Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at

Judge looks to make decision as soon as possible in lawsuit opposing pension reform bill

04/19/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – The question of whether Senate Bill 151, the pension reform bill, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin is legal, is at the heart of the matter of the latest lawsuit against the Bevin administration. Thursday, legal teams for the Kentucky Attorney General and Bevin’s administration appeared before Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd. No decision was made at the 45 minute hearing, but Shepherd did say that he understands the need... Read more 

AG Beshear files suit against pharmaceutical company over deceptive marketing scheme

04/18/2018 03:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday his fifth law suit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, which, in his opinion, is accountable for contributing to an illicit drug market that has fueled Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit filed today in McCracken Circuit Court, alleges that Johnson and Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Ortho-McNeil subsidiaries, allegedly told doctors and patients that their opioid medications were safer than other alternatives, and misrepresented that opioids were “rarely... Read more 

House and Senate override vetos on budget and revenue and tax reform bills

04/13/2018 10:20 PM

FRANKFORT – The House and Senate voted to override the Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of of House Bill 366, known as the revenue and tax reform bill, as well as House Bill 200, the budget bill. For House Bill 366, the House voted 57 to 40 to override the veto, while the Senate narrowly voted to override by a 20 to 18 vote with Senate President Robert Stivers casting the deciding yes vote. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who voted... Read more 

General Assembly passed bill which would increase penalties for adults who recruit gang members

04/13/2018 10:20 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would impose harsher penalties for adults who recruit individuals, including kids, for gangs has been passed by the Kentucky General Assembly on Friday. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would make it a felony to recruit gang members. The bill was passed on a 21-17 vote with six Republicans, Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, Sen. Stephen Meredith, R-Leitchfield, Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville and Sen. Brandon... Read more 

Rally at NKU targets cuts to education which has led to uncertainty on college campuses

04/12/2018 04:36 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Hundreds of faculty, staff and students at Northern Kentucky University held a noontime rally to protest statewide budget cuts that have led to job uncertainties on the Highland Heights campus. Mark Leeman, an associate professor at NKU and one of the rally’s organizers, told those in attendance that the state’s practice of underfunding postsecondary education has been taking place for some time and if it continues it will lead to a not so prosperous Kentucky. “This year, the state... Read more 

Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield Medicaid makes donation to aid those in foster care

04/11/2018 03:34 PM

FRANKFORT – First Lady Glenna Bevin, along with representatives from the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) and Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield Medicaid, announced a donation from Anthem to Kentucky’s foster youth. The company presented a gift of $15,000 which will go to the First Lady’s foundation, #WeAreKY!, Inc., and to DCBS, as well as a large number of duffel bags. Elizabeth Stearman, Director of Behavioral Health for Anthem Medicaid, praised the Governor and First Lady Glenna Bevin’s commitment to... Read more 

Little disagreement among candidates at 6th District primary candidate forum

04/11/2018 12:10 PM

Correction: Barr was unable to attend the event as Congress was in session on Tuesday. FRANKFORT – Six of the seven candidates who hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in the 6th Congressional Dist. took part in a candidates forum at Kentucky State University sponsored by the activist group Together Frankfort Tuesday evening. The candidates included one Republican, Chuck Eddy, along with five Democrats, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, state Senator Reggie Thomas, Geoff Young, Daniel Kemph and Theodore Green, who... Read more 

U.S. Surgeon General visits Northern Kentucky to advocate for more people carrying overdose reversing drug

04/09/2018 01:57 PM

FLORENCE – United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams was in Florence on Monday visiting with officials of the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) as well as recovering opioid addicts and their families to discuss his recently released advisory on naloxone, emphasizing that Americans should know how to use and keep on-hand the overdose-reversing medication. The advisory emphasizes the importance of persons having naloxone on hand for patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing... Read more 

NKY Chamber applauds General Assembly for work on pension and tax reform

04/05/2018 02:59 PM

FORT MITCHELL – With the Kentucky General Assembly passing bills related to pension and tax reform, as well as the the budget, organizations like the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce see the 2018 session as a successful one. Before the session started, chamber officials highlighted the importance of dealing with the states pension crisis and tax reform which needed to be addressed for Kentucky to remain competitive from a business standpoint with other states. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Vice President of... Read more 

Kentucky Department of Education to hold town hall meetings on high school graduation requirements

04/04/2018 02:35 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt will host a series of town hall meetings across Kentucky beginning next week focusing on high school graduation requirements. Educators, parents, students, business representatives and community members are invited to attend and share their thoughts on the topic with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education staff. In advance of the meetings, participants are being asked to consider the following question: “What should high school graduates be able to know, do and experience... Read more