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.

Crit Luallen makes first public appearance after being sworn in as lieutenant governor

11/19/2014 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen made her first appearance after being sworn in as lieutenant governor, speaking before the Frankfort Rotary on Wednesday. The former state auditor was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear after former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson resigned to take a position with the Obama Administration. Luallen praised the work of Beshear in balancing the state budget through some hard economic times as well as the efforts to implement health care reform in Kentucky. Luallen said that she takes... Read more 

Conway says EPA law suit is about what's fair for Kentucky

11/18/2014 01:15 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the state will bear a disproportionate burden if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its way in imposing stricter pollution standards. Conway, along with 11 other states Attorney’s General, filed a lawsuit against the EPA to prevent conforming to the proposed green house gas regulations. The EPA wants to limit carbon dioxide emissions 18 percent in Kentucky by 2030, but with Kentucky’s vast reliance on coal Conway argues the restrictions could be... Read more 

Cabinet offical says Medicaid expansion has created more jobs and additional income for healthcare providers

11/17/2014 04:44 PM

A top Kentucky health official is telling lawmakers that the expansion of Meidcaid is having a positive impact on healthcare employment in the state, as early predictions said it would. The first year of Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion has created new jobs and close to one billion dollars in Medicaid reimbursement to providers according to Eric Friedlander, Deputy Secretary for Health and Family Services. Friedlander, who testified Monday before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, said that Bureau of Labor... Read more 

Crit Luallen says it's time to learn from past successes to build a stronger future after being sworn in as lieutenant governor

11/14/2014 05:37 PM

Saying that it’s not a day for laying out a new agenda, but is a good day to celebrate all that is good about the state’s past and it’s hopes for the future, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen was sworn in as Kentucky’s 56th lieutenant governor on Friday. She replaces Jerry Abramson who resigned to accept the position of deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of intergovernmental affairs. Luallen told those gathered in the Capitol Rotunda that... Read more 

Rep. Dennis Keene throws his hat in ring for House speaker pro tem

11/13/2014 02:28 PM

Some Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives are weighing their future options now that House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark announced Wednesday that he would not seek reelection to the post he’s held since 1993. Clark’s decision opens the door for a number of Democrats to replace him, including Rep. Dennis Kenne, D-Wilder. The 67th district representative, who has served in the House since 2005, currently serves on four committees: Chairman of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee Vice Chairman of the... Read more 

One of last living World War II POW honored in Northern Ky.

11/11/2014 05:56 PM

NEWPORT — Every year, there are fewer and fewer living World War II veterans and some of the youngest that served are now over 90 years old. Johnny “TV” Peluso, 91, a lifelong resident of Newport, is one of them. Peluso saw fighting in some of the most brutal battles of the war, and was captured by German soldiers near the end of the war. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, Peluso was honored for his service by a number of local, state and... Read more 

Some see charter schools being the answer for low-income, low-performing students in public schools

11/10/2014 05:54 PM

Legislators on Kentucky’s Education Committee heard testimony on Monday from advocates on charter schools and how minorities can benefit from the education system. Wayne Lewis, chair of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, told the Interim Joint Committee on Education that charter schools give low-income families a choice if their students’ needs are not being met by the public school that they are attending. Lewis singled out elementary school math score statistics in Fayette County from the 2012 / 2013 school year... Read more 

Internationally recognized academic program helps Tates Creek students excel

11/08/2014 09:26 AM

LEXINGTON — One of the biggest challenges school systems face today is how to prepare students for an ever changing global society. In Fayette County, Tates Creek High School has implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for highly motivated students. The program is designed to push learners to develop their own curiosity, exercise initiative and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. “I’m kind of one of those people who like to do multiple things,” said Tates Creek senior Emily Ranseen. “I’ve... Read more 

Race for 50th Dist. House pits Emerge Ky. grad against representative with 10 years in chamber

10/31/2014 04:38 PM

BARDSTOWN — State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, has served in the House for a decade, but he faces a motivated young challenger in Democrat Audrey Haydon, an Emerge Kentucky graduate. Running in a newly crafted district, Floyd and Haydon have been making their cases to voters, knocking on doors and even taking to the television airwaves over several issues. Haydon, 29, a lawyer who practices in Bardstown with her husband Muncie and father Ben, is running her campaign as a fresh... Read more 

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp stumps for Grimes in central Kentucky

10/29/2014 08:53 PM

WINCHESTER – North Dakota junior U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp joined in the parade of high profile national Democratic surrogates joining Alison Lundergan Grimes in the final week of her campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Heitkamp joined Grimes in central Kentucky Wednesday with stops in Clark, Bourbon and Fayette County where the Senator said she knows the fight Grimes is waging. In 2012, Heitkamp won an open seat for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota by defeating Republican U.S. Rep.... Read more 

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