WUKY In Depth

WUKY In Depth
8:40 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Veteran Journalist Says Fancy Farm Necessary Crucible For Senate Candidates

From left to right: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If you are a political junkie or you just like to feast on mouth watering Western Kentucky barbecue there’s really only one place to be this weekend.   Saturday's Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County draws thousands of folks for a fund raiser for Saint Jerome’s Parish and of course features highly partisan stump speeches from politicians across the commonwealth.  Al Cross, the director of UK’s Center for Rural Journalism and Community Issues has been making that trek for years.  He spoke Friday with WUKY's Alan Lytle about what to expect this year.

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WUKY In Depth
11:22 am
Thu August 1, 2013

A Zimmerman Trial In Ky? UK Law Prof's Debate The What If's

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- What if the George Zimmerman trial had taken place in a Kentucky courtroom?  WUKY's Alan Lytle debates that scenario with UK College of Law professors Robert Lawson and William Fortune.

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WUKY In Depth
9:40 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Bluegrass Pipeline Gaining Critics And Converts

Over the past few years, more and more of America’s energy has come from natural gas. And much of that gas has come from the Marcellus shale, which lies mostly under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland. To get to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico, the liquids could cross the commonwealth in a pipeline, which is being surveyed now.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  A company is surveying land in Kentucky, trying to determine the best route for a natural gas liquids pipeline. If it’s built, the pipeline will carry these materials across the state to the Gulf of Mexico, where they’re processed. But some people in the commonwealth are worried about the health and safety hazards a pipeline could pose in their communities.

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WUKY In Depth
9:45 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Kurtz: Too Early To Predict How McConnell - Grimes Race Will Play Out

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes ended months of speculation this week when she announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the U-S Senate seat currently held by Republican Mitch McConnell.   For some analysis on the race, which won’t even take place until 2014, we turn to our political blogger Ken Kurtz.

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WUKY In Depth
8:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

New Film Aims to Get More Women into Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky- A record number of women are currently serving in the U-S Congress, and while most people think that’s a good thing, a Kentucky–based film maker says even more young ladies could follow in their political footsteps if only they were encouraged to do so.  Reporter Chase Cavanaugh has the details.

On a recent field trip to our nation’s capital, a volunteer from Running Start, a group emphasizing female empowerment, asked a busful of young girls a rather compelling question. 

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WUKY In Depth
5:57 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

In Depth: Jobs And The Budget

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As Urban County Council members begin hammering out a final spending plan, many around the horseshoe are also keeping a close eye on the job market.

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WUKY In Depth
7:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Appalachian College Students Look for Job Opportunities Beyond Coal

A view of downtown from the UPike campus. The new medical school building, called The Coal Building, is on the left.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Colleges and universities in central Appalachia are struggling to retain students. Roughly half the freshmen at the University of Pikeville don’t come back the following year. For the students who stay, many wonder if there will be jobs available in a region that for decades relied on coal mining as its primary industry.

“We feel like if you can teach them in the mountains, train them in the mountains, they’ll stay in the mountains,” says James Hurley, President-elect of the University of Pikeville.

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WUKY In Depth
1:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Appalachian Colleges Struggling to Keep Students

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - For a lot of college students, summer is a chance to kick back and relax-- maybe do an internship -- before resuming classes in the fall. But some students in Appalachia won’t be returning to campus next August, at least not at the school where they originally enrolled.

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WUKY In Depth
10:59 am
Mon May 13, 2013

In Depth: Lexington Parks And Priorities

Skatepark at Woodland park in Lexington, Ky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - It’s often said that if you want to know what a community really cares about, look no further than its budget. WUKY is beginning a series of reports digging deeper into the priorities of Lexington’s Urban County Council members as they begin the process of crafting a spending plan for the city. First, Josh James has this look at a summertime favorite: parks.

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WUKY In Depth
9:45 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Some In Eastern Kentucky Wondering About Life After Coal

WHITESBURG, Ky. - New statistics released by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet show a staggering drop in coal production and a sharp rise in unemployment in the southeastern Coalfields, particularly in Letcher, Harlan, Knott and Perry counties.  According to the report, Eastern Kentucky coal production has reached the lowest level since 1965.

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