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One of the things we don't talk about often enough is the fact that listeners can post comments to news stories on the our website. It's called the Disqus feature with "Disqus" spelled with a Q. Some comments this week included one in reaction to the headline, Lexington Still Seeking Affordable Housing Solution.
From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.
On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.
Customers Columbia Gas of Kentucky will be getting a partial break on their bills for the rest of the winter. The utility reported Tuesday that it has received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission for its most recent Gas Cost Adjustment.
Chris Young is a member of the Bluegrass Angels, a seed funding organization of some of Kentucky’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Tom Martin’s conversation with Young begins with something new for The Bluegrass Angels: a “Launch Fund” – Chris’ concept of a competition to provide funding to entrepreneurs who have interesting business ideas, but are not yet far enough along to present them to the Bluegrass Angels group. As a result of its first competition, held recently, the Fund awarded $25,000 investments to each of four finalist companies.
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Last week, after our Eastern Standard show from Frankfort, discussing this year's legislative session, Sharon wrote to us first with kind words about our weekly show. She went on to say, “There's something that I noticed immediately when you introduced your guests: They were all men. It's not so obvious on radio, but I'm pretty sure they're all white as well. Did you notice this, and try (and fail) to book a more diverse group of experts? I sure hope it was not a deliberate choice.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in at a Civil rights demonstration in Frankfort, Ky on March 5, 1964.
Credit File Photo Lexington HERALD-LEADER
On March 5, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Kentucky civil rights leaders led 10,000 people to rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in a peaceful march and demonstration. Fifty years later, a commemorative march will take place, sponsored by The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights.
The Lexington Art League will unveil its New Moon sculpture in Lexington’s Triangle Park Friday night. With more information and a preview of other weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the sculpture is part of a new project called Luminosity.
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Here's part of a note from listener, Phyllis, referring to an Eastern Standard show earlier this month, “I’m appalled that people persist in thinking that fruits and vegetables are too expensive." She continues, "Let me refer you to US Dept of Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 790, 'How Much Do Americans Pay for Fruits and Vegetables,' July 2004, p.26, Table 5. Seven ways to eat 3 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables per day for a dollar or less.'
The tower from which WEKH (90.9 FM) transmits high atop Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY.
Credit Phil Hayes
We just thought you'd like to know what it takes sometimes to keep a network of public radio stations on the air. Follow this link to the WEKU Facebook page for a complete photo album with more shots from a trip up Buffalo Mountain in Hazard, KY. to put WEKH (90.9 FM) back on the air.
With record cold temperatures and snow, especially for Kentucky, we're wondering what's going on. And we bet you are, too! On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll discuss this unusual winter weather and attempt to understand why it's going on, and what to expect as we get closer to spring.
This weekend begins with some musical choices for Valentine’s Day and ends with a romantic film at the Kentucky Theatre. Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be on stage at the Lexington Opera House.
Paul Coomes is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a consultant for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth. He spoke with Tom Martin about current economic conditions.
Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon.
Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.
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The discussion of creationism vs. evolution from our January 30th Eastern Standard show received yet another response that I feel we need to share, even though the listener who left the message did not leave her name or contact information. She wrote, “I just wanted to register my displeasure with the speaker of the creationist worldview being allowed to go unchallenged in his comparison of non-creationist scientists with racist police officers. The only challenge came from your other guest who said that he’s accusing other scientists of conspiracy.”
As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly approaches the mid-point, what has the state's legislative branch achieved so far this year? What is likely to be accomplished by the end of this 60-day session? These are questions we will pursue in this week's show, originating "live" from the State Capitol in Frankfort.
"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris
A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”
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Last week’s Eastern Standard show generated a lot of interest, both during the show and with Feedback before and after. The show dealt with issues raised by this week’s debate between Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” and the founder of the Creation Museum.
Ted, a research psychologist, wrote, “Overall, I think you gave the Creationists yet one more forum for their disruptive tactics."
Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.
UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.
Science Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University
Credit Eastern Kentucky University
A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal. The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.
Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
Credit Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images via npr.org
During his 94 years, Folk singer Pete Seeger left his mark on music and social activism across the U.S. and around the world. But Seeger was also a major influence in the life of a Kentuckian who knew him from childhood.
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Here’s a note from Sonja that we received last weekend, “Heard the commercial this morning advertising about Governor Beshear's presentation, "...join so and so and I," and I cringed! The pronoun "I" is subjective tense while "me" is on the objective tense.
While Lexington and Louisville remain rivals in many areas, the mayors of both cities continue to move forward on a mutually beneficial economic partnership. They formed the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM). They commissioned the Washington, D.C. think tank, The Brookings Institution, to conduct a study into the feasibility of creating a 22-county economic region, anchored by Lexington to the east and Louisville to the west.
In this week's Focus on Business, Tom Martin discusses some of the study's findings and its vision with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
The Lexington Art League kicks off its winter light event this weekend at the annual Art Ball and a couple of Kentuckians are contenders for this year's Grammy Awards. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews this weekends events.
Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal. These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.
The number of cable television concerns expressed by Lexington residents is causing concern for some city leaders. While the city continues negotiations for a renewed agreement with Time Warner Cable, Council member Harry Clark says some of the citizen comments made at a recent public hearing were ‘horrifying.’ “This is not sufficient for Lexington Kentucky. I mean we value the quality of life in a lot of ways, and this is a standard that we ought to be providing for all of our citizens who are interested in cable,” said Clark.
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On Friday morning, we received a tweet from listener Daniel , “Why did you announce Berea College was on a 2 hr delay? I can't find any other source saying so including email from the college.”
As the person on the air during the morning in question, I was very aware that Berea College was NOT on delay or closed. Daniel apparently caught me in a slip that resulted in the mistake. What was true is that earliest reports were about Berea Community Schools on such delay. And, of course, that situation had changed so the schools were actually closed.