WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

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Independent Producer Nadia Ramlagan kicks off her series of reports on the opioid crisis by spending a day at the Fayette County Health Department's weekly needle exchange.  The OA Chronicles can be heard exclusively on WUKY.

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Independent producer Nadia Ramlagan is on a mission to collect and tell stories from those caught up in the opioid epidemic.  The Maryland native recently moved to the Lexington area and discovered that Kentucky's second largest city has a long history when it comes to heroin and other opiates, starting with the establishment of the now defunct Narco Farm in 1935.  Nadia's reports, which we're dubbing The OA Chronicles - (OA - short for Opioid Addiction,) will soon air exclusively on WUKY.

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This week on WUKY's Capital Chat Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock handicaps the prospects for a public pension overhaul, a state budget that includes House Republicans' cigarette tax hike and new taxes on opioids, plus the likelihood of a tax reform package in the final weeks of the legislative session.

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Kentucky is ranked as the fifth least business friendly state in 24/7 Wall Street's annual Best and Worst States for Business report.  This week on the Business Side we talk to editor Doug McIntire to find out why.  The chief reason should come as no surprise.

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WUKY Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman recently took her daughter on an organized tour to see Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and discovered a whole new cottage industry celebrating Central Kentucky's equine excellence.  The approach is not unlike the highly successful Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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The spinning is already under way by the respective political parties regarding last week's and tomorrow's special House elections.  We try to sort it out in our Monday morning Capital Chat with Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette.

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Millions of dollars flow through the Rupp Arena corridor and this week there's news that might affect that stream.  WUKY's Alan Lytle discusses the latest developments with Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes.

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This week on the Business Side WUKY's Alan Lytle and Business Lexington editor Tom Wilmes discuss the idea behind "The Venue," a burgeoning shopping complex at Nicholasville Road and Malibu Drive.  There's also news about a food staple in the Kenwick neighborhood.

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In this week's Capital Chat with Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock we preview two upcoming legislative special elections and whether anything larger can be read into their outcomes.  There's also news about voter registration and party affiliation, and Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District Race is garnering a great deal of national attention.

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The Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of our observance of Black History Month WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with PG Peeples, the long-time executive director of the non-profit.  In this 30 minute conversation PG talks about the early days of the agency, including coordinating with President Nixon's Secret Service for the 1971 memorial service of National Chapter President Whitney Young.  He also discusses some of the major accomplishments of the organization over its first half century.

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