Frankfort, Ky – In Frankfort late last night, Kentucky lawmakers wrapped up their work in what turned out to be a six-day special session on the budget. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was at the State Capitol when the final gavels fell.
Rhonda Hamilton, guest-hosting for Dee Dee Bridgewater, is onstage at the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. She introduces Christian McBride as "the premier bass player of his generation." All in the huge Motor City crowd cheer for that.
Somerset, Ky – In the second of his two-part series on drug abuse in the Pulaski County region, Dan Modlin tells us about a unique concern to law enforcement in Southeastern Kentucky. Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery says some drug dealers are able to draw disability checks, which provides them with the materials needed to make and distribute illegal drugs.
Somerset, Ky – In the Pulaski County region, prescription drug abuse is proving to be a major concern, with a number of overdose deaths reported. "Operation Unite" is coordinating a new effort in the area to develop some strategies for dealing with drug abuse problems. This is the first of a two-part series of reports by Dan Modlin about strategies to combat prescription drug abuse.
Frankfort, Ky – A Republican Party of Kentucky unity rally Saturday drew several hundred party faithful to Frankfort, but it also attracted a small group of protestors. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was there.
Bowling Green, KY – When 14 year old Mary Rachel Nalley of Bowling Green started picking out tunes on her fiddle in the 5th grade, even she didn't think it would land her on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry just four years later. Mary recently came to the studios of WKU Public Radio and shared some of her music with our listeners.
Bowling Green, Ky – Bowling Green's Rand Paul will represent the Republican Party in November's US Senate race. Paul won a decisive victory Tuesday over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, and will now face Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who won the Democratic primary. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry was at the Rand Paul election party when it was announced he secured the GOP nomination.
Summer Shade, Ky – At Dry Branch Farm in Monroe County, Lane Linnenkohl is hard at work preparing his sustainably-raised produce and livestock ahead of the summer growing season. But he's not alone. Andy McPhearson, a 26 year old from New Orleans, is interning at the Summer Shade farm through an apprenticeship program that pairs up-and-coming farmers with those who practice sustainable agriculture. Kevin Willis visited the farm and has our story.
Nashville, TN – As the city of Nashville works to recover from historic flooding, some songwriter organizations in that city are helping to lead volunteer efforts. Bart Herbison is the Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. He says many people in the music business suffered significant equipment and instrument losses. Still, city leaders say Nashville is "open for business." Dan Modlin has our story.
Bowling Green, Ky – Six months after a WKU Math Professor was found stabbed to death, her colleagues are keeping her memory alive. Dr. Bettina Richmond was remembered recently at a special service on campus. Dr. Richmond was found in her van outside the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department last November. Her killer remains free. Lisa Autry has this update.