Brenna Angel (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Lexington native Brenna Angel wakes up early to anchor the local morning newscasts for WUKY. It's a job she's held since March 2010 after previously working for WHAS-AM in Louisville.

Brenna is also a general assignment reporter, always on the hunt for a story with good sound and interesting perspectives.  Her work has been honored by the Hearst Foundation and the Associated Press and several of Brenna’s stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

In addition to her radio gig, Brenna works as a part-time public speaking instructor at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. She earned her BA from Western Kentucky University (go Tops!) and a Master's in communication from the University of Louisville.

Brenna is married to her high school sweetheart, Chad.

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Government
10:18 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges

Former KY Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer
Credit agpolicy.ky.gov

A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.  The indictment, unsealed today in Lexington, charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state.  The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family.

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Education
4:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

KY Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Disorder

It’s no secret that Dr. Terry Holliday has been having trouble with his voice.

“Well I’ll keep it short because I can’t talk anyway,” Holliday joked at a recent press conference.

For an education commissioner whose primary job is to communicate with teachers, school officials, and policymakers, that can be a problem.

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Education
8:11 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Schools Join Advance Kentucky, But Program Funding to End

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Ten high schools across the state are joining Advance Kentucky, a program to train teachers and get more students taking Advanced Placement exams.

In 2007 Kentucky received $13 million from the National Math and Science Initiative to start the program. Gregg Fleisher is the Chief Program Officer for that organization.

“Since Advance Kentucky has been in the program, Kentucky ranks first in the country for the percentage increase in the number of students passing Advanced Placement exams. First in the country,” he said.

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Education
3:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Education Commissioner Hopes Public Scrutiny Will Halt School District Scandals

School superintendent contracts, benefit packages, and evaluations will be available to the public online under recommendations supported by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and state Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Education
3:41 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Kentucky Receives $7.7 Million to Assist Low-Achieving Schools

Kentucky is one of 11 states receiving federal grant money to help low-achieving schools, including Christian County High School. Kentucky will get $7.7 million from the School Improvement Grant program to use at what the state Department of Education calls “priority schools.”

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2013 KY General Assembly
1:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal

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State Auditor Adam Edelen is hoping lawmakers can reach an agreement next week on a proposal to better regulate more than 1,200 special taxing districts across Kentucky, what Edelen calls “ghost government.” Special taxing districts include local airport boards, water districts, and community action agencies. The bill has passed the House and Senate, but the Senate’s version would give oversight of the taxing districts to county governments, something Edelen opposes.

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Education
5:01 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

AP Exams A Growing Trend in KY Schools

AP AA The College Board

More than 12-thousand Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement Exam last year according to new data released today by the College Board. That represents a 74% increase from the graduating class in Kentucky five years ago. AP courses are more rigorous than typical high school classes and many universities offer students college credit for earning a qualifying score on the end-of-year exam.  Trevor Packer is senior vice president of the Advanced Placement Program.

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Education
3:29 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

University of Kentucky Partnering to Establish Education Center

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The University of Kentucky is partnering with two non-profit foundations to establish the National Center for Innovation in Education. With a focus on college and career readiness, the center will assist states in implementing the Common Core standards and helping students learn on a deeper level.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Data Released From Comprehensive Survey of Kentucky's Horses

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Kentucky is home to around 242,400 horses, according to new data released from a statewide survey. From June to October of last year, researchers with the National Agricultural Statistics Service counted equines across the state, ranging from thoroughbreds at large farms to ponies in people’s backyards.

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Politics
1:21 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Comer Prepares For Industrial Hemp Bill In General Assembly

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is continuing a push for the reclassification of industrial hemp from a Schedule I drug to a legal crop. He told members of the Lexington Forum Thursday that state Senator Paul Hornback will file an industrial hemp bill next week in time for the upcoming legislative session. Comer has spent the past several months trying to convince law enforcement officials that industrial hemp will not lead to an increase in marijuana growth, but he says the decision ultimately rests with General Assembly.

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