John Hingsbergen

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Cheri Lawson

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's tourism agency has suspended a tax break worth up to $18 million for a Noah's ark biblical attraction after the park transferred its main property to a nonprofit affiliate.

Media outlets report the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet said the park's action breached the incentive agreement, which would refund a portion of sales tax collected at the site.


Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2017 was 5.1 percent, according to the state's Office of Employment and Training.

The June  rate was up one tenth of a percentage point from the five percent reported in May.


Grant Willoughby

Last year around this time we asked, "What do the latest Ghostbusters, SpiderMan and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?"

We attempted to answer that question and others as we examines the topic of Diversity in the Media and we won an award for the show.


lexingtonky.gov

The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach well into the 90s at least through Saturday, so the Lexington Fayette Urban Government is opening “cooling centers” for those who need a break from the heat. 

A visitor to WEKU dot fm, using the alias “Solo Boy,” wrote in response to Cheri Lawson’s story that aired Friday, Ark Encounter's First Year a Slow Voyage for Williamstown.

He writes, “Any reason why Cheri Lawson neglected to mention that Elmer’s General store is located 2 miles away on the other side of Interstate 75?"


EducationKy.gov

According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

Vice President Mike Pence visited Lexington Wednesday to help bolster support for the Republican-sponsored health care bill being considered in the U.S. Senate. 

Having met with small business owners and other invited guests at Bryant’s Rent-All on Red Mile Rd, the Vice President made public remarks.   


We didn’t air Listener Feedback last week because of the holiday, otherwise we would have shared this comment in follow-up to remarks from "Edward" that we aired on June 26th.

Edward said he no longer supports the station because of a lack of balance.  He also claimed the station has become an apologist for what he called the “deviant lifestyle” of LGBTQ persons.  


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3500 drivers died in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss this apparently growing phenomenon.  Are you seeing distracted driving in Kentucky? Maybe experiencing it yourself?


AP via Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

The state of California has denied Lexington’s request to be exempted from a travel ban to Kentucky.  Mayor Jim Gray received a letter from the California Attorney General Thursday.


John Hingsbergen

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is our guest for this week's special edition of Eastern Standard.

Gov. Beshear joins us to discuss his new book, People Over Politics and the issues of politics and civic life he raises in the book.


Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is joining the mayor of Kentucky’s largest city in asking the state of California to exempt them from a ban on travel to Kentucky.

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer sent his letter Monday.  


John Hingsbergen

Attendance for Lexington’s Tenth Annual Pride Festival exceeded expectations.  Organizers of Saturday’s event are estimating a crowd of about 30,000 compared to last year’s 25,000.


We begin with an email from listener Edward. He writes, "Allow me to specify exactly why WEKU-FM will not ever get any donation from me. I used to subscribe regularly, but then WEKU-FM abandoned all pretense at balanced broadcasting."  


Andrea Noall Herald-Leader staff

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Among the events on their minds are Saturday’s Lexington Pride Festival as well as Paint the Town.  


Julia Dake

A new film, having its Kentucky premiere this week, touches on themes that are very much in the forefront today.  

Issues like: marriage equality; family values; cultural diversity; interracial relationships; and the efforts of churches and religion to remain relevant in a changing society.  

We begin with a call to the Listener Comment Line from Linda, in Lexington, “My husband and I listened to the “From the Top” broadcast on Sunday evening.  We listened to that all the time when we lived in Boston."


Erik Liddell

In spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters, we can and must live together peaceably.

That’s the view of First Amendment scholar and distinguished Professor of Law and Religion John Inazu.  


Here’s a note from listener Mark, “Are you aware that the Middlesboro 102.5 mHz repeater has been off the air for several day? Even in the tunnel, your signal cannot be heard.

We here in the meteor crater can hear the Pineville 90.1 repeater, but the quality is much lower."


John Hingsbergen

A crowd estimated at about 1000 gathered in Lexington Sunday for the community’s first LGBTQ Pride Rally and March.

Organizers say the event on the downtown Courthouse Square was planned in “solidarity” with a national rally in Washington, D.C.   


We didn’t air Feedback last week due to the holiday so here are a couple of messages that came in from mid-May forward.

Anonymous female: “I’m a fairly faithful listener calling from Frankfort, Kentucky. I listen to WEKU in the morning as I’m getting ready for work and driving to work and in the evenings as I’m coming home.”


Among those praising President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is the Kentucky Coal Association.

Association President Tyler White issued a statement this Thursday.


Chris Hartman

 A Kentucky judge is attempting to recuse himself from participation in adoptions by same-sex couples while the state's Chief Justice denies a request for rule change.

On this week's show, we'll discuss this and other LGBT-related legal matters.

David Bunning, via Twitter

Current Kentucky office-holders have joined other national, state and local leaders in commenting on the passing of Former U.S. Senator and baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning.  Bunning died Friday at the age of 85.    


John Hingsbergen

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, their families and other supporters gathered for the annual Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Wednesday.  

The event featured the customary 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.


Julia Dake

It’s the time of year when people are either beginning holiday and summer travel or finalizing their plans.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss the Joys of Travel, in light of recent events and changes, especially in the airline industry.

 

 

From Trevor, in Corbin, “I've submitted listener feedback before. Mostly it's been to praise this station for the fantastic job it does keeping listeners informed, but I have also commented on certain programming that, in my opinion, is of little value to most people tuning in."


Kim Blackburn Kim Blackburn Photography via Lexington Herald-Leader/Lexgo.com

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.   They tell us that the Moonshiners’ Ball is this weekend. It’s known as the annual “kickoff” of the music season in Lexington and Central Kentucky.   


By postal mail, Edd from Versailles wrote in response to a comment we aired a couple of weeks ago, ”I was about to call in to the listener line to voice my frustration with the constant, over and over, droning focus of WEKU on such a narrow range of the issues.

America has a lot of major situations that deserve coverage and the constant drum beat on a few such person(al) causes is over the edge.   


John Hingsbergen

One of the "Founding Mothers" of NPR is our guest on this week's show.  NPR and ABC commentator and best-selling author Cokie Roberts is our guest in a show recorded at this year's WEKU Day Sponsor Recognition Event.

Listeners in attendance at the May 15 event are the audience for the show and will be offering questions and comments.

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