Higher Ed Court Case Receives Second Hearing

May 4, 2016
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There was more testimony in Frankfort Wednesday regarding the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the governor.  Attorney General Andy Beshear argued Governor Matt Bevin didn’t have the authority to order funding reductions to the state’s universities earlier this spring.

The governor’s attorney Steve Pitt told Judge Thomas Wingate the chief executive does have the ability to decide how to administer funds.  Afterward both men felt good about a positive ruling. 

Former Deputy Ky. Attorney General to Face State Charges

May 4, 2016
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says a former top deputy in his office will face state charges. Tim Longmeyer has already pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge. 

Court documents unsealed Tuesday at the request of the Lexington Herald-Leader show Longmeyer arranged for illegal campaign donations to Beshear's campaign.

Beshear told reporters he’s not ready to say what state charges will be filed against Longmeyer. He expressed appreciation Wednesday to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for its investigation of Longmeyer. 

Ky-based Refuge for Women Expanding

May 4, 2016
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    A Kentucky-based program working to help sexually-exploited women is expanding.  An awareness and fundraising event for the program occurred last weekend in Lexington.

The-faith based Refuge for Women is described as “aftercare for the trafficked and sexually exploited.”  There are four safe houses in Kentucky. Other programs are forming in states such as Georgia and Illinois. 

Former Pres. Clinton Campaigns for Hilary in Lexington

May 3, 2016
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Former President Bill Clinton has laid out his wife’s presidential platform on issues like corporate wealth, health care reform, and clean energy Tuesday in Central Kentucky.  He also hit on a topic near and dear to the hearts of his Lexington supporters, that of the cost of a college education. The two-term president told the crowd of about 400, mostly students, “A college loan is the only loan in America you cannot refinance when interest rates go down.  And that is wrong.”

Lexington Officials Say Homelessness Down

May 2, 2016
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Lexington officials say homelessness in the community has dropped by a quarter since 2014.  The annual “point in time” count conducted each January shows chronic homelessness has been cut in half.  Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says ongoing efforts need to focus on housing shelter residents. 

He says living in a homeless shelter is still considered homeless, “We’ve really had to put the emphasis on how do we help get people not just off the streets, but also out the shelter and into housing.”

Will Huntsberry is an assistant producer in NPR's elections unit, where he produced a piece about Don Gonyea's favorite campaign trail playlists, reported on the one place in Washington where former House Speaker John Boehner could feel like "a regular guy," and other stories that get beneath the surface of American politics.

He came to NPR in 2014 as Kroc Fellow, after graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Since joining NPR, he has worked on the education desk, reported at KQED in San Francisco, and was part of the team that covered the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, S.C.

Previously, he worked for the Wall Street Journal and covered Raleigh, N.C. for a variety of news outlets.

EKU Faculty Task Force to Tackle Funding Cuts

May 2, 2016
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Eastern Kentucky University’s effort to deal with state funding reductions includes formation of a “Faculty Efficiency Task Force.”  The issue was discussed during last week’s university Board of Regents meeting. 

Following the April 27 meeting, Faculty Senate Chair Shirley O’Brien wasn’t sure what formation of the task force would involve, saying,  “This has been the first that we’ve discussed it today and I’m waiting to further look for faculty representation and better understand where are efficiency needs are.”

Focus On Business: Rodney Vinegar on Human Resources

May 2, 2016

During his 18-year professional career, Rodney Vinegar has been responsible for recruitment, training, professional development, human resources leadership, and labor relations with such global companies as UBS Investment Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Pepsi and Scripps Network Interactive.  Rodney recently returned from New York to his home state of Kentucky and joined Tom Martin to discuss some HR issues common in today’s workplace.

A listener from Frankfort emailed us with what she called some “observations about the WEKU stream vs. other Kentucky public radio streams.” 

She says, “The broadcast volume is about 30% of what some other stations broadcast. For example, to hear WEKU at the same volume as other stations, I have to put my speakers at 20-30% volume vs. 5-10% for others.” 

WalletHub Study Ranks Kentucky Low in Gambling-Related Issues

May 2, 2016
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With the Kentucky Derby just days away, much attention this week will focus on which horse to wager on.  A recently-released national study on gambling ranks Kentucky low in gambling related problems.

The study by the personal finance website WalletHub focused on what the site calls “gambling friendliness” and “gambling problems and treatment.”  Kentucky ranked 43rd overall. 

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