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.

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.

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.

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 that it tracks exactly one for one, so it’s gonna be hard to say.” 

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.

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 goes with owning a horse," said Stout.

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

May 13, 2015
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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.

Gas Prices Dip Below $2.90 in Parts of Kentucky

Oct 17, 2014
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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, particularly of oil," said Oakford.

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.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

It’s been another stellar month for state revenue receipts in Kentucky.  And Gov. Steve Beshear says that means no furloughs for state workers next fiscal year.  General Fund receipts in May were $750 million, a whopping 18 percent increase over May 2010 receipts.

The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified.  It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies.  Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago. 

An obvious modern impact of the Civil War shows through those who keep the history alive. Reenacting groups participate in organized events all over Kentucky. Kentucky Public Radio's Chris Taylor set out to learn more, and got a lesson in garb.

Lone Officer Honored at Police Memorial

May 9, 2011

The lone police officer killed last year in the Commonwealth was honored today.  His name was added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports…

The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary.