Frankfort, Ky – A special legislative session to balance Kentucky's budget, expand gambling and tackle other issues ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear got underway Monday in Frankfort. Among those watching the first day's events unfold was Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Owensboro, Ky – Groundbreaking HIV research ongoing in Owensboro could one day impact the lives of people in the developing world. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is leading a study that has successfully grown an HIV-blocking protein in the Kentucky tobacco plant. Kevin Willis visited Dr. Palmer's offices in Owensboro to learn about the research and how it could one day save lives by preventing the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
Bowling Green, Ky – One item not on the special session agenda is comprehensive tax reform. Some lawmakers say overhauling Kentucky's tax code is the only long-term fix to the state's budget woes. Lisa Autry has this report on tax reform proposals making the rounds in Frankfort.
Frankfort, Ky – Proponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky now have a current legal opinion bolstering their arguments that a constitutional amendment is unnecessary. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – Experts in the field of child safety want parents to take lawn mower safety seriously. Dr. Gary Smith of Ohio State University is a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He says about 16,000 young people are injured each year in accidents involving lawn mowers. He spoke with our Dan Modlin.
Bowling Green, Ky – On Friday, June 12th, TV stations everywhere will begin transmitting in digital versus the old analog signal. The DTV switch has been in the making for nearly two years. The government and broadcasting industry have spent millions of dollars educating the public about the transition. Lisa Autry spoke with Gary Holmes of Neilsen Media Research.
Frankfort, Ky – There are new developments, including a trial delay, in the federal highway bid-rigging case against Kentucky road contractor Leonard Lawson and two others. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has details.
Bowling Green, Ky – School administrators across Kentucky are facing tough budget decisions. Governor Beshear has said that further cuts to education won't be part of his special session budget plan, but school officials must still deal with rising costs. Dan Modlin recently spoke with Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston and Daviess County Superintendent Tom Shelton.