Kentucky Lawmakers Propose E-Cigarette Tax

6 hours ago
Stu Johnson

Come next year, Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to enact an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. The proposal calls for a tax on vaping products and e-cigs at the same level as traditional cigarettes.


  Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension bill continues to advance through the Republican-led legislature, easily passing the Kentucky Senate’s State Government Committee on Tuesday.

Lawmakers are meeting for a special legislative session called by Bevin to address surging pension costs for the state’s regional universities and 118 “quasi” state agencies like health departments and rape crisis centers.

Bevin has proposed allowing the agencies to exit the state’s ailing pension system to avoid the spike in costs, as long as they either pay all or most of their share of the state’s pension debt.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Lake Cumberland

17 hours ago
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Lake Cumberland, Kentucky's largest body of water within the state boundary. 

Listen to Think History weekdays at 8:19 a.m. and 5:19 p.m. on WEKU-FM and the WEKU Mobile App.


Grace Clark

Seven retired thoroughbreds and one miniature horse who have been living at Old Friends farm at Kentucky Downs will be moving to Georgetown on Thursday, July 25. The last day visitors can meet the horses at the Simpson County site is Tuesday, July23.

The main Old Friends thoroughbred retirement farm is in Georgetown. Simpson County has been as a satellite location, but it hasn’t drawn enough visitors to make it economically feasible to keep the horses at that site. 

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension bill narrowly passed the Kentucky House of Representatives after hours of debate Monday. It now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to have more support.

Lawmakers are in the middle of a special legislative session to deal with a massive spike in pension costs for regional universities and small state agencies like health departments, rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters.

Disabled miner Barry Johnson wears an oxygen tube to assist breathing. He carries a portable oxygen tank, though he tries to use it as little as possibleCredit Sydney Boles/Ohio Valley ReSourceEdit | Remove

Dozens of Appalachian coal miners plan to visit Capitol Hill Tuesday to ask lawmakers to bolster funding for the black lung disability trust fund, which miners depend upon when no responsible company can be identified to pay for needed health care. 

Eastern Standard Preview

Jul 22, 2019

As Eastern Kentucky considers its future, what can be learned from the past? A look back at the proposed Bunches Creek Dam. What’s happening in the present that could serve as a model for entrepreneurs? We talk with Corbin tech entrepreneur Dylan Frost. Opioids and an overwhelmed foster care system. Disccusions with Don Rogers of New Vista, formerly known as Bluegrass.org; and, Chris Peck of the Mt. Sterling-based Hope Hill Youth Services. And, a look at a Mayo Clinic alternative to opioids. 

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

The recent Carbon 2019 conference in downtown Lexington featured scientists, university researchers, and commercial representatives from 31 countries. 

Ignasio Martin Gullon is from Spain.  He’s done sabbatical work at the University of Kentucky Center of Applied Energy Research.  Martin Gullon said in his home country there is a lot of interest in carbon at a university level.

A Moment in Kentucky History: Fred M. Vinson

Jul 22, 2019
Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org

Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Fred M. Vinson. A native of Louisa, Kentucky, and an American Democratic politician who served in all three branches of the U.S. government. 

Listen to Think History weekdays at 8:19 a.m. and 5:19 p.m. on WEKU-FM and on the WEKU Mobile App. 


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin’s special legislative session on pensions is finally taking place and Democrats think he’s tied the legislature’s hands. Bevin and Democratic rival Andy Beshear clashed during a debate at the Kentucky Farm Bureau. And Kentucky lawmakers responded to President Trump’s inflammatory tweets. Jean West from member station WFPL talked to Ryland Barton for this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. 

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Jul 22, 2019

As Eastern Kentucky considers its future, what can be learned from the past? A look back at the proposed Bunches Creek Dam. What’s happening in the present that could serve as a model for entrepreneurs? We talk with Corbin tech entrepreneur Dylan Frost. Opioids and an overwhelmed foster care system. Disccusions with Don Rogers of New Vista, formerly known as Bluegrass.org; and, Chris Peck of the Mt. Sterling-based Hope Hill Youth Services. And, a look at a Mayo Clinic alternative to opioids. 

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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Becca Schimmel

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the current $7.25 rate, which has not changed in a decade. The bill is unlikely to clear the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he will not take it up.

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