WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

Arlo Barnette

A public conversation about immigration, identity and community brought hundreds of people to the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington Tuesday night.  WUKY's Arlo Barnette reports on the On Common Ground event sponsored by Lexington Community Radio.


This week on the Business Side we go behind the scenes of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale with Paulick Report's Natalie Voss.  In addition to the usual bidding wars she says there's been quite a bit of chatter about the controversial New York Times story about Triple Crown winner Justify's failed drug test before the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Historical Society

In the wake of the Civil War, a former Union soldier and a former Confederate soldier faced off in a duel with pistols, near the Scott-Fayette County line. Their encounter was likely the last formal duel fought in the Commonwealth.  Stuart Sanders a history advocate with the Kentucky Historical Society recently told the story of the Desha-Kimbrough duel from 1866, including their longstanding conflict and its violent resolution.  After his presentation he spoke exclusively with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

Kentucky Distillers Association

September is Bourbon Heritage Month and we are using the occasion to examine the economic health of one of Kentucky's signature industries.  Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes and WUKY's Alan Lytle talk about some recent bourbon news stories that may hold the answer.


Less than two weeks after a public forum on issues of gentrification and code enforcement in Lexington, the city’s Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition is preparing a list of possible solutions for its next meeting. WUKY’s Arlo Barnette reports.


WUKY is launching a new podcast for listeners who love all things sports in Kentucky.  We talk with host Keith Elkins to get the scoop on the project and who he's been talking to.

Ky tourism cabinet

A new report shows that tourism is up in Kentucky, with more people visiting the state and spending more money while they are here.  In fact, visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since 2013.  The figures come from a study from Tourism Economics, the state Department of Tourism's new research partner.  Acting Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism Jay Hall discusses the findings with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

Josh James / WUKY

Politicians and producers have been eager to advertise the possibilities for hemp in Kentucky, especially with the state’s traditional commodity crops on the wane. But alongside hemp’s enticing profit potential comes new risks.


Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in the process of creating an African American History tour set to launch in the fall of 2019.  While staff’s research has yielded stories of courage, resilience, and heartbreak, they hope to find more stories to add nuance to this narrative.  This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is invited for an information gathering event at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington.  Organizers are especially hoping to hear from people who may have been descended from African Americans enslaved or employed at the estate.  WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Ashland curator Eric Brooks and Cameron Walpole, manager of tours and education.


Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU’s are small housing units sometimes called "in-law suites" or "granny flats," built on a single-family residential lot.  Some provide housing alternatives for those who wish to age in place by staying in their current homes and neighborhoods, as well as for those seeking affordable housing, smaller or more accessible housing options and/or assistance from family members or caregivers.   ADU’s are illegal in most areas of Lexington but the city’s planning and zoning commission is holding another public input session this Tuesday night on newly proposed regulations for ADU’s.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle and Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes discuss the economic pros and cons of more little houses popping up in our neighborhoods.