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.

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 

House Minority Floor Leader not concerned about growing list of Democrats not seeking re-election

01/19/2018 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – A number of House Democrats, led by 43-year veteran Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have decided not to seek ree-lection this year, but House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, isn’t overly surprised by the announcements. Adkins, who has served in the House since 1987, said he hates to see all of that experience go, but he’s hopeful that new blood will re-energize his party and bring new ideas to the General Assembly. The Sandy Hook... Read more 

Three weeks into the 2018 session and no signs that a pension bill is close

01/19/2018 03:06 PM

FRANKFORT – We’re twelve days into the 2018 General Assembly 60 day session, and there is still no sign that a pension bill is eminent. Acting Speaker of the House Rep. David Osborne, R- Louisville, says that work continues to go on behind the scenes on the issue, and admits that without a pension bill working on the budget will not be easy. “Certainly, funding the pension makes the budget ore difficult,” Osborne said. “That’s the reason that we’ve gotten in... Read more 

Retiring former Speaker of the House Jody Richards says that education legislation was always his top priority

01/18/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – When former Speaker of the House Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green decided that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, it marks the end of a 42 year career in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Richards, who first joined the General Assembly in 1976 and served a record 14 years as Speaker from 1995 to 2009, says that he just felt the time was right to call it a career at the end of the year. “I still enjoy... Read more 

Postsecondary education president hopeful that state colleges and universities can save some programs

01/18/2018 03:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Postsecondary education officials are hopeful that a number of education programs which Gov. Matt Bevin had suggested not be funded for the next biennium will have a chance to stay in place as a result of discussions with the General Assembly. Twenty-four of the seventy programs cut were part of postsecondary education including lung cancer research grants, Kentucky Center for Mathematics at NKU, Robinson Scholars at the University of Kentucky, plus 21 others. Robert King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education,... Read more 

Senate committee exploring one dollar per pack tax increase on cigarettes

01/17/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare heard from members from the medical and business community on Wednesday about the benefits of raising the tobacco tax. There has been a call to raise the cigarette tax by at least a dollar a pack in an effort to keeper younger people from smoking and possibly force some people to quit in an effort to improve the health of many of the Kentucky’s residents. Kentucky has the highest... Read more 

Minority Caucus Chair says it will be hard to conduct business with sexual harassment scandal still hanging over body

01/15/2018 04:52 PM

NEWPORT – A northern Kentucky state representative believes that even though the House agreed to table Rule 23A and disband the eight member special investigative committee investigating whether sexual harassment charges against Representative Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, were valid and warranted further investigation, the body will still have a hard time conducting business. Rep. Dennis Keene,D-Wilder, believes that as long as the Legislative Ethics Commission investigation into the circumstances of a confidential sexual harassment settlement between four members of the House... Read more 

Northern Kentucky NACCP president says nation needs to look back and learn the lessons taught by Dr. Martin Luther King

01/15/2018 04:14 PM

NEWPORT – Fifty years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered on Monday in Northern Kentucky at the 14th Annual Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Community Luncheon hosted by the Northern Kentucky Branch of the NAACP in Newport. The day featured singing and music, reflections on the life of the civil rights leader, as well as a look at how Americans today can apply the teachings of Dr. King to make a better country. NAACP Northern Kentucky Branch President... Read more 


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