WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

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The candidates have been selected by their respective parties and now it’s on to November for statewide offices in the Commonwealth.  For some analysis of the big races we turn once again to Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor/publisher of the Frankfort based Kentucky Gazette.


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projects that a mere 12.5% of registered voters will show up at the polls for tomorrow's primary.  In this week's Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazettte editor/publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss all things turnout, including a flashback to four years ago when a certain GOP gubernatorial hopeful prevailed in a crowded field by less than 100 votes.

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Thursday Night Live, enhancements to our bike and pedestrian trails, specialized small business loan programs, Coldstream Research Park, these are just a few of the ideas implemented here in Lexington that had their roots in other communities.  Every year Commerce Lexington conducts a leadership trip to cities of similar sizes and demographics.  This year's trip was to Raleigh, North Carolina.  What was discussed?  What was learned?  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Commerce Lexington Board Chair Jeff Koonce.

Bourbon Archaeology A Uniquely Kentucky Pursuit

May 15, 2019
Alan Lytle

Since it opened to tourists in 2017 the Bourbon Pompeii attraction at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort has sparked an interest in the long and sometimes hidden history of Kentucky’s signature spirit, and that’s music to the ears of bourbon archaeologist Nick Laracuente who helped excavate the site.  Bourbon Pompeii refers to the remnants of Colonel Taylor’s OFC distillery which dates back to at least 1873.  Because of these and other recent finds Laracuente has become a popular presenter on the public speaking circuit.  He just recently gave a talk at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

Last week on Capital Chat we devoted our airtime to the Democratic candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial primary, and this week it’s the GOP’s turn.   Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock and WUKY's Alan Lytle discuss incumbent Republican Matt Bevin's historically low approval numbers and how he hopes to beat back his primary challengers, Robert Goforth, William Woods, and Ike Lawrence, by enlisting the aid of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.


This week on the Business Side who better to preview the 35th annual ONE The Alltech Ideas Conference than the global company's president and CEO Dr. Mark Lyons?  He spoke exclusively with WUKY's Alan Lytle.  The conference runs from Sunday May 19th through Tuesday May 21st in downtown Lexington and features keynote speakers, Bear Grylls, Chris Zook and Ramez Naam.

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For more than a half century the Kentucky Arts Council has been the official state agency for the Arts in Kentucky.  If you’ve ever bought something from Kentucky Crafted the Market, heard a reading from one of our poet laureates or attended any Kentucky Writers or Arts Day activities in the Capitol Rotunda you have KAC to thank for that.  And now one of the new ways the Arts Council fulfils its mission is by producing a monthly program delivered straight to your mobile device.  The name of the podcast is KyArtsCast and WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with host and co-producer Tom Musgrave.

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Did you sip a mint julep this past Derby weekend?  You certainly had plenty of company.  This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes about Kentucky's bourbon industry, which despite outside economic pressures, shows little sign of slowing down.  Meanwhile the popularity of craft breweries in Central Kentucky place the area among some rather elite company.

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Well, it's happened.  Attack ads are now a component of the Democratic Gubernatorial primary race.  Last week a group with ties to Adam Edelen launched an ad highly critical of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear while opponent Rocky Adkins continues to play up his appeal to rural voters.  In this week's edition of Capital Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Kentucky Gazette, about the respective campaigns' strategies, fundraising and messaging. *Note: This conversation was recorded before the release of incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin's first TV ad of the primary.

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The Field is the set for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks this weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville.  Omaha Beach is the 4-1 morning line favorite for the run for the roses while Bellafina is the 2-1 choice to prevail on Friday.  WUKY's Alan Lytle talks major storylines with Natalie Voss, a features editor with the Paulick Report.