Lexington, KY – Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford must excite grassroots Democrats in Kentucky to beat incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, according to Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
"If [Lunsford] can energize grassroots Democrats to be for him, then he does have a chance to beat Mitch McConnell, because we've got a very bad national mood, and a bad imcumbent mood," Cross said.
Bowling Green, Ky – September will be national preparedness month across the nation, and some regional health districts are planning special activities to inform the public about preparedness issues. Dan Modlin spoke to Janarae Conway, the disaster preparedness coordinator for the Barren River District Health Department. She says a summit will be held September 13th.
Bowling Green, Ky – The annual Fancy Farm gathering in western Kentucky featured the usual assortment of political speeches, heckling, and food. This year, the event featured two very distinct styles of campaigning by Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Bruce Lunsford. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry attended this year's Fancy Farm, and has this expanded look at the event.
Bowling Green, Ky – A new program is being introduced at WKU that will help soldiers who have sustained head injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. Brain injuries are among the most common types of injuries suffered in those wars. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Richard Dressler, Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program at WKU.
Bowling Green, Ky – Two years after a deadly plane crash in Lexington, a civil trial is expected to begin soon stemming from dozens of lawsuits. Regional airline Comair was carrying 50 people from Lexington's airport when it crashed immediately after takeoff. Only the co-pilot survived. Lisa Autry spoke with aviation attorney Steve Hixson of Bowling Green about the trial.
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.