Brittany Patterson


In Central Appalachia an estimated 538,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and 853,393 acres of abandoned mine lands sit unreclaimed, often polluting the air and water, and presenting public safety threats.    

Governor Beshear

Employees from more than one state cabinet are working to get Kentuckians re-enlisted for unemployment benefits.  The need for the reset came following a four-day shutdown to tighten the computerized system against more sophisticated fraudsters.

Coronavirus vaccination within the Lexington's homeless population has gone well, according to the director of Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. 

Polly Ruddick said the pause in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is not a major factor because many sheltered and unsheltered already got the Moderna product.  Ruddick noted follow-up for the second booster dose was not a big issue. 

Eastern Standard for April 15, 2021

Apr 15, 2021

Poet Tina Parker discusses her haunting collection, "Lock Her Up" about the horrors of a late 19th century "lunatic asylum" in Marion, Virginia |  Rae Garringer's Criminal Justice Series: County jails still overcrowded with state prison overflow | Lexington Commercial Properties broker/manager Bob Cole updates us on how offices are changing, innovating to accommodate a covid-altered world | Southland's Tahlsound Music Festival is back for the summer of '21...and it's live and in-person. A conversation with organizer Chris Smith.


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Today she lives a quiet life in Lexington, but it hasn’t always been that way for Dr. Deborah Alexander. As a U.S. Foreign Service Advisor, she was one of the first civilians to enter Afghanistan with US troops in early 2002. WEKU’s Tom Martin gets her thoughts on President Biden’s decision to bring to a full stop 20-years of U.S. military involvement in a war that has taken the lives of 23-hundred American troops and cost 2-trillion dollars.

In a typical year, many Kentucky taxpayers would be scurrying to get their income tax returns off to the Internal Revenue Service Thursday.  But, as we all know, the last year has been anything but typical. 

Corinne Boyer


Election reform efforts to expand ballot access made little headway around the Ohio Valley, as only one state in the region made voting easier,according to a voting rights expert. 

Several state governments around the nation are making major changes to voting laws following the 2020 presidential election.  

Fayette County Public Schools

The search for a permanent schools’ superintendent for the state’s second largest school district is moving into a new stage.  A nationwide search is well underway. 

Longtime Lexington educator Marlene Helm stepped into the role as Fayette Schools Superintendent last December following the sudden death of Manny Caulk.  Board Chair Tyler Murphy says information from some 60 listening sessions continues to offer guidance in choosing a permanent superintendent.

Lexington is one step closer to becoming Kentucky’s third city to ban conversion therapy for minors.  The City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to move the ordinance forward for final consideration.

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President Biden is giving an address on plans to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America's involvement in its longest war. Watch his remarks live today at 2:15 p.m. below.


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Apr 19, 2021

Earth Day Special: Reclaiming deforested, and abandoned mine sites in Eastern Kentucky. The history of deforestation - pending legislation to renew the Abandoned Mine Lands trust fund - efforts to reforest abandoned mine sites - a vision for one economic path forward that would revive a once thriving E. Kentucky industry: sheep production.

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Corinne Boyer



Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged people to use the more than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as the trend of new infections skewed toward younger people. Beshear reported a dramatic difference in vaccination rates among age groups. People between ages 20 to 49 make up the majority of new COVID-19 cases, but have much lower vaccination rates than those 50 and older.