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Josh James

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and Program Director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.

In 2003, he joined WUKY as a part-time reporter and weekend announcer. He's earned several awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, including Best Radio Documentary in 2005. An avid music fan raised on The Beatles and British Invasion rock, James also enjoyed a stint in the programming department, hosting WUKY's Rock & Roots from 11-1 pm weekdays.  He currently works as a reporter and webmaster for the station. When he's off duty, James enjoys songwriting, philosophy, and kicking back with his cat, Brooklyn.

When it comes to the in-person-versus-distance-learning debate amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Kentucky school districts are far from landing on the same page. That's the word from a spokesman for the state's School Boards Association, one of several statewide education leaders who aired concerns in front of lawmakers in Frankfort.

Senator Mitch McConnell signaled another major federal relief package is in the works, but during a swing through Central Kentucky Wednesday the Republican leader warned the country can't afford another economic standstill.

Gov. Andy Beshear's handling of the coronavirus outbreak won him early praise at the outset of the viral outbreak, but the administration's phased-in reopening and ongoing restrictions are facing more scrutiny and pushback as the pandemic progresses.

New novel coronavirus cases and deaths from COVID-19 more than doubled in Lexington in June, while the city set a single-day record for cases on July 1 (excluding the Federal Medical Center outbreak). That's according to the Fayette County Health Department, where local health officials worry those numbers are destined to climb if residents don't take the advice of experts seriously.

Despite overflow at Fayette County's lone in-person voting site, Kentucky election leaders say the state saw a relatively smooth roll-out of its revamped voting system Tuesday.

Gov. Andy Beshear is reviving Kentucky's state-based health insurance exchange, an element of Kynect launched under his father, former Gov Steve Beshear's, administration.

City leaders began revisiting Lexington police department policies Tuesday, with an eye toward addressing those that have come under intense scrutiny amid massive demonstrations across the nation. One item on the agenda was no-knock warrants.

With budget, enrollment, and healthcare number all in flux, the University of Kentucky is considering more modest tuition hikes for the coming year.

Kentucky's COVID-19 numbers have been seesawing in recent days, but Gov. Andy Beshear says it's still too early to draw any conclusions.

Kentucky budget forecasters anticipate a dramatic drop in the state's General Fund dollars as a result of measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. WUKY's Josh James has more on the latest update.


A nine-month-old child will be listed among COVID-19-related fatalities in Kentucky, but it's not clear what kind of role the disease played in the death.

Kentucky has topped 10,000 known cases of the novel coronavirus, and the governor is calling on protesters to exercise caution as they take to the streets.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer are promising more action as protests press on in the wake of another deadly officer-involved shooting over the weekend.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer are promising more action as protests press on in the wake of another deadly officer-involved shooting over the weekend.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton met with demonstrators ahead of the rally, and by the end of the night some city police engaged in act of solidarity with the protesters.

As anger boiled over in widespread protests across the country, demonstrators gathered again in downtown Lexington Saturday night to voice their opposition to the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement.

Changes are underway in the state's unemployment office after a reported vulnerability surfaced in the online application portal in April.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are assembling a task force to monitor election returns for evidence of voter fraud.

UK President Eli Capilouto Volunteers For Pay Cut

May 24, 2020

After nearly a decade on the job, the University of Kentucky’s president wants to extend his tenure. But he's volunteered for a pay cut as the school deals with financial fallout from the coronavirus.   WUKY's Josh James has details.


As officials scale up Kentucky's ability to trace contacts of those diagnosed with COVID-19, the state will be employing a three-part system to assess those affected, alert people who came into close proximity, and provide support for anyone asked to self-quarantine.

A bill granting Kentucky veterinarians legal protections if they report suspected animal abuse to law enforcement has cleared committee, but not without one change.

Both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly have approved new voter ID requirements.

Kentucky health officials are promising a robust response to a potential outbreak of COVID-19 and dispensing advice for avoiding the illness, but following those recommendations isn’t always as simple as it sounds— especially for law wage workers. 

Fallout from the 2019 viral video showing Covington Catholic students interacting with a Native American activist in Washington, D.C. continues in Frankfort, as lawmakers look to revive a bill aimed at criminalizing "doxing."

Over 100 people in the commonwealth have been asked to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms "out of an abundance of caution," but so far only one has been tested for the illness and the results were negative. While experts say the immediate risk in the commonwealth is low, they are strongly recommending that residents take routine precautions to lower the chances of an outbreak in Kentucky. 

Kentucky lawmakers took the first step Wednesday toward placing new restrictions on the governor's pardoning powers. A bill with bipartisan backing would establish windows of time around gubernatorial elections when the governor could not pardon or commute sentences.

Medical marijuana advocates are cheering a historic Kentucky House vote to allow patients to obtain legal cannabis in the state. The bill won support from more than two-thirds of the Republican-led chamber.

Law enforcement officers hired by Kentucky school districts to provide security will be armed under new rules signed into law by Gov. Andy Beshear. 

A bill legalizing medical cannabis has emerged from a Kentucky House committee and appears better positioned to reach a coveted vote on the chamber floor than its predecessor. Yet the obstacles to the governor's desk are still plentiful.

Braidy Industries executives told lawmakers Tuesday they're confident they can raise the hundreds of millions needed to launch construction of a celebrated aluminum plant near Ashland, Kentucky. The testimony comes amid a rocky leadership shakeup at the company and looming questions about the project's future.

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