Local/Regional News


The long time top prosecutor in Fayette County will be calling it quits at the end of the month.  Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson has announced his retirement on Thursday.  Larson, who has served as Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney for nearly 32 years, will retire on Oct. 1. His last day in office will be Sept. 30.


A judge has ruled ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems board member Thomas Elliott can still participate in meetings, but he won't have a vote.  Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to remove Elliott from the board. Elliott sued Bevin, one of several pending lawsuits testing the limits of the governor's power.

Josh James / WUKY

More backers are lining up behind the Kentucky Kernel in its legal dispute with the University of Kentucky. The student newspaper met its fundraising goal this week – just before the state’s attorney general announced he's  intervening in the case.

Eastern Kentucky Workforce Has Dropped 20% In Past Decade

Sep 7, 2016
One East Kentucky

A new study of eastern Kentucky workers says the labor force has declined by 20 percent over the past 10 years as people have stopped looking for work after being stymied by their lack of education and a struggling coal industry.

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.