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WEKU News has produced a series of reports featuring the candidates competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 6th District in Kentucky.

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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 are season finales for the Lexington Philharmonic and Lexington Singers, a Studio Players production and the Great Day Race at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com

The Lane Report

Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the state's $68 billion operating budget.

 

Stumbo alleges Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State's office when the legislature is not in session.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two billboard companies have refused to display an advertisement by an atheist group to protest the Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky.  

Tri-State Freethinkers president Jim Helton tells news outlets the group recently raised $10,000 for a billboard. The proposed design depicts Noah's Ark with people drowning around it and the words, "Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths."

The advertisement has been turned down by billboard companies Lamar and Event Advertising and Promotions LLC.

Adam Potter

On this week’s Eastern Standard, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. 

Joe Palca joins us in a program recorded last week at WEKU’s annual Day Sponsor event and you can hear it Thursday morning at 11:00 and Sunday evening at 6:00.

More pictures from the 2016 Day Sponsor Event on the WEKU Facebook page

Hillary Pool Audio

May 10, 2016

  This is where we will post pool audio from Hillary Clinton's 5/10/16 visit to Lexington.

We have a couple of comments in reaction to last month’s Eastern Standard show with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.  Both, by the way, are from a website visitor self-identifying as “Annie on the Trail.” 

She wrote, “This was a FASCINATING show! Thanks!”

This week’s speaker in the Chautauqua Lecture series at Eastern Kentucky University says he’s concerned about the state of liberal education in the U.S.

Dr. Michael Roth is President of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and author of “Why Liberal Education Matters.”     

Michael Benson, PhD

  It’s been a busy academic on the  campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. One major issue this winter and spring has been the adjustment of university finances to compensate for state budget cuts. 

On this week’s show, we’ll discuss university finances and other issues as we welcome EKU President Michael Benson.

We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond.

A listener from Frankfort emailed us with what she called some “observations about the WEKU stream vs. other Kentucky public radio streams.” 

She says, “The broadcast volume is about 30% of what some other stations broadcast. For example, to hear WEKU at the same volume as other stations, I have to put my speakers at 20-30% volume vs. 5-10% for others.” 

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 are performances by comedian Amy Schumer and the postponed show by Hal Holbrook plus some other shows and concerts.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

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A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat. A state tourism board this week approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot long Ark Encounter attraction.               

Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction.

State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding "religious indoctrination."

  WEKU joined the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.  The program was streamed "live" on YouTube  and will be repeated in its entirety as a special edition of our show.

WEKU is joining the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.

We begin with a call to the listener comment line from Phyllis from Prestonsburg.  She's responding to a request for comments about the changes underway with A Prairie Home Companion now that Garrison Keillor is getting ready to retire, “I'm heartbroken that Garrison Keillor is leaving.  My opinion on the replacement is still not formed yet but, when I heard the replacement host and program, it just wasn’t the same.   

Harriett Hendren - Lexington Herald-Leader

Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald-Leader is joined this week by one of his colleagues at the paper, Harriett Hendren.

They discuss shows such as Sunday’s concert by singer/songwriter James Taylor and the production of  Once: The Musical as part of the Broadway “Live” Series.  

Rich Copley covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com where you’ll find more information about this weekend’s events. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

U.S. Marshal Service

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed an inspector general to look into potential illegal activities by the governor’s immediate predecessor. 

A former U.S. Marshal will assist with the investigation of allegations against former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.   

Gov. Bevin appointed Kenneth F. Bohac as the inspector general for the Finance Cabinet.

Bohac is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. President Barack Obama appointed him U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois in 2010.

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

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A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.

Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing it violated her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union sued her on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then-State Librarian Wayne Onkst, arguing the forms violated her religious beliefs.

We start with a call to the WEKU Listener Comment Line, “I have been listening to public radio for over 25 years and I’ve listened to a lot of great stations.  But, I wanted to tell you that WEKU is my favorite public radio station, actually any radio station ever.” 

The caller continues, “I love the thoughtful and interesting talk you have on all day.  I learn things all the time and I am so grateful that you are a presence in our community.”

Eastern Standard

The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service. 

Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard in this encore of a program originally aired on September 24, 2015.

Guests:

Erik Liddell / EKU Chautauquah

This year’s presidential election appears to be one of the most interesting in U.S. history.

While the primaries and caucuses continue, there’s speculation about what might happen at both major party conventions this summer….and who will emerge as Republican and Democratic candidates.

Here’s a note by email from listener Virginia, “I just made a contribution and commented that I love the station.  I did not say ‘…all but one thing - Dinner Party Download.’  I just turn it off. Thanks for making my life more interesting.” 

From the Listener Comment Line, “Whoever the gentleman was that just made a reference to the Spoonbread Festival controversy in Berea, accidentally referred to it in the first phrase of the All Things Considered report that it was a decision made by the Berea City Council. That’s not correct. "

Eastern Standard

  Some experts are claiming that human beings are entering and staying in adolescence longer than ever before.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss this modern phenomenon and we’re interested in hearing your stories, comments and questions.

Write to us now at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a message. You can also post you comment below in the "comments" box or on the WEKU Facebook page. Send a tweet @wekuest

Here’s a message from listener Dave, who tells us he enjoys the station, especially while exercising every day, but he has a suggestion for announcers, “Ask your people to quit saying ‘First ever.’ First means it never happened before. ‘First ever’ means you don’t know what the word first means.” 

Eastern Standard

A Kentucky professor was part of a team that analyzed fossils from what has been described as “a new human ancestor.”  We’ll discuss this 2013 discovery with University of Kentucky  paleoanthropologist Dr. Andrew Deane who was called to South Africa to join the team examining over 1,500 bones that were found. We’ll also meet biology professor Jim Krupa, also from UK, who teaches biology, ecology and evolution. It’s a special recorded version of our show but we’re still glad to have your comments at:

Melodie, from Lexington, emailed us, “This message concerns HB 269 which updated veterinary practice laws. One important omission in your report is that the language to allow veterinarians to release animal protection and health information to authorities without an owner's consent is deleted in the committee substitution.." 

Melodie continues, "As the law now stands veterinarians are prohibited from notifying authorities of an animal's condition that are suspicious for abuse.  Kentucky is the only state that does not allow this.

Here’s an email from Alan, presumably in the Prestonsburg area,  “My wife and I have been consistent and faithful listeners and supporters of WEKU since our daughters attended EKU several years ago. WEKU, at 90.9 Hazard, has been part of our daily regimen for all that time."  

  

  

Alan continues, "As of late however, we have been unable to listen to the station because of poor reception. Has your Hazard transmitter gone down or is there some other problem? We would like to regain the channel and to once again become donating partners with the station.”

The fact that a candidate for the U.S. Presidency identifies himself as a "Democratic Socialist" causes us to wonder what that means.  On this week's show, we'll make an effort to define socialism. 

Send in your questions in advance to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in Thursday morning.

Guests: 

Dozens of listeners posted on Facebook or Twitter in reaction to the news of the passing of NPR newsman Craig Windham.   

Meg tweeted, “I’ll miss Craig reading the news in the morning. #RIPCraig.”

Rebecca commented on Facebook, “So sad to hear this.”

We’ve had a number of contacts regarding an apparent problem with one of the programs on our sister station, Classic 102.1. We’re told that the Sunday afternoon program Classical Guitar Alive has been repeating for a number of weeks.  We apologize for that and will check it out and…most importantly…get it fixed.

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