Josh James

Reporter / Webmaster

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and Program Director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.

In 2003, he joined WUKY as a part-time reporter and weekend announcer. He's earned several awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Documentary in 2005. An avid music fan raised on The Beatles and British Invasion rock, James also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays.  He currently works as a reporter and webmaster for the station. When he's off duty, James enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and kicking back with his cat, Brooklyn.

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Josh James / WUKY

Should the state bond $3.3 billion to shore up the troubled Kentucky Teachers Retirement System now or wait nine months to study the issue? That was the question before the state Senate Tuesday and the vote suggests lawmakers remain divided over how to move forward.

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As the clock ticks down on the session, it’s not unusual to see a frenzy of amendments attached to bills in the hopes of moving more contentious legislation through alongside measures with stronger support in both chambers. Now, a group of students with the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team are experiencing the frustration of that process.

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Campaign coffers could be filling up a lot faster this year – if the Kentucky House moves on legislation passed out of the Senate Monday. In a 28-8 decision, the upper chamber approved language doubling the amount individuals can give to political candidates in an election cycle from $1,000 to $2,000.

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A legislative attempt to address the issue of so-called “no-jail jailers” in Kentucky failed to clear a House committee Monday.

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A group of Kentucky middle and high school students wants to see one of their own included on superintendent search committees.

Josh James / WUKY

Gov. Steve Beshear put pen to paper Monday, making the state’s $132.5 million dollar commitment to the University of Kentucky’s next medical research center official.

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An hourlong documentary tracing the stories of 40 Kentucky women who helped shape the history of the Commonwealth and beyond is set to premier Tuesday in Frankfort.

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According to internet metrics company Ookla, Lexington lags behind 37 other cities and towns in Kentucky when it comes to internet speed, but Mayor Jim Gray and other city officials are investigating ways to get the data flowing faster.

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Allowable campaign contributions for individuals could double under an amended bill that passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday. 

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Lawmakers entering the Senate State and Local Government committee passed by voting rights demonstrators on the way to their seats Wednesday. The decision not to vote on a measure restoring voting rights for most nonviolent felons led to vocal protests.                   

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