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A Colorado criminology professor says sexual misconduct on a college campus is not limited to male perpetrators.  Callie Marie-Rennison, with the University of Colorado in Denver, led a session last week in Lexington as part of the National Conference on Campus Climate and Adjudication of Sexual Misconduct.  It was sponsored by UK. 

UK Opens Multidisciplinary Research Facility

Sep 21, 2018
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University administrators, government leaders at the state and federal levels, along with many medical scientists today recognized the opening of the University of Kentucky’s multidisciplinary research building.  Efforts are well underway to recruit internationally known researchers to work in the $265 million facility in Lexington. 

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The University of Kentucky will use a $4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and Office of Naval Research to better determine optimal physical and mental fitness of elite military members.  The announcement came Thursday on UK’s campus.

A University of Kentucky freshman and the fraternity he was pledging have been suspended following a fatal car-pedestrian crash last weekend.  That information was released Tuesday in a campus-wide email by UK President Eli Capilouto.

Jacob Heil, 18, faces a driving-under-the-influence charge.  Four-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell was struck while he and his family waited to cross Cooper Avenue last Saturday.  The boy later died from his injuries.

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Lexington council members Thursday got more details about the land-street swap deal between city government and the University of Kentucky.  




The plan, already endorsed by the UK board, could come before council for final approval in the next few weeks.


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Legendary University of Kentucky and Southeastern Conference coach and administrator C.M. Newton died Monday at the age of 88. put together remembrances from friends and athletes who recalled him as the "defination of a leader"

The Louisville Courier-Journal also posted a tribute

Appalachian Research Day Focuses on Opioid Epidemic

Apr 19, 2018

This year’s Appalachian Research Day event in Hazard focused on efforts to address the opioid epidemic.  The one day program Wednesday included innovation stations from schools throughout eastern Kentucky. 

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Residents living near the University of Kentucky Tuesday evening learned more about a planned land-street swap between Lexington government and UK.  The hour plus meeting included lots of questions from citizens and answers from UK and city officials.

Neighbors Meet on UK-City Land-Street Swap

Mar 6, 2018
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The land-street swap deal between Lexington and the University of Kentucky lacks one more approval before it’s a done deal.  It needs Lexington City Council backing to move forward. But first,  UK’s neighbors will get a chance to review the plan Tuesday evening.


Deal Keeps Cats At Rupp Through 2033

Feb 8, 2018

A deal signed today insures that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will be playing at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season.

The agreement was signed today by Lexington Center Corporation and university officials. It details that Big Blue Madness, Blue/White Games, some women’s basketball games and Winter and Spring Commencements will also be at the downtown arena.

UK Officials Outline Response To Meningitis Case

Jan 30, 2018

University of Kentucky officials said steps are being taken to contain the spread of meningitis.

Officials at a news conference Tuesday said a student is being treated for an apparent case of the sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

But, health officials are stressing that casual contact, such as sharing a class with the infected student, is not likely to lead to infection. Those with close contact to the student are receiving antibiotics as a precaution.

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An Eastern Kentucky University football game against the University of Kentucky is a significant event for players, coaches, and fans of the Richmond-based school.

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Dressed in crisp blue scrubs, Certified Nurse Midwife JoAnne Burris walks briskly, the click of her sensible clogs a counterpoint to smooth jazz in the hall.

The University of Kentucky Midwife Clinic, with its large, color prints of newborns on earth-tone walls, still has that new furniture smell. But word-of-mouth already has the waiting room full.  

Hazard Hosts Appalachian Medical Research Day

May 25, 2017

Kentucky medical researchers are trying to determine why lung cancers strike more often in Appalachia than in many other places in the U.S.  

This investigation was only one of the community-based studies reviewed Wednesday during Appalachian Research Day in Hazard.

Lexington Senior Center Extends Hours

May 4, 2017

Lexington’s Senior Center continues to host large numbers of visitors at its Life Lane location.  The center has extended its hours on two weekdays to accommodate additional classes.

Summer hours at the senior center are now extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The regular 8 a.m. til 5 p.m. hours are still in place for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The new facility off Richmond Road opened in mid-September.  

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University of Kentucky medical researchers will use just over $11 million to further study the metabolism of cancer. 

The formal announcement of the National Institutes of Health’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant was made Monday.

Kentucky has disproportionately high rates of cancer and metabolic disorders. 

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As "March Madness" continues for many people in the Lexington area, law enforcement officials are gearing up for what could be extensive crowd control this coming weekend.   

The University of Kentucky will battle UCLA in a "Sweet 16" NC double A match-up Friday night.  While both Lexington and UK police have experience in dealing with large numbers, especially students in the State Street area, Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard says growth in housing around campus can contribute to the size of the gatherings. 

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Northern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team took the court to practice earlier this week. As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports the team was preparing for their first ever trip to the  NCAA tournament known as the “Big Dance."

What they’ve accomplished is rare. Only six other teams have ever qualified for the NCAA Division 1 men’s tournament in their first year of eligibility.  And they’re scheduled to play none other than the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

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A judge has ruled against the University of Kentucky student newspaper in an Open Records case regarding a sexual harassment investigation.  

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark ruled the Kentucky Kernel does not have the right to review documents in the case involving a former UK professor. Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky officials and occupational safety officials are investigating a fatal fall at a construction site on the school's campus in Lexington.  Officials believe the death Friday morning was accidental in nature.  

The worker apparently fell about 30 feet off the roof the site, identified by university police as the new campus student center.

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science is receiving almost $20 million from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant announced Wednesday is expected to further lab-to-bedside patient care.

Dr. Philip Kern says this second multi-year NIH grant will continue efforts to move from studies with mice to trials with human subjects.  The director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science says it may involve selective pilot seed money for researchers.

The University of Kentucky will benefit from the latest gift from a foundation tied to a Lexington auto dealership.

A $10 million gift from the Don Jacobs Charitable Foundation, announced Tuesday, means further investment in undergraduate science education at UK.  A majority of the contribution, $8 million, will go toward the new academic science building that now bears the name Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building.  Don Jacobs, well-known in Lexington, passed away last spring.

Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

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The University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Rural Health is one of 38 organizations to receive funding from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. The $1 million grant will be used to help children in Appalachia get the health insurance they need, as well as provide to families that are eligible to coverage. Many Kentucky families are unaware they qualify for healthcare coverage so do not look into signing up for them or their children. This is especially difficult in rural parts of Eastern Kentucky, where healthcare providers have a hard time gaining access to those that need it most.

Pilot Study on Jockey Injuries Begins this Summer

Jun 14, 2016

    A pilot study could lead to increased standards for health and injury care for jockeys. The University of Kentucky-Jockey Guild review covers a three-year period.

The study is the first of its kind within the horse racing industry. There is no current database for tracking when a jockey has any type of injury, especially dangerous concussions.

UK Officials Want to Permanently Close Section of Rose Street

Apr 12, 2016


The University of Kentucky is asking Lexington officials to permanently close a portion of Rose Street.  Representatives made their case Tuesday at Lexington City Hall. 

Kentucky’s Universities Discuss Campus Safety

Sep 3, 2015

Eight public universities and six private schools are collaborating on ways to increase safety on all their campuses.  The University of Kentucky hosted the Assessing Campus Climate Conference Thursday. Northern Kentucky University Associate Dean of Students, Ann James says, sexual assault is an issue at every school.  “We’re concerned,” said James. “I mean we’re no different than any other campus. NKU has as much a problem as anybody else does.  And now we’re gonna actually be able to get our minds around what is our actual population that has been impacted.”

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Update at 12:43pm Friday, April 17:

According to the Lexington Herald leader, police have charged 18-year-old Justin D. Smith with the murder of UK student Jonathan Krueger.

Smith is also charged with robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing and evading. 


Police say a University of Kentucky student was fatally shot in an altercation near campus.

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The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center.  The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty.