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

House education bill which would allow KEES money to be used in apprenticeship programs passes Senate committee

03/29/2017 04:53 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation which would allow Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarships (KEES) money to be used by students in apprenticeship programs was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Education on Wednesday. House Bill 206, sponsored by Rep. Bam Carney, R-Campbellsville, would also set up a system which would allow the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to administer the dual credit scholarship program. Carney says the biggest point of his legislation is that it mainstreams the program, putting less pressure on the... Read more 

County Connections: Kentucky Speedway continues to be an economic driver for the region

03/28/2017 05:59 PM

SPARTA – Kentucky Speedway is in its 17th year of operation in Gallatin County, and the most known business in the county continues to be an economic generator for the region during its racing weeks. It’s estimated that the NASCAR World Truck Series, XFINITY Series, and Cup Series weekend at Kentucky Speedway brings in an estimated $100 million to local businesses for the week of the races which will be July 6 – 8 this year. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger... Read more 

Northern Kentucky recovering heroin addict hopes to use his experience to help other addicts

03/27/2017 03:40 PM

BURLINGTON – Northern Kentucky native Josh Cobb began experimenting with drugs when he was 16 years-old going through his family’s medicine cabinet, the drug abuse nearly cost him his life. Over 10 years, Cobb became addicted to heroin before getting treatment in 2014. After being clean for 2 years, the 28-year-old overdosed on heroin laced with carfentanyl in September 2016, which left him completely paralyzed from the waist down, and on dialysis for some time before recovering to the point where... Read more 

Grant County needle exchange program showing success after first year of operation

03/23/2017 04:36 PM

DRY RIDGE – The Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program has been in existence for one year and health officials say that so far, the program has been a resounding success. Under the program, addicts bring in their dirty needles to the Grant County office on Wednesday’s between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm, as well as other days and times by appointment. Addicts receive clean needles at that time in an attempt to eliminate the sharing of needles, which... Read more 

Spring Clean Northern Kentucky initiative encourages safe disposal of unused prescription drugs

03/23/2017 03:06 PM

BURLINGTON – An initiative in northern Kentucky is going to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction. Spring Clean Northern Kentucky was introduced on Thursday by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Kim Moser, R-Independence, in an effort to encourage residents to go through their medicine cabinets and throw-away medications no longer need. In addition, lawmaker and advocates called on individuals... Read more 

Student buy-in a key element in Dayton Independent Schools improvement

03/22/2017 09:34 PM

DAYTON – Six years ago, the Dayton Independent School district was failing after previous superintendent Gary Rye was sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 from the school district he led for more than a decade which prompted an audit of school system finances by former auditor Adam Edelen. To make matters worse, the district was ranked 171 of the 174 school districts in the state and morale was at an all time low for students and... Read more 

Senate budget chair believes that special session on tax reform is still a long way off

03/21/2017 02:29 PM

ERLANGER – Senate Appropriations and Revenue Chair Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, believes that a lot of work is going to have to be done before a special session on tax reform can be called by the Gov. Matt Bevin in 2017. McDaniel acknowledges when and if a special session is going to happen it’s totally up to Gov. Matt Bevin, but doesn’t see it happening for quite some time. “I just don’t think that any plans that could be out there... Read more 

Charter schools bill passed by Senate, House heads to Gov. Bevin's desk

03/15/2017 06:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation which would authorize public charter schools throughout Kentucky was passed by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 520, sponsored by Rep. Bam Carney, R-Campbellsville, passed by a 23-15 vote with all Democrats, along Republicans Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, Sen. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, and Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, casting no votes. The House later passed the bill on a 53-43 vote, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. A lot of floor debate... Read more 

Reentry reform legislation passes House judiciary

03/15/2017 12:51 PM

FRANKFORT- A bill which would make it easier for individuals released from the criminal justice system to reenter the work force after they have completed their sentences was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Judiciary on Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would lift some employment barriers for felons in hopes of keeping them from reoffending. The legislation would also allow Class C and D felons on probation or parole to earn compliance credit and... Read more 

Bill which implements tougher sentences for persons who take part in gang activity passes Senate committee

03/14/2017 03:28 PM

FRANKFORT – individuals who recruit children under 15 years old to join gangs would face harsher prison sentences under legislation which was unanimously passed on Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. House Bill 315, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, calls for stiffer penalties for adults 18 and older who are charged with intentionally encouraging someone to join a criminal gang and would face misdemeanor or felony charges for repeat offenses. Benvenuti told committee members that Kentucky’s current laws are outdated... Read more