Bowling Green, Ky – In the second of our two-part series of reports, we take a ride with Bowling Green Police Sgt. Matt Edwards, who patrols some of the city's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Sgt. Edwards tells us how he tries to build trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities who are often suspicious of the police. He says a technique known as "community policing" plays a major role in the effort.
Bowling Green, Ky – The Bowling Green Police Department faces considerable challenges in reaching out to the city's many immigrant communities. Bowling Green has a growing Hispanic population, as well as recent arrivals from Bosnia, Albania, Vietnam, Burma, Liberia, Iraq, and Burundi. Many of these immigrants are naturally suspicious of engaging with law enforcement. In this report, we hear from BGPD Chief Doug Hawkins and Officer Monica Woods, International Communities Liaison.
Bowling Green, Ky – The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center is encouraging manufacturers in the state to look for safe ways to save energy. Executive Director Cam Metcalf says relatively cheap energy costs drew many manufacturers to the region in the past, but those costs have been increasing in recent years. A workshop to address the issue is being held in Bowling Green on Wednesday, June 16th. Dan Modlin has our story.
Frankfort, Ky – In Frankfort late last night, Kentucky lawmakers wrapped up their work in what turned out to be a six-day special session on the budget. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was at the State Capitol when the final gavels fell.
Rhonda Hamilton, guest-hosting for Dee Dee Bridgewater, is onstage at the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. She introduces Christian McBride as "the premier bass player of his generation." All in the huge Motor City crowd cheer for that.
Somerset, Ky – In the second of his two-part series on drug abuse in the Pulaski County region, Dan Modlin tells us about a unique concern to law enforcement in Southeastern Kentucky. Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery says some drug dealers are able to draw disability checks, which provides them with the materials needed to make and distribute illegal drugs.
Somerset, Ky – In the Pulaski County region, prescription drug abuse is proving to be a major concern, with a number of overdose deaths reported. "Operation Unite" is coordinating a new effort in the area to develop some strategies for dealing with drug abuse problems. This is the first of a two-part series of reports by Dan Modlin about strategies to combat prescription drug abuse.
Frankfort, Ky – A Republican Party of Kentucky unity rally Saturday drew several hundred party faithful to Frankfort, but it also attracted a small group of protestors. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was there.
Bowling Green, KY – When 14 year old Mary Rachel Nalley of Bowling Green started picking out tunes on her fiddle in the 5th grade, even she didn't think it would land her on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry just four years later. Mary recently came to the studios of WKU Public Radio and shared some of her music with our listeners.
Bowling Green, Ky – Bowling Green's Rand Paul will represent the Republican Party in November's US Senate race. Paul won a decisive victory Tuesday over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, and will now face Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who won the Democratic primary. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry was at the Rand Paul election party when it was announced he secured the GOP nomination.