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University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said the combination of high heat and dry conditions so far in September are hurting the state’s agriculture industry. 

Dixon said pasture conditions are diminishing and some farm ponds are starting to dry up.

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This week in Kentucky politics, former Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Jerry Lundergan was found guilty of illegally funding campaign work for his daughter, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Courier Journal discovered that Gov. Matt Bevin has been a state-owned plane to fly to events around the country. And Bevin continues to double down on his anti-abortion platform.

Erica Peterson from member station WFPL talked to capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.


Stu Johnson

Eighteen years of honoring Hispanic heritage will be celebrated this weekend in downtown Lexington.  Festival Latino de Lexington occurs Friday and Saturday evening in the courthouse plaza and Sunday afternoon in Masterson Station Park. 

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A federal jury in Kentucky has convicted the father of Kentucky’s secretary of state of funneling illegal corporate contributions to his daughter’s failed 2014 challenge of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The jury convicted Democratic stalwart Jerry Lundergan and co-defendant Dale Emmons of all counts after about two hours of deliberation Thursday. The decision caps a monthlong trial in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.

Defense attorney Guthrie True told reporters afterward that Lundergan will appeal. Emmons’ attorney didn’t immediately comment.

Hunger Action Day Puts Focus On Needs In Kentucky

Sep 12, 2019
Stu Johnson

The chief executive officer of a well-known central Kentucky food bank believes hunger in the Commonwealth can be defeated over time.  Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton joined God’s Pantry CEO Mike Halligan to declare Thursday “Hunger Action Day.”

Explorium Director Makes Case For Restoring Funding

Sep 12, 2019
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The executive director of Lexington’s children’s museum says several steps are being taken to increase visitor numbers and raise additional revenues.  Lee Ellen Martin offered an update this week to members of the city council’s General Government and Social Services Committee in making a case to restore some $41,000 in government funding.

Martin noted summer attendance is up 5% over last year.  In addition she says the admission price was raised a dollar, contributions are up, and the museum is renting out birthday activity items.

Eastern Standard for September 12, 2019

Sep 12, 2019

EKU President Michael Benson on his new book about the origins of the modern research university. Council for Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson on the findings of his statewide listening tours. Prichard Committee Executive Director Brigitte Blom Ramsey on the results of a statewide survey on education in Kentucky.

 

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: Mary Todd Lincoln

Sep 12, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Mary Todd Lincoln.

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


Advisory Panels Updated On Chemical Weapon Disposal

Sep 11, 2019
Stu Johnson

Disposal of mustard munitions stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot continues to move forward.  Two chemical weapon destruction advisory panels got an update Wednesday afternoon.

Stu Johnson

Lexington city council members continue to investigate where best to house government offices in the future.  City leaders have debated building a new city hall for years.  Tuesday council members heard a consultant’s report on recommendations to address exterior issues on the current government center. 

Boyle County student Brooklyn Rockhold and her mother and brother endured abuse from her biological father for years. This week, she testified in front of Kentucky legislators, urging them to pass legislation to require child abuse education in schools so that children like her will be able to identify when they are being abused and report it.

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The city of Lexington is looking to collect more tax revenues from short term housing rental platforms operating in the central Kentucky. The first step came during Tuesday’s work session at city hall.

Lexington Close To Having An Official Flower

Sep 11, 2019
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It’s not finalized, but it looks very likely that the Purple Coneflower is about to become Lexington’s official flower.  Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton Tuesday announced results of community voting.

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Executives from three major chemical companies — DuPont de Nemours, Inc., The Chemours Company and The 3M Company — testified for the first time to Congress about widespread contamination from the group of nonstick, fluorinated chemicals broadly called PFAS.

The so-called “forever chemicals” persist in the environment, are linked to ill health effects, and have been found in numerous water systems in the Ohio Valley.

A Moment in Kentucky History: The Sisters of Charity

Sep 11, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about The Sisters of Charity of Kentucky.

Listen to Think History weekdays at 8:19 a.m. and 5:18 p.m. on WEKU-FM and the WEKU Mobile App.


Today's Interview: Bruce Campbell

Sep 11, 2019
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In Today's Interview, Wendy Barnett talks to Bruce Campbell about his new book Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Requiem for Ash Edition. He will be in Lexington for the 2019 Scarefest Horror Convention as the main headliner. 

In this extended interview, they talk about his role as Ash Williams from Evil Dead, other actors that he admires, and "lollygagging." 

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The Madison County’s Fiscal Court voted 4-1 Tuesday to raise taxes to build a new $45 million jail. The existing jail was originally built to hold 184 inmates. But according to officials, the jail consistently holds double that number.

Madison Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said he was not eager to raise taxes but the fiscal court had little choice. But Taylor said the overcrowding issue needs to be addressed.

He said voters have been apathetic about the problem resulting in the current difficult situation.

“For them to not be aware that we have an incarceration problem. in our, in our state in our county, I mean for somebody not to know that you're not listening, or you're hiding under a rock or you don't want to hear those things,” he said.

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The city of Georgetown became the latest Kentucky community to approve a fairness ordinance last night.  The ordinance protects citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

During a marathon council meeting Monday night, council members heard lengthy public comment including chapter and verse biblical references cited by both supporters and opponents of the ordinance under consideration.

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It’s a Wednesday afternoon and the nurse’s station at Hospice of Hope’s Care Center in Maysville is quiet but busy.

Registered nurse, Donna Earlywine has been working at the Care Center at Kenton Pointe since it opened in 2012. Earlywine said, “It’s just an awesome place to work. We get to take care of people. Every day when you go home you know you’ve made a difference.” 


A Moment in Kentucky History: Thomas Metcalfe

Sep 10, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Former Kentucky Governor Thomas Metcalfe.

Listen to Think History weekdays at 8:19 a.m. and 5:18 p.m. on WEKU-FM and the WEKU Mobile App.


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Berea College’s 2019 Appalachian Symposium this week will include a focus on Native American culture and history.  Included in the program are authors Charles Frazier and Annette Clapsaddle who Tuesday afternoon will discuss Cherokee traditions, among other topics. 

Stu Johnson

Richmond’s “Chalk the Walk” event Monday morning at Baptist Health Hospital included participants who had been directly affected by suicide.  The etching of messages of hope and remembrance on sidewalks was in connection with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

Eastern Standard Preview

Sep 9, 2019

EKU President Michael Benson on his new book about the origins of the modern research university. Council for Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson on the findings of his statewide listening tours. Prichard Committee Executive Director Brigitte Blom Ramsey on the results of a statewide survey on education in Kentucky.

 

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: Alice Allison Dunnigan

Sep 9, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Alice Allison Dunnigan, Logan County native, the first African-American White House Correspondent.

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


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Chalk will meet pavement Monday morning outside of Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. Hospital Lead Navigator for Behavioral Health Katelyn Arvin says the first “Chalk the Walk” event is an opportunity to make hopeful, affirmative messages. 

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The Eastern Kentucky University football team came away from a trip to Louisville with a 42 to 0 loss at Cardinal Stadium. 

After U of L got a 14 to nothing lead early in the game, EKU got its game going and was still two touchdowns down at halftime.  But, in the second half, Louisville of the Athletic Coast Conference scored another touchdown early in the third quarter after a big run.  

EKU Travels To Cardinal Stadium This Weekend

Sep 7, 2019
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Eastern Kentucky University’s football team takes on the University of Louisville Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium.  Eastern comes into the game following a convincing 53 -7 win over Valparaiso, while U of L dropped its home opener to Notre Dame 35 - 17.

Colonels’ running backc had 128 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns Saturday.  Although Louisville is a Power Five conference team, Booth believes EKU can hold its own in the contest.

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The annual Roots & Heritage Festival is this weekend in downtown Lexington.  It’s been an early September event for more than three decades.

Making his first trip to the festival is Saho who travels from Florida to Michigan for these types of festivals.  Saho said he’s made some 200 trips back to Africa. He said he buys good from America like jewelry and bracelets and take them to Africa to sell. Then, he said, he brings back African goods to sell in America. 

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson has signed a memorandum of agreement with the University Center of Southern Kentucky at Somerset Community College to partner on a degree program. 

The Center, launched this past May, provides space for four year partners to offer the third and fourth year of a bachelor’s degree on the Somerset campus. 

The partnership between the University Center of Southern Kentucky and participating universities like Eastern was formed based on community demands, workforce needs, and student access. 

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