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 donald.weber@charter.com.

Former Secretary of State believes there's still time for special session on pension reform in 2017

11/14/2017 02:32 PM

ERLANGER – As everyone wonders whether Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session to address pension reform in the wake of the House sexual harassment scandal, former Republican Kentucky Secretary of State and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson still believes that there is time for a session to take place before then end of the year. Grayson, now an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC, believes that having the special session on pensions is imperative before starting... Read more 

Economists say slow population growth in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area has led to fewer jobs in region

11/14/2017 02:19 PM

ERLANGER – The regional economic development outlook for the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area continues to be good, despite that fact that the population growth hasn’t kept pace with the national average in strong economic areas of the country. Janet Harrah, Senior Director with the Center for Economic Analysis and Development at Northern Kentucky University told members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce at their monthly Eggs N Issues breakfast on Tuesday that many jobs are created essentially to serve the local... Read more 

Low pay, high number of caseloads and turnover haunt Kentucky's foster care system

11/09/2017 05:10 PM

FRANKFORT – More than 11,000 children were in the Kentucky out-of-home care system at some time during 2016, a 15.4 percent increase since 2012. Members of the Program Review and Investigations Committee were learning on Thursday some of the problems within the system. The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) presented a report outlining the major problem areas and recommendations related to out-of-home care court proceedings, the accuracy and reporting of child welfare workers’ caseloads, and the hiring and retention of child welfare... Read more 

Northern Kentucky students get opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with area veterans

11/08/2017 08:08 PM

FORT MITCHELL – Students at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell received visits from over 25 veterans on Wednesday as part of the nationwide Take a Veteran to School initiative, an outreach program connecting veterans from all walks of life with students and schools nationwide. Wednesday’s event, which was organized by Spectrum in cooperation with The History Channel, also offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials at www.veterans.com as well as short videos and additional resources, all provided free of charge. Beechwood teacher Dawn... Read more 

Efficient waterways infrastructure key ingredient to cost effective shipping

11/07/2017 03:58 PM

FRANKFORT – Improving the state’s waterways infrastructure was the subject of the final Interim Joint Committee on Transportation on Tuesday. Colonel Antoinette Gant, of the Louisville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, pointed out the cost advantages associated with shipping goods on the Ohio River. “Barges on the Ohio River can move a ton of commodities 550 miles on one gallon of fuel, as compared to 400 miles on railroad, and 150 on truck,” Gant said. “An efficiency which results... Read more 

Attorney General files suit against pharmaceutical company for contributing to opioid deaths and overdoses

11/06/2017 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – In 2016, 190 Kentuckians lost their lives from drug overdoses caused by the drug Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release) and Monday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that he is suing the drug’s manufacturer, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions for violating state law and directly contributing to opioid related deaths and overdoses in Kentucky. Beshear said that the company knowingly and unlawfully built a market for the chronic use of opioids in the name of increasing corporate... Read more 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says focus should be on the victim in House sexual harassment allegations

11/06/2017 02:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says that attention needs to focus on the victim, not politics, in wake of a confidential sexual harassment settlement which led to Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, resigning from his position as Speaker of the House. Beshear said that too much of the coverage is politically focused, while his office wants to take a victim centered approach. “At least the allegations suggest that there is a victim out there who was either led to believe or... Read more 

Marsy's Law would give crime victims constitutional rights

11/03/2017 02:47 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky is one of fifteen states that does not provide constitutional protections for crime victims, and Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, wants to do something about it as he plans on refiling “Marsy’s Law” during the 2018 session. The legislation, which passed the Senate floor and was unanimously passed by a House committee in 2017 but did not come up for a floor vote, would put the issue on the ballot in the form of a constitutional amendment... Read more 

Public Pension Oversight Board co-chair says House votes aren't there to pass pension reform bill

11/02/2017 04:53 PM

FRANKFORT – Public Pension Oversight Board Co-Chair Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, says that there are not enough votes currently in the House to pass the pension reform proposal supported by Gov. Matt Bevin and House and Senate leaders. Linder, made the comments after a meeting of the board who heard from State Budget Director John Chilton. “The votes aren’t here for this bill, that’s what I’m hearing,” Linder said. “So, what we’ve got to do is, we’ve got to... Read more 

Sen. Chris McDaniel says passing pension bill a must to keep state from suffering a financial disaster

11/01/2017 03:40 PM

ERLANGER – One senator who has a keen interest in the pension bill draft is Senate Appropriations and Revenue chair Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, who has been talking about the states growing pension liability since he took office back in 2013. The northern Kentucky Republican likes the current pension bill draft and emphasized that there is no longer any more time to kick the can down the road. “Inaction is not an option any longer,” McDaniel said. “In the absence... Read more 


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