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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.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is defending the grand jury indictment of a single officer involved in the Breonna Taylor case as consistent with the rule of law. The top law enforcement official said his responsibility was to follow the facts, not public opinion.

Kentucky continues to ramp up its contact tracing and disease tracking initiatives, but the efforts are receiving pushback from some quarters.

Kentucky's highest court heard arguments Thursday in a case that could nullify the governor's COVID-19 related executive orders - and put new restraints on future actions.

Noting that sports broadcasts are slowly returning to the airwaves, Gov. Andy Beshear is pushing back the curfew placed on bars and restaurants.

It's been a little over a week since fall sports were given the green light to start their official seasons, but some school programs are already in danger of being shut down for not observing COVID-19 safety rules.

Fayette County voters may have to wait longer to receive their absentee ballots due to a COVID-19 case in the county clerk's election department. The office has been temporarily shut down as employees go into quarantine.

In only his fourth formal address since taking office last December, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians not to give up on the state's game plan for fighting COVID-19 - despite another record week of cases in the commonwealth.

Gov. Andy Beshear met with Black legislative leaders in Frankfort Tuesday about the possibility of a special session dealing with police reforms - and made a personal promise to Kentuckians regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is joining a growing chorus of critics questioning disputed new COVID-19 testing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

The Kentucky women who led the fight for their right to vote were honored Wednesday night as Lexington officially lit Stand, a statue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. 

Kentucky high schools will be permitted to move ahead with their fall sport seasons, despite warnings from the governor and the state's top health official.

Kentucky high school sports would begin the fall season as planned on September 7th under a plan approved by the state high school athletic association board Thursday, but the decision faces a number of hurdles.

Kentucky superintendents and school board representatives say the latest coronavirus-related delay is putting local school leaders in a difficult spot and sparking serious backlash among parents.

Kentucky will allow any voter concerned about contracting or spreading COVID-19 to vote absentee in the November general election. The state will also be expanding early voting and election day voting in a bid to keep any one option from overloading the system.

Lexington police are working to equip all sworn personnel, including some civilian employees, with body cameras. The initiative comes as a Louisville lawmaker is backing legislation that would mandate bodycams in all police agencies.

Kentucky hit an unwelcome milestone Wednesday with an all-time record high of new COVID-19 cases. Gov. Andy Beshear pointed to the total as further evidence that schools should roll back their planned start dates.

Kentucky's top election official is weighing in against expanded mail-in voting in November. But the plan only represents a first step toward negotiations with the governor.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can move forward with a defense of a state abortion law, according to a U.S. Appeals Court ruling.

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentuckians should expect an extension of his administration's mask mandate as the state works to stabilize coronavirus trends.

The upcoming school year will begin virtually for Fayette County students, following a unanimous decision by the district's school board.

Lexington officials have taken the first step toward renaming Cheapside Park, a popular downtown venue that once served as a slave-trading market.


With the state again reaching record numbers of new coronavirus cases Friday, the governor is signaling that more aggressive steps and potential roll backs may be on the way next week.

The long-awaited Kentucky Wired project, originally meant to extend broadband service to underserved parts of the state, is nearing completion. But the COVID-19 pandemic is putting even more pressure on project leaders to work quickly.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is seeking to bypass lower courts to get a quicker ruling on his coronavirus-related restrictions, arguing the accelerating outbreak warrants an immediate decision by the state Supreme Court.

Kentucky higher education officials are taking a wait-and-see approach toward a new Trump administration rule that would revoke the visas of international students if their classes are held fully online.

Masks will go from optional to mandatory in most public settings in Kentucky under a new executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear.

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.

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