Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud is making considerable news this year, but some of the reports raise questions about the job he's doing. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh looks at what effect, if any, the reports may have on Draud's first performance review.
Bowling Green, Ky – A statewide organization which focuses on mental health predicts 160,000 Kentuckians will be effected by major depression this year. The NAMI organization estimates that 5% of Kentucky's adult population will have an episode of major depression in 2008. Dan Modlin talked about these issues with Betsy Pierce, outreach coordinator for the WKU Counseling and Testing Services Center.
Bowling Green, Ky – Bowling Green area residents got to speak firsthand with the Governor as Steve Beshear continued a series of townhall meetings across the Bluegrass State. He was asked to explain his recent partial pardons of convicted felons in order they might regain the right to vote. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry attended the Warren County meeting, and has this extended report.
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.