Bowling Green, Ky – Although the problems faced by major automakers and large financial institutions have received more public attention, small business owners are also facing many tough challenges. Dan Modlin has this report on how recession is impacting small business owners in our listening area.
Frankfort, KY – Eight gas retailers in Kentucky investigated for alleged price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike have agreed to pay the state thousands of dollars in fines. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Owensboro, Ky – In Owensboro, the Charles Medley Distillery has been largely dormant for more than two decades. That's changing now, as the distillery will soon become Kentucky's most far-western bourbon producer. WKU Public Radio went to Daviess County to meet plant manager Derek Schneider, who explained bourbon's growing popularity both here and abroad, and how Owensboro's underground limestone river will be the key to great bourbon production.
Bowling Green, Ky – Economic uncertainty is taking a big toll on commercial real estate across the country, including the listening area of WKU Public Radio. College communities like Bowling Green are reporting high rates of vacancies for relatively new student housing. Bowling Green real estate agent Alex Nottmeier says this demonstrates the importance of thoroughly researching a community's needs before starting a new project.
Bowling Green, Ky – Barack Obama's inauguration as the nation's first African-American President is especially inspiring to those Americans who remember the days of segregation. Lisa Autry watched Obama's swearing-in with a Kentuckian who remembers what it was like to be treated as a second-class citizen.
Frankfort, KY – There's some good news for Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who challenged ethics allegations leveled against him by one of the state's two largest newspapers. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh explains.
Louisville, KY – President elect Barack Obama's plan to aid the national economy includes $350 billion in spending on infrastructure, from water systems to broadband networks. Cultural institutions aren't part of the package, but arts leaders in Kentucky and beyond are thinking more seriously about their infrastructure needs and their role in the economy.
Frankfort, KY – Legislative hearings on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's budget-balancing plan continue in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh zeroes in on how budget cuts are affecting one particular agency, Kentucky State Police.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is rapidly running out of money, but Governor Beshear is promising there will be no disruption in jobless benefits. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has more.