year's worth of images of what they say are illegal discharges from one of Louisville Gas & Electric's coal ash ponds into the Ohio River, environmental groups say they plan to sue the company. 

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10:31am

Mon March 17, 2014
-Eastern Standard

Capital Punishment on Eastern Standard

Tune in and call in for Eastern Standard, Thursday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations

Capital punishment has been used in the US since Colonial Days, for crimes as varied as murder, theft, sexual perversity or denying the existence of God.

Despite efforts to do away with the death penalty, it is still a legal punishment in 32 states.

Listen to the full audio from today's show online.

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10:00am

Mon March 17, 2014
Listener Feedback

Feedback: Why Air Underwriting Credits from Ohio Statehouse?

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

An astute listener sent the following email, “Several times each day I hear sponsorships for items from the Ohio State House News Bureau, and would like to know what stories are coming from that source? I have been unable to identify any stories that seem to be Ohio State House stories. I look forward to having clarification on that. Am I missing something?”

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7:01am

Mon March 17, 2014
Sports

Kentucky Teams Ready for Tourney Play

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It's the E-K-U Colonels and the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NC double A basketball tournament this Friday in St. Louis.  Eastern Kentucky University learned who would be its opponent Sunday night.

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6:58am

Mon March 17, 2014
All Politics are Local

Perry Promotes State GOP in West Kentucky

Texas Governor Rick Perry
Credit governor.state.tx.us

Western Kentucky Republicans gathered at Murray State University’s Curris Center this weekend for the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, themed around the prospect of flipping control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to Republican control

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6:52am

Mon March 17, 2014
State Capitol

Roof Repair Legislation Heads to the Senate

Louisville Representative Steve Riggs
Credit kyhousedems.com

When severe storms blow through the Commonwealth, less-than-reputable roof repair crews often times offer their services.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says legislation approved in the House hopes to remedy the problem.  "It's a terrible problem in Kentucky with storm chasers and contractors that do work on roofs that come out of state and are basically predators.

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5:10pm

Fri March 14, 2014
State Capitol

Bill Relaxing Drug Refill Limits Moves to Ky. House

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation aimed at keeping certain key maintenance drugs in the hands of patients.  The bill requires pharmaceutical benefit managers to contact prescribing doctors before cutting off coverage of the medications.

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