Elizabethtown, Ky – In Elizabethtown, a husband and wife team is helping wounded soldiers gain more control over their lives. Tom and Karen Brown are retired veterans who own Wild Rose Equine Center. With the help of therapists and volunteers, they offer eight-week courses that teach soldiers how to ride the horse and care for the animal, all the while improving balance, coordination, and memory skills. Kevin Willis visited Wild Rose and has our story.
Bowling Green, KY – November marks the 150th anniversary of the election of President Abraham Lincoln. Although the nation's 16th President was a native of Kentucky, he received relatively little support from the state in the Presidential election of 1860. Dan Modlin talks with historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn Lafantasie of the WKU History Department.........
Bowling Green – Some agriculture leaders in Kentucky are expressing concern about the shortage of veterinarians who can treat farm animals in the state. Dan Modlin reports on a scholarship program designed to recruit more large animal vets while forgiving their student loan debt.
Frankfort – A private contractor that manages health care services for Kentucky state government is promising new rules and management. Passport Health Plan receives public dollars to manage Medicaid plans in Jefferson and 15 surrounding counties. A recent state audit found millions of dollars in questionable spending on meals, travel, and lobbying. Board chairman and CEO Larry Cook says while it's possible some of Passport's money was misspent, the transfers were legal.
Frankfort – Should Kentucky officially recognize Native American tribes living within its borders? A Louisville lawmaker thinks so. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh takes a look at the lawmaker's ongoing crusade.
Frankfort – The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees will require larger contributions from local governments to cover the rising costs faced by the county employees retirement system in the coming year.
Local governments will now contribute 18.9 percent of non-hazardous duty employees' salaries to the retirement system, and for hazardous duty employees, the contribution rate will be 35.7 percent. That reflects a 2 percent and 2.5 percent increase respectively.
Bowling Green, KY – Students and Faculty advisors from the WKU Department of Public Health have completed a study on the flow of hazardous materials being transported through the region. The findings will be supplied to local Emergency Management officials, to help with future planning for possible hazmat incidents. Dan Modlin has this report....