WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Children’s Hospital treats some of the sickest and smallest patients from across central and eastern Kentucky. But for the past several weeks, pediatric heart surgeries have been referred to other hospitals. As Brenna Angel reports, UK Healthcare is reviewing its program, but the reasons why are unclear.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky public school testing scores will be released Friday by the state Department of Education, marking the first data available under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model. The new system is the result of legislation passed in 2009.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - This year nearly 400 veterans will seek help for alcohol dependence and drug abuse at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The U.S. military is no stranger to alcohol.

Ryan Donahue, a 27-year-old Louisville native, worked as an aircraft mechanic on the USS Eisenhower during Operation Enduring Freedom. The “party hard” mindset helped break up the monotony of constant training and work.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Recent shootings such as the attack on a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded are putting a spotlight on gun background checks. Kentucky is submitting more information to a federal background check database, but challenges remain.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As part of the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, Lexington submitted a proposal to launch a website called CitizenLex.org, where the public could identify problems, ideas, and solutions. Mayor Jim Gray talks about the feasibility of the project in this week’s edition of Mondays with the Mayors.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - As summer transitions to fall, many farmers are getting their pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides ready for visitors. But the oppressive drought could put a damper on seasonal attractions.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Well before the start of a new school year Wednesday, Henry Clay High School was already buzzing with activity. The football team practicing outside, band camp, and freshmen orientation for hundreds of incoming students.

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. 

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