Josh James (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Grimes Officially Kicks Off Campaign in Lexington

Credit ky.gov

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes officially kicked off her campaign Tuesday night in Lexington. The state’s top Democrats were on hand to lend their support.

Governor Steve Beshear was among the virtual who’s who list of Democratic guests drumming up support for the 34-year-old Secretary of State as she officially launched her campaign. 

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Politics
4:29 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

McConnell Rails Against VA Backlog

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Obama needs to personally address the backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department. McConnell made the remarks at a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Louisville.

"Let me tell you the size of this problem is a national disgrace," McConnell said.

The Kentucky Republican told convention-goers Monday the problem demands attention from the top of the command chain. The VA pays disability benefits to veterans who are injured or become ill as a result of their active service, but as of late March, about 70 percent of claims were pending longer than 125 days.

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Science
8:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

UK Healthcare receives NCI designation

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The University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center reached a long-sought after milestone Friday, with officials announcing the center has been granted National Cancer Center Institute cancer center status.  Despite being ranked at or near the top nationally for a multitude of cancers, Kentucky has been one of 16 states without an NCI-designated facility. 

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Education
12:16 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

UK Tests Waters with New Free Online Course

Credit wikipedia

The University of Kentucky will be among 10 flagship state schools making up the first wave of large public universities signing on to a partnership with Coursera, one of the country’s leading platforms for what’s called “massive open online courses” or MOOCs.

Unlike many such initiatives, UK’s experiment with MOOCs will target high school students, enabling them to sign up for a free online course in college-level chemistry.

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Politics
7:25 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally in Lexington

As a group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” work toward an immigration bill in Washington, supporters of reform are urging Congress to act sooner rather than later.

One of the 70 demonstrations planned across the country Wednesday was held at Lexington’s Triangle Park. Speakers and musicians rallied a crowd of more than 150 people.

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Culture
12:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Keeneland Features New Attractions At This Year's Season Opening

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Keeneland will be featuring a number of new attractions and services at this year’s Spring Race Meet starting tomorrow. But one unwelcome change could be the amount of traffic – as major construction is set to continue on US60/Versailles Road for the next ten months. Keeneland spokesperson Julie Balog said state and local officials have been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to lessen the impact of the roadwork.

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Education
3:38 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

'Transfer Madness' Begins Tomorrow

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Taking their cue from a certain well-known basketball event, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is calling its push to encourage Kentucky students to apply their community college credits toward a bachelor's degree "Transfer Madness."

“This allows students really to do a fairly deep exploration of your campuses without ever having to leave home,” said Robert King, president of the council.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gov. Beshear Calls Sequester "Very Damaging"

Governor Steve Beshear has some harsh words for his congressional colleagues’ handling of sequestration in Washington, D.C. As the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, Congress’ approval rating hovers at close to 15 percent. At a press conference Friday in Lexington, the governor made it clear where he stands.

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Arts
3:13 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Frank X Walker Named Kentucky's First African-American Poet Laureate

Lexington author and University of Kentucky professor Frank X Walker will become Kentucky’s next poet laureate. The Danville native will be formally inducted on Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24th.

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Society
8:08 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Marker To Honor First Black Union Troops

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A new historic marker will be unveiled in Danville today to honor the first African-Americans to enlist in the Union Army in Kentucky. The marker will pay tribute to 250 black men, most of them slaves, who trekked from Boyle County to Jessamine County to enlist. 

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