The State Public Service Commission says electric vehicle charging stations are not utilities.  The recent order by the PSC says Kentucky's 94 power stations are not subject to regulation.   It states that any EV charging station purchasing power from a regulated utility or generating its own power solely for charging vehicles is not subject to PSC oversight. 

PSC Spokesperson Andrew Melynykovich  said it could open the door to more stations and more electric cars.

More Than 30 Arrested In Lexington Shoplifting Sting

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A coordinated law enforcement-retail focused effort to crack down on shoplifting in Lexington has resulted in more than 30 arrests.  A Lexington police spokesman hopes the high number of arrests will help deter theft.

The three-day operation focused on retail businesses in the Hamburg shopping area and along Richmond Road.  Lexington Police Sgt. Donnell Gordon said loss prevention employees watch on surveillance and give good descriptions of shoplifters.

BRIGHT Program Aims to Develop Eastern Kentucky Leaders

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BRIGHT Kentucky is a new program from Leadership Kentucky that aims to help young Appalachian entrepreneurs improve their communities. WEKU's Samantha Morrill talked to Elmer Whitaker, 2018 Chairman of Leadership Kentucky and President and CEO of Whitaker Bank, about how the program helps young entrepreneurs develop skills and set goals. 

Eastern Standard Preview

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On the next edition of Eastern Standard: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman draws a "beg to differ" response from rural America. An update on the Kentucky "Promise Zone,” now in its 5th year.

Renewable energy is winning over some Kentuckians.

The latest in our series, "Humans of Central Appalachia": Ronnie Walker of Harlan, Kentucky.

Listen on Thursday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m. and on-demand your WEKU mobile app and


Lexington Council To Review Home Vacation Rentals

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Lexington’s city council is expected to review short- term house rental programs in the coming months. The issue has been placed in the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee.

Fifth District Councilman Bill Farmer believes issues related to programs like Airbnb, Vacation Rental By Owner and HomeAway need more scrutiny.  

The veteran council member said he’s getting comments from citizens about increased activity in residential neighborhoods.

University of Kentucky

Wet weather has caused major problems for many farmers in the Midwestern portion of the country.  Kentucky’s neighboring states like Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio have seen major delays in plantings. 

University of Kentucky Agriculture Meteorologist Matt Dixon says reports show in some of these areas 30% of corn is in the ground, when typically it should be about 90%. 

Red Barn Radio


Growing up together, and surrounded by music, My Brother's Keeper has played music together for years, but not under this official band name.

MBK was raised on the genres of Folk, Bluegrass, and Gospel, so the growing popularity of Folk music opened a door for MBK to take the music they love to eager audiences.

However, MBK does not limit themselves musically, influenced by bands of many different genres and backgrounds.

MBK consists of brothers Benjamin, Titus, and Joshua Luckhaupt on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.

A special state prosecutor has been named to look into possible campaign finance violations involving an executive at a Lexington development company.  

CRM Executive Timothy Wayne Wellman was indicted last week on federal charges, accused of lying to federal investigators and instructing contributors to lie about contributions to Lexington council members.  

Attorney General spokesperson Crystal Staley said a letter went out to Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine in mid-March to look at Wellman's actions.

Kentucky State Issuing Laptops To Incoming Freshmen

Jun 14, 2019

Full time freshman at Kentucky State University will be given a school issued laptop this August. 

KSU President Christopher Brown said faculty frequently noticed many students were retrieving assignments using cellphones instead of laptop computers or tablets. 

According to the university, data suggests student achievement may be reduced when using cell phones to download and complete assignments instead of larger devices. Brown said the university’s laptop initiative is one of several measures being implemented to accelerate academic outcomes.  

Lexington Continues To Look For Recycling Solutions

Jun 14, 2019

The city’s recycling center is back up a week after a key piece of equipment went down but Lexington officials continue to find ways to keep the program on track. 

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said there will be some costs when it comes to addressing equipment needs long term.

“There are some upgrades that probably will need to be done, but what is the market looking like?  What is going to be the best path forward for us and our citizens in terms of the things we use.  So, we don’t know what it’s going to look like yet, but we are optimistic.  We’ll get there.”


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West Virginia officials say the state’s passion for sports can be used to influence young people to learn about opioid use disorder and help prevent the next generation from entering the epidemic. 


A Louisville treatment center is among the first programs in the nation to be certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

The Volunteers of America Mid-States’ Freedom House serves women with substance use disorder and who are also pregnant or have young children.

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