Frankfort, Ky – An unresolved education reform issue tugging at Kentucky lawmakers for the past 20 years is getting renewed attention in Frankfort. The issue? Boosting the state's dropout age. Monitoring the debate is Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, KY – In the final part in our series on banning texting while driving, Lisa Autry speaks with Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. The group is a Bowling Green-based free market think-tank that opposes a measure proposed in the General Assembly that would make driving while texting a legal offense.
Bowling Green, KY – A Louisville high school senior has become the face of an effort to ban texting while driving in Kentucky. Will Craig suffered a traumatic brain injury during a car accident and had to learn to walk and talk again. Much of his energy today is focused on rallying support for a ban on texting while driving. Lisa Autry went to Louisville to hear Craig's story. In the second part of this series, we'll hear from someone who is opposed to the ban.
Bowling Green, Ky – Experts in the field of head injuries say student and professional athletes need to take the risk of concussions seriously. Researchers believe there is a significant risk of suffering more serious damage if an athlete continues to play in a game in which he or she has suffered a concussion. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Charles Wood, a Bowling Green neurosurgeon who is concerned too many athletes continue to play shortly after receiving seriously head injuries.
Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Photojournalism Coordinator James Kenney joins Lee Stott to talk about a gallery exhibition celebrating the program's success in the Hearst journalism awards. The exhibition opens Saturday, Feb. 6th.
Owensboro, Ky – The high-profile criminal case involving US missionaries in Haiti is putting the spotlight on the issue of international adoption. Ten Americans are being criminally charged for trying to take a group of Haitian children across the border to the Dominican Republic, where they would be eligible for adoption. Kevin Willis spoke with Lucy Armistead, with Kentucky Adoption Services, an Owensboro based organization that helps US couples adopt children from other countries.
Bowling Green, Ky – Officials at WKU are revising the "Challenging the Spirit" strategic plan to better deal with economic realities impacting the nation. President Gary Ransdell says it's important for the school to maintain academic quality in the face of the uncertain economy.
Bowling Green, Ky – The US Census Bureau is still looking for part-time workers in Kentucky. Federal officials say filling census-taker positions has been harder than expected, especially in southern and eastern Kentucky. Lisa Autry speaks with Lanny Brannock in the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Bowling Green, Ky – In a wide-ranging interview with WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry, Governor Beshear said it's now up to lawmakers to come up with ways to fill the state's massive budget deficit. The Governor said talk of tax reform is likely just that--talk. This interview originally aired during Morning Edition on Wednesday, January 27.