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.
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.
Peggy Watts, left, and Lauralyn Hungerford play women in a park who feel threatened by a child wielding a laser.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Mae Suramek, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky's healthcare exchange is the topic on Eastern Standard Thursday January 9 at 11:00 am
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)