The Eastern Kentucky/Western Kentucky men’s basketball rivalry comes to McBrayer Arena Thursday.  It’s the first time the Hilltoppers have come to Richmond since 2007.


Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

EKU Teacher, Student Stay Connected for Decades

Oct 24, 2016

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.

Reports of Shots Fired Lock Down EKU Campus

Oct 13, 2016

The campus of Eastern Kentucky University in richmond was locked down for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon following reports of shots fired. Richmond Police declared the lockdown around 2:30 p.m. and issued an all clear shortly after 3:00 p.m.

EKU officials issued the alert as a precaution following 9-1-1 reports of gunfire.  The reports centered near the area of Wellington Court and Second

Street. Wellington is near both the campus and Madison Middle School, near downtown Richmond.


Richmond police are investigating a stabbing incident.  The victim was found near the Eastern Kentucky University campus Monday..  

Public safety alerts were issued by EKU to students and staff.  One noted that police were out with a multiple stabbing victim in the area of Madison and Summit streets.

A second alert indicated there was no suspect information.  No other information is currently being released by Richmond police.


Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.  The aim remains to hit the 50 percent mark.

Stu Johnson

Richmond police continue their investigation into an overnight downtown disturbance which resulted in alerts to Eastern Kentucky University students and staff.  Authorities believe ‘fired shots’ came after an altercation at a downtown bar.

UPDATE AS OF 5:00 PM 9/9/16 

EKU officials say it could be three weeks before Lancaster Ave between Barnes Mill Rd. and Crabbe St. is re-opened.

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An accident has seriously damaged the pedestrian walkway over Lancaster Ave on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

The incident, which occurred around noon Friday has shut down Lancaster between Barnes Mill Rd and Crabbe St. University officials say there were no injuries but the roadway is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time.

Marisa Hempel

The topic this week: small businesses and entrepreneurship as the Small Town Merchant Program comes to town.

Our round table is full on Eastern Standard, as experts in the field of entrepreneurship are in town and on our show to help teach others who own small businesses. We will discuss all things relating to the local economy, and talk about the innovations in owning your own start-up in the changing times. Our Guests this week include:

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.

EKU Again Ranks High in 'Places to Work'

Jul 19, 2016

This week, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an annual list of “Great Colleges to Work For”.  One of the sixty-eight colleges named on that list is Eastern Kentucky University.

The nationwide poll covered 46,000 employees at 281 campuses with an enrollment of 10,000 students or more. In Kentucky, EKU and Murray State University were the only two large institutions to make the list. The survey was taken between March 14th and April 15th of this year.

EKU Camp Focuses on Social Skills of Adolescents

Jul 18, 2016

    Teaching social skills can be carried out in a variety of settings.  A camp last week at Eastern Kentucky University helped eight adolescents interact in a different way.

EKU Regents Discuss Funding Cuts in Special Session

May 25, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents met in special session Wednesday to consider, among other items, state funding cuts to education.  

Following a lengthy closed-door “executive session,” Board Chair Craig Turner announced the formation of two committees to evaluate the school’s academic programs in light of the reduced funding.  An Academic Budget-Review Committee is working in conjunction with a Student/Staff committee.

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.

Reaction to Governor Bevin's Higher Ed Funding Cut

Apr 1, 2016

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s executive order cutting all state universities’ funding by four point five percent in the current fiscal year is drawing reaction from the higher education community.  That includes officials at Eastern Kentucky University.

McConnell: Military Coalition Needed to Address Terrorism

Mar 23, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The U.S. Senate Majority Leader believes a military coalition that includes American, European, and Middle Eastern countries could work to reduce terrorism.  Mitch McConnell addressed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University.

Sen. Rand Paul Holds Town Hall Meeting at EKU

Mar 11, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s not endorsing any of the presidential candidates on any of their positions.  Paul, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race just over a month ago, held a town hall meeting at Eastern Kentucky University Friday. 

“No, I’m going to stay out of it,” he said.  “I’ve sort of said my piece.  I was very clear on what I thought were strong suits, weak suits of all of them.  But I think in the end, the republican nominee will be a lot better than the democratic nominee.”

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. http://president.eku.edu/ or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk. http://ehsrmi.eku.edu/people/makinen-0


More than 43 percent of teens report being bullied online. That’s according to a recent study commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Council. Bullying, online and in-person, has been cited as a cause of teens becoming depressed and physically ill and missing school, even considering suicide.

On this week’s EST, bullying as a Commonwealth problem. We'll spoke with our guests about the harmful effects of bullying, and what's being done to solve this problem.

Guests this week include:

EKU to Begin Ticketing for Tobacco Related Violations

Aug 23, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Beginning next month, anyone caught smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco on Eastern Kentucky University campuses could be ticketed.  EKU officials are cracking down on offenders after declaring all campuses tobacco free more than a year ago.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A van outfitted with computer stations is travelling all over the state to spread the word about saving for college.  The 'College Info Road Show' bus made a stop on Eastern Kentucky University's campus last week.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News


Children and adults alike will be schooled this weekend in Lexington on a variety of safety issues.  Officials with the inaugural Summer Safety Fair aim to provide positive interaction between police and children.

Gamers Demonstrate Their Talents at EKU Exhibition

May 13, 2015


The time required to develop a video game can vary widely from days to months to even years.  Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday played host to a regional video game exhibition.

Q&A with EKU Public Safety Official on Gun Threat

Feb 6, 2015

On Monday evening, officials at Eastern Kentucky University were made aware of a threatening graffiti message found on the bathroom wall in a campus dorm. 

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

EKU Officially Launches On Campus Emergency Food Pantry

Nov 17, 2014
Eastern Kentucky University


Eastern Kentucky University is establishing an on campus emergency food pantry.  Items for the Colonel's Cupboard will come from student and staff donations.  EKU Assistant Director of Student Life-Services, Will Keaton says 21 percent of students surveyed said they've faced food insecurity issues over the past year.  "The purpose of the cupboard is to provide short term food assistance boxes, while connecting our students to resources that help deal with the long term causes of why they may be facing food insecurity," said Keaton.

Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Inauguration This Week

Oct 19, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University formally recognizes its 12th president this week. The Richmond school will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday afternoon for Dr. Michael Benson. 

The Utah native, who began his tenure at the Richmond school in 2013, says the event recognizes more than any individual.  "I've tried my best to tell folks planning it, that this is not about me.  This institution is bigger than me or any of us.  I mean it's been around for a long time.  It's gonna be around far beyond our tenure," said Benson.

EKU to Launch New Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Sep 22, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University is gearing up to offer a new doctoral degree in clinical psychology.  The Richmond school received Council on Postsecondary approval last week.  EKU Director of Clinical Training Dustin Wygant says a main emphasis will be on preparing psychology practitioners to work in rural areas.  "And that's gonna be quite clear in our materials and the kind of students we're trying to attract for this program are gonna be interested, not just paying lip service, but really interested in training and remaining in these underserved areas," said Wygant.

EKU Fall Enrollment Up Almost Two Percent

Sep 2, 2014

Preliminary figures from Eastern Kentucky University show a two percent increase in overall student enrollment.  As of August 26th, 16 thousand, 454 students were signed up for the 20-14 fall semester. 

E-K-U is seeing an eleven percent increase in registered African-American students. The number of Hispanic/Latino students attending E-K-U is up 19 percent, compared to the same time last fall. 

On-line credit hours are up 15-point-6 percent with almost 15 hundred students taking on-line classes.