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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.”
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
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.
EKU Senior Glenn Cosey sparked the upset-minded Colonels early with four first-half three-pointers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis
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.
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.
Transylvania University's Haggin Auditorium becomes a federal courthouse for a day to host a naturalization ceremony Friday March 21, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.