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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4:06pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Business and the Economy

Direct Flight From Lexington to Vegas

With an Elvis impersonator singing "Viva Las Vegas" in the Terminal Lobby, travelers at Blue Grass Airport got a taste of Sin City Thursday. Allegiant Air announced new service between Lexington and Las Vegas beginning in November. It's the first time central Kentucky customers have been able to catch a direct flight to Vegas without having to first travel to Louisville or Cincinnati. 

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4:26pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

Opponents say Instant Racing a Felony

As a western Kentucky horse track prepares to implement instant racing Thursday, a conservative policy group is announcing its latest attempt to stop the effort. The Family Foundation says Kentucky Downs is violating the state's gambling law by moving forward with instant racing, which allows players to bet on previously run horse races using a video terminal that looks like a slot machine. 

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3:48pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Education

Equine Industry on Curriculum

Kelly Hieronymus The Keeneland Association

Around three thousand Fayette County Public School fifth graders this week take a field trip to the Keeneland Race Course. Special events coordinator Kara Heissenbuttel says they worked with the school district to target a good age group.

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11:46am

Sun August 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Community Dedicates Flight 5191 Memorial

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Kentucky Arboretum this morning to remember the 49 lives lost when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. The five year anniversary ceremony included the dedication of a sculpture of 49 silver birds flying upward.

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11:25am

Fri August 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Families Reflect on Flight 5191

This weekend marks the five year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people were killed when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport.  Reporter Brenna Angel spoke with three victims' family members about how they continue to cope with the loss of loved ones and what a new memorial means to them.  "The first year was extremely difficult, particularly the weeks following the crash obviously."

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3:59pm

Wed August 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Red Cross Sends Volunteers to East Coast

The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Spokesman Winn Stephens says as the storm moves closer to land, volunteers are mobilizing. "We have our emergency response vehicle and two local volunteers who left at 6 o'clock on Wednesday morning to drive to Columbia, South Carolina. And that is the staging location for all of the Red Cross' emergency response vehicles on the east coast." 

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4:17pm

Tue August 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Balancing Sewage Capacity with Cost

Lexington's Urban County Council is moving forward with a plan to fix the city's sanitary sewer system. The Lexington Division of Water Quality recommended to council members Tuesday that improvements to the sewer system be designed to handle up to 3.2 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Based on weather statistics, that kind of storm happens around once every two years. 

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9:09am

Tue August 23, 2011
Education

Students Volunteer Off-Campus

 More than 1,500 University of Kentucky students got out of their dorms and into the Lexington community Monday as part of the annual UK FUSION service event. Junior Son Doan first heard about UK For Unity and Service in Our Neighborhoods, or FUSION, a couple of years ago as a freshman. The finance major spent his Monday afternoon painting a pavilion at the Living Arts and Science Center. 

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1:46pm

Thu August 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Online Option to Find Seniors In-Home Help

Senior citizens across central Kentucky who are looking to hire someone for help around the house now have an online resource to connect with other seniors. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is teaming up with the city of Lexington and the AARP to launch the new website, called the Bluegrass Help at Home Registry. 

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10:36am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY National Guardsmen Face Unemployment

Across the U.S., the unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent. In Kentucky, it's 9.6 percent.  But among Kentucky's National Guard members, the amount of people without a full-time civilian job is 15-20 percent, depending on how many units are on active duty deployment. Brenna Angel reports on why it's hard for citizen soldiers to find and keep a job, and what the military is doing to help.

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10:58am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Another Year Begins for Fayette Co. Schools

Summer break is officially over, but 10-year-old Tantalissia Champs doesn't seem to mind. The Maxwell Elementary School 5th-grader was ready for the start of a new school year.  "I am so excited. I couldn't wait." Classroom lessons resumed for thousands of students across the Fayette County Public School district Thursday.

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10:41am

Thu August 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Streetscape Construction Reaches City Hall

The downtown Lexington streetscape project continues to rebuild some of the city's busiest sidewalks, and construction is now at the front door of local government.  An excavator cleared out the old brick sidewalk along East Main Street Wednesday, right in front of the Lexington Fayette County Government Center.

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9:42am

Wed August 10, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Central Ky. Cities to Improve Hydropower

Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River.  Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.

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8:22am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hydropower Upgrade Pact Signed

WUKY

Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River.
Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.

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5:51pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Prescription Drug Track Down

What started out as a program to track where patients get their prescription drugs in Kentucky has expanded to Ohio. This week the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, or KASPER, launched a data exchange with the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, or OARRS.

KASPER manager Dave Hopkins says so far 12 Kentucky physicians are testing the program

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6:38am

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Guard members Get Job Search Training

Among Kentucky's National Guardsmen, the unemployment rate for those not on active duty is around 14-25 percent, significantly higher than the state and national average. That worries Lt. Col. John Bates, who commands the 2/138th Field Artillery unit in Lexington. Bates says Guardsmen need civilian jobs to ensure stable communities.

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2:20pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Education

Years Later, Black Kentuckians Get Diplomas

While many schools are focused on the start of another academic year, the Kentucky School for the Deaf is honoring students who should have graduated several decades ago. Aaron Adams, Jr. Henrietta Burnette, Bobby Lee Oliver. Those were some of the names read at a graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville.

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1:35pm

Tue August 2, 2011
Education

Low Graduation Rates Explained

Kentucky has changed the formula it uses to calculate graduation rates, and it has caused local numbers to drop – and in one case, nosedive. The Kentucky Department of Education today released the data for the graduating class of 2010, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind program. To meet their federal goals, schools and districts will be required to have a graduation rate of 82.32 percent or close the gap between the previous year’s rate by at least 10 percent. Statewide, the 2010 graduation rate is 76.7 percent. In 2009 under the old formula, the state reported a rate of 83.9 percent.

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1:50pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Final Farewell Continues in Lexington

A tradition of having a law enforcement escort for funeral processions in Lexington will continue, but under a different chain of command. The Fayette County Sheriff's office took over funeral escorts Monday, a job that had long been handled by the Lexington Division of Police. Sheriff Kathy Witt says her staff was happy to oversee the free service in the wake of police budget cuts. 

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4:59am

Thu July 28, 2011
National Security

National Guard Members Keep An Eye On Day Jobs

More than 1,300 soldiers are deploying to Iraq this month for the Kentucky National Guard's final mission there: helping to shut down U.S. military operations. But some soldiers are coping with not only the pressure of deployment, but also the stress of putting their civilian jobs on hold.

The Kentucky National Guard's 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will primarily be in charge of convoy security in Iraq, making sure U.S. equipment gets safely to Kuwait and onto ships. They represent half of the 2,600 troops they'll be joining from Oregon, Virginia and Utah.

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3:37pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Concert Venue for Sale

The oldest Christian music festival in the nation may not come back for a 43rd year. The Ichthus Festival draws tens of thousands of people to a large field in Wilmore, Kentucky, but the event is struggling financially. CEO Mark Vermillion says Ichthus can no longer rely on just ticket sales.

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3:19pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

UK Football Will "Rise" This Season

University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips is confident he has the offensive arsenal needed to take on the SEC this season. The Wildcats no longer have Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb to run and catch the ball, but Phillips says his team has worked through transitions before.

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10:17am

Thu July 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Funding Increases for LexArts

A more than $28,000 grant from the Kentucky Arts Council is the largest award LexArts has received from the state agency in a few years. The arts council recently announced its funding allotments to 100 non-profit groups across Kentucky.

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7:58am

Thu July 21, 2011
Science/Health

Reduced Pool Admissions in Lex.

 With central Kentucky under an excessive heat advisory through Saturday, the city of Lexington has announced a few options for citizens seeking relief from the high temperatures. The Dunbar Community Center on North Upper Street and the Lexington Senior Citizens Center at the corner of Alumni and Nicholasville will have the air conditioning running. Senior citizens can get a free ride to those centers through LexTran.

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4:55pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

US Horses Still Sent to Slaughterhouses

Four years ago, the U.S. economy was beginning to take a dive, bad weather made it difficult for farmers to feed their horses, and domestic horse slaughter came to a halt. Essie Rogers of the Kentucky Horse Council says not much has changed in the number of unwanted and neglected horses. 

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3:20pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Former Director Rejoins Lexington Jail

 A man who built a 25 year career at the Lexington jail is back in a leadership position there. Ray Sabbatine was announced Thursday as the interim director of Community Corrections. He will take over for retiring director Ron Bishop on July 25. 

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8:41am

Wed July 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Taxi Regs Would Increase Competition

Lexington resident Carmen Davis has dreams of running a small business. She and a friend have been researching the possibility of opening a taxi cab company. Davis' efforts came to a screeching halt when she saw Fayette County's current taxi requirements. "I believe I started looking at the ordinance in early June and it was kind of overwhelming because to buy 25 vehicles at one time is a huge investment for a small business owner." 

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11:32am

Mon July 11, 2011
Sports

Beshear Pledges Traffic Fix in Sparta

Gov. Steve Beshear said Sunday he will work with officials at Kentucky Speedway to address the traffic flow and parking problems that plagued Saturday's Quaker State 400. A bottleneck traffic jam at Interstate 71's Exit 57 onto Ky. 35, the road that runs past the track, left thousands stuck in traffic for six hours in many cases and ultimately too late to see the race.

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6:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

National Guard Prepares for War's End

CAMP ATTERBURY, IND. - The United States invaded Iraq in 2003. Now eight years later, the Department of Defense is ready to finalize the military drawdown. Helping in that effort are soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard and three other states. Brenna Angel reports on what some are thinking about as they prepare for the historic mission.

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1:53pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

Alltech Sponsoring Another WEG

A central Kentucky company is again sponsoring the largest equestrian event in the world. Alltech President Dr. Pearse Lyons announced Friday that his animal nutrition and brewery business will again be the title sponsor for the World Equestrian Games.

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