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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Local/Regional News
2:50 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kentucky Closes Out Fiscal Year With Surplus

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday Kentucky state government will wrap up the 2012-13 fiscal year in the black. Thanks to reigned-in spending by cash-strapped state agencies and a small bump in General Fund revenues, the state will close out the year with a surplus of just over $70M.

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2:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Federal Judge Stops Short Of Restraining Ky. Officials From Acting Against Advice Columnist

Credit yahoo.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A federal judge is declining to restrain Kentucky officials from taking action against parenting advice columnist John Rosemond if they choose. Rosemond filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging the state with violating his First Amendment free speech rights by labeling his syndicated column an “illegal practice of psychology” in Kentucky.

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Local/Regional News
12:49 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Influential Lexington Developer Dies

Developer Donald Webb

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Locally well-known businessman and developer Donald Webb has died. Webb and his brother Dudley began investing in real estate in the early 70s.

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Local/Regional News
12:54 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

HealthFirst Reorganizing Ahead Of Health Reform Changes

LEXINGTON, Ky. - HealthFirst Bluegrass is announcing a number of cutbacks – including the elimination of 21 positions – as the organization works to meet the requirements of the new health care reform law, but nine new positions will also be created.

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Local/Regional News
1:06 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Lexington Police Officers Challenge Judge's Dismissal Of Health Benefits Lawsuit

Credit Josh James

A group of retired and current Lexington police officers is appealing a federal judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit that alleges the city violated their constitutional rights by not contributing 100 percent of the cost of their retiree health insurance programs.

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Local/Regional News
12:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Frankfort Fairness Ordinance Moves Forward, With Tweaks

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Frankfort city commissioners made small tweaks and revisions to the city’s proposed fairness ordinance Monday. Supporters don’t see the changes significantly weakening the effect of the law if it passes.

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Local/Regional News
11:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Official: No Impact From Destroying Mustard Rounds

RICHMOND, Ky. -- An environmental study has concluded that using Explosive Detonation Technology, or EDT, to dispose of aging mustard rounds at the Blue Grass Army Depot would not cause any “significant impacts” on the community. The public will have a chance to comment on the finding Tuesday.

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Local/Regional News
2:56 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Community Action Council Bracing For Sequestration, State Cuts

LEXINGTON, Ky. - With sequestration and state cuts in child care assistance scheduled to hit them this year, the Community Action Council is bracing for major cutbacks in its programs.

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1:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Markey Cancer Center Designation Will Open Door To New Treatments, Research Dollars

Markey Cancer Center director Dr. Mark Evers receives a standing ovation at the announcement of the center's NCI designation.
Credit Josh James / WUKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Despite persistently high cancer rates, Kentucky has been one of only 16 states been without a National Cancer Institute designated center, but an announcement Friday at the University of Kentucky Healthcare changed that.

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2:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Staffer Comes Under Fire For Secessionist Associations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that one of Senator Rand Paul’s staffers once belonged to a group that advocates for Southern secession, Kentucky Democratic party Chairman Dan Logsdon is urging the state’s senior senator to condemn the hire.

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