Brenna Angel

Former WUKY Morning News Anchor / Reporter

Lexington native Brenna Angel anchored local morning newscasts for WUKY through May 13. She joined the station in March 2010 after previously working for WHAS-AM in Louisville.

Her work has been honored by the Hearst Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Associated Press. Several of Brenna’s stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Brenna accepted a position with the Lexington Mayor's Office in May 2013.

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Local/Regional News
1:39 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Cincinnati Utility to Manage Billing for Lexington Fees

LEXINGTON, Ky. - City officials have reached a contract agreement with Greater Cincinnati Water Works to provide billing and collection services for Lexington's sewer, landfill, and water quality fees.

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Local/Regional News
3:13 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Rodney Ballard Named New Lexington Jail Director

Rodney Ballard

LEXINGTON, KY. - A state employee with 30 years of public safety experience has been named the new director of Lexington’s Division of Community Corrections.

The selection of Rodney Ballard was announced Tuesday morning. He currently serves as a Deputy Commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Corrections and previously worked at a jail in northern Kentucky and for state police.

Ballard says he’s eager to get to know corrections officers and build on improvements being made at the jail.

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Local/Regional News
2:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Patient Receives First Artificial Heart in Kentucky

Zack Poe, Kentucky's first Total Artificial Heart recipient, poses with the Freedom Driver, a portable driver that powers the heart. - Photo courtesy UK Healthcare

LEXINGTON, Ky. -  Doctors in Lexington have successfully implanted an artificial heart, marking the first time the procedure was performed in Kentucky.

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Local/Regional News
2:58 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Conway Testifies Before Congress About Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was in the nation’s capital Thursday to testify about prescription drug diversion in the Commonwealth.

Conway told lawmakers at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that prescription drug monitoring programs – or PDMPs -- are underutilized.

“If you want to know what you can do to help, help us get all 50 states up with PDMPs and with systems that talk to one another. We can do our jobs if we can get those systems up and running and if we can get the doctors to use them.”

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Local/Regional News
2:59 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

City's Negotiations With Police Union Stalled

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council is wondering what’s holding up contract negotiations between the city and public safety unions.

At a budget committee Tuesday, the council learned that the last collective bargaining meeting with police representatives was nearly three months ago on December 12.

“I guess I don’t feel the sense of urgency in why we’re not actively pushing and meeting and trying to get to some resolution so we can figure out how much it’s really going to cost us,” said Councilman Kevin Stinnett.

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Local/Regional News
2:48 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Pension Applications from Confederate Soldiers Now Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. - James E.  Carlton of Lawrenceburg was 24 years old when he enlisted in the 5th Kentucky Cavalry of the Confederate States Army.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee in 1863 at the Battle of Lebanon, but served until the end of the war.

By 1912, Carlton was an old man with no money or property. His application for a Confederate Army pension is one of several now available online through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

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Local/Regional News
4:47 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Several Months Late, Lexington Gets Clean Audit

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Financial statements for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are in good order, according a recently completed audit of last fiscal year. Finance Commissioner Jane Driskell says auditors with the accounting firm Dean, Dorton, Allen & Ford issued an unqualified opinion to the city.

“It’s unqualified in that we fairly represented our financials and that there was no major issue that would lead them to not give us a clean opinion.”

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Local/Regional News
2:27 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Public Meeting Planned for CentrePointe Design

Proposed CentrePointe design from the corner of Vine St & Limestone St
EOP Architects

A fifth version of the CentrePointe design will be open for public comment at a meeting in downtown Lexington this week.

“We’re basically ready to get this thing built,” says Rick Ekhoff of EOP Architects.

Ekhoff and developers from The Webb Companies hope the latest renderings will be the final design for the hotel, condominium, and retail space. Planning on the project started four years ago but the Webbs ran into funding problems.

The new building proposal went before the Courthouse Area Design Review Board earlier this month.

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WUKY In Depth
4:03 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Feature: Arts Apprenticeship Shares Kentucky Traditions

Fiddler Karen Jones - click for more photos

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a small studio in Lexington, master fiddler Daniel Carwile prepares for a lesson with a student first by tuning her instrument. They meet for 45 minutes once a week.

At age 60, Karen Jones is not like most of Carwile’s students. She’s a retired lawyer and a member of two musical groups.

“I had some classical training as a child and then when I became a member of the Reel World String Band-- it’s an all-women string band-- we had a Clawhammer banjo player and she taught me a lot of fiddle tunes.”

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Local/Regional News
3:50 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Community College Bus Tour Stops in Kentucky

Dr. Jill Biden (left) signs autographs for students and teachers at Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Photo by Brenna Angel

LEXINGTON, Ky. - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden were in Kentucky Thursday as part of a three-day tour of community colleges. They toured Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington and advocated a new Obama administration initiative aimed at training more people for the workforce.

The issue is important to Dr. Biden, who teaches English a community college in Virginia.

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