WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mallory Grimm is excited and ready for Kindergarten at Stonewall Elementary. Earlier this month the five-year-old breezed through a teacher's assessment of how well she understands basic shapes, colors, and words.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mayor Jim Gray’s office is reviewing some 440 ideas generated by the public that could be entered into a competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The organization will award $9 million to cities across the country to implement solutions to major challenges. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The traditional sounds of baseball haven’t changed much over the years: the singing of the national anthem, the crack of the bat, food vendors calling out, “Hot dogs!” But when it comes to the music that plays as a batter steps up the plate, that's a different story.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Summer break is winding down for students across central Kentucky, and they’ll soon return to lessons and homework. For many students, transitioning back to school means relearning forgotten material, but educational experts and state lawmakers hope to reduce that learning loss by keeping kids active throughout the summer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - This week we talk with Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes about the city’s budget surplus, the decision to shut down a fire station, and the possibility of a fairness ordinance.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - This week Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner discusses economic development, summer festivals, and the city's burn ban.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - High up in the Lexington Financial Center, 18-year-old Steven Berry spends his afternoon pushing around a mail cart.  He works for document management company used by the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs.

Photo by Brenna Angel

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It’s a job most people wouldn’t want, especially with soaring summer temperatures: holding up an advertisement at a busy intersection. But for one employee of a Lexington car wash, being the “sign guy” is doing more than just drumming up business.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - This week Versailles Mayor Fred Siegelman discusses the city's plan to privatize garbage pickup. Beginning September 1st, Legacy Carting will take over trash service for about 3,000 customers in Versailles.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of babies born in the U.S. going through opiate withdrawal has tripled over the past ten years. It follows a trend of skyrocketing prescription drug abuse.