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
4:54 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Hope Center Dedicates New Buildings for Homeless Men

Hope Center Jacobs Cafeteria - Click to view photo gallery

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Hope Center is getting some much needed space to serve homeless men in Lexington. A new cafeteria building and 144-bed recovery house were dedicated Tuesday on Loudon Avenue, just down the road from the Hope Center emergency shelter.

"The emergency shelter actually has 118 beds in it and almost each night it houses 250 men. That many men are sleeping on the floor, so we needed more space," says Carrie Thayer, Director of Development for the Hope Center.

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Local/Regional News
4:30 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

City Signs Labor Agreement with Corrections Union

Mayor Jim Gray (left) signs the contract with Sgt. Kevin Johnson. Photo by Brenna Angel.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The city of Lexington signed a four-year labor agreement Tuesday with employees of the Fayette County Detention Center. The contract, which was ratified last month, represents $1.2 million in savings to the government.

"The Community Corrections officers and sergeants understand the financial crisis the great city of Lexington is facing and we wanted to answer the mayor's call for public safety employees to make sacrifices," says Sgt. Kevin Johnson, President of Town Branch FOP Lodge #83.

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Local/Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Rural Kentucky Counties Losing Federal Forest Money

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Projects to improve roads and forest trails in rural Kentucky counties are facing their last round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The agency announced Friday that more than $307 million will be distributed nationwide, marking the final payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. For more than a century, counties that are home to national forest land received money to offset the loss of property tax.

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Local/Regional News
2:20 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Budget Proposal Would Expand Preschool Eligibility

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More low-income Kentucky families would be able to send their child to public preschool under a plan to expand eligibility requirements.

Half-day preschool programs are currently open to 4-year-olds in families with income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. In his budget proposal, Governor Steve Beshear would raise that income cap to 160 percent of the poverty level.

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Local/Regional News
10:21 am
Fri February 10, 2012

How Do You Use Internet? State Agency Wants to Know

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A state agency focused on Internet access is surveying Kentuckians about how often they get online and what they use the Internet for. The Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development sent out a survey request week to 100,000 businesses, organizations, and households across the state.

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WUKY In Depth
10:00 am
Thu January 19, 2012

In-Depth: Kick-starting a National Prescription Monitoring Network

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The effect of Kentucky's prescription drug abuse problem reaches beyond the state's borders. In the final segment of our three-part series, Brenna Angel reports on the challenges of launching a nationwide prescription monitoring network.

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WUKY In Depth
12:34 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

In-Depth: Putting Kentucky's Prescription Monitoring Program to Work

LEXINGTON, Ky. – They can be bought on the street or obtained through a doctor's prescription. How ever people get them, prescription pain killers can lead to a life of addiction. But for the past ten years, the state has offered a tool meant to curb the abuse. In the second of our three-part series, reporter Brenna Angel examines what Kentucky's prescription monitoring program is doing right, and what it needs to do better.

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WUKY In Depth
12:38 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

In-Depth: Out of the Darkness of Prescription Drug Abuse

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The epidemic of prescription drug abuse affects millions of Americans, and the power of addiction is easy to see in Kentucky. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the problem of prescription drug abuse and what medical experts and public policy makers are doing to try and stop it. Brenna Angel has the story of one woman who nearly lost her life to pain killers. This report contains strong language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

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Local/Regional News
9:17 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Rubik's Cube Revival in a High-Tech World

Lucas Etter, speed-cuber.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – This past holiday season, millions of people bought video games, iPads, and other high-tech gadgets. But many are still playing with a toy that's been around for more than 30 years: the Rubik's Cube. The puzzle that challenges players to align a single color on each side first went on the market in 1980. As Brenna Angel reports, a new generation of players is pushing the limits of the Rubik's Cube using modern technology.

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Around the Nation
6:27 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Familiar Rubik's Cube Challenge Gets A New Edge

The new generation of Rubick's Cube players are stepping up their game, learning tips in online videos to solve the puzzle in seconds.
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Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 10:16 am

When Lucas Etter's grandparents bought him a Rubik's Cube while he was visiting their retirement home, it was mainly to pass the time. Fast-forward two years, and that pastime is now an obsession.

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