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.

N. Ky. football coach looks to tackle school bullying starting with his team

04/23/2015 02:21 PM

DRY RIDGE — Grant County Head Football Coach Kevin Siple thinks that training his players how to treat other students in the school with kindness could be an effective way to combat bullying. Bullying is one of the less desirable aspects of students attending school. The act leaves targeted students feeling helpless, depressed, and out of touch, which leads to a number of things such as poor grades, low self-esteem and, in some extreme cases, suicide. Siple believes that,... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates clash at NKU debate

04/23/2015 01:33 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – With less than a month before the primary election, the GOP candidates for governor are beginning to mix it up more and more in public appearances. The latest example came late Wednesday when former Louisville metro councilman Hal Heiner, investment manager Matt Bevin, and state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who was pinch-hitting for running mate James Comer, took part in a one hour forum at Northern Kentucky University. The fourth GOP candidate, former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will... Read more 

Lexington farm family excited about its reemergence producing industrial hemp

04/20/2015 02:34 PM

LEXINGTON – Seventy years ago, the Graves family of Lexington was one of the top growers of hemp in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All of that changed when Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 which essentially ended the hemp business in Kentucky and a part of the Graves family livelihood. However, 66 years later, thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 50 in the General Assembly in 2013 and an amendment by Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand... Read more 

GOP candidates outline strategies to fix pressing state issues in Versailles forum

04/16/2015 01:21 PM

VERSAILLES — While the four Republican gubernatorial candidates agreed on what needs to change in the commonwealth from education to pension reform — they sometimes disagreed on how to go about getting that accomplished. Businessman Matt Bevin, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, former Louisville councilman and businessman Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott were in Woodford County on Wednesday night trying to convince voters why they have the best chance of defeating Democrat Jack Conway... Read more 

Kenton County looks to provide heroin addicts with treatment while being incarcerated

04/14/2015 04:09 PM

COVINGTON — Perhaps no place in the state was there more interest in the passing of heroin legislation than in Northern Kentucky which has become the epicenter of heroin addiction and arrests in the state. Sixty percent of the total number of heroin arrests in the commonwealth come from the three northern Kentucky counties of Kenton, Boone and Campbell. In Kenton County, prosecutors and corrections officials are working together to help incarcerated addicts have a chance at beating their... Read more 

Drug czar visits northern Kentucky to discuss heroin epidemic in region

04/09/2015 04:33 PM

COVINGTON — Michael Botticelli, the director of National Drug Control Policy, was in northern Kentucky on Wednesday to address the growing heroin epidemic in the region at the invitation of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who accompanied the drug czar to an event with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Botticelli and McConnell participated in a roundtable discussion with medical personnel at St. Elizabeth Medical Center before they spoke at the chamber event. The hospital in Edgewood has seen... Read more 

Gov. Beshear says Conway's focus on fundraising is smart approach to early gubernatorial campaign

04/08/2015 04:30 PM

WALTON — Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear believes that Attorney General Jack Conway, who faces little opposition in the primary as a Democratic candidate for governor, is not hurt by the fact that his name is not out there during the primary campaign season. Republicans have four active candidates vying for the GOP nomination and have been campaigning actively around the state for months while Conway has been out of the campaign limelight as far as media ads and public events are... Read more 

Seminar helps law enforcement and prosecutors focus on 'drug driving'

04/01/2015 02:39 PM

COVINGTON – The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is hosting a regional seminar this week in Covington to train police officers and prosecutors about the effective prosecution of a growing problem in the Commonwealth of Kentucky – DUI cases involving drugs. Results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013/2014 survey showed an increase in drug-positive drivers using medications (from 3.9% in 2007 to 4.9% in 2013–2014), and a larger increase in the prevalence of illegal drugs (from 12.4%... Read more 

Boone County becomes largest county in the state to adopt right-to-work

03/28/2015 09:14 AM

BURLINGTON – On March 17, Boone County became the 11th county in the commonwealth to adopt a local right-to-work ordinance in a unanimous vote by the Boone County Fiscal Court. Boone County is the largest county in the state to pass such an ordinance, and the first in Northern Kentucky. The ordinance allows individuals to choose not to join a union and pay dues without being penalized or losing their jobs. The new ordinance would apply to labor contracts and re-negotiations effective... Read more 

GOP candidates talk heroin, education and public-private partnerships at N. Ky. Chamber forum

03/27/2015 04:57 PM

ERLANGER – The four GOP candidates for governor gathered in Northern Kentucky on Friday to make their pitch to Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members and local officials as to why they should be the next governor. Topics ranged from how to improve education in the state to addressing the heroin epidemic. While all four candidates, entrepreneur Matt Bevin, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Louisville businessman and former councilman Hal Heiner and former State Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, applauded the... Read more 

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