Frankfort, Ky – Gov. Steve Beshear is proposing raising Kentucky's cigarette tax by 70 cents to generate $81 million over the next year to help offset a $456 million revenue shortfall. Tony McVeigh has details of the Governor's plan.
Frankfort, Ky – The former chancellor of the New York State University System is the new president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – Many newspapers across the country, including the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader, have been reducing their work forces. Leaders in the newspaper industry point to declining ad revenues, but WKU Photojournalism Program Coordinator James Kenney says lower circulations have hurt some papers, as well. He spoke to our Dan Modlin about the current health of the newspaper business.
Bowling Green, Ky – An expert in the field of interrogating terrorism suspects is speaking out against the use of torture. The man who led the interrogation team that uncovered information which led to the death of one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, says other techniques helped uncover the information needed to find and kill the Jordanian. For security purposes, our guest goes by a pseudonym. He spoke to our Dan Modlin.
Frankfort, Ky – It's D-Day for state agencies in Kentucky, which must report how they intend to reduce their budgets by four-percent. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh looks at how proposed cuts could affect the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Frankfort, Ky – He's finishing up his first year as Kentucky's governor, and despite the lousy economy, Steve Beshear remains optimistic. For more on the governor's thoughts, here's Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh, who spent a half-hour with Beshear.
Bowling Green, Ky – This year marks the 70th anniversary of events that many historians call a turning point in the worst genocide ever. WKU History Professor and WWII scholar Jack Thacker says anti-semitic attitudes in many parts of Germany contributed to the atmosphere that made the death of millions of people possible. He spoke to our Dan Modlin.
Bowling Green, Ky – Some WKU students will travel to Kenya during the holiday break to help provide medical services for people in rural villages. Our interview guest, Dr. Nancy Rice of the WKU Biology Department, is helping to coordinate the Partners in Caring program. Dr. Rice says the students will be working in conjunction with three Warren and Barren County doctors and WKU faculty members to meet the medical needs of the villagers.
Bowling Green, Ky – The President of Western Kentucky University thinks future construction projects on campus will have to have increased funding from the private sector. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking universities to cut 4% from their budgets this fiscal year to offset a state budget deficit. WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke with our Lisa Autry about the challenging budget situation.
Owensboro, Ky – As the Big Three Automakers prepare to talk with Congress about a financial aid package, the treasurer of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association says a lack of credit has been the most significant problem facing the US auto industry. Dan Modlin reports.