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.

Judge questions process Gov. Bevin used to remove University of Louisville board members

07/22/2016 01:08 PM

FRANKFORT – Questions about the process Gov. Matt Bevin used to replace the University of Louisville board of trustees was questioned by a judge during a Franklin Circuit Court hearing held in which the Attorney General Andy Beshear asked to temporarily block Bevin’s order, placing the university back under the authority of its previous leadership. While Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd did not rule on Beshear’s request, he did question why Bevin made the move without any consultation with anyone at... Read more 

Cabinet officials tell legislators that benefind is improving and will get better in the future

07/20/2016 06:45 PM

FRANKFORT – Officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday that they continue to iron out the problems with benefind, the Bevin Administrations portal for needs based assistance programs like Medicaid and food stamps, which was launched on February 29. CHFS officials presented much of the same message last week to members of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. Office of Administrative and Technology Services Executive Director... Read more 

Judge to rule soon on legality of changes Gov. Bevin made to KRS board

07/20/2016 08:05 AM

FRANKFORT – After a 4 1/2 hour marathon hearing on Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court, in the lawsuit intitiated by by Thommy Elliott and Mary Helen Peter, members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, Judge Phillip Shepherd told attorneys that he will make a ruling soon on a number of executive order changes that Gov. Matt Bevin made to the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Directors including the termination of Board Chair Elliott. Other changes include, through the... Read more 

Hillary Clinton calls for unity and justice reforms in light of police shooting tragedies

07/18/2016 05:59 PM

CINCINNATI — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton decried the recent killing of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge and called for unity between law enforcement personnel and the communities that they serve as well as justice reform in a speech to members of the NAACP at their annual convention in Cincinnati. While Clinton feels that there has been progress in some communities building those relationships between police departments and the public, she says that there is still much work to... Read more 

Kentucky war veterans find peace in the pasture after returning home from war

07/11/2016 05:42 PM

RICHMOND – Returning Kentucky war veterans who may have physical and emotional scars from their time served, may be able to find therapeutic help in the form of horses. Since September 2010, the Appalachian Foothills Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been offering Equine Services for Heroes, a program in which veterans can receive horse therapy at no cost. In addition, the center serves a number of paying customers receiving therapeutic treatment with the horses. Mark Martin, the center’s executive director, says there are 12... Read more 

Lawmakers weigh advantages and disadvantages of medical marijuana

07/08/2016 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT – Advocates for and against the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes had their chance to be heard on Friday during the meeting of Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations. Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, who has been a strong advocate over the years for using marijuana for medicinal purposes, told committee members, as well as the overflow crowd that assembled, that “cannabis is medicine,” and can be of a huge benefit to people who suffer from a number of... Read more 

Ark Encounter opens on Thursday in Grant County with high hopes

07/06/2016 01:49 PM

WILLIAMSTOWN – On Thursday the long awaited life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark will open to the public in Williamstown, and backers of the project are saying that it will measure up to the tough standards for theme park entertainment. The $100 million cost of the project, which was raised by Answers in Genesis, which also operates the Creation Museum in Boone County, will include the completed Ark, as well as a zoo, 1,500 seat restaurant, theater, and several zip lines... Read more 

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley sees opiate addiction as a public-health crisis

07/04/2016 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT — Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley says the opiate addiction problem in the state will take a lot of time and action in a number of different areas to bring it under control. Tilley is very familiar with the opiate addiction problem in Kentucky as he served as House Judiciary Committee chairman as a state representative and worked tirelessly on drug addiction and trafficking legislation. Tilley admits that there’s not going to be one magic bullet to solve... Read more 

Office of Drug Control Policy head says combating growing opiate addiction problem requires action on numerous fronts

07/03/2016 09:08 AM

FRANKFORT — With a 16 percent increase in drug overdose deaths reported in 2015, Kentucky’s opiate addiction epidemic continues to grow. While there have been numerous attempts to curtail opiate addiction in the state, the numbers keep going up, and Van Ingram, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, says that each opiate overdose death is tragic and affects more than just the addict. “We’ve had 1,248 overdose deaths in Kentucky last year,” Ingram said. “That’s 1,248 families that lost a mother,... Read more 

Ag commissioner to target "skimmers" in annual gas pump inspections

07/02/2016 11:13 AM

FRANKFORT — A growing problem in the U.S. are so called “skimmers” who attach a device to a gas station pump, allowing thieves to get the credit card numbers of unsuspecting users and use the data to produce fake credit cards and make fraudulent charges on the victim’s account. On June 20, two skimming devices were found on pumps at a gas station in Versailles, and while there have not been a large number of devices found on pumps at Kentucky... Read more