Frankfort, Ky – Just call her Senator. Democrat Robin Webb of Grayson has officially resigned from the Kentucky House and been sworn-in to the state Senate. We get the latest from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Political Scientist Joel Turner believes that in the future many people will give Senator Ted Kennedy credit if a healthcare overhaul bill is passed. Professor Turner says the death of President Kennedy in 1963 led to an increase in interest in passing of his top legislative priorities. Dan Modlin has more.
Frankfort, Ky – Questionable spending practices at the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities were the focus of a two-hour legislative hearing in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was there.
Bowling Green, Ky – Unemployment rates have reached the 11% mark in Kentucky. With so many people looking for jobs, a hiring specialist from Nashville says those seeking employment must think from the perspective of the employer. Jennifer Way of Way Solutions recently led a workshop on job searches at WKU. She spoke to our Dan Modlin about the current hiring environment.
Bowling Green, Ky – An Economics Professor in Indiana has new research to consider in Kentucky's ongoing debate over whether to expand gambling. Governor Beshear supports slots machines at horse racing tracks as a means of boosting the state's signature industry and creating new revenue. But Dr. Michael Hicks of Ball State University says the impact on jobs will be minimal. Lisa Autry has our report.
Bowling Green, Ky – A special election in northeastern Kentucky will fill a vacant seat in the state Senate. Democrats are hoping to win the seat and cut into the GOP's majority. Republicans are putting up a candidate they believe can keep the seat in the party's hands. Lisa Autry reports that the party that controls the Senate controls a good deal of the state's political agenda.
Bowling Green, Ky – An Elizabethtown-based group that serves 42 Kentucky counties is trying to get food to hungry children. Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is trying to rally support for its "Adopt-A-Backpacker" program, which provides basic food items for children to take home on the weekends. Each Friday, school personnel put a bag of food in the child's backpack. The organization's Development Director, Tami Delaney, says this is done to avoid stigmatizing the child. Kevin Willis reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – Energy experts says consumers can save a considerable amount of money each year by using household appliances which are "energy star qualified." Christian Ryan Downing is the sustainability coordinator at WKU. She says energy efficiency should be a top consideration when new refrigerators or dishwashers are purchased. She spoke to our Dan Modlin.