Local/Regional News

Preliminary Report: 12 Drug Deaths Over Holiday Period

Sep 7, 2016
Associated Press

Public health officials say at least 12 drug overdose deaths occurred in Kentucky during the Labor Day weekend amid reports of more potent shipments of heroin circulating in the state.  The Kentucky Department for Public Health says preliminary reports show 15 overdoses — 12 of them fatal — during the three-day holiday weekend were reported to the agency.

AG Intervenes In University Suit Against School Paper

Sep 7, 2016
Office of Kentucky Attorney General

Kentucky's attorney general has ratcheted up his fight with the state's flagship university over documents withheld from the campus newspaper regarding a professor's sexual harassment case.  Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that he'll ask a judge to force the University of Kentucky to turn over the documents to his office for confidential review.

Former UK Board Chairman Charged With Rape, Sodomy

Sep 7, 2016

Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles has been charged with rape, sodomy and bribing a witness.

Bevin Asks Judge To Dissolve Retirement Board Order

Sep 7, 2016

Governor Matt Bevin has asked a judge to dissolve his order that allows Thomas Elliott to remain on the Kentucky Retirement Systems board.

CASA of Lexington

A non-profit group that advocates for abused and neglected children is holding one of its biggest fundraisers of the year this weekend.  CASA of Lexington, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, brings its fourth annual Superhero Run to the Kentucky Horse Park this Saturday.  Executive Director Melynda Jamison says participants are especially encouraged to wear their superhero costumes.

UK Now

The University of Kentucky says undergraduate science education on its campus will get a boost from a $10 million gift.  The state's flagship university announced Tuesday that $8 million of the gift from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation will go toward the new science building on the Lexington campus. The structure will be named the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building.

The Lane Report

An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans.

Democrat Jim Gray Releases Jobs, Economics Plan

Sep 6, 2016
Josh James / WUKY

Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Kentucky State Fair Draws 564,000 In 11-Day Run

Sep 2, 2016

Officials say this year's Kentucky State Fair drew 564,937 people during its 11-day run in Louisville.


The Kentucky Department of Public Health is sounding the alarm on a new batch of especially potent heroin making the rounds in the state.