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

Northern Ky. judge-execs say collaboration will be the key to the areas success

09/19/2017 02:40 PM

ERLANGER – All three northern Kentucky judge-executives say that the key to the region being able to continue to thrive is to save money collaborating on projects and finding creative ways to obtain money for infrastructure. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery and Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann were guest speakers at the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues State of Northern Kentucky breakfast in Erlanger on Tuesday. Moore used the example of the three... Read more 

Acting JCPS superintendent outlines criteria which will be used in revised student assignment plan

09/18/2017 05:43 PM

LOUISVILLE – It’s been 10 years since Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) last revised their student assignment plan, and acting JCPS superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio appeared before the Interim Joint Committee on Education on Monday to give an update on criteria which will be used to revise the plan in the next 12 to 18 months. Since 2007, the district has used a geographical plan to achieve diversity taking into account the demographics of race, income, and educational attainment of census... Read more 

Bengals fall to Texans 13-9 as they fail to score a touchdown for the second straight game

09/15/2017 12:40 AM

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals fell to 0-2 on Thursday night after falling to the Houston Texans 13-9 as their touchdown-less streak has now reached eight quarters. In the opening quarter, the Bengals were at the Houston 43, when Andy Dalton completed a 12-yard pass to John Ross who promptly fumbled the pigskin. The Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney recovered the ball and returned it for 48 yards to the Cincinnati 20 yard line. That led to a 25-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field... Read more 

First charter school in Kentucky could be in place for start of 2018-19 school year

09/14/2017 03:46 PM

FRANKFORT – With the passage of House Bill 520 during the 2017 legislative session, Kentucky became the 44th state which legalized public charter schools, which proponents say will improve educational opportunities for many students, while critics believe the charters will draw money away from traditional public schools. Last month, the Kentucky Department of Education named Earl Simms as director of its newly created Division of Charter Schools. Simms, a native of Louisville and graduate of Murray State University, previously served as the... Read more 

N. KY superintendent concerned that potential pension changes will drive teachers to surrounding states

09/13/2017 02:21 PM

BURLINGTON – With a special session addressing pension reform looming, school teachers and administrators are anxious to see what changes might be on the horizon for the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS). Last month, PFM Management recommended changes to KTRS which include moving teachers to a combination of Social Security participation and a defined-contribution plan. Boone County Schools Superintendent Randy Poe is concerned that if those recommendations become reality, it would require already financially strapped school districts to spend more money in... Read more 

Kentucky nurses heading to Florida to assist with hurricane relief

09/13/2017 01:15 PM

EDGEWOOD – A group of four Northern Kentucky Health Department nurses will join nurses from the Louisville and Franklin County health departments and the Kentucky Department of Public Health in traveling to Florida on Thursday, to assist victims of Hurricane Irma. The team of 10 Kentucky nurses will travel first to Tallahassee where they will be assigned to work in a special needs shelter in the Orlando area. The deployment is expected to last two weeks. The request for the nurses’... Read more 

Boone County superintendent has grave concerns about costs for K-12 education shifting from state to local level

09/12/2017 04:06 PM

FLORENCE – In what very well be a trend in many areas of the commonwealth, property owners in Boone County will be seeing an increase in their tax rate to fund their ever growing school district. Last week, the school board voted unanimously to increase property taxes which are expected to bring in $3 million additional dollars to the district which will bring the overall total of property tax revenue in the district to $81 million. State funding for the district is... Read more 

Rep. Addia Wuchner studies better ways to treat opioid addiction

09/11/2017 12:39 PM

BURLINGTON – House Health and Family Services chair Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, says that the key to fighting the opioid addiction in the commonwealth is providing effective treatment based on continuing research. Wuchner, who also co-chairs the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services, has been busy evaluating treatment centers around the commonwealth and surrounding states to see what model would serve Kentucky best in battling the growing addiction crisis. “I’ve busy visiting drug treatment centers all over the... Read more 

Completion of revitalized visitor center allows guests at Big Bone Lick to better understand parks history

09/08/2017 12:56 PM

UNION – Visitors to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will have a better understanding of the significance and history of the location now that a 4-year $210,000 revitalization of the visitor’s center is now complete. Big Bone Lick has been designated the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology. Huge ice mammals such as the American Mastodon and Harlan’s Ground Sloth once traveled there from miles around to lick the mineral rich, soft and marshy soil near the sulphur springs causing... Read more 

American and Kentucky Beverage Associations fighting childhood obesity with better drink choices

09/07/2017 03:27 PM

NEWPORT – Childhood obesity is a growing problem in Kentucky and the nation, and the American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and other non-alcoholic drink manufacturers are spearheading multiple initiatives that help reduce the beverage calories from sugar in kid’s diets. Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association, who was in Newport on Thursday for the annual meeting of the Kentucky Beverage Association, says that her industry is working extensively at reducing the... Read more