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

EPA easing fuel regulations could result in savings for Northern Kentucky motorists

04/04/2018 02:01 PM

COVINGTON – Consumers will pay less for gasoline in Northern Kentucky beginning July 1 thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to approve Kentucky’s revision to the State Implementation Plan to eliminate reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirements for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Northern Kentucky has been required to use RFG since 1995 after Kentucky voluntarily opted into the federal RFG program to meet Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. Last year, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality evaluated the potential impact of removing... Read more 

Thousands of teachers arrive at the state Capitol to rally for education

04/02/2018 05:52 PM

FRANKFORT – Thousands of teachers rallied at the Capitol in Frankfort on Monday to protest the passing of the pension reform bill as well as this years budget, which they say is an attack on education. Kristy Standifer, a teacher at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, says that the teachers stand united in their message to legislators. “We want you to hear our voice, we expect you to listen to your constituents and know what they want,” Standifer said. ‘What... Read more 

General Assembly surprise: House and Senate pass pension reform bill

03/29/2018 08:21 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate passed a revised pension reform bill on Thursday night. Senate Bill 151, which served as the vehicle for a revised Senate Bill 1, passed by a 49 to 46 vote after over two hours of debate on the House floor. Eleven Republicans voted no while three Republicans didn’t vote. Later in the evening, the Senate passed the legislation on a 22-15 vote with 5 Republicans, Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, Sen. C.B. Embrey, R-Morgantown,... Read more 

Westerfield thrilled with the number of bills which protect children that have been passed in 2018

03/29/2018 01:30 PM

FRANKFORT – The 2018 legislative session will be remembered for a number of reasons including the large number of child and victims rights bills which were passed. Senate Judiciary committee chair Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, sponsored and worked on several of those bills and feels a sense of accomplishment that his work has paid off. “These are enormous sea-change policy shifts in Kentucky to protect, in the case of Marsy’s Law, all crime victims, and in the case of (SB) 137, making... Read more 

Still no budget agreement but work will continue as House and Senate leaders say progress is being made

03/28/2018 06:59 PM

FRANKFORT – Members of the House and Senate conference committee on the budget met behind closed doors separately on Wednesday to try to hammer out an agreement but left around 5:30 p.m. with no agreement in place. Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, told reporters after the committee adjourned for the day and that a lot was talked about and some progress had been made. “We’ve had a lot of members bring up some new ideas, so we spent the day just talking... Read more 

County Connection: Why does Kenton County have two operating courthouses?

03/28/2018 12:03 PM

COVINGTON – Kenton County, along with Campbell County, is one of Kentucky’s two most northern counties with a total of 164 square miles. One thing that makes the county stand out is the fact that it is only one of two counties, the other being Campbell, that has two functioning courthouses, one in the county seat of Independence and one in Covington. Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe says the decision to have a second courthouse constructed in Covington dates back to the... Read more 

County Connection: Kenton County a major economic development hub

03/28/2018 10:19 AM

COVINGTON – Kris Knochelman has served as a judge-executive of Kenton County since 2015. Knochelman, who is a lifelong resident of the county, is a business owner and has been a vocal advocate for government efficiency, cooperation and holding bureaucracy accountable. During his first term as Kenton Co. judge executive, Knochelman led the effort to reform the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Board in conjunction with the General Assembly. He also has led in the fight against the... Read more 

House bill would increase penalties for adults recruiting gang members

03/27/2018 04:19 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation which would impose harsher penalties for adults who recruit individuals, including kids, for gangs has been passed by the Senate standing Committee on Judiciary. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would change Kentucky law by making it a felony to recruit gang members, passed with 7 yes and 2 pass votes by Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, and Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson. A provision of the bill requires that anyone who is found to be a... Read more 

Anti-sunshine bill pulled from Senate orders after objections

03/23/2018 11:30 AM

FRANKFORT – Senate Republican leaders tabled a bill on Thursday which had an amendment that would bar government officials personal communications devices such as a personal cell phone or computers from an open records request. The amendment to House Bill 302, sponsored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, would change Kentucky’s open records laws which say that text messages, emails and phone calls on the private devices would not be considered public record. HB 302, which originally... Read more 

Members of the budget conference committee to begin work on Friday

03/22/2018 03:33 PM

FRANKFORT – The members of the House and Senate conference committees on the budget were named on Thursday and expect to begin their negotiations on Friday morning for House Bill 200 and the accompanying budget bills. The House conference committee members are Rep. Dennis Rudy, R-Paducah, Rep.Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, Speaker Pro Tem Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect, Rep. John Carney, R-Campbellsville, Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville,... Read more