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

Little disagreement among candidates at 6th District primary candidate forum

04/11/2018 12:10 PM

Correction: Barr was unable to attend the event as Congress was in session on Tuesday. FRANKFORT – Six of the seven candidates who hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in the 6th Congressional Dist. took part in a candidates forum at Kentucky State University sponsored by the activist group Together Frankfort Tuesday evening. The candidates included one Republican, Chuck Eddy, along with five Democrats, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, state Senator Reggie Thomas, Geoff Young, Daniel Kemph and Theodore Green, who... Read more 

U.S. Surgeon General visits Northern Kentucky to advocate for more people carrying overdose reversing drug

04/09/2018 01:57 PM

FLORENCE – United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams was in Florence on Monday visiting with officials of the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) as well as recovering opioid addicts and their families to discuss his recently released advisory on naloxone, emphasizing that Americans should know how to use and keep on-hand the overdose-reversing medication. The advisory emphasizes the importance of persons having naloxone on hand for patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing... Read more 

NKY Chamber applauds General Assembly for work on pension and tax reform

04/05/2018 02:59 PM

FORT MITCHELL – With the Kentucky General Assembly passing bills related to pension and tax reform, as well as the the budget, organizations like the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce see the 2018 session as a successful one. Before the session started, chamber officials highlighted the importance of dealing with the states pension crisis and tax reform which needed to be addressed for Kentucky to remain competitive from a business standpoint with other states. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Vice President of... Read more 

Kentucky Department of Education to hold town hall meetings on high school graduation requirements

04/04/2018 02:35 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt will host a series of town hall meetings across Kentucky beginning next week focusing on high school graduation requirements. Educators, parents, students, business representatives and community members are invited to attend and share their thoughts on the topic with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education staff. In advance of the meetings, participants are being asked to consider the following question: “What should high school graduates be able to know, do and experience... Read more 

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