More than 30 Kentucky county and state prosecutors are undergoing intensive trial advocacy training this week in Lexington. The Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute is designed for those who've pursued fewer than five trials.
On this week's special edition of the show, we'll hear from: former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran; political correspondent Don Gonyea; science correspondent Joe Palca; and Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal.
It's a recorded edition of the show but you don't want to miss it!
The Perry County Adult Drug Court is set to receive $1.3 million in federal support. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance will be used to expand treatment services. The funds are intended to help people who struggle with employment issues, mental health problems or a lack of basic education.
Wells says the funds will also provide a peer support specialist, who can relate to what drug court participants are going through.
We've had a couple of calls to the Listener Comment Line to share this week.
First up, a self-described longtime listener and supporter, choosing to remain anonymous.
“I just wanted to comment about how hard it is for me to contribute since I don’t have Internet. It’s hard for me to reach you when you’re running the advertisements about your “upcoming fund drive or you can go ahead and support the station early even before the fund drive begins. It’s very hard to call in and do that. Nobody answers.
Lexington’s mayor participated in a special flag-raising event Thursday. As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, it marked the unveiling of the city’s first community spirit flag.
Mayor Gray: "I will tell you, that you all have confirmed, that if you got to get a tough job done, then give it to the students and the teachers, congratulations," Mayor Jim Gray’s comments just before the community spirit flag was hoisted up the pole at the Lexington Christian Academy.
First up this week, a caller choosing to remain anonymous who left a message over the weekend, “I have listened to this station for about three months since I move here from Georgia. It is nothing but a repetition of the morning programs and nothing but begging, begging, begging for contributions."
Kentucky’s Supreme Court struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance last week, saying the ban violated free speech. While the homeless in Lexington can now panhandle without fear of prosecution, there are other issues of concern related to basic subsistence.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, homelessness in the Commonwealth.
This note came from Jordan, writing, “Morning! I've listened to WEKU every morning on my commute for the last several years - you guys are awesome! One small comment, though. Every morning when Bryan Bartlett gives the time it is one minute fast when compared to the atomic clock in Boulder, CO, which is the United States' primary time and frequency standard. http://www.time.gov/”
Kentucky’s universities are facing performance-based funding, likely to be mandated by the General Assembly and the governor. Meanwhile Eastern Kentucky University continues planning for tighter budgets while continuing to revitalize the campus in Richmond.
From a listener in Richmond, choosing to remain anonymous, “On Monday, January 23, a comment was read from a listener named Elaine. She said ‘When I moved to Kentucky from Ohio, I determined not to acquire a southern accent. To this purpose, I listened to NPR for good pronunciation and grammar.’
A crowd of at least a thousand gathered Sunday in downtown Lexington to show support for immigrants and refugees and disapproval of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly-Muslim nations.
The rally went forward despite a federal judge’s “stay” of the president’s executive order. It was organized by area high school and college students. It included remarks by representatives of the local religious and civil rights leaders and elected officials including 13th District State Senator Reggie Thomas.
Last week, I responded to a listener’s description of WEKU as a “liberal radio station” saying , we do our best, as does NPR, to always provide politically-balanced programming and news coverage.
Another listener took exception with that, saying while it’s been “wonderful” listening to our programming over the last several years, the consensus is that NPR’s programming, and as a result ours is “left leaning.”
It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This week, they begin with a focus on a number of weekend bluegrass events.
Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. You can find many listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM.
Following a weekend of reactions to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration into the U.S, Lexington’s mayor says the city will continue welcoming those who come into the community.
Mayor Jim Gray reacted to the nationwide and international controversy in a series of tweets, beginning with the comment that (quote) “The President's actions have created unnecessary anxiety and unrest.His poorly developed plan divides the American people.”
Here’s an email we received from Thomas in Lexington, “I listen to WEKU every morning for the news and weather. I use the current temperature to decide how warm a coat to wear but some mornings you do not give the current temperature. Why not?”
I wrote back to Thomas, letting him know that we certainly intend to give temperatures frequently for a number of locations during Morning Edition. If we’ve been failing to do so, we’ll make sure we resume the practice.