Lexington Council Committee Gets MetroNet Update

Sep 24, 2018

The Indiana based MetroNet company is working to bring fiber optic connections to homeowners in Lexington.  MetroNet representatives offered an update on installation progress during last week’s Lexington council committee meeting.

Partying during college years is not something attractive to all university students, but it is for a number of them. 

The death of a young boy in Lexington last week in a suspected DUI related incident may have altered the mindset of some University of Kentucky students this past weekend.

Stu Johnson

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a win Saturday 23 to 14 over Southeast Missouri State in Roy Kidd Stadium. 

It was a close contest throughout with on and off rain showers pelting fans and players.  EKU led 10 to seven at halftime.  The game turned on five turnovers by SEMO, four of them interceptions. 

The Colonels are off next weekend, but then play host the following weekend on October sixth to defending OVC Champion Jacksonville State.

Eastern Kentucky University returns home Saturday to open Ohio Valley Conference play against Southeast Missouri State.  The Colonels will be trying to get their first OVC victory and even their record at two and two.

EKU is coming off a hard fought, but disappointing 42-35 loss at Bowling Green last weekend.  Meanwhile, Southeast Missouri got a four point win 48 to 44, on the road, over Southern Illinois.  Redhawks running back Marquis Terry rushed for a conference record of 311 yards. 

Stu Johnson

Governor Matt Bevin believes portions of Thursday’s Kentucky Supreme Court hearing on the new pension reform law were, in his words, “not on the matters that really are of importance”. 

The governor offered his thoughts after participating in a Lexington event Friday. “The desire to focus on technicalities and not on the merits of the suit and of what is and what is not inviolable was I think wasted opportunity,” said Bevin.

UK Opens Multidisciplinary Research Facility

Sep 21, 2018
Stu Johnson

University administrators, government leaders at the state and federal levels, along with many medical scientists today recognized the opening of the University of Kentucky’s multidisciplinary research building.  Efforts are well underway to recruit internationally known researchers to work in the $265 million facility in Lexington. 


U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says Brett Kavanaugh “absolutely” still has his support. 

The Bowling Green Republican says he thinks the U.S. Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed in the next week or so, despite accusations that he sexually assaulted a young woman when he was in high school. 

Paul told WKU Public Radio on Thursday evening that he thinks it’s a mistake to discredit Kavanaugh’s personal life and career based on accusations.

Southeastern Kentucky’s Red Bird Mission recognized its affiliation with University of Louisville dental students Thursday.  The mission located in Beverly, serves patients in Clay, Leslie, and Bell counties.  

Weekly Arts Chat with Rich Copley

Sep 21, 2018

In this week’s Arts Chat with Rich Copley and Wendy Barnett, they talk about the massive music festival "Bourbon and Beyond" this weekend in Louisville, theatrical events across the bluegrass, and how three artists bring "angels" to Cheapside hoping to start a conversation about race.

Listen live on Fridays at 7:44am, 12:33pm, and 5:45pm, or click the link below to listen now. 

Stu Johnson

The University of Kentucky will use a $4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and Office of Naval Research to better determine optimal physical and mental fitness of elite military members.  The announcement came Thursday on UK’s campus. 


In a comprehensive new report on the opioid crisis, the U.S. surgeon general writes that stigma remains a major barrier to treatment and urges a more supportive approach to those in need.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote in his Spotlight on Opioids report that stigma has prevented people with opioid use disorders from seeking treatment.

  The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments over the state’s new pension law on Thursday, months after teachers and other government workers descended on Frankfort to protest changes to retirement benefits.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and a lawyer representing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s office argued over whether legislators violated the state constitution by rushing the bill to passage in a matter of hours this spring. Changes to retirement benefits in the pension bill mostly affect future state employees but also tweak benefits for some current workers.

Eastern Standard: Kentucky's Opioid Crisis

Sep 20, 2018

This special edition of Eastern Standard focuses on Kentucky's opioid addiction crisis. Yes, it's a crisis with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of pregnant women addicted to these drugs.

Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is guest co-host and interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer," the book that exposed the roots of opioid addiction.

Stu Johnson

The Blue Grass Army Depot has, once again, been the site of a mock disaster.  Each September, for years, a chemical weapon exercise has tested those in public safety, health care, and education plus the response of the Army installation.   The 10-county emergency exercise carried additional significance this year.

At Richmond’s B. Michael Caudill Middle School, students were being tested in a very different way as they gathered in an orderly fashion in the gym where teachers held green cards when all their students were accounted for.

  An ethics panel issued an advisory opinion saying that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes can’t run for statewide office and serve as the chair of the bipartisan board that oversees elections.

The opinion comes as Grimes, a Democrat, is mulling a possible run for governor or attorney general next year and allegations from elections staff that she improperly accessed voter registration data and addresses of the state’s 15,000 poll workers.

Community Rallying To Save Wild Fig Books

Sep 19, 2018
Mary Meehan

A Lexington group is intent on saving Kentucky’s only Black-owned bookstore, Wild Fig.

Organizer April Taylor said  the goal is to raise $25,000 to keep the store open. She said it will become a workers' cooperative where employees have a financial stake in the business and in business decisions.

The current owners, artist Ronald Davis and author Crystal Wilkinson, announced the closing a few weeks ago.

A Lexington city council committee Tuesday moved forward a resolution seeking to boost solar energy use within the central Kentucky community. The solarizing Lexington program involves incentives to bolster solar paneling of homes.

A University of Kentucky freshman and the fraternity he was pledging have been suspended following a fatal car-pedestrian crash last weekend.  That information was released Tuesday in a campus-wide email by UK President Eli Capilouto.

Jacob Heil, 18, faces a driving-under-the-influence charge.  Four-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell was struck while he and his family waited to cross Cooper Avenue last Saturday.  The boy later died from his injuries.

Lexington Man Indicted For Series Of Fires

Sep 18, 2018

A Lexington man has been indicted in connection with what fire officials label as “serial arson” .  A Fayette Circuit Court  grand jury indicted Robert Stevens Tuesday on 19 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

Fire Lieutenant Jessica Bowman said the charges stem from 12 fires, investigators believe Steven set on Goodloe and Warnock streets over a ten month period. “I think everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief when we identified the person we believe was responsible for it,” said Bowman.

People in Richmond should be on alert for alerts Wednesday morning as sirens across the community begin to wail during the annual safety test at the Bluegrass Army Depot.

Gary Folckemer is Director of Emergency Management and Security at Eastern Kentucky University.  He said the test is a way practice action steps in the unlikely case of a chemical weapons leak.

He said the alarms sirens should sound sometime after 8 a.m. and that they also signal an opportunity to learn more about staying safe.

Courtesy Eastern Kentucky University

Officials at Eastern Kentucky University are working to raise awareness of an alcohol and drug medical amnesty policy.The medical amnesty policy is designed for the safety of students."

Sims Drug Store Tells Its History Each Day

Sep 18, 2018
Stu Johnson

Since the 1880’s there’s been a drug store along Main Street in downtown Wilmore. There have been some major changes over the years in what medications wind up in customers’ hands, but Sims Drug Store itself has retained much the same look for decades. 

It’s an interesting dichotomy. Sims Drugs is kind of split in half with today’s products and presentation on one side and yesterday’s atmosphere and appearance on the other. There’s the soda fountain shop along one wall.

Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Pension Case This Week

Sep 17, 2018

The challenge against Kentucky’s new pension law will be heard by the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Thursday.  The hearing will pit Kentucky’s two preeminent political rivals against each other and puts retirement benefits for thousands state workers in the balance. 

At issue is whether lawmakers broke the law by employing frequently-used procedures that allow them to pass bills quickly at the end of a legislative session. 

Kentucky Nurses Helping Out in North Carolina

Sep 17, 2018

A team of nine public health nurses and two administrative staff members from Kentucky is in North Carolina this week assisting with the care of Hurricane Florence affected citizens. 

Health Officials Bracing For Tough Flu Season

Sep 17, 2018

Public health officials in Kentucky are preparing for what they expect to be a difficult flu season. 

Health officials make predictions on what will happen in Kentucky by watching the flu season in the southern hemisphere. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffery Howard said it looks the commonwealth is in for a tough year.

EKU Recognized Nationally for Water Conservation

Sep 17, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University carries a top ten ranking nationally in its efforts to conserve water on the Richmond campus.  EKU is listed fourth among colleges and universities in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.

Host Tom Martin continues his discussion with Dr. James Maples about developing tourism, protecting outdoor areas, and representing local voices. 

As Eastern Kentucky University Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. James Maples brings his research and own personal background to the talk. 

Aaron Payne/Ohio Valley ReSource

New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids.

School officials in the Ohio Valley want to continue that trend with more school-based programs designed to help prevent substance use disorders. But these are not the same drug prevention programs many people remember from their school days.


Governor Bevin Holds Forum in Cynthiana

Sep 14, 2018
Stu Johnson

Governor Matt Bevin held a public forum in Cynthiana Friday and spoke on a variety of issues.  But, the governor spent more than 20 minutes explaining his position on pension reforms.  That was met with strong reaction from public educators on the front row. 


The federal government released today a report on substance abuse and mental illness across the country. Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz  leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She said there are some positive changes.

“One of the most important findings from this national survey and data set is the very steep decline in new users of heroin from 2016, 170,000 new users of heroin, this dropped by more than half to 81,000 new users in 2017.”

In spite of the good news, the study showed there are still nearly 900,000 heroin users in the United States.