Eastern Kentucky

Appalachian Arts Alliance

The Appalachian Arts Alliance is close to opening the doors on their ArtStation in downtown Hazard. The space will be used for arts education and creating all kinds of art, music and dance. Samantha Morrill talked to Appalachian Arts Alliance Executive Director Jake East about the project and how it will benefit the community.  


Kentucky Power

As the summer storm season approaches, Kentucky Power's Allison Barker advises to get ahead of the storm and plan in advance. Barker tells WEKU what to do before the emergency situations occur.

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Eastern Standard Preview

May 28, 2019

Barbara Napier, owner of Snug Hollow Farm in Estill County discusses future tourism in Eastern Kentucky.  Weapons Destruction is to begin at Blue Grass Army Depot. An update from WEKU's Stu Johnson and an discussion about what happens to the area economy once the last weapon is destoyed. And, Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Dirextor  Terry Brooks on what the 2019 KY General Assembly did for kids - and what was left undone. 

Eastern Kentucky's Creative Economy • An $80m High-Tech Greenhouse in Rowan County • The Work of The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange · The Origins of "Y'all"

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Kentucky governor Matt Bevin and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump were in Eastern Kentucky today to discuss manufacturing and digital job training programs in economically struggling parts of the state.

Programs like the Eastern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute eKAMI and Interapt are training workers for what Trump called the jobs of the future.

 Most of Eastern Kentucky is considered economically distressed or at-risk by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and declining coal employment has left communities scrambling to find jobs.

When you take coal-mining and manufacturing out of Eastern Kentucky's economic picture, what remains?

Host Tom Martin poses this question to Eastern Kentucky University's Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. James Maples. Trained as a political economist, his focused expertise is in Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Research.

Continue the conversation with Tom Martin and Dr. James Maples on Eastern Standard this week. Listen to WEKU's local news magazine, Thursdays at 11:00am and a rebroadcast on Sundays at 6:00pm. 

White House Video

President Donald Trump’s desire to help boost the Ohio Valley’s energy industry and bring back mining jobs could be stymied by the administration’s escalating trade battle with China and other trading partners across the globe.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

 

  

The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence.

Kentucky was one of the states that embraced the Affordable Care Act.

More than 500,000 Kentuckians gained health coverage as a result of the law. About 400,000 got insurance through the expansion of the Medicaid system in the state and the rest through the implementation of Kynect, the now-dismantled state health exchange.

Since the 2013 implementation of the policy, under former Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance has dropped from more than 20 percent down to 8 percent.

Kentucky.com

 Communities across Kentucky are celebrating America’s best-known civil rights leader this weekend.  That includes Monday morning and evening events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Eastern Kentucky’s Letcher County.

 

Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Department of Health says influenza is now “widespread” across the Commonwealth.  This designation indicates flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions.

AVOL

 

AIDS Volunteers Inc, of Lexington, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Elton John Foundation.  A large portion of the money will be used to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Eastern and Central Kentucky. 

 


GoodGiving Challenge Promotes Ky Non-Profits

Nov 30, 2016
Bluegrass Community Foundation

 

Dozens of Kentucky non-profits kicked off the GoodGiving Challenge with a pep rally Tuesday at Cheapside in Lexington.

State Roaming Horse Task Force Begins Work

Aug 23, 2016
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A newly-formed state task force begins its work Tuesday on how to deal with hundreds of horses moving about Eastern Kentucky.  Part of the discussion involves the coal industry.

The Free Roaming Horse Task Force came about through state legislation.  Ginny Grulke, with the Appalachian Horse Center, says the largest concentration of horse herds is found in Breathitt County, but there are also hundreds in another nine or ten counties. 

Experts Predict Eastern Ky Broadband Benefits Decades Away

Sep 18, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Government and business representatives are in Lexington this week for the Fiber for the New Economy Conference. Among the issues discussed at the meeting is the expansion of broadband into eastern Kentucky. Urban County Government Chief Information Officer Aldona Valicenti says local governments will pay a cost for the growth.  “And that last mile still will need additional investment and that will depend on what companies are willing to invest and what the cities can do in eastern Kentucky,” said Valicenti.

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Kentucky's Department of Travel and Tourism is working to expand culinary tourism across the state.  Officials are launching the food focused website KentuckyCuisine.com. Department Spokeswoman Scottie Ellis says the goal is to get in on the front end of culinary tourism.  "You know food is a necessary part of everyday life, but it is a very big part of travel.  If you have a bad meal, it could ruin your entire experience," said Ellis.

Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

Mar 2, 2014

From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.

On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.