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Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Jaylen Babb-Harrison has been charged with first degree rape. According to the Lexington Herald Leader , the 23-year-old is being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

Here’s an email from listener Caleb, “I am a long time daily listener of WEKU. One of the featured pieces of feedback this week, from Alyce, criticized “A Prairie Home Companion”, and “Ask Me Another.” I have to agree.
Those are my two least favorite programs on this station. I listen to several of other stations, and find myself turning to WUKY, or online podcasts whenever these programs are on WEKU. I know you all have to balance the interests of all listeners, I just wanted to give...

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This weekend, they’re thinking about the holiday season…

Here’s an email from Chris, in Berea, “One morning last week, you shared a tweet from Donald Trump as if it were news regarding how he had helped a Ford plant not leave Louisville. Trump’s tweet, however, was quickly shown to be incorrect."

Here’s a message from Paul left this week on the Listener Comment Line, “I like your website and the stories of the day. I particularly like reading about people voting for the coal industry. I know that’s controversial but it’s an important story.”

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Eastern Kentucky University student-athlete Tyler Swafford had a tough day on the football field Saturday. But as WEKU’S John Hingsbergen reports, the 21-year-old received some very good news later that day. Tyler Swafford has been notified that he will receive one of this year’s 12 George Mitchell scholarships. The Brentwood Tennessee native, was among more than 300 who applied for the honor that provides a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland. Applicants...

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. They start this week of a mention of a production by Lexington’s Studio Players.

From the Listener Comment Line, a call from Dan in Lexington about the fact that we chose to, once again, preempt Performance Today on Wednesday evening, the day after the Election.

Politics and the election have certainly brought out some comments this week. First, from Mary Pat who commented about the Eastern Standard show on voter values, “The election?...values?...partisan spokespersons to start it off? ....really?! I had to turn it off. A very lame show with poor conception.”

Kentucky Secretary of State's Office

Kentucky's top election official estimates 60 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said that's on par with the turnout from the 2012 presidential election.

The Kentucky Humanities Council Tuesday named a new Executive Director. As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, the new head of the non-profit is a person whose name and face are familiar to many Kentuckians.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates met Monday night on statewide television for the only debate of the 2016 campaign. Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appeared together on KET's "Kentucky Tonight.”

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Lexington’s annual public celebration of Halloween brought thousands into the city’s downtown Saturday. As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, this year marked the 15 th annual re-creation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Listener Clay emailed us, “Please create a pronunciation guidebook for your announcers, primarily containing area street and place names. Your morning guy continually mispronounces "Tiverton" and "Aristides", street names in Lexington. But other WEKU announcers also struggle in this area. Nothing makes an announcer sound more amateurish than continually mispronouncing local names.”

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Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert. EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd. A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter. A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments...

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. On their minds this week is Lexington’s annual Halloween event, the Thriller Parade and a day of related activities. Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.

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Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election. The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.

First up, an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: WEKH Hazard is now back at FULL POWER on 90.9 FM, thanks to Chief Engineer Bill Browning, Hazard Engineer Phil Hayes, WEKU Assistant Engineer Jim Whitaker as well as numerous outside vendors and contractors as well as support agencies at Eastern Kentucky University.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. One of the events on their agenda this week is a concert by the Lexington Philharmonic.

In response to our story, Lexington Police to Provide Suggestions on Citizen Interaction with Officers, Tammie writes, “Wow - so now we need to be trained on how to act in an encounter with LEO's?" Tammie continues, "It shouldn't be that complicated, because not many of the general public are going to study up. Is it now on the public to keep themselves from being mistreated or shot in such an encounter, instead of the responsibility of the PEACE officer?

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Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

A father and son are the latest arrests in the investigation into the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after police say she was fatally shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during a shootout between people in two parked vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. In a statement, Lexington police say 38-year-old Chazerae Taylor and his 19-year-old son D'Markeo are charged with wanton...

Mark Maloney File - Lexington Herald-Leader

The 15-year-old daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay was killed in a shooting in Lexington early Sunday morning. According to the Fayette County Coroner, Trinity Gay died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after a shooting at Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway. Trinity Gay was shot in the neck about 4 a.m., police said. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Trinity was a top sprinter for Lafayette High School, where her father Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay also attended. Kentucky High...

Richmond Police Department

Eastern Kentucky University officials issued two alerts Sunday morning, advising people on or near the campus in Richmond to “shelter in place.” The first of the alerts at 12:21 am referred to an area that was the subject of a similar alert last week, Wellington Court at Summit St. near the Madison County Middle School. Richmond Police responded to a report of “shots fired” but found no active threat. A second alert was issued later at 9:13 am. When issuing the “all clear” a little more than...

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. As the days get cooler and darkness comes sooner, it’s time for the annual Halloween events calendar. Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.

Kentucky Constables Association

Lexington officials are considering changes to policies regarding county constables. The duties of these elected officials were discussed during this week’s Planning and Public Safety Committee meeting. The city review follows a summer report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting raising issues about training and accountability. Council member Kevin Stinnett views city liability related to constables and their deputies as a key issue. Currently, Stinnett says, the city provides a...

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Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility. The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response. The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers. Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls. Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side....

Here’s a message of interest to listeners of WEKH in Hazard. Your long wait is almost over! Due to technical work at the transmitter site, listeners may experience disruptions of the station’s signal at 90.9 FM for the next few days. We apologize for the disruption but assure you that, once this work is finished, you’ll be pleased with the results! Stay tuned for more information, watch Facebook and Twitter for more information as well as the website at WEKU dot FM.

We start with an email from a couple whom we will not identify since we don’t want to disclose the amounts of donations to the station, “If it helps for your current drive, I upped my day sponsor by mailing in $20 yesterday. I know it's not much, but I went from $180 to $200, which for us is a lot.” John wrote to us, “Please get the web streaming link to smart phones repaired quickly. I am having serious withdrawal symptoms!” By way of explanation, NPR Digital Services, which provides the...

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. With October almost here, they’re focusing on fall festivals and events. Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.

One of the people who helped shape public radio as we know it has written a new book about its origins. This week, we'll meet National Public Radio's first employee, Jack Mitchell.

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