About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work.

Craft Academy aims to duplicate the success of Gatton Academy in eastern Ky.

08/31/2015 03:30 PM

MOREHEAD – The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics opened their doors this month to 60 Kentucky high school students in an effort to better meet the educational needs of gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the commonwealth. The academy, patterned after the highly successful Gatton Academy on the campus of Western Kentucky University, received an appropriation of $ 2.3 million from state lawmakers, in an effort led by Senate President Robert Stivers and House Majority... Read more 

Lawmakers concerned about Kentucky jobs in proposed Aetna-Humana merger

08/25/2015 08:16 PM

FRANKFORT – The multi-billion dollar proposed merger of healthcare giants Humana and Aetna has Kentucky lawmakers asking questions about a major Kentucky employer. Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance heard from insurance provider Aetna on Tuesday as the company moves forward with the merger which is under review by antitrust regulators. The companies announced on July 3 that Aetna, based out of Connecticut would buy Louisville based Humana for $37 billion. The new company would have... Read more 

McConnell says stock market drops are a result of stalling worldwide economy

08/24/2015 04:12 PM

FLORENCE – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Kentucky reporters on Monday that the drop of the stock market is a reflection of a worldwide economic slowdown. The stock market dropped Monday morning more than 1,000 points in the first minutes of trading, the worst drop since Oct. of 2008. However, the market clawed its way back throughout the day with the Dow dropping 588.47, which is a 3.58 percent tumble. McConnell, who was in Florence on Monday speaking to... Read more 

New academy provides career-ready education in engineering, technology and advanced manufacturing fields

08/24/2015 11:50 AM

CARROLLTON – As Kentucky high school students settle in for another year at their respective schools, 42 freshmen from Gallatin, Owen, Carroll, Trimble and Henry Counties are getting accustomed to a brand new school where there are no books or chalkboards. The iLead Academy, which opened in a renovated strip mall this month in Carrollton, is not your traditional high school. It’s Kentucky’s first regional academy for students who are interested in engineering, software technology, and advanced manufacturing fields. House Appropriations... Read more 

Candidates for Secretary of State and State Auditor make pitch to Northern Kentucky Chamber

08/21/2015 03:15 PM

COVINGTON – The Republican and Democratic candidates for State Auditor and Secretary of State made their pitch for support during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce meet the candidates Government Forum on Friday. Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who’s running for re-election, made her case to around 50 people who attended the event that a boom in business has happened in the state under her watch. “We’ve laid the foundation,” Grimes said. “I’m not just a brick layer, I’m... Read more 

Eighty percent of Jefferson County public school students receiving free meals

08/19/2015 01:45 PM

LOUISVILLE – All students in 127 of the 146 schools in the Jefferson County School District will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2015 – 2016 school year. The free meals are part of the “Community Eligibility Program” provision which was part of the Congressional Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which has been slowly rolled out in all 50 states. Every state had access for the first time during the 2014/15 school year. In order to qualify for... Read more 

Data released to help Kentucky school districts break down college barriers for students

08/17/2015 05:33 PM

A new online tool aimed at removing barriers for high school and college students to allow them to achieve academic success was unveiled Monday. The Strategic Data Project — an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, 55,000 Degrees and Jefferson County Public Schools that was announced at a news conference at the Gheens Academy in Louisville Monday — includes data on... Read more 

Kentucky World War II veteran fights to prove that he served in bid to get VA benefits

08/13/2015 04:47 PM

FRANKFORT – A World War II veteran from Floyd County is still fighting, but this time the 92-year old is taking on the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bluford “Buddy” Smith who served in Europe and was on the beach at Normandy during the war, told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection committee on Tuesday that he first became of aware of his lost military records when he retired from the coal mines in... Read more 

Lieutenant governor candidates talk about women in politics and issues in N. Ky. forum

08/05/2015 04:44 PM

COVINGTON – The Republican and Democrat candidates for lieutenant governor feel that the landscape for women in politics is better than ever, and that fact has resulted in more women in the commonwealth running for statewide offices in 2015. Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, and Republican Jenean Hampton took part in a “Women in Politics” forum held on Wednesday in Covington. This year, the Democrats have three women running for statewide office, Overly, Alison Grimes for Secretary of State... Read more 

Attendance picks up at Jefferson Davis monument in Fairview

08/05/2015 10:13 AM

FAIRVIEW — Attendance at the Jefferson Davis Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky has spiked as state politicians have discussed relocating a 15-foot marble statue of the President of the Confederacy from the state Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. The site in Fairview features a 351 obelisk dedicated to Davis. Visitors can take an elevator ride up to an observation room inside the monument that overlooks the state park. Some visitors to the monument like Dennis Lee of Kuttawa, is fearful that there... Read more