Two people who spent years in a Kentucky jail after being wrongfully charged with murder have sued 10 police officers from three departments. They allege there was a conspiracy to frame them by planting evidence to protect a confidential informant.
Children attending a southeastern Kentucky elementary school are participating in a whole new library experience. The changes have been made possible through a joint project by Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College.
Last week’s collapse of an Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta will likely affect hundreds of spring break travelers from Kentucky. State transportation officials are urging motorists to check all traffic routing sources before making the trip through Georgia's capital city.
More than 80 Kentucky school districts were scheduled to observe spring break this week. The I-75 path to Florida is a popular one for many Kentuckians.
A crowd of about a hundred gathered in Berea Monday to show support for a lesbian couple targeted by vandals. Organizers also used the event to draw attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the Madison County community.
The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up this past week, and not only were there overrides to the Governor’s vetoes, but the new Republican super-majority successfully passed quite a bit of new legislation in what seems to be record time.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, our panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable to discuss all legislative news that occurred in Frankfort this year.
We received the following email from listener Betty one morning last week during the WEKU Spring Fund Drive. She wrote, “I thought I ought to let you know, before your pledge day is over, that I had a problem trying to make a donation by phone call before 7 a.m. this morning."
In recent years, Lexington’s headlines have been filled with the results of gun violence.
On this week's Eastern Standard, we will be talking about gun violence, live from Lexington City Hall with Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard. We will also have Laura Hatfield, Executive Director of Partners for Youth on the show as trends show many gun-related homicides involve young adults.
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/”