Lexington Mayor Jim Gray asked for a moment of silence to open Tuesday's council work session. It was in memory of two-year-old Nova Marie Gallman, who died this week after being hit by gunfire intended for someone else. “It’s sad, and tragic, and heartbreaking, the loss of this two year old child,” Gray said. Council member Kevin Stinnett asked for committee consideration of issues related to youth gun violence. “When a crime is committed, right now there is no mandatory sentence. So people...

Marisa Hempel

At this time of the year, we tend to focus on celebrations of our own religions or cultures. But the winter holidays can also bring people of differing backgrounds together. On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss ways to enjoy the “most wonderful time of the year” while including the traditions and customs of those unlike our own.

Downtown Development Corporation

Behind-the-scenes work continues to merge two downtown Lexington business-focused groups. Representatives of both express support for the idea, but admit it will take more effort to get it done.

Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

On Nelson Key Road in Murray, Kentucky, lies a 30-acre tobacco farm and there sits the road’s namesake, Nelson Key himself. He’s just at the end of this year’s harvest, which was brought in with the help of migrant workers. “I used American workers up until 1991 then I went to the migrant workers and I’ve had them ever since,” he explained. Over the years Key found it harder to hire domestic labor despite offering pay above minimum wage. Migrant workers now fill the gap. He uses the...

Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money. Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them. “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky farmers are grappling with continuing challenges in the world agriculture economy. There’s no immediate relief in sight. A review of this year's Kentucky's agricultural production with an eye on 2017 is on the agenda at the state Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. The convention is underway in Louisville through Saturday. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend. University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Will Snell said soft demand tied to an ample supply of most...

GoodGiving Challenge Promotes Ky Non-Profits

Nov 30, 2016
Bluegrass Community Foundation

Dozens of Kentucky non-profits kicked off the GoodGiving Challenge with a pep rally Tuesday at Cheapside in Lexington .

Public Hearing Set For Fayette County Zip Line

Nov 30, 2016
Boone Creek Outdoors

The long-debated question of zip line operation in Fayette County will come again before Lexington's city council. The issue of how to proceed on the matter was debated Tuesday.

Trucks, Technology Bolster State Snow Plan

Nov 28, 2016

A ‘strike force’ truck brigade and a new, traveler-focused website were detailed Monday by state transportation officials. Kentucky's snow truck fleet includes almost 1,000 state trucks and another 451 contracted vehicles. State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway said a new website, SnowKy.Ky.Gov, gives updated information on road conditions and clearance allowing drivers to create safer alternative routes. Also, she said, expanded automated vehicle location technology tracks salt distribution,...

Sarah Jane Sanders

Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Those are the four basic food groups according to Buddy the Elf. And this time of year, the gluttonous season, it seems like he is onto something. But researchers say that mindful eating –choosing quality over quantity and savoring your meals instead of, say, plowing through another pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching “Westworld” — can make a difference. That’s especially important because the Ohio Valley has a serious problem. In Ohio more than...

Kentucky Proud Holidays on Eastern Standard

Nov 16, 2016
Grant Willoughby

With the holiday season in full swing, this week's Eastern Standard will be devoted to Kentucky Proud-specific holidays. The mantra of "buy local" is something many hear often these days, and as it turns out Kentucky has a lot of great local brands to offer. Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit more made in the commonwealth other than bourbon and beer cheese! Guests on this week's show include:

Jeff Young/Ohio Valley ReSource

The opioid epidemic is on the agenda for political campaigns from the presidential race down to the local level in the Ohio Valley region. Election Day could shape the response to the crisis in states with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdoses.

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. Updates...

112th Kentucky State Fair Opens Thursday

Aug 17, 2016

The 112th annual Kentucky State fair opens Thursday the 18th of August in Louisville. The event, which includes 1.2 million square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center, has more than enough room to feature more than just the blue-ribbon winners.

Ark Encounter Park on Eastern Standard

Jun 27, 2016

A new biblical-themed amusement park is set to open July 7th in Grant County, but some Kentuckians believe that the tax breaks the park is receiving violate the separation of church and state. A much-anticipated full scale Ark will be the center of the park as well as zip lines and other attractions.

Kentucky Mostly Spared From Turbulent Holiday Weather

Dec 28, 2015

There’s been a significant temperature variance in Kentucky from one section to another in recent days. A meteorologist with the Jackson National Weather Service office says Kentucky has largely dodged weather related issues so far. But Chuck Greis says many states west of the commonwealth have not been so lucky. “We’ve been spared this event for the most part, compared to the rest of the country, especially the southern plains,” said Greis. Tornadoes and flooding have impacted a number of...

WEKU brings you complete coverage of the 2015 Election throughout the evening. Stay with us for hourly updates from NPR followed by reports from Kentucky Public Radio at four minutes past each hour, starting at 7:04. Eastern Kentucky University Political Scientist Dr. Joe Gershtenson will join us in the studio and offer observations throughout the evening. We will also check in with Ronnie Ellis of CNHI Newspapers , Adam Beam of the Associated Press and Dr. Benjamin Knoll , Assistant...

Ky. Secretary of State Ups Prediction of Voter Turnout

Nov 2, 2015

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says there’s been a surge in the number of people voting absentee this election. Grimes says because of the spike, she’s now predicting Tuesday's voter turnout will equal or even exceed that of the last governor’s race. Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says absentee voting is not a guaranteed predictor of participation. “There’s a loose correlation between absentee turnout and the actual turnout at the election," said Blevins. "I don’t know...

Lately, history and heritage have been on the minds of many here in the south. On this week’s show, we'll discuss Kentucky History. We’ll get to know some of the Commonwealth’s famous historical figures, like Daniel Boone and Henry Clay. What they were like; and what choices did they have to make that made them who they are. We’re interested in your questions or comments before the show. E mail them to , or post your comments and questions on Facebook and Twitter...

Abandoned Horse Database Established in Kentucky

Jul 23, 2015

State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses. The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year. State Veterinarian Bob Stout says information about the horses is collected at county judges' offices. "It certainly gives opportunities for people to legitimately claim their horse and we would hope then, when they recognize ownership of it, that they maintain responsibility that...

Kentucky Sees Big Change in the Number of People Who Drink Alcohol

May 13, 2015
Toni Blay, Flickr Commons

Kentucky has seen the highest percent change in alcohol use compared to any other state, according to a report from Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The county by county study “Drinking patterns in US counties from 2002 to 2012” showed 30.6 percent of Kentuckians drank alcohol in 2002. That percentage had increased to 43.1 percent in 2012, a 40.9 percent change. Tennessee followed behind Kentucky at 26.7 percent. Louisiana came in third at 13.3 percent. Dr....

Gas Prices Dip Below $2.90 in Parts of Kentucky

Oct 17, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

There are reports of gasoline prices under two dollars and 90 cents across parts of Kentucky. The price per gallon has been dropping at a rapid pace with less demand and an ample supply. Bluegrass AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it's difficult to say how low prices will go. "You will see a wide variance in the price of gas. I can't really comment on how far it will drop or how long it will continue to drop unfortunately because there are so many factors that affect the price,...

Kentucky's Manufacturing Sector More Than Bourbon and Cars

Oct 8, 2014

October has been designated National Manufacturing Month. Kentucky is well known for its automotive, bourbon, and equine industries but an official with the state's Economic Development Cabinet says the Commonwealth is successful in other trades. Joe Hall says Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers with 220,000. "Well I think the significance really showcases the diversity of Kentucky's economy and we really are a manufacturing state," said Hall. Several Kentucky firms rank high in...

Stu Johnson / Weku News

State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies. More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness. Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist. "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities. We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh. Officials with the...

State Awaiting Word on Mine Safety Funding

Aug 22, 2014

State mine safety officials are seeking federal funds to continue training and re-training Kentucky's miners. If the request for funds is granted, over $600,000 dollars would pay for instructors and educational materials for six offices in the State Division of Mine Safety. Spokesperson Beth Minch says those working in surface and underground coal mines receive training. Minch says there are safety risks in both settings. "Heavy rains can cause the structures of rock walls to be different....

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

Aug 20, 2014

Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally. Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years. State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising. "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time. What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut. Draut...

Kentucky Treasurer Says Suspicious Mail Making Rounds

Jul 28, 2014

Officials with the state treasurer's office are giving Kentuckians a 'heads up' about some questionable unclaimed property mailings. Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says the postcards carry a Denver postmark. Bethany Goad is with the Kentucky treasurer's office in Frankfort. "They were finding in multiple reports, it was an internet company that was sending cards who was a debt collector and the cards were reported to be blue, yellow, orange, or green," said Goad. Goad says state officials...

Kentucky Job Growth Seen at Slower Pace than National Average

Jul 3, 2014

A federal labor department report released Thursday shows higher than anticipated job creation for June across the U.S. State Economist Manoj Shanker is also seeing employment gains in many Kentucky counties. "Compared to a year ago, 111 counties out of 120 are doing better than they were a year ago,” says Shanker. “As the state economy improves, it's almost evenly split, except for some parts of eastern Kentucky.” While the national economy shows what appears to be a complete employment...

Gas Prices Could Vary Greatly Across Kentucky This Weekend

Jul 2, 2014

Motorists traveling from one end of Kentucky to another this holiday period could see a differing range of gasoline prices. GasBuddy-Dot-Com Petroleum Analyst Patrick Dehaan says the lowest-priced gas is found near Bowling Green at three dollars 34 cents a gallon. Compare that to Louisville where travelers may find prices hovering around four dollars a gallon. Dehaan says the conflict in Iraq doesn't seem to be impacting gas prices. "We saw prices peak or jump up because of Iraq already and...

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss state tax reform. The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, is repeated each Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.