Ky. Agriculture James Comer says he has been given the go-ahead by the Attorney General to implement pilot projects in growing and producing hemp at six state universities.
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The Commonwealth is ready to move forward with plans for the first legal production of hemp in at least 50 years. Earlier this year, the State Department of Agriculture announced it was creating pilot projects in growth and production of the plant at six universities.
An Eastern Kentucky University student is in custody on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a campus dormitory. University police say they are unable to release some details since they are still investigating.
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Jan wrote to us, “When I listen to a radio reporter interviewing someone, invariably it ends with the remark 'thank you for having me'. I do not understand that remark at all, unless the interviewee gets paid by the interviewer. Is there any truth to my suspicion?”
The simple answer to Jan's question is, certainly not for local productions at WEKU, or anywhere I have ever worked and not at NPR or other public radio entities.
Listen to today's show online about the future of hemp in Kentucky.
In 2013, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill creating a regulatory framework for hemp production in the state. This year, thanks to a federal farm bill, six state universities are piloting projects using hemp. On this week’s Eastern Standard, the future of hemp in Kentucky.
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In reaction to our Friday news story, Over 200 Becoming US Citizens at Transylvania University, Natasa left a correction for us, using the Disqus feature beneath the web post. We reported, based on a news release from the university that last week’s was the first naturalization ceremony at the school in 26 years. Natasa commented, “Actually, the last Naturalization Ceremony was held at Transylvania sixteen years ago, not twenty six.”
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
An NPR newscaster who helped wake America for 33 years joins us on our next program. Jean Cochran retired from National Public Radio last year as part of a buy-out offered to many long-time employees at the network.
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, among other events this weekend, is the Lexington Ballet production of Snow White on Saturday.
Transylvania University's Haggin Auditorium becomes a federal courthouse for a day to host a naturalization ceremony Friday March 21, 2014
A facility in downtown Lexington becomes a federal courtroom for a day today. That’s because Transylvania University is hosting a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony. The school’s Haggin Auditorium will be the site of the university’s first citizenship ceremony in 16 years.
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An astute listener sent the following email, “Several times each day I hear sponsorships for items from the Ohio State House News Bureau, and would like to know what stories are coming from that source? I have been unable to identify any stories that seem to be Ohio State House stories. I look forward to having clarification on that. Am I missing something?”
Mukang Cho is CEO of In-Rel Properties, a privately held Florida real estate investment firm founded in 1985 with approximately $500 million in assets under management. Chase Tower on East Main Street in downtown Lexington is the firm’s first Kentucky acquisition.
It is among more than 6 million square feet of office and retail properties throughout the United States owned by In-Rel. With transactions to his credit valued at more than $100 billion, Cho is an expert on real estate financing.
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You may remember what the weather was like at this time last Monday. Well, listener Patty of Mt. Sterling posted a nice note on Facebook, “Thank you WEKU for all your great broadcasting everyday.
I am especially grateful for you all that came out in this blizzardy weather this morning (Monday) and are carrying on while the rest of us are in our cozy homes avoiding traffic and the elements. I rely on you more than I let you all know, and just want you to know you are appreciated.”
The Danville micropolitan area has once again been ranked in the top tier of micros for new and expanding business projects by SITE Selection magazine. The area includes Boyle and Lincoln counties. Out of 576 micropolitans in the U.S., Danville was tied for a rank of No. 27 nationally and was ranked No. 2 in Kentucky.
It’s time for our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells us that, among other events this weekend, a well-known comic and star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Aziz Ansari will be at UK tomorrow night.
Marlon Hurst is Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir
In its commitment to performing the works of J.S. Bach, the Kentucky Bach Choir is striving to be a little less formal and straight-laced. The Choir will show its lighter side in Friday night's concert in Lexington.
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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.
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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.
Listen to the 02/27/14 program's full audio online.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Graves conducted by Eastern Standard associate producer, Richard Turner.
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.
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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.
WEKU's Eastern Standard - Climate Change and Weather in Globally and in Kentucky. Guests: Tony Edwards of the Nation Weather Service Jackson Office and Trent Garrison, geologist and instructor at EKU.
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.