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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.

As coronavirus infections intensify across the country, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is warning that the commonwealth can't rely on out-of-state help with hospital staffing.

Lexington's public transportation system is scaling back capacity in the wake of new coronavirus restrictions announced by the governor this week.

Kentucky Republican leaders are lining up behind the Trump administration's push to challenge the 2020 election results in court.

With President Trump prematurely claiming victory early Wednesday, both a top Kentucky election watcher and the Senate's leading Republican say the outcome is still up to battleground states.

As Republicans pick up more seats in the Kentucky legislature, party leaders are hoping the wins translate to more engagement from Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear even as they consider reining his emergency powers.

Kentucky State Police are embroiled in a controversy over what they say are old training materials no longer in use. The slide show in question made use of quotes from Adolf Hitler and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell sailed to a 7th term in Congress in the general election, easily defending his seat against Democrat Amy McGrath.

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr was among the Republicans benefiting from a wave of GOP support Tuesday night, but the lawmaker also sees a message for Democrats in his victory.

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball is questioning the state's use of taxpayer funds to monitor church services for violations of the temporary mass gathering restrictions early in the pandemic.

In their one and likely only debate before the November election, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath each made the case that they can deliver for Kentucky.

Gov. Andy Beshear is calling on leaders in Kentucky to stand together in denouncing militia groups with violent intentions, and those who embrace or fail to condemn them. The comments came in response to threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Candidates for Kentucky's 6th District congressional seat sparred over the pandemic response, racial justice, and their backgrounds on the CW Lexington Monday night.

Gov. Andy Beshear says the state will be stepping up enforcement of the administration's mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Kentucky election officials are working on a system that will both notify absentee voters of mistakes made when filling out their ballots and give them a chance to fix them.

Demonstrators lined streets in downtown Lexington Wednesday night, joining protesters in Louisville and major cities across the nation in expressing their dismay with a Kentucky grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Parts of Kentucky's $2 billion gaming industry are reeling from a state Supreme Court decision that appears to cast doubt on the legality of their historical horse racing systems.

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.

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