Nashville, TN – While many Americans are cutting back on their travel plans, foreign tourists are coming to the US with plenty of cash to spend. The Euro and British pound have recently traded at record highs against the dollar. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry recently traveled to Tennessee to meet some of those foreign tourists, and find out how they're spending their money here in the US.
Bowling Green, Ky – Experts in the field of gambling addiction estimate that there are at least 25,000 problem gamblers in Kentucky. At the same time, the state has a serious shortage of counselors trained to deal with the issue. Dan Modlin spoke with Mike Stone, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.
Bowling Green, Ky – A group of WKU students and faculty leaves soon for a 14,000 mile trip across the globe. They're headed to the summer Olympics in China. Recreation Professor Fred Gibson spoke to our Lisa Autry.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky is clarifying the state's policy regarding the lowering of state and U-S flags in honor of military personnel killed in action in combat zones. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the latest.
Bowling Green, Ky – Members of Congress have been debating a proposed free trade agreement with Colombia, an issue raised during a recent geographic analysis trip to that South American country. Several WKU faculty and students were part of the trip. Dan Modlin reports.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky voter turnout may reach a record high in November, based on promising turnout from the May Kentucky presidential primary, according to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
In the May election, 32 percent of voters cast a ballot, compared to 14 percent in 2004. Franklin County had the highest voter turnout at nearly 55 percent.
Statewide, 43 percent of Democrats, almost 20 percent of Republicans, and 4 percent of independents turned out to vote in May.
Bowling Green, Ky – For the first time, WKU is now offering an online Master's degree in the field of elementary education. Dr. Tabitha Daniel is head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at WKU. She says students will find the online classes contain the same information that has long been available through traditional classes. She spoke to our Dan Modlin about the new program.
Bowling Green, Ky – A forensic pathologist from Pennsylvania is raising questions about the extent of brain injuries suffered by professional football players. Dr. Bennett Omalu has conducted autopsies on some former pro players and believes concussions are taking a heavier toll on players than many people realize. He spoke with our Dan Modlin.
Bowling Green, Ky – Kentuckians being squeezed by higher energy costs are getting hit in the supermarket, as well. According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau, consumers are paying 12% more than a year ago for things like eggs, milk, and bread. Lisa Autry reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – An engineering study says Kentucky will need to get creative to finance a new bridge over the Ohio River. The proposed bridge would link I-69 between Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana. The study finds that tolls alone won't be able to fund such a project. Lisa Autry spoke with Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.