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On Sunday, September 27, 2020, All Things Considered will explore the extent of food insecurity in the United States and how the problem has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Through interviews and reported pieces, Michel Martin will break down the scale of hunger in the U.S., the systems currently in place to help people get access to food, the personal toil of being food insecure, and the role schools play in distributing food to people in need.

Listen Sunday, Sept. 27th at 5:00 p.m. on WEKU-FM.

Governor Andy Beshear reported 930 New Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths Friday.  Of those cases, 131 are in children 18 or younger.  The state’s total number of cases now stands at 65,066. The positivity rate is 4.48.

In a taped video message, the governor pleaded with Kentuckians to wear masks and social distance. “We cannot continue to have days where we have 900-plus cases,” said Beshear.

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Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political environment.

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President Trump is announcing his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. Watch the announcement live here Saturday, September 25th, 5:00 p.m.

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The Kentucky State Supreme Court has ruled historical racing gambling machines found in three of the Commonwealth’s five gaming venues not to be pari-mutuel wagering.  Casino gambling is illegal in Kentucky. 

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Lexington city officials formally recognized completion of a $2.1 million revitalization of the Southland Drive area Thursday.  The improvements include wider sidewalks, upgraded traffic signals, landscaping, and art installations. 

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where she will lie in state in Statuary Hall. Watch the ceremony live below Friday, Sept. 25th at 9:30 a.m.

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Kentucky’s second largest city is now listed in the White House-labeled coronavirus red zone.  That’s the highest level when it comes to the spread of the virus.  Lexington is reporting, on average, more than 24 cases per 100,000 people. 

745 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Thursday

Sep 24, 2020

During Thursday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 745 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 64,158. The governor noted that 107 of those new cases are in kids under age 18.  

Governor Beshear also announced 13 new deaths, bringing that total to 1,137.

The positivity rate in Kentucky is at 4.57% as of Thursday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Thursday’s update below.

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After feeding her three boys a lunch of chicken nuggets, grapes, and apples at the kitchen table in their Boone County home, Liz Jarboe and her identical triplets go to their dining room which resembles a kindergarten class because it kind of is.

Six-year-olds, Ayden, Liam, and Carson Jarboe place their hands over their hearts and follow along with the video of the kindergarten staff at Yealey Elementary, as they say, the Pledge of Allegiance.

Eastern Standard for September 24, 2020

Sep 24, 2020

“We must make America what America says it is.” A new series on racial justice and equality | How the pandemic is aggravating the gap between Kentucky’s rich and poor school districts | A superintendent prepares as his district moves to in-person instruction | The story of Stand, Lexington’s new monument to women who fought for the right to vote

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

Filled Out That Census Form? Why It's Important

Sep 24, 2020

The nation's ten-year headcount comes to an end on September 30. Why does it matter? WEKU's Tom Martin talks with Patricia Tennen of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

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

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People marched in downtown Lexington Tuesday night following the decision not to charge police officers with the death of Breonna Taylor.

More than six months after Breonna Taylor was killed by police, a grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison for three counts of wanton endangerment. Three police officers were involved in the shooting but none were charged with Taylor’s death.

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Leaders of two Madison County advisory panels are expressing keen interest in decisions regarding the transportation of chemical munition waste from the Blue Grass Army Depot.  

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Governor Beshear is asking Attorney General Daniel Cameron to post online all the information, evidence, and facts he can release regarding the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

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A longtime Lexington activist and artist is calling upon the arts community to demonstrate their talents Saturday afternoon in downtown.

Chris Huestis says the aim is to emphasize the importance of the arts while also calling for creative ways to help a profession impacted by coronavirus.  Huestis said that might include federal dollars for artists. “If an artist is a millionaire artist, they don’t need it.  But, if the artist is struggling to pay rent, make bills, medical bills just like anybody else, then that becomes very important,” said Huestis.

796 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Wednesday

Sep 23, 2020

During Wednesday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 796 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 63,517. The governor noted that 111 of those new cases are in kids under age 18.  

Governor Beshear also announced five new deaths, bringing that total to 1,124.

The positivity rate in Kentucky rose to 4.59% as of Wednesday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Wednesday’s update below.

America, Are We Ready for Truth and Reconciliation

Sep 23, 2020

Join WNYC's Brian Lehrer, host of The Brian Lehrer Show, and Kai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety, their guests and listeners around the country to examine racial justice and the presidential election -- how we got here and where we go now.

LISTEN LIVE: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m, Weds. Sept 23rd.

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Governor Beshear says there are many decisions to make when it comes to the future distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. 

During his daily briefing Tuesday, Beshear said the first bit of needed information is what will the state get and when will it arrive. “But, then you got to think about storage, physical distribution.  The fact that it’s going to be two separate shots over I think 21 days that has to be from the same manufacturer when there might be three or four different vaccines,” said Beshear.

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Lexington’s city council budget committee is expected to make decisions about divvying up part of some $25 million in federal coronavirus relief money in October.

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Eastern Kentucky University athletics Tuesday announced guidelines for home football games at Roy Kidd Stadium.  That includes designating a distanced seating plan.

The Colonels are currently scheduled to host Houston Baptist October third in the first of four home games.  Unless changes in national and state health guidelines occur, the football stadium will operate at 20% of capacity. 

America, Are We Ready to Vote in a Pandemic?

Sep 22, 2020

WNYC's Brian Lehrer is joined by Christina Greer, associate professor at Fordham University and politics editor at thegrio.com and their guests and listeners around the country as we look at how the presidential election is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in how we vote and the choices we make at the ballot box.

LISTEN LIVE Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. on WEKU-FM.

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Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force are briefing a Senate panel on the federal response to the pandemic. Witnesses include Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

Watch the live video below Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a private ceremony at the high court, where her body is lying in repose. Watch the ceremony live Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. below.

824 Coronavirus Cases Reported in Kentucky Tuesday

Sep 22, 2020

During Tuesday afternoon’s coronavirus update Governor Andy Beshear announced 824 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the state total to 62,731. The governor noted that 134 of those new cases are in kids under age 18.  

Governor Beshear also announced seven new deaths, bringing that total to 1,119.

The positivity rate in Kentucky rose to 4.52% as of Tuesday afternoon.

You can watch a recording of Tuesday’s update below.

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Midway University is announcing record enrollment in its undergraduate class for the fifth consecutive year.  School officials point to a number of factors for the consistent increases.

The largest incoming class of 283 tops last year’s mark by 11 students.  Midway Spokeswoman Ellen Gregory says the initial growth is attributed to a move to coeducation five years ago.  She says the subsequent growth can be tied to career focused education, athletic and co-curricular opportunities in a safe rural environment, and being close to larger cities which offer other amenities. 

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One of Kentucky’s best known environmental lawyers says many in the private sector continue to be responsive to climate change impacts. 

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The Fayette County Health Department is changing the timing of flu shot availability due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Governor Beshear says there are going to be mistakes made in coronavirus testing, but he adds it’s not a serious concern.  The governor said when more than a million tests have been conducted false positives and false negatives will occur. 

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Keeneland and Kentucky Downs’ majority owners announced Monday the filing of an application for a racing license and proposed racetrack construction. The racing facility and related track extension would be situated in Corbin and Williamsburg.

The proposed facilities would feature live Standardbred racing and historical racing machines for visitors from Kentucky and outside the Commonwealth. 

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