Stu Johnson

Lexington officials are urging travelers to prrepare for crowded roads and some road closures as President Donald Trump comes to Rupp Arena.

Although security protocols prohibit disclosure of specific traffic impacts, there will be some temporary closures near Blue Grass Airport and downtown throughout the day.


Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said she will recommend additional funding to address ongoing concerns at the Fayette County jail. 

Gorton updated council members this week on her fact-finding examination at the detention center. Gorton said she had made unannounced visits to the jail and had talked with staff.

“We have had difficulties for a long time out there, so what we’ve done in the past hasn’t worked.  So, we need to think creatively about other ways to fix these problems,” said Gorton.

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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Lexington's very own "King Solomon," the man who helped bury the dead when cholera took many lives.

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: Henry Clay Monument

Sep 3, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about the Henry Clay Monument in Lexington.

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: Union Station

Sep 2, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Union Station in Lexington, a train station located at East Main Street and preent day Martin Luther King Blvd. 

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

A Moment in Kentucky History: The Pope Villa

Aug 12, 2019
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about The Pope Villa on Grovner Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. On July 3, 1819, the Pope Villa was the site of a gala honoring President James Monroe.

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

On The Verge Theater

Actress Rachel Lee Rogers and Actor Kevin Hardesty visited WEKU's studio to talk about the follow up to A Doll's House Part 1. They share what makes this play relevant today and give us a sneak peak at an intense scene. 

To contact Wendy Barnett: wendy.barnett@eku.edu.

Cheri lawson

It’s Friday afternoon at a Lexington mosque.

Wearing a maroon hijab covering most of her dark brown hair, Nada Shalash is standing with a group of women who are shoulder to shoulder at  Lexington’s Masjid Bilal during Friday prayers.

“The significance of that is when you stand in front of God to pray there is no title. You may be a physician standing next to a lawyer, standing next to a teacher and not even realize the only thing bringing you shoulder to shoulder is your identity as a Muslim and your devotion to God,” she said.

The 24-year old just graduated from a master’s program in social work at the University of Kentucky and has been a member of this mosque for 5 years. She said Friday is considered Muslims’ holy day of the week. She compares it to Sunday for Christians and Saturday for people of the Jewish faith.


The budget adopted recently by the Fayette County School Board includes a continuation of funding for English proficiency education.  It’s part of a multi-year effort to support English Language Learners.

Fayette Schools Spokesperson Lisa Deffendall said a 2015 audit demonstrated the need for more staff in special education, gifted and talented programs, and English Language Learners. She said funding for 15 additional teachers has been included in budgets adopted since then.

A Growing Recovery: Food Service And Farming Jobs Provide A Path Out Of Addiction

May 20, 2019
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Located in South Charleston, West Virginia, the former church turned restaurant has a funky, yet calming vibe. Twinkle lights and mismatched dining room sets dot the space. For $8 to $10 a plate, diners can enjoy a locally-sourced meal. The menu today is apple sage pork tips, spiralized zucchini (or “zoodles”), roasted broccoli, and a salad of spinach grown just a few miles away.

Autumn McCraw helped prepare today’s meal. The 35-year-old Charleston resident sports a maroon apron and greets every customer with a smile. Her days here typically start around 8 a.m.

Today's Interview: A Doll's House Part 1 and 2

May 15, 2019
On The Verge Theatre

A theatre company in Lexington is giving a new twist to an old classic. WEKU's Wendy Barnett finds out how in this conversation with Director Ave Lawyer from On The Verge Theatre. 

Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials are forcing the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend recycling of paper.

The change will go into effect immediately.

Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works Nancy Albright said the demand for paper has diminished and the recycling center doesn’t have space to store large quantities of paper.

The city is actively seeking new recycling outlets for paper,  but she says it’s unclear when paper recycling might resume.

Anita Franklin

Anita Franklin spent two days in Washington last week. She spent time in Congressional offices talking about gun violence.  Franklin is a member of the Lexington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Her 14-year-old son Antonio was the victim of gun violence as a bystander in 2014.

The controversy over Kentucky’s only abortion clinic continues to draw national attention.  The latest development is that Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General filed a 'friend of the court' brief on April 4, supported by 21 attorneys general from across the U.S. in the effort to keep the clinic open.

The Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH

 On the night of July 24, 1916, a nautral gas explosion near Cleveland trapped workers in a waterworks tunnel beneath Lake Erie. Rescuers sent in to recover the trapped men were themselves by "noxious fumes"
The Cleveland authorities knew just who to call: Garrett Morgan, an inventor who had recently given a demonstration of his breathing contraption.

Morgan arrived at the scene still wearing his pajamas. With his strange breathing device strapped to his face, Morgan, along with his brother and another brave volunteer, descended into the muddy disaster site.

courtesy Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Visitors to downtown Lexington, later this spring, will experience the first parking meter rate increase in 10 years.

The second case of pertussis, or whooping cough, has been confirmed in a Lexington High School.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, This is the second confirmed case in Lexington this year. The earlier case was at Tates Creek High School.

Work continues tonight to demolish the old Newtown Pike Bridge which crosses New Circle Road in Lexington. It’s part of an overall $42.8 million roadway improvement project. State Transportation Department Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says it would be best to avoid the Newtown Road area near New Circle tonight.  “Demolition work and lane closures will begin at 7:00 p.m. and there will be additional changes at 9:00 p.m. That includes the inner loop will close at 9:00. A left lane closure will start at 7:00 p.m. That will begin tonight,.”  said Lacy.

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. 

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.

The Lexington city council is expected to vote tonight on a proposal to relocate city hall and nearby local government offices to the Herald-Leader building at the corner of Main Street and Midland Avenue. The lease-to-own proposal amounts to a $175 million project.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Bill Omara says deferred maintenance costs in the current city hall run over $20 million.

The 200 E. Main St. location became city hall in 1982. It originally was established as the Lafayette Hotel in 1920. The hotel closed in 1963 and became an office building.


The owners of 21c Museum Hotels are selling a majority interest in their company to the multinational AccorHotels group. 

AccorHotels announced Tuesday that it’s acquiring 85 percent of 21c from founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The purchase price is $51 million. 

Brown and Wilson established the flagship 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville in 2006. The company now operates eight properties in seven states, including one in Lexington, with three more in development.

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Kentucky’s first LGBTQ historical markers were unveiled Sunday in Lexington.

Stu Johnson


An early morning explosion at a Lexington UPS maintenance facility Wednesday sent eight people to the hospital and caused substantial damage to the building.  Authorities are working to pin down the cause of the blast.

Fayette County Exploring Safer Schools

Feb 23, 2018
Mary Meehan

Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk on has announced a community effort to insure Lexington schools are safe.

That includes exploring all options, although he didn’t endorse arming teachers, an effort floated in the General Assembly.

Penny Christian attend Caulk’s press conference as a representative of the PTA. She says most teachers, including her own daughter, are drawn to the profession because they want to help kids not to be armed guards.

Deal Keeps Cats At Rupp Through 2033

Feb 8, 2018

A deal signed today insures that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will be playing at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season.

The agreement was signed today by Lexington Center Corporation and university officials. It details that Big Blue Madness, Blue/White Games, some women’s basketball games and Winter and Spring Commencements will also be at the downtown arena.

Institute 193 Director Paul Brown

A non-profit arts organization in Lexington is one of 48 institutions in the country being awarded a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. According to director Paul Brown, it's the largest grant Institute 193 has ever received. 

Mary Meehan

A small gaggle of reporters points their microphones at reproductive rights activist Marcie Crim as she bluntly decries  the shrinking access to abortion in the region. Crim stands just a few feet from the open door of the office of Governor Matt Bevin near the Capitol rotunda. Crim and Bevin may be physically close in in this situation, but they could not be further apart on the issue.They personify the opposing poles of the decades-old debate surrounding abortion.

Bevin has been vocally supportive of legislative restrictions on abortion access such as longer waiting periods.



The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic.

Rainbow Crosswalks Will Stay, For Now

Dec 1, 2017

The future of Lexington’s vibrant rainbow crosswalks has been cloudy because of safety concerns. But city officials are looking into those claims.

The crosswalks added this summer were created to honor the LGBTQ community during Lexington's annual Pride Festival.