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 at full capacity for the first time in school's sophmore year

08/26/2016 03:35 PM

MOREHEAD – For the first time, 120 students arrived at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Mathematics and Science for classes on the campus of Morehead State University. The academy, a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students, opened in August 2015 with the goal of meeting the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum allows students to finish high school while also completing up to... Read more 

Paul and Gray answer questions at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum separately

08/25/2016 11:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – U.S Senator Rand Paul and Democratic challenger Jim Gray attended and answered questions from members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Thursday, but did not appear together for the candidate forum. It marked only the third time in memory that candidates appeared separately at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum. The last time prior to Thursday was in 2002 when Sen. Mitch McConnell opposed Lois Combs Weinberg. At the beginning of the press conference after he concluded his part... Read more 

Grimes says voter registration portal and overseas military voting initiatives showing successful results

08/23/2016 04:24 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says that the GoVoteKy.com web portal, launched in March 2016 has been a huge success in allowing Kentuckians to either register to vote, or update their registration online. Grimes told member of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government Subcommittee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Task Force that more and more citizens are being drawn to the site. “We had had over 100,000 Kentuckians access it,” Grimes said. “Over 37,000 applications... Read more 

Jim Gray addresses high school agriculture students in Lexington, says his sole campaign focus is on Kentucky

08/23/2016 01:01 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray took a break from the campaign trail on Tuesday morning to tour and visit with students at Locust Trace Agriscience Center in Lexington, where students learn about all aspects of agriculture, equine studies and veterinary science. Gray talked to the students about how important agriculture is to the state, and said that’s he’s inspired to see so many young people are looking to focus on agriculture. “You see the passion... Read more 

All Newport High School students receive new MacBook laptops to assist with studies

08/22/2016 02:37 PM

NEWPORT – Teachers and administrators at Newport High School are making sure that every student in the school becomes proficient in using technology by distributing new Apple MacBook laptop computers to every student for use during the school year. The new MacBooks are the result of a $1.5 million federal School Improvement Grant, of which $500,000 was used to purchase the laptops. In addition, all 7th and 8th grade students in the district will receive iPads, while students in grades 3-6 will... Read more 

Center for Applied Research focuses on Kentucky's future energy needs and resources

08/19/2016 04:03 PM

LEXINGTON – The Interim Energy Special Subcommittee held their monthly meeting on Friday at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) to learn more on the advantages of having such a facility in the commonwealth. CAER focuses on a number of Kentucky issues related to energy including reducing the environmental impact of energy production and use, exploring beneficial uses for coal ash and industrial waste, developing a new portfolio standard, insuring the affordable cost and reliability of power... Read more 

Chair of Senate education committee believes 2017 will be an active session for education legislation

08/19/2016 09:32 AM

FRANKFORT – Senate Standing Committee on Education chair Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, thinks the state implementation of the federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be one of the priority items on the minds of legislators during the 2017 session. “It gives us a whole lot more flexibility, moves everything back to the state, and really limits the authority that the U.S. Department of Education has, and the Secretary of Education has over the states,” Wilson said. Wilson, who has... Read more 

Paul says stopping Hillary Clinton is reason to vote for Donald Trump

08/18/2016 04:10 PM

MAYSVILLE – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told an overflow crowd at the Rotary Club in Maysville on Thursday morning that he’s had his differences with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but he solidly supports him in his race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The stop was part of Paul’s town hall meeting schedule which he’s held across the state to talk to, and hear from voters. Paul told the crowd that’s it’s important to pull together behind Trump because the alternative is... Read more 

State officials say they have a handle on Zika virus

08/17/2016 06:42 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department of Public Health officials have reported that, as of August 5, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the state, and all were related to travel with no evidence of local transmission within Kentucky. Zika, which is a viral infection primarily spread by the bite of a mosquito, as mild symptoms which include rash, fever, joint pain, and red eye. Eighty percent of those infected experience no symptoms at all and specific laboratory testing... Read more 

Brain Injury Alliance wants to see a streamlining of care services

08/17/2016 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – Advocates for Kentuckians suffering from traumatic brain injuries would like to streamline Kentucky’s current system of care so that the state can better serve those with brain injuries. According to a 2004 University of Kentucky survey, 202,000 or 5 percent of all Kentuckians suffer from brain injuries. Those with brain injuries tend to suffer with physical cognitive and emotional issues, impulsive control disorders, substance abuse, family disorders, and unemployment. Kentucky’s current system for those with brain injuries includes the... Read more