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Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Jaylen Babb-Harrison has been charged with first degree rape. According to the Lexington Herald Leader , the 23-year-old is being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

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Eastern Kentucky University student-athlete Tyler Swafford had a tough day on the football field Saturday. But as WEKU’S John Hingsbergen reports, the 21-year-old received some very good news later that day. Tyler Swafford has been notified that he will receive one of this year’s 12 George Mitchell scholarships. The Brentwood Tennessee native, was among more than 300 who applied for the honor that provides a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland. Applicants...

Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University student athlete Tyler Swafford’s got a whirlwind schedule this Saturday. He’s making a trip to the nation’s capital for a scholarship interview before trotting out onto the field in Richmond to lead his team. The redshirt sophomore quarterback is vying for a Mitchell Scholarship. His interview is set for 8:30 a.m. in Washington. He’s one of 20 finalists in the national competitive scholarship program sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. If awarded one of the 12...

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Some students in Fayette County high schools will be going through metal detectors later this month. The school administration announced new safety policies Tuesday. Over the past 12 days, three Lexington area students were caught bringing guns to Tates Creek High School. Earlier this week, another student brought a BB gun to Bryan Station Middle School. Superintendent Manny Caulk says, after Thanksgiving, mobile metal detectors will be used at high schools for random checks. “We’re looking...

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Eastern Kentucky University officials say the school’s freshmen retention rate is at its highest level ever, at almost 75 percent. The data was mentioned during a Board of Regents meeting Monday. Eastern Vice President Laurie Carter also told board members that, in addition to an all-time high in retaining freshman, four andfive-year graduation rates continue to rise. Overall enrollment at the school based in Richmond remains steady at roughly 17,000 students. Associate Vice President Paul...

EKU Teacher, Student Stay Connected for Decades

Oct 24, 2016
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Two eastern Kentucky men, years apart in age, have maintained an educational and professional career connection for decades. That connection was recognized at Eastern Kentucky University’s 2016 homecoming festivities.

6000 Fayette 9th and 10th Graders Take PSAT

Oct 19, 2016
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Virtually all ninth and tenth graders in Lexington public schools are taking the PSAT this week. School officials say more than 6000 students took the preliminary college entry exam Wednesday. Fayette school officials say the district is the first in Kentucky to pay for the test for all freshmen and sophomores. On average, 344 students take what’s been called the practice SAT each year. It and the ACT are both well-known college entrance exams. School Superintendent Manny Caulk says the...

Mold Concerns Close KSU Dorm

Oct 10, 2016
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Kentucky State University officials are temporarily closing a residence hall to address mold issues. The closing affects some 90 students on the Frankfort campus. Mold had been discovered late last week in some dormitory rooms of Chandler Residence Hall. Upon further inspection, KSU officials decided to close the entire building for cleaning. Students are being moved out and permanently housed in Combs Hall. As a precaution, all residence halls on campus are being inspected, cleaned, and...

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Kentucky’s state board of education is expected to take a deeper look at charter schools during a special meeting in November. The board decided Wednesday to conduct a more thorough review of the highly-debated educational option. Richard Innes with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy says statistical reviews show charter school programs can help reduce academic achievement gaps. The staff education analyst has been studying Kentucky education reforms for years. “It would be important...

EKU Senior Serves on Higher Ed Policy Group

Oct 4, 2016
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An Eastern Kentucky University senior from Hollywood, Florida is making his mark on Kentucky’s higher education policy organization. The political science major is serving on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Even with debate over funding levels for higher education including a court decision, Sebastian Torres says new student offerings need attention. The EKU Student Government Association Vice President says that peaks his interest. “I know that across the state universities...

Madison Students Schooled in Financial Reality

Oct 4, 2016
Stu Johnson

A large group of Madison County 8 th graders have been schooled in adulthood budgetary decision making. Monday brought a dose of reality at the ‘Reality Store’ at Eastern Kentucky University. The students are assigned a profession and then set about making decisions about everything from a car purchase to daycare to groceries, based on estimated earnings. Madison Middle Schooler Hanna Bryant admits savings doesn’t always register as a top priority. “I feel like people spend a lot more on...

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Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges and universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below-benchmark academic achievement scores. Officials from Kentucky schools gathered last week at Eastern Kentucky University. Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on corequisite course work. A corequisite is a course of study required to be taken simultaneously with another. EKU Director of Academic Readiness...

Eastern Kentucky School Scores Test Gains

Sep 29, 2016
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A high school in far Eastern Kentucky tops the list of high schools making gains in student test scores. Phelps High School scored 17 points higher than other schools in a just-released statewide testing report. Phelps Principal Mike Hamilton says it’s not a “magic potion” but “buckling down” that led to higher test scores. He says setting aside a half hour daily for targeted instruction has been helpful. “We’ve got an intervention period that’s built into our schedule of 30 minutes. It was...

Student Test Scores Show Progress

Sep 29, 2016
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Just-released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education show gains in a number of areas. The state’s chief education administrator admits progress doesn’t eliminate the need for future improvement. High school graduation rates, along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year. But, State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address...

Modifying College Drinking Through Online Program

Sep 27, 2016
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A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups. It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond. The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption. The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall. Kentucky university officials got a briefing at Eastern Kentucky University last...

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Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school. The aim remains to hit the 50 percent mark. Eastern’s four year graduation rate has almost doubled in the past seven years. Of freshmen who entered EKU in the fall of 2012, 29.5% graduated this year. Associate Vice President for Student Success Gene Palka says part of the gain can be attributed to additional financial resources. Still, household income limitations can be significant in Kentucky...

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Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit. All guns, carried concealed or open carry, are banned for people on Kentucky’s public campuses. Scott Thalman with UK’s Students for Concealed Carry says college campuses are typically safe places, but students don’t spend all of their time on campus. “I live off campus. I have to ride a bus in to and off of campus. And, because I can’t carry a...

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has reviewed details about campus building projects totaling more than $2 billion. There were also lighter moments in his Thursday speech to Lexington Rotarians. Capilouto talked about how the historic construction on the Lexington campus has meant thousands of jobs and millions in state and local tax revenues. But he began his remarks acknowledging a prayer during which Rotarian Sasha Higgins concluded by asking "double blessings" on the 0-2 UK...

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

Sep 15, 2016
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week. A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday. Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week. EKU Associate Vice President for Facilities...

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A Berea College administrator has offered testimony about the cost of college education to a congressional committee in Washington. Much of the questioning Tuesday focused on student debt. Berea College is known nationally for its "no student paid" tuition with a "student work required" philosophy. Vice President for Finance Jeff Amburgey told members of the House Ways and Means subcommittee the school has eight guiding principles to help control costs., “Number 7 includes the language ‘plain...

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A panel comprised of public university presidents, legislative representatives and officials from Governor Matt Bevin’s office is continuing to work on plans to implement partial performance funding for higher education in Kentucky. The Performance Funding Work Group meets Wednesday in Frankfort. The group is working with almost $43 million, which represents a 5% pool of the state’s total higher education support. Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Vice President for Finance and...

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The University of Kentucky will benefit from the latest gift from a foundation tied to a Lexington auto dealership. A $10 million gift from the Don Jacobs Charitable Foundation, announced Tuesday, means further investment in undergraduate science education at UK. A majority of the contribution, $8 million, will go toward the new academic science building that now bears the name Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building. Don Jacobs, well-known in Lexington, passed away last spring. UK President...

Lexington 5th Graders Get Keeneland Experience

Aug 25, 2016
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The Keeneland Race Track is offering a classroom experience for hundreds of Lexington area students. School children are being educated this week on the finer points of the historic facility, and Keeneland officials hope the youngsters become racing fans. Hundreds of excited fifth graders started their morning in the sales pavilion. When it came time for a mock horse auction, everyone got quiet. After a fiberglass horse sold for over $1 million , no payment required, the fifth graders split...

Work Begins on Berea Forest Outreach Center

Aug 22, 2016
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Construction is set to begin on an Outreach Center at a popular Madison County trail area. The new facility will help introduce visitors to the history of Berea College’s Forest. The 5,000 square foot structure is being built near the Indian Fort Trail. It’s expected to include space to offer a curated description of the College Forest. Plans call for the building to stand just above the historic Forester’s House, once the residence of Professor Silas Mason. It was Mason who began the process...

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016
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This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs. Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday. The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point. The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year. Any decision to suspend the academic programs would...

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As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future. While recognizing challenges created by Kentucky’s 4.5 percent decrease in education funding, EKU’s president highlighted the school’s accomplishments. Benson says graduation rates are up for students who complete their degrees within 4, 5 or 6 years, “Students are...

Kentucky Schools Offered Opioid Blocker

Aug 15, 2016
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With classes underway in many sections of Kentucky, school officials are considering stocking a life-saving drug. It is being used to reverse the effects of an opioid related overdose. Two doses of naloxone, in nasal spray form, are available free to school districts across the state. The opioid blocker can be given in the event of a heroin or prescription pain killer overdose. Office of Drug Control Policy Director Van Ingram says there were 12 hundred 48 fatal overdoses last year in...

Students Seek School Governance Spots

Aug 11, 2016
Rachel Belin-Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

As classes begin this week in many Kentucky schools, a student-led organization continues to seek an official role in school governance. The group’s efforts are reflected in a report released this week. Teens from the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team surveyed peers, teachers, principals, and school superintendents over the past year. Results from some 300 schools and district offices showed 8 percent of school councils and 9 percent of central offices support students serving on their...

Demolishing Case Hall Does not Destroy Memories

Aug 8, 2016
Stu Johnson

What was once women’s dormitory housing thousands of women is now being dismantled. Case Hall on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is being torn down amidst floods of memories from those that lived and studied there.

Ribbons Cut for Lexington Schools

Aug 5, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

With the start of school fast approaching in Lexington, proud Fayette administrators and parents celebrated two new elementary school ribbon cuttings today. Student growth is ongoing in the central Kentucky community. As the Bryan Station High School Brass Quintet played the national anthem, the school’s JROTC’s cadets raised the Coventry Oak Elementary Flag for the first time. The north end school helps address housing growth in the area. Principal Shamiah Ford told those gathered her school...

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