Bowling Green, KY – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Kentucky Senate say lawmakers in Frankfort need to be aware of calls to "modernize" state government. Senate President David Williams believes its time to take a fresh look at the tax code in the state, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President David Adkisson says its extremely important to be certain that Kentucky's small businesses are able to compete effectively in the global marketplace.
Bowling Green, Ky – Education is expected to be a main focus of the next Kentucky General Assembly session in Frankfort. Last year, lawmakers voted to end the annual assessment regime known as the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System--or "CATS." Lawmakers and educators are now trying to hammer out a new testing strategy. To get a preview, we spoke to Brad Hughes, with the Kentucky School Boards Association.
Bowling Green, KY – WKU Historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker say several southern states were quick to follow South Carolina's lead in leaving the union. Some maintained that the founding fathers intended states to have the right to leave the federal government. Dan Modlin spoke with the WKU Historians........
Fort Knox – More than 3,000 soldiers from central Kentucky begin leaving this week for Afghanistan. They make up the Third Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Knox. Over the next year, WKU Public Radio will be getting updates on the mission from a battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel James Vizzard. He spoke with WKYU's Lisa Autry.
Bowling Green, KY – The Warren County Mediation Program can help families in the area address a number of legal matters that relate to children. Participants in the program say the mediation approach can help to serve famillies who can't afford legal fees...and can help to reduce the load on busy courtroom dockets. Dan Modlin has more on the story...
Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky's jobless rate has reached 10.2 percent. State officials say that reading is the highest unemployment rate since May of this year, and marks a two-tenths of a percent increase in the past month. Although the overall jobless rate moved higher, some sectors did show job growth in November. The Education and Health Services sector, for example, showed an increase of eleven hundred jobs for that month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 212 thousand Kentuckians were unemployed in November.
Russellville, Ky – The relationship between JD Country Milk in Russellville and Mozz Mozzarella Bar in Louisville is a perfect example of the farm-to-table movement. Logan County dairy farmer Willis Shrock produces non-homogenized milk that's bottled on-site at the farm. The chefs at Louisville's Mozz Mozzarella Bar swear by the milk and use it to create their signature cheese. Kevin Willis visited the farm and the restaurant to learn about the partnership.
Fort Knox – More than 3,000 soldiers at Fort Knox are headed overseas this month. The Third Brigade Combat Team will spend a year in eastern Afghanistan. It's a volatile region along the border with Pakistan, where the mountainous terrain presents challenges, says Brigade Commander Colonel Chris Toner.
"A lot of small villages out in a very rural environment, not a lot built up in terms of roads and those things, literacy rate is about 30 percent literate."