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.

Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

04/18/2014 01:17 PM

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by heroin rehabilitation advocates in Northern Kentucky as an epic failure. During a meeting in Campbell County Thursday night, many who are involved in heroin treatments predicted that a delay in passing the bill will result in more deaths and heartache throughout the commonwealth — and specifically in Northern Kentucky, which has been the most affected area... Read more 

Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

04/17/2014 05:49 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than $300,000 from the university over six years. The 50-year-old Eaton has agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison, and repay $311,215 in restitution. NKU fired Eaton in March 2013 for inappropriate relationships with four female employees and an NKU student. After the dismissal, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns commissioned an audit of NKU athletic department finances and... Read more 

After 32 years, Walter Blevins looks to end one political career while starting another

04/11/2014 11:15 AM

Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins isn’t retiring from the legislature … yet. But he’s running for another job — Rowan County judge-executive — in a six-candidate Democratic primary. And if he wins his party’s nomination and, later, the job in the November election, he would have to resign from the legislature two years before his term expires. It would be quite a change for Blevins and the General Assembly. Blevins, 64, has spent half his life in the legislature and the last... Read more 

Northern Kentucky state Senate candidates disagree over absentee ballot lawsuit

04/09/2014 06:55 PM

Deb Sheldon, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate, is challenging the constitutionality of a new law that keeps secret the list of people who request absentee ballots, but her two GOP primary opponents say that’s a mistake. Wil Schroder and Brandon Voelker told Pure Politics they think the 2013 law is necessary to protect privacy of voters. The three are vying for the Republican nomination for the 24th state Senate seat currently held by Senate President Pro Tem... Read more 

Hopkins County conservative voice leaving House for potential judge-executive office

04/08/2014 06:02 PM

After just four years in the House of Representatives, 10th District Representative Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, has decided to forgo a third term in the House and run for judge-executive of Hopkins County. During his years in the House, Waide reflected conservative values and was a champion for less government involvement in the everyday lives of his constituents as well as local school districts. Waide is currently involved in a legal dispute with his partners at Liberty Rehabilitation after a complaint was filed... Read more 

Legislator known for his quiet confidence and steadiness wrapping up 12 year career in the Senate

04/07/2014 05:50 PM

State Senator Jerry Rhoads, D-Madisonville, was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2002 and has served three terms representing Western Kentucky’s 6th district which is comprised of Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties. Rhoads, who has been a practicing attorney since 1966, currently serves as the Democratic Minority Whip of the Senate. The General Assembly was not something new for the Rhoads family as his father served two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Now, 12... Read more 

Kentucky leaders must get behind statewide and school campus smoking bans, Lt. Gov. says

04/02/2014 03:58 PM

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said Wednesday that state leaders need to make a statewide smoking ban a top priority, and at the very least must prohibit smoking on school properties in order to help improve health in the commonwealth. “Only 33 of our 173 school districts have tobacco-free policies,” said Abramson. “If we’re going to make a change in that regard, it’s going to take the school board members, it’s going to take the superintendents, it’s going to take state government banging... Read more 

Secretary of States launches program to shield addresses of domestic violence and sexual assualt victims

03/25/2014 12:19 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes this week launched a program to keep addresses of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault out of publicly-available voter records. Grimes’ office filed the regulations to administer the program Monday and announced it was beginning Tuesday morning. The program is the result of House Bill 222, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, and 18 other representatives. It was unanimously approved by the General Assembly in 2013. Those eligible for the program must have taken... Read more 

Former federal prosector turned NKU president looking at ways to help students face 21st century challenges

03/25/2014 10:38 AM

Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns says his experience as a prosecutor on a high-profile case translated into his desire to serve others through education. Mearns spent the first 15 years of his working life as an attorney which led him to be a federal prosecutor and enabled him to work on prosecuting Terry Nichols for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Mearns prosecuting skills came in handy seven months into his tenure when a scandal rocked... Read more 

Bill to allow persistently low-achieving schools to become charter schools passes Senate committee

03/20/2014 05:11 PM

A bill to set up the framework for charter schools in Kentucky moved forward Thursday when it passed the Senate Education Committee on a party line vote. Senate Bill 216, which would allow a local board of education to designate a persistently low-achieving school as a charter school and solicit applications for a governing board, passed 7-4 with no votes being cast by the four Democratic Senators on the committee. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, said that the bill... Read more