WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Thursday is a historic day for high school sports in Kentucky. For the first time ever, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association is hosting a state championship for bowling. Over the next two days students from across the state will compete at the Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville.

 LEXINGTON, Ky. - The barber shop near the corner of Euclid and Woodland Avenues in Lexington is like most barber shops, offering men’s haircuts, beard trimming, straight razor shaves. But the atmosphere owner Ryan Lykins has created is a lot like a sports bar.

Lykins and his wife Cassandra own Kentucky Wildcuts Barber Shop, a business they opened about three years ago.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a small studio in Lexington, master fiddler Daniel Carwile prepares for a lesson with a student first by tuning her instrument. They meet for 45 minutes once a week.

At age 60, Karen Jones is not like most of Carwile’s students. She’s a retired lawyer and a member of two musical groups.

“I had some classical training as a child and then when I became a member of the Reel World String Band-- it’s an all-women string band-- we had a Clawhammer banjo player and she taught me a lot of fiddle tunes.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The effect of Kentucky's prescription drug abuse problem reaches beyond the state's borders. In the final segment of our three-part series, Brenna Angel reports on the challenges of launching a nationwide prescription monitoring network.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – They can be bought on the street or obtained through a doctor's prescription. How ever people get them, prescription pain killers can lead to a life of addiction. But for the past ten years, the state has offered a tool meant to curb the abuse. In the second of our three-part series, reporter Brenna Angel examines what Kentucky's prescription monitoring program is doing right, and what it needs to do better.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The epidemic of prescription drug abuse affects millions of Americans, and the power of addiction is easy to see in Kentucky. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the problem of prescription drug abuse and what medical experts and public policy makers are doing to try and stop it. Brenna Angel has the story of one woman who nearly lost her life to pain killers. This report contains strong language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In his first year as Mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray has started several initiatives and projects covering a variety of topics, including public safety and long term development.

A tool Gray often uses to tackle these issues is the task force: a group of people asked to come up with solutions or recommendations. Sometimes that work can take a few weeks, sometimes a few years. Reporter Brenna Angel sat down with the mayor to discuss his reasoning for using task forces and their effectiveness.

Lexington, KY – With just days left in the holiday shopping season, a group of area merchants is looking for one last rush of traffic to boost the bottom line. WUKY Student Reporter Cassidy Herrington takes a look at two independent retailers that are part of a growing movement to keep holiday sales dollars in local communities.

Institute for Rural Journalism

Lexington, KY – Veteran and Kentucky Hall of Fame journalist Al Smith has weathered many challenges in his career. The creator of Comment on Kentucky on KET Smith became an inspiration to reporters in the Bluegrass and others across the country for his fight against censorship. But, as Pamela Burke reports, all this success started in the small Kentucky town of Russellville.

Keeneland Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For 75 years, the park-like ambiance of the Keeneland race track in Lexington has attracted visitors and horse racing fans from across the globe. The central Kentucky atmosphere also has an effect on horsemen. With the fall meet in full swing, Brenna Angel reports on what keeps trainers and jockeys coming back to Keeneland.

When trainer Kenny McPeek watches exercise riders take thoroughbreds around the track on a cool morning at Keeneland, he's looking across a landscape where he not only goes to work, but he's also grown up.