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Madison County is one of 25 Kentucky counties benefitting from more than $1 million in state grants.  Officials in the bluegrass county will use more than $66,000 dollars to clean up an illegal dump.


Abortion Bills Prompt Debate, Protest

Jan 9, 2017
Stu Johnson

Debate and action on two abortion measures received attention in Frankfort during the opening 

week of the 2017 legislative session.  ​

 The observers included two people with completely different perspectives.

Kentucky.com

  Tax reform is likely to be next on the agenda for Kentucky lawmakers. 

 

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens said Gov.  Bevin Is putting the groundwork in place.  “The vast majority of the leadership and the credibility of the governor has to be put behind the effort.  And I sense Governor Bevin is positioning to do that,” said Givens.

Mary Meehan/Ohio Valley ReSource

Sitting on top of the Bible on Pastor Brad Epperson’s desk at the Clay City First Church of God is a list of goals for his small congregation written in a looping cursive hand.


Kentucky.com

Much of the attention on day one of the short session focused on the House, where Republicans 

  have control for the first time in almost a century.  Jamestown Representative Jeff Hoover was sworn as the new House Speaker.  “I am humbled and honored to stand here today and accept your election as Speaker of the House of Representatives on this House Floor,” Hoover said.

Columbia Gas Customers Face Slight Rate Increase

Dec 23, 2016
Columbia Gas of Kentucky

 

The Kentucky Public Service Commission Thursday approved a proposed settlement in a Columbia Gas Company rate case that would slightly increase monthly bills.

Changes Coming to State Park Golf Courses

Dec 23, 2016
Kentucky Tourism

Changes are coming to three nine-hole golf courses at Carter Caves, Kincaid Lake, and General Butler state parks in Kentucky.


Stu Johnson

 

After a very difficult growing season, sales of live Christmas trees this holiday season are a reason to celebrate for a Richmond area farmer.

 


Kentucky Department of Transportation

The heroin epidemic is increasing the number of impaired drivers on Kentucky roads and law enforcement officials are being trained this week to better cope with the problem.


Roger McGraw/WOUB

During the presidential campaign I visited two regional manufacturing executives who do business in the same county but hold views on trade that are worlds apart. Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, I asked them and some regional economists how the new administration’s approach to trade might affect the Ohio Valley region.

Kentucky.com

 

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 who keep using guns to commit crimes keep getting back out,” Stinnett noted.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Kentucky.com

    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.

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
transportation.ky.gov

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.

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.

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.

112th Kentucky State Fair Opens Thursday

Aug 17, 2016
kystatefair.org

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
en.wikipedia.org

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
wbko.com

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
usatoday.com

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.

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