Nancy Wood / Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee Member

The iconic blue Roebling Bridge linking Covington with Cincinnati is again the subject of a photo contest this month.  Photographers have until the end of August to submit pics in three categories.

Fancy Farm "Political Super Bowl" Wrap Up

Aug 5, 2018
wkms.org

Gov. Matt Bevin didn’t show up to the state’s premiere political speaking event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky this past weekend.  His absence came as his favorability rating hit a new low and rumors swirl over whether he will seek re-election next year. Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are trying to claw their way back into power, but are at a historic low point of registered voters and elected offices in the state. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this review of Fancy Farm, the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics.

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s minority business enterprise liaison believes two local construction projects offer new opportunities for area contractors.  

Murray State President Heading to Central Michigan

Aug 3, 2018
MurrayState

Central Michigan University announced Murray State President Bob Davies will be their 15th president. He begins his duties September 1. The Mount Pleasant-based research university has more than 23,000 students and competes in the Division One Mid-American Conference. Davies has served as Murray State's president since 2014. He joined MSU amidst several rounds of budget cuts and saw little relief during his tenure due to periods of declining enrollment and state appropriations coupled with rising pension obligations.

news.yahoo.com

What’s billed as the “World’s Longest Yard Sale” is underway with stops north to south throughout Kentucky.  The annual event features sales sites, including many private homes, all along U.S. Highway 127, 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama.

Stu Johnson

For a quarter century, the University of Kentucky has hosted a professional tennis tournament.  Competitors in this week’s Kentucky Bank tourney are seemingly always testing out new equipment.

Kentucky.com

The annual Fancy Farm political event takes place this weekend, signaling the unofficial kickoff of the fall election season in Kentucky. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton said candidates will be trying to gauge support from a raucous crowd. 

The festival is a fundraiser for St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in the Graves County town of Fancy Farm in far-west Kentucky. 
During the picnic, organizers also cook more than 20,000 pounds of barbecued pork and mutton for attendees. 
 

kentuckyhomeless.wordpress.com

In Lexington, people who are homeless now have an easier way to attain a state issued identification card.  The ID can play a big role in moving from the streets into transitional housing.

Bill Ambrose/You Voice Ohio

An Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. The effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

A group of about 50 people gathered in a small building at the fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio, to share their thoughts on the region’s opioid crisis with local journalists.

 

Some have studied addiction for years. Others have only experienced it through a loved one. And some, like Washington County resident Jackson Patterson, have seen both sides of the epidemic.

 

kafb.org

A just-released report shows almost one in six Kentucky households struggle to put food on the table. The non-profit Food Research and Action Center ranks the commonwealth just outside the ten states with the highest levels of hunger. Kentucky is number 12.

Kate McDonald with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks says it’s difficult to say if studies like this cause more people to donate food or money.  “It’s our hope that people, it kind of jolts people awake to the fact that people, families, kids are hungry in Kentucky,” said McDonald.

Pages

WEKU is Currently Operating at Reduced Power

Access the live stream by clicking the play button at the top of the page

New Programs on WEKU and Classic 102.1

New Programs such as 1A+, The Daily, Reveal and more...

with Tom Martin

Thursdays at 11am

Ohio Valley ReSource

Jim Justice Continues To Owe Millions In Back Taxes

Aug 7, 2018
West Virginia Public Media

  After years of delinquency, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says his family company’s overdue taxes and fines in the state have been cleared. But Justice offered no information on millions owed in Kentucky and other states. Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.

West Virginia revenue officials say the debt obligations from Justice’s coal companies have been paid, including fines and taxes. Justice failed to say how much was owed and whether any of the amounts paid were reduced as part of negotiations.

Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

West Kentucky farmer Judy Wilson says her family is a bit of a sundry bunch.

“We love the farm, but we also love all the nature,” she said.

Wilson is driving down a back-country road that divides two fields, to the left is her soybean crop and to the right is 102 acres that she has placed in the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program, something her husband always wanted.

 

Bill Ambrose/You Voice Ohio

An Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. The effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

A group of about 50 people gathered in a small building at the fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio, to share their thoughts on the region’s opioid crisis with local journalists.

 

Some have studied addiction for years. Others have only experienced it through a loved one. And some, like Washington County resident Jackson Patterson, have seen both sides of the epidemic.

 

MORE STORIES FROM THE OHIO VALLEY RESOURCE