Cheri Lawson

 Cheri is a broadcast producer, anchor, reporter, announcer and talk show host with over 25 years of experience. For three years, she was the local host of Morning Edition on WMUB-FM at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cheri produced and hosted local talk shows and news stories for the station for nine years. Prior to that, she produced and co-hosted a local talk show on WVXU, Cincinnati for nearly 15 years. Cheri has won numerous awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, the Ohio and Kentucky Associated Press, and both the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists.

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Kentucky’s first LGBTQ historical markers were unveiled Sunday in Lexington.

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A Kentucky high school valedictorian was barred from giving his planned speech at his high school’s graduation ceremony.

18 -year-old Christian Bales and student council president Katherine Frantz were told Friday, hours before Holy Cross High School’s graduation they would not be giving their speeches.


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Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky’s 6th congressional district last night. The crowd at a community potluck supper in Richmond cheered when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray conceded the race.

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A local political race in a northeast Kentucky town is drawing attention well beyond the Appalachian community. A gay man who was refused a marriage license by the current county clerk is running for that very position. 

 

David Ermold hopes to win his Democratic primary race tomorrow, so he has a chance to unseat Kim Davis.  Davis is the woman who wouldn’t grant him and his now husband their marriage license three years ago.   Media attention is affecting all four candidates in the county race.

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Literacy in the Digital Age: Transformations of the Reading Brain was a topic recently at Eastern Kentucky University’s Chautauqua Lecture Series.

Dr Maryanne Wolf, The John DiBiaggio  Professor of citizenship and public service and the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University in Boston talked with WEKU’s Cheri Lawson.

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In part two of our series “Women Leading the Way” in fields traditionally dominated by men,Lexington’s first female Fire Chief, Kristin Chilton talks progress, challenges and role models.

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Women are leading the way in fields that for years were dominated by men. In the first of our series. “Women Leading the Way”  we feature  Toyota Motor Manufacturing  Kentucky's first female President, Susan Elkington.

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A Northern Kentucky woman is making it her mission to help the homeless and the environment.

The 43- year- old has a special nickname for a reason.

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Co-creators of the social justice artwork “Unlearn Fear and Hate” hosted their first coloring party in conjunction with the Lexington Public Library .

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports , dozens of people from all walks of life showed up for the first in a series of six parties 

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A non-profit arts organization in Lexington is one of 48 institutions in the country being awarded a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. According to director Paul Brown, it's the largest grant Institute 193 has ever received. 


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Music is one way young students  in a program at Eastern Kentucky University will  help spread holiday cheer.

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, kids with the Foster Academy for Musical Excellence hope to offer the gift of familiar tunes this season.


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This week Americans will come together to celebrate and give thanks. Thanksgiving has become a holiday for family, football and feasting.

WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, for many families, the centerpiece of the celebration is the turkey. And hundreds of those turkeys will come from a Northern Kentucky farm.


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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis says she will run for reelection next year. One of the men who was denied a license by Davis in 2015 is considering running against her.   


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The Trump administration’s announcement Thursday that the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency was not news to first responders in Madison County.


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The Trump administration last month announced plans to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program.  It gives temporary protection to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children.

With DACA ending next March, Congress has fewer than six months to find a legislative alternative. 

After being bullied on social media, a college student in Lexington is doing what she can to help others like herself.


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A man who spent three years living in a treehouse that he built in Red River Gorge and then started a treehouse village is being featured on nationwide  TV.

 

 Django  Kroner and The Canopy Crew are in  a pilot for a new TV show on the channel Animal Planet.

Just about six months ago, Cincinnati native Django Kroner gave us a tour of the beginnings of a treehouse village he’s building on private property in Red River Gorge .

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky among the three states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose.

While there’s no easy answer,  officials who run a Northern Kentucky jail believe they have a program that could be part of the solution, using medication-assisted treatment.


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Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.

 

Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.

 

Here are the reactions of some of them:


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A team from Bluegrass Community and Technical College will live-stream eclipse footage as part of a national Eclipse Ballooning Project

The NASA-sponsored project, which is led by the Montana Space Grant Consortium at Montana State University, has been years in the making


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Following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kentucky's second largest city is discussing the removal of two Confederate statues from its downtown.

Now a white nationalist group has announced plans to hold a rally in Lexington.


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Since July 1, visitors to the Ark Encounter biblical theme park in Grant County have been paying an extra 50 cents per ticket.

The “safety assessment fee” is for increased police and fire services.  


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UPDATED 7/25/17 - Officials with the Ark Encounter attraction in Grant County have transferred ownership of the property for the second time in a matter of weeks.  

The transfer is expected to restore the property to its previous for-profit status.


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The City of Williamstown has rejected the latest request by the Ark Encounter theme park to reduce the amount of a new “safety assessment fee.”

Earlier this year, the city imposed a per-ticket charge of 50 cents to cover the cost of increased police and fire services.


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A controversial theme park in Grant County is celebrating its first anniversary. But, so far, the Ark Encounter hasn’t floated everybody’s boat.

Taking pictures at the park’s entrance under an amusement park sized orange sign with big white letters announcing "ARK Encounter," the Botcher family from South Milwaukee is enthusiastic about their vacation in Kentucky.

 

"It’s The Ark so we’re hoping to see the size and get to see some of the animals inside."

 

Vice President is traveling to Kentucky Wednesday to help build support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Pence will meet with business owners in a private invitation-only event.

The Vice President’s visit follows Sunday’s rally in Northern Kentucky featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President  will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.  


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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke against the healthcare bill being considered by the U.S. Senate Sunday evening in Northern Kentucky.  The former presidential candidate addressed a crowd estimated at 2000.

Sanders says he doesn't understand why Kentucky senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under Kentucky’s implementation of the federal law, the number of uninsured in the state fell from 20% to just under eight percent.

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Have you ever been annoyed by everyday sounds like someone tapping fingers on the desk or pens clicking? Some people are not only annoyed by certain sounds but live with a condition where certain sounds, known as trigger sounds actually elicit a feeling of rage and a negative physical response.

Growing up, dinner time with her family was usually painful  for Kamyla Adrlik .

Andrlik: “I was about 7 years old and I was eating dinner with my family one night and it was just kind of out of the blue , I noticed the way that my dad was chewing was really bothering me.”

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East Central Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and other outdoor activities. A Cincinnati man is now offering nature loving visitors there an experience that’s off the grid and off the ground.

At age 19, Django Kroner moved to Red River Gorge, known for its natural stone arches and sandstone cliffs. He went to pursue rock climbing and ended up building and living in a treehouse 45 feet off the canopy floor for three years.

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Police  in Cincinnati continue to investigate a mass shooting at a  nightclub early Sunday morning  WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports one person was killed and at least 15 were injured.

Gunfire broke out in the early morning hours inside the Cameo Nightclub in Cincinnati’s East End. Police are looking for more than one shooter. 

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