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

Despite no major elections in 2017, Fancy Farm gears up for 137th picnic

07/26/2017 05:46 PM

FANCY FARM – On Saturday, August 5, the political spotlight will be on Fancy Farm in rural Graves County for the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic. While there are no elections taking place this year, many state and local politicians and their supporters will still travel to the tiny town to trade insults and partake in the barbeque in a tradition which dates back to 1880. Mark Wilson, who is political chair of the event, and has been attending the... Read more 

Graves County prepares for deluge of visitors for Fancy Farm weekend

07/26/2017 11:08 AM

MAYFIELD – With the Fancy Farm picnic just over a week away, residents of Graves County are preparing for the annual onslaught of visitors to their largely rural county. Graves County is the 8th largest county in the state with a total of 557 square miles. It’s named for Captain Benjamin Franklin Graves who was one of numerous Kentucky officers killed in the Battle of Raisin River during the War of 1812. Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry, who... Read more 

Agriculture Commissioner Quarles says that ag community needs to do a better job of educating consumers about their industry

07/20/2017 12:52 PM

LEXINGTON – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles told members of the American Association of Meat Processors that they need to educate legislators and the public better about their business so people have a clearer understanding of their business and what possible legislation will help their businesses run smoother. Quarles was the keynote speaker for the opening day of that organization’s convention in Lexington. The commissioner acknowledged that currently many lack a clear understanding of how the agriculture business works. “We simply live in... Read more 

Covington hires new city manager; mayor proposes "right-size" Brent Spence Bridge project

07/19/2017 06:15 PM

COVINGTON — The city of Covington has named David Johnston as the new city manager to lead northern Kentucky’s largest city five months after the city commission forced out former City Manager Larry Klein, who resigned. Johnston, who previously served as city manager of Maple Valley, Wash., will be paid $140,000 and will start no later than Aug. 21. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer believes that Johnston brings a lot of effective skills to the table. “Just terrific experience... Read more 

Northern Kentucky infrastructure improvements and getting land shovel-ready essential for continued growth topics of discussion

07/18/2017 03:14 PM

ERLANGER — Opportunities and challenges with northern Kentucky infrastructure was the subject of the monthly Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast, and a lot of that discussion focused on transportation challenges and how those can affect business growth in the region. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Chief Engineer Bob Yeager warned that while there are a lot of transportation needs in the region, knowing where the funding is coming from will be essential for the projects to be... Read more 

Legislators get update on summary of changes to Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid Waiver

07/17/2017 05:22 PM

FRANKFORT – A summary of changes to the Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid waiver was presented to members of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services on Monday. The plan would impose stricter work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries than originally requested, requiring able-bodied adults without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for coverage. The 20-hour requirement would start as soon as the waiver is approved. It’s estimated the the new waivers would... Read more 

Kentucky's craft beer industry showing significant growth and increased job opportunities

07/14/2017 01:28 PM

GEORGETOWN – The state’s growing microbrewery industry has experienced a 600 percent growth over the last five years, according to officials with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations met for their monthly meeting at the Country Boy Brewery in Georgetown to get an update of the state’s growing industry, which includes 53 licensed craft brewers that represent 41 Kentucky companies and 19 additional brewery locations. Fourteen of those locations are... Read more 

August 21 solar sclipse could bring as many as a half million additional people to the commonwealth to experience the event

07/14/2017 08:37 AM

FRANKFORT – A total solar eclipse will be seen in 21 Kentucky counties on Monday, August 21 attracting as many as 500,000 visitors along the pathway in the commonwealth. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection that he feels confident that procedures will be in place to make the day go as smoothly and orderly as possible. Dossett says that the best point in the world to view... Read more 

House Working Group looks for ways to better fund the state's transportation infrastructure

07/13/2017 02:07 PM

FRANKFORT – How to improve funding for Kentucky’s transportation needs was the subject of the first House Working Group on Kentucky’s Transportation Infrastructure meeting on Thursday. Co-Chair Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, sees his group looking at a number of issues and factors related to covering the state’s transportation needs. “Number one, is there enough funding to take care of our transportation needs,” Santoro said. “I see that a lot of our funding out of the road fund is going to the general... Read more 

Proposed legislation looks to expand existing vineyards in the state

07/12/2017 01:35 PM

FRANKFORT – Potential legislation intended to prop up the state’s struggling grape vineyard industry was discussed at Wednesday’s Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture held at Kentucky State University. Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, is sponsoring legislation aimed at encouraging expansion by reallocating existing funds to create a new cost-share vineyard expansion grant program within KRS 260.175 (the Kentucky Small Farm Winery Support Fund statute). According to Kentucky Grape and Wine Council (KGWC) statistics, 80 percent of wine currently produced in Kentucky is with... Read more