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.

Hack-a-thon looks to curtail health issues affecting the Appalachian region of the state

09/30/2016 05:58 PM

An event focusing on creating effective solutions to the health challenges faced by Kentuckians living in Appalachia is coming to southeast Kentucky. The first ever Appalachia Health Hack-a-thon, sponsored by Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take place Oct. 6-8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The three-day event, modeled after MIT’s Hacking Medicine program that has helped develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine, will bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to form teams, collaborate... Read more 

Audit reveals questionable practices related to KLEFPF funds

09/29/2016 06:11 PM

FRANKFORT — State Auditor Mike Harmon says that his audit of the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund released Thursday shows excessive and unnecessary spending of funds as well as questionable contracts with Eastern Kentucky University that circumvented state law. KLEFPF was established by law in 1972 to strengthen law enforcement across Kentucky by attracting and retaining competent, highly qualified people to the field for the purpose of providing maximum protection and safety... Read more 

School safety data report shows student assaults against school personnel up significantly

09/28/2016 07:22 PM

RICHMOND — Third-degree assaults by students against school teachers, administrators and staff in Kentucky’s K-12 public schools have risen 51.3 percent, according to the recently released Kentucky Center for School Safety 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law Violations. Third-degree assaults rose from a total of 150 during the 2013-14 school year to 227 for 2014-15. KCSS Executive Director Jon Akers said his updated research shows that the problem has grown significantly and is showing no signs of slowing down. Akers talked... Read more 

Northern Kentucky legislator hopes to make impact by serving on national mental health and substance abuse task force

09/27/2016 05:35 PM

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, has been named to a nationwide task force to work on policies related to mental health and substance abuse. Wuchner, along with Rep. Joni Jenkins, D- Louisville, were appointed to the Women In Government’s National Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use, which is comprised of women legislators across the U.S. who have been leaders on issues pertaining to mental health and substance abuse policies. Wuchner, who just returned from the task force meeting... Read more 

Bevin calls athlete protests during national anthem "disgusting"

09/27/2016 12:18 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin called recent protests by professional athletes during the national anthem to bring attention to what they say are racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including police-related violence, “disgusting.” The protests began last month in a preseason NFL game when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee while the national anthem was played. Kapernick has been joined by other NFL players in the weeks that followed as well as professional athletes from other... Read more 

Bevin still weighing options over Supreme Court ruling on university budget cuts

09/26/2016 06:32 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin is looking at his options after the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that Bevin overstepped his authority in making 4.5 percent unilateral cuts to most public universities. Bevin says that, by law, he and his staff have some time before deciding whether to try to get the Supreme Court revisit the case one more time. “We’re in the process of looking at our options, and that is the nature of these things whenever there is... Read more 

Rand Paul makes Senate campaign stops in northern Kentucky; promises hearing in Kentucky on high cost of EpiPen

09/23/2016 01:59 PM

NEWPORT – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in northern Kentucky on Friday that he is in the process of organizing a hearing in the state, regarding the high cost of EpiPen, used to treat severe allergic reactions, and tetracycline, a medication used to treat acne. The cost of EpiPen, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 for a two-pen set, to its current price of approximately $640.00. Tetracycline has seen its costs increase as much as 7,000... Read more 

Madison Co. science teacher wins national award as she looks to make learning fun through exploration

09/22/2016 05:23 PM

RICHMOND – Vivian Bowles, a 4th-grade science teacher at Kit Carson Elementary in Richmond was one of 213 science and math teachers around the country to receive the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on September 8 in Washington, D.C. Bowles initially was a social worker in Eastern Kentucky working with Head Start when she noticed many of the mothers of the children that she worked with were drop outs, because of bad experiences in... Read more 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch discusses heroin scourge in Kentucky

09/20/2016 04:14 PM

RICHMOND – U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that the key to fighting heroin and opioid addiction is recognizing it is a disease, and offering intensive treatment for addicts while continuing to come down hard on the traffickers. Lynch, who was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General on April 27, 2015, participated in a town hall meeting on Tuesday morning at Madison Central High School in Richmond to launch the inaugural National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. She appeared... Read more 

Cabinet official apologizes to northern Kentucky mother for Benefind glitches

09/19/2016 03:05 PM

FRANKFORT – Cabinet officials with the Office of Administrative Technology and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services admit that there have been a number of issues affecting Medicaid recipients since the roll out of Benefind, but have been working hard to correct them. Angie Maddox, of Florence, testified before members of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue about the many frustrations that she faced with her adopted daughter, Cora, who suffers from Periventricular leukomalacia, a type of brain... Read more