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 donald.weber@charter.com.

Record number of teachers file to run for General Assembly seats

01/31/2018 09:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Teachers are not happy at what they call an attack on education and they’re fighting back by running for seats in the General Assembly. Educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday for a rally to recognize 40 retired and current teachers and administrators who’ve filed to run for seats in the House and Senate. Of the 40 educators running for the General Assembly, 34 are teachers and six are administrators. In total, 23 women and 17 men are running; of... Read more 

Wuchner surprises GOP by not seeking re-election to House

01/31/2018 02:31 PM

FRANKFORT – One of the biggest surprises yesterday during the final day of candidates filing to run for 2018 political races was the withdrawal of candidacy from 66th District Rep. Addia Wuchner. Wuchner, who was first elected in 2004, said that a number of factors went into her decision. “First, I want to say that I’ve always believed that this is not a career,” Wuchner said. “You know, we come here to serve for a given amount of time, it... Read more 

Justice and Public Safety Secretary Tilley says that Kentucky prisons will be out of space by May, 2019

01/30/2018 08:28 PM

FRANKFORT – Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley says Kentucky’s prisons and jails will be out of room by May of 2019, if not before, if things do not change. Tilley told members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, and Judiciary, that if nothing is done, decisions will have to be made to look for beds in other areas. “If, in fact, if it comes to that, we would have to consider options, again, planning for additional... Read more 

House committee passes bill dealing with county contributions to local health departments

01/30/2018 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would allow the health district boards to negotiate among their members a dollar amount for each county to contribute their share to help fund a public health department for a designated area was passed by the House Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, says the bill is aimed at helping rural communities around the state. “There’s quite a difference in the amount that counties contribute to this based... Read more 

Youth candlelight vigil held to remember victims of Marshall County shootings

01/25/2018 10:41 AM

LEDBETTER – A western Kentucky church youth group came together on Wednesday night to reflect on the Marshall County High School shootings in a prayerful group setting. Teen members of the Ohio Valley Baptist Church paid homage to the dead and injured in a candlelight vigil held at the church. Youth minister Kyle Smith said that the incident was traumatic for all youths in the region. “There’s so much we want to look forward that we can do for these youths,” Smith... Read more 

Paducah store selling shirts to benefit Marshall County community

01/25/2018 10:30 AM

PADUCAH – As a result of the Marshall County High School shootings, a western Kentucky business is looking to make a difference by raising funds for the victims of the tragedy. Action Sports Screen Printing & Embroidery is selling “We are Marshall” t-shirts, giving 100 percent of the proceeds to organizations that will help the families affected. The shirts sell for $10 each, and the owner is paying for the shirts and ink. Store manager Jack Armstrong admits that he was surprised by... Read more 

Eyewitness to Marshall County school shooting says that she was close to being in line of shooter

01/25/2018 08:40 AM

BENTON – There are many stories of terror from students who were actually in the Marshall County High School commons area when a 15-year-old male student entered and open fired on the students, killing two and critically injuring a number of others before being arrested by authorities. One such student was Marshall County freshman Courtney Whitley who said the day started like any other before turning deadly. “It started off like a normal morning, all of my friends talking, cutting up, laughing,... Read more 

Church communities of Benton and surrounding areas come together to remember dead and injured in Marshall County tragedy

01/24/2018 09:05 AM

BENTON – As residents were still in shock in Marshall County and surrounding areas on Tuesday night, area churches opened their doors for people of the community to simply come and be with one another. One such service took place at First Christian Church in Benton. Senior Minister Kristina Stuckel felt that it was important for her congregation to find comfort in coming together after such a terrible tragedy. “We’re just heartbroken as a community, and a community of faith,” Stuckel said. ... Read more 

Marsy's Law passes House committee; moves on to full House for consideration

01/22/2018 05:02 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate Bill 3, otherwise known as Marsy’s Law, is one step closer to being passed by the General Assembly and being passed by the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs on Monday. SB 3, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, which passed by an 11-1 vote, with Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, casting the lone no vote, would establish, for the first time ever, a Victims’ Bill of Rights within the Kentucky Constitution. Those rights include... Read more 

Attorney General files suit against pharmaceutical distributor for enabling heavy influx of opioids in Kentucky

01/22/2018 01:15 PM

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a law suit on Monday in Franklin Circuit Court against a national opioid distributor for allegedly contributing to the state’s drug crisis by flooding Kentucky with massive amounts of opioids, including generic oxycodone and hydrocodone. The suit accuses San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation of unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids, especially in rural Eastern Kentucky, and for failing to report the large volume of these drugs to state and federal authorities... Read more 


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