WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

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Friday was the deadline for candidates to file with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office for the May Primaries and as you might expect there was a flurry of activity on that last day, not to mention a few surprises.  On this week’s Capitol Chat Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette talks matchups with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

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It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new era in Frankfort as the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly gavels into session Tuesday.  This week on Capitol Chat we get a preview of coming attractions, and perhaps distractions, from Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Kentucky Gazette.

It’s estimated that the number of human beings that have ever lived is around 107 billion. It’s also estimated that around half, about 52 billion, have died as a result of mosquito borne illness.

Climate scientists are predicting that places like central Kentucky will see higher than normal temperatures and increased rainfall as result of climate change, creating an environment perfect for what’s been called humankind’s deadliest predator.

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The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy. In the years that followed, hundreds of thousands more would make a mass exodus from slavery to freedom.  Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, an associate professor in the UK history department has written a powerful book about this period in our history.  Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps' draws on an extraordinary survey of these make-shift camps throughout the country, including at Camp Nelson in Central Kentucky, revealing as never before the everyday experiences of these refugees.  In fact it recently won the prestigious Frederick Douglass Book Prize for 2019.  She discusses her project with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

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Prior to their successful Winter Market event WUKY's Alan Lytle got a behind the scenes tour of the Julia Etta Lewis Public Market space from Kris Nonn, executive director of the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, commonly shortened to NoLi CDC.  The community agency is tasked with bringing new life to the 23,000 square foot building that once was headquarters for the South East Greyhound Line.  Once renovations are completed next summer the site will host retail, restaurants, office and event space, in addition to the NoLi CDC Greyline Station Market.

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Dr. Aaron Thompson, the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education has been on a Listening Tour across the commonwealth to learn what students, parents, community leaders and employers think about higher education.  Dr. Thompson was on UK’s Campus last week and he sat down with WUKY's Alan Lytle and UK Now’s Kody Kiser (host of the university's Behind the Blue podcast) to discuss a wide range of issues, including how to better equip college students of today  for the employment and career opportunities of tomorrow.

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This weekend the Lexington History Museum is co-sponsoring events celebrating our city’s ties to the 16th US president and native Kentuckian Abraham Lincoln.  This year’s overall theme is Henry Clay’s influence on Lincoln.  As part of the celebration the LHM brought noted Kentucky historian Dr. John Kleber to the Lexington Public Library to talk about his research on the two political legends.  WUKY's Alan Lytle sat in on his presentation and then talked one on one with Dr. Kleber.  It may surprise you to learn that there's precious little evidence to prove that the two men actually ever met.

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This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle and Lane Report executive editor Mark Green discuss the  various ways cyber thieves try to hack into your company's system in an attempt to hold your data hostage.  It's a cybercrime that's on the rise in the Commonwealth. 

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On this Veterans' Day WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Ben Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs about the broad range of services on offer for the estimated 295,000 military veterans and familes in the state including housing, healthcare and employment.

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The possibility of having the General Assembly determine who won this year’s gubernatorial election is stirring memories of the last time such an event took place in Kentucky, and suffice it to say it was far from orderly.