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.
Bowling Green, Ky – For one Warren County man, the ongoing violence in Gaza hits close to home. Mohammed Maali is a Palestinian who has relatives in the West Bank. Lisa Autry paid Maali a visit at his home in Alvaton, and also spoke with Dr. Mitchell Bard of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
Owensboro, Ky – Owensboro is following the national trend of encouraging the creation of downtown living spaces. The city is preparing to start the next phase of its downtown development project. Owensboro Downtown Development Executive Director Fred Reeves says the city wants several housing options to be available. He talked to WKU Public Radio about the next phase of the city's redevelopment.
Bowling Green, Ky – A cornerstone of Governor Beshear's plan to balance the state's troubled budget is raising the commonwealth's cigarette tax from 30 cents a pack to $1. Speaking recently in Bowling Green, Rep. Jody Richards said he doubts such a steep increase would pass. Lisa Autry has this report on the prospects of changing Kentucky's cigarette tax.
Bowling Green, Ky – Researchers at the University of Kentucky say a study about ATVs indicates that youth size guidelines are inadequate. Dr. Andrew Bernard, a surgeon who was the principal investigator of the study, says too many young people are trying to operate large ATVs. He spoke with our Dan Modlin about the issue.
Bowling Green, Ky – Kentucky Democrats have picked Warren County attorney Mike Reynolds to run in the February special election for the now vacant 32nd district Senate seat. Reynolds will face fellow attorney J. Marshall Hughes, who is representing the Republican party. The seat covers Warren and Butler counties, and was left vacant when Brett Guthrie won last fall's U.S House race. Lisa Autry reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – Republicans in Warren and Butler Counties have selected Bowling Green lawyer J. Marshall Hughes to run for a vacant Kentucky Senate seat. Hughes will be on the ballot for the February 10th special election to choose the replacement for Brett Guthrie, who left the 32nd district seat to become a US Representative. Lisa Autry reports.