Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

KPR Reporter

Brenna Angel is a reporter/producer and a newscaster at WUKY Radio, in Lexington, KY.  WUKY is one of seven public radio stations in the Kentucky Public Radio partnership.

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12:10am

Mon March 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pension Records for Confederates Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. - James E.  Carlton of Lawrenceburg was 24 years old when he enlisted in the 5th Kentucky Cavalry of the Confederate States Army.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee in 1863 at the Battle of Lebanon, but served until the end of the war.

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3:25pm

Thu March 1, 2012
All Politics are Local

Conway Calls on Congress for Multi-State Monitoring

WASHINGTON - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was in the nation’s capital Thursday to testify about prescription drug diversion in the Commonwealth. Conway told lawmakers at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that prescription drug monitoring programs – or PDMPs -- are underutilized.

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5:27pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Negotiations with Police Union Stalled

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council is wondering what’s holding up contract negotiations between the city and public safety unions. At a budget committee Tuesday, the council learned that the last collective bargaining meeting with police representatives was nearly three months ago on December 12.“I guess I don’t feel the sense of urgency in why we’re not actively pushing and meeting and trying to get to some resolution so we can figure out how much it’s really going to cost us,” said Councilman Kevin Stinnett.

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3:46pm

Thu February 23, 2012
All Politics are Local

2nd Lady, Labor Secretary in Bluegrass

Both the US Labor Secretary and the nation’s “Second Lady” today  visited Bluegrass Community and Technical College. It was part of a three day national tour of community colleges.  They advocated a new Obama administration initiative aimed at training more workers. The issue is important to Biden, who’s an English professor at a community college in Virginia.

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2:34pm

Thu February 23, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Preserving Artistry Through Apprentices

It can take years for artists to master their craft. In Kentucky, a government-sponsored program works to ensure the artist’s knowledge is passed onto a younger generation. 

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4:12pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Flood Fears Trouble Church's Expansion

Changes to Southland Christian Church's plan to build a new campus on Richmond Road in Lexington are under review by the city's Planning Commission. To make room for another parcel on the property which was once home to Lexington Mall, Southland wants to further shrink the size of a pond next to Richmond Road.

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4:41pm

Tue February 21, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

City Signs Labor Agreement

Mayor Jim Gray (left) and Sgt. Kevin Johnson signed the contract Tuesday.

The city of Lexington signed a four-year labor agreement Tuesday with employees of the Fayette County Detention Center. The contract, which was ratified last month, represents $1.2 million in savings to the government. "The Community Corrections officers and sergeants understand the financial crisis the great city of Lexington is facing and we wanted to answer the mayor's call for public safety employees to make sacrifices," says Sgt. Kevin Johnson, President of Town Branch FOP Lodge #83.

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3:24pm

Fri February 17, 2012
The Commonwealth

Schools, Counties Losing Federal Forest Money

Projects to improve roads and forest trails in rural Kentucky counties are facing their last round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency announced Friday that more than $307 million will be distributed nationwide, marking the final payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. For more than a century, counties that are home to national forest land received money to offset the loss of property tax. 

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2:56pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Education

Proposal to Expand Preschool Eligibility

A preschooler works with scissors and paper at Dixie Elementary School in Lexington.

More low-income Kentucky families would be able to send their child to public preschool under a plan to expand eligibility requirements. Half-day preschool programs are currently open to 4-year-olds in families with income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. In his budget proposal, Governor Steve Beshear would raise that income cap to 160 percent of the poverty level.

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5:36pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Social Services Can't Handle More Cuts

As the discussion continues about how to fund a massive renovation to Rupp Arena, some community leaders say Lexington can't forget about the need for social services. Leaders within the city of Lexington's Department of Social Services, which oversees programs geared toward senior citizens, families, and youth at the Lexington Day Treatment Center, are making their case for more funding and support.

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4:23pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Social Services in Lexington on the Ledge

As the discussion continues about how to fund a massive renovation to Rupp Arena, some community leaders say Lexington can't forget about the need for social services. Leaders within the city of Lexington's Department of Social Services, which oversees programs geared toward senior citizens, families, and youth at the Lexington Day Treatment Center, are making their case for more funding and support. 

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4:31pm

Tue February 14, 2012
All Politics are Local

Ben Chandler Receives New Countines

Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler will have several new Kentucky counties to get familiar with as he fights for a fifth term in office. A new legislative district map now includes all of Scott County and part of Harrison County in the 6th District, as well as Nicholas, Robertson, Fleming, Bath, Menifee, and Wolfe counties.

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12:15pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Documenting Farmers Market History

If you've ever been a vendor or customer of the Lexington Farmer's Market, market organizers and a University of Kentucky professor want to hear from you. A community archival project starts this weekend. Dr. Jenny Rice, Director of Composition at UK, hopes to compile memories and memorabilia from the market.

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10:58am

Fri February 10, 2012
The Commonwealth

State Agency Surveys Internet Usage

A state agency focused on Internet access is surveying Kentuckians about how often they get online and what they use the Internet for. The Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development sent out a survey request week to 100,000 businesses, organizations, and households across the state.

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9:22am

Fri February 10, 2012
Business and the Economy

Kentucky to Receive Millions in Settlement

Millions of dollars from a national foreclosure settlement with five large banks will go to Kentuckians who are struggling to make their mortgage payments or who have already lost their homes through foreclosure. Kentucky was one of the last states to agree to the $25 billion deal with Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Ally Financial. The commonwealth’s share of the settlement is nearly $59 million.

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4:11pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Pool Demolition Proposal Moves Forward

The city of Lexington is losing two of its under-utilized swimming pools, but could possibly replace them with other facilities. The Urban County Council’s General Government Committee voted today (Tuesday) to approve an aquatics management plan, which calls for demolishing the Berry Hill and Constitution Park pools.

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12:22pm

Tue February 7, 2012
State Capitol

Continuing Concerns over National Foreclosure Settlement

More than 40 U.S. states have agreed to a nationwide settlement over foreclosure abuses. The deal would force the five largest mortgage lenders to reduce loans for about 1 million households. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway questions the settlement, saying he still has concerns about how mortgage loans are recorded and mortgage-backed securities. 

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4:23pm

Mon February 6, 2012
State Capitol

Officials Urge Passage of Prescription Drug Legislation

Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials are touting a legislative proposal that focuses on fighting prescription drug abuse. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system, and other lawmakers have filed similar bills.

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4:17pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Division of Forestry Celebrates 100 Years

The Kentucky Division of Forestry has a big milestone to celebrate. The state agency that started out as the Board of Forestry turns 100-years-old this year. "The General Assembly recognized back in 1912 that we had so many forests and we had areas where we had lost forests that there was a need to protect our resources. Protect them fire, protect them from over-harvesting, protect them from insect and diseases," says division director Leah MacSwords.

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5:03pm

Wed February 1, 2012
All Politics are Local

Beshear Calls for Drug Treatment Programs

An eastern Kentucky prosecutor says he's seeing a rise in armed robberies, fatal drug overdoses, and even the sale of urine for people taking drug tests.Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner spoke at a prescription drug abuse summit at the University of Kentucky Tuesday. He says the epidemic is real.

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4:23pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Final Report Sets Rupp Renovation at $300 Million

A Lexington task force delivered its final recommendations today for a redesigned Rupp Arena and a new downtown convention center. Much of the design proposal for the Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District has already been unveiled to the public in recent weeks. It features the same footprint to house University of Kentucky basketball games, but with a sleeker exterior and better fan experience. Luther Deaton, head of Central Bank, chaired the task force’s finance committee. He says there now needs to be a closer examination of funding options.

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7:17pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Studies Rupp Financing Options

Proposed interior of a renovated Rupp Arena. Courtesy Space Group.

After nearly a year of discussion, analysis, site visits and public forums, a committee appointed to make recommendations about the future of Lexington's Rupp Arena will have its final meeting Tuesday.
The Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District task force will receive a summary report from lead designer Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group.

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2:47pm

Tue January 24, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Reacts to Redistricting Plan

Despite the controversial outcome of a process to redraw state legislative districts, Governor Steve Beshear is hopeful that lawmakers will be able to work together on other important issues. Beshear signed House Bill 1 into law on Friday. The redistricting plan, which is required every ten years to account for population changes, moved Sen. Kathy Stein's district out of Lexington to northeastern Kentucky and moved Sen. Dorsey Ridley from western Kentucky to Lexington.

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8:46am

Fri January 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Disuption in Pill Pipeline

There is still a lot of work to do, but the Florida Attorney General says the "pill pipeline" between her state and Kentucky has been significantly reduced thanks to tougher regulations and the launch of a prescription monitoring program. Pam Bondi spoke in Lexington Thursday at a conference on prescription drug abuse.
"We've been going around the state training law enforcement in what to look for in these drug cases, and you wouldn't believe the number of doctors and nurses who are showing up to our training sessions. So there are so many responsible doctors and dentists who want to know what to look for and want to do the right thing.

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5:11pm

Wed January 11, 2012
All Politics are Local

Agriculture Commissioner Announces Audit

State Auditor Adam Edelen (left) joined Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in announcing the examination of the agriculture department.

In his sixth day on the job, Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stood Wednesday alongside new state auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat, to announce that a broad review of the Department of Agriculture is underway. Comer was elected to the post in November, taking over for fellow Republican Richie Farmer. Comer says he's read too many negative reports in the press and heard from department employees about low morale.

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3:40pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Discusses Detention Center

For most counties in Kentucky, local jails are managed by an elected jailer. But across the country, management of a county detention center by the sheriff's department is the norm. Neither is the case for the city of Lexington, where a discussion is underway to possibly change the current structure of a hired jail director.

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11:00am

Mon January 9, 2012
Science and Tech

Rubik's Cube Revival in a High-Tech World

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

This past holiday season, millions of people bought video games, iPads, and other high-tech gadgets. But many are still playing with a toy that's been around for more than 30 years: the Rubik's Cube. The puzzle that challenges players to align a single color on each side first went on the market in 1980. As Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel reports, a new generation of players is pushing the limits of the Rubik's Cube using modern technology.

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3:54pm

Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Friends and Colleagues Remember Galbraith

Friends and colleagues are remembering the personality and candor of Gatewood Galbraith, the Lexington attorney and perennial political candidate who died overnight after suffering from chronic emphysema. He was 64. Galbraith ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kentucky five times, in addition to campaigns for agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and Congress.

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10:13am

Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Perennial Gubernatorial Candidate Dead at 64

Lexington Herald Leader

Kentucky political figure and perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith has died, according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.Dea Riley, Galbraith's running mate in the 2011 gubernatorial election, posted the following message on her Facebook page Wednesday morning."Dear Friends, I have just been notified that Gatewood passed away last night. I am heading to Lexington to be with his family. Please say a prayer for his family and friends and all those who loved him."Galbraith, 64, ran unsuccessfully for governor 7 times. He was a Lexington criminal defense attorney. Dea Riley told Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel she would to carry-on in his place.

3:56pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Fire Chief Withdraws Disability Request

Embattled Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks is no longer seeking a disability pension from the city after calling off a re-hearing set for Wednesday with the Police and Fire Pension Board. "On the rehearing for Robert Hendricks, that has been cancelled. It has been withdrawn," Administrative Specialist Susan Combs told board members.

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