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.

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 

Conference committee hits impasse on how to help low-performing schools

03/24/2015 02:03 PM

FRANKFORT — A conference committee looking at ways to help consistently low-performing schools in the commonwealth hit an impasse Tuesday on the best way to help those schools turn outcomes around. House Bill 448, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, requires schools classified as low-achieving, or in the bottom 5 percent for four consecutive years, to implement an internal innovation option involving a collaboration between the superintendent, the school site-based decision-making council and the school board in hiring a new principal. Senate... Read more 

Advocates rally for amendment free school supt. selection bill, gas tax freeze

03/23/2015 04:17 PM

FRANKFORT – Two hundred public school students from around the state gathered on the steps of the State Capitol building to show their support for House Bill 236, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham which would allow students to be appointed to superintendent search committees. Passage of the bill is in jeopardy due to an amendment added by Sen. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, who attached his “transgender bathroom” bill which would require students to use the bathroom of the sex that they were... Read more 

One craft brewer potentially hurt by "beer bill"

03/19/2015 06:01 PM

Two micro-breweries found themselves on opposing sides during the discussion and passage of House Bill 168, known as the “beer bill” which sets up the three-tier approach for companies producing, distributing and selling alcoholic beverages. Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati started up Riverghost Distributing in Erlanger in December 2014, to distribute Rhinegeist products in Kentucky. However, when House Bill 168 becomes law, Rhinegeist will be prohibited from distributing in the commonwealth. “It’s pretty mind boggling to me that a state would... Read more 

Northern Kentucky chamber members hear both sides of right-to-work argument

03/17/2015 04:19 PM

ERLANGER — The pros and cons of right-to-work took center stage at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast on Tuesday morning. With more counties in Kentucky voting by local ordinance to end closed-shops and allow workers the right to not be part of the union the issue is primed to take off or be stopped short by the courts. Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, says that right-to-work proponents fail to come up with... Read more 

Saturday marks 70th anniversary of the death of Kentucky's Iwo Jima war hero

03/17/2015 01:54 PM

FLEMINGSBURG — This Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of the death of World War II veteran and Fleming County native Franklin Sousley, who was one of six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, a moment captured in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal. Dewayne Price is a nephew of Sousley and is the keeper of artifacts from Sousley’s life including letters that he wrote to his mother. The letters give a first-hand account of what life was like for the... Read more 

High school students travel to Frankfort in effort to save bill

03/11/2015 05:24 PM

FRANKFORT – Two West Jessamine High School seniors were at the State Capitol on Wednesday trying to save a bill which would have allowed school districts to add a student member to screening committees for superintendents. The students, Nicole Fielder and Gentry Fitch, who had worked on the bill as part of the Pritchard Committee’s Student Voice Team, spent the day talking to legislators about possibly saving their bill. House Bill 236, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, which would have allowed... Read more 

Bill which addresses Kentucky Teachers Retirement System shortfall, without bond proposal, passes Senate

03/10/2015 06:49 PM

FRANKFORT – The Senate has passed House Bill 4, minus the $3.3 billion bond proposal to help the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System which was passed by the House, by a 26 to 10 vote on Tuesday. The Senate’s amended version would set up a task force to fully study the system during the interim and come back with recommendations by mid-December of this year. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the plan will allow careful study would lead to a well... Read more 

Senate resolution which addresses workforce training passes House committee

03/10/2015 06:01 PM

FRANKFORT – A Senate resolution designed to look at ways to better prepare Kentucky students for future jobs unanimously passed the House Committee on Education Tuesday. Senate Concurrent Resolution 103, sponsored by Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, would establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force, exclusively made up of legislators, which would study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education which is estimated at $900 million a year. Givens referred to a workforce projection study done by Georgetown... Read more 

Senate wants to study Ky. Teachers Retirement System instead of authorizing bonds

03/09/2015 06:34 PM

FRANKFORT – Rather than authorize $3.3 billion in bonds to fund the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government supported a plan to study what will work best over the interim and have plan in place for the 2016 budget session. House Bill 4, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would have authorized up to $3.3 billion in bonds to reduce the nearly $14 billion unfunded liability of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System. Senate President Robert... Read more 

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