Louisville, Ky – Some Kentucky researchers are taking part in a study looking into the effectiveness of a new combination vaccine for children. The University of Louisville Pediatrics Department is participating in the nationwide effort to find out more about a shot that combines vaccines for six different infectious diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hepatitis B, and a form of meningitis. Kevin Willis spoke to the lead researcher at U of L.
Bowling Green, Ky – May 3rd marked the 40th anniversary of the NPR flagship news program, All Things Considered. The show's creator, Bill Siemering, recently came to WKU Public Radio to speak with staff and listeners about the origins of NPR, how All Things Considered got off the ground, and what set and still sets the show apart from other network news programs.
Bowling Green, Ky – As the US war on drugs continues in Latin America, those who raise the crops used to make drugs are adapting to law enforcement. That's the conclusion of a university researcher who specializes in the study of the subject. Dr. William Aviles of the University of Nebraska-Kearney says people in rural areas of Colombia, for example, quickly adapt when authorities try to stop drug production. He spoke to our Dan Modlin.
Bowling Green, Ky – The widespread popularity of social networking sites and devices has some wondering if young people are becoming too self-involved and narcissistic. But research done at WKU indicates these sites don't increase narcissism so much as they amplify the narcissism already present within the user. Kevin Willis has this story.
Bowling Green – A Battalion commander from Fort Knox says American troops in Afghanistan are thrilled by the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. However, James Vizzard describes the mood there as surprisingly subdued. He spoke by phone to Lisa Autry.
Bowling Green, Ky – Speaking today on the floor of the U-S Senate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said, "The last thing Osama Bin Laden saw on this earth was the small team of Americans who shot him." The Republican from Louisville praised American troops who took part in the operation and said the nation has shown, "just how determined we are to fight to the end." Mc Connell said he hopes the death of Bin Laden may result in more pressure on Al Qaeda's senior leadership.
Bowling Green, KY – The Meade County Fiscal Court will consider a bonding proposal that would clear the way for a new riverport at Brandenburg, Kentucky. The facility would initially handle grain from area counties, and would have the capability of shipping "specialty" grains for the export market. Dan Modlin talks with Joe Wright, the Chairman of the Meade County Riverport Authority.........
Bowling Green, KY – Officials at Western Kentucky University this afternoon officially dedicated the new Gary A. Ransdell Hall. The 35 million dollar structure is the new home of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU. Dr. Ransdell told WKU Public Radio that he considers the honor to be an achievement that was made possible by the work of the entire University community, and he describes the honor as the "pinnacle of my career."