Regional
9:18 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Hotlines available for information on preventing elder financial abuse

Bowling Green, Ky – Toll free hotlines are now open in Kentucky for senior citizens who want to learn more about elder financial abuse. Dan Modlin reports on the service that's being provided Thursday, November 10.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Alabama County Bankruptcy Filing Is Biggest In U.S. History

Alabama's Jefferson County has filed for what is the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county commission voted 4-1 in favor of seeking bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a debt-restructuring deal fell apart.

As The Birmingham News reports the history of the more than $4 billion in debt spans a decade and mostly involves a failed sewer construction deal fraught with corruption. Jefferson County is home to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city.

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Sports
10:06 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Penn State Abuse Scandal: A Guide And Timeline

Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (right) walks to the county courthouse on June 5, the first day of his trial on child sex abuse charges.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 11:14 am

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky was found guilty of sexual abuse, convicted of 45 out of 48 counts on Friday, June 22. He was accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period in a scandal that has rocked the university's community. Several alleged victims have testified in the trial, which began on June 11.

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Regional
8:55 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Governor Beshear Re-elected in Victory for Democrats

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is seen in an undated handout photo

Bowling Green, KY – Governor Steve Beshear was re-elected by a wide margin over challengers David Williams, a Republican from Burkesville, and Independent Gatewood Galbraith. The Governor led the ticket for Democrats, who won most of the statewide races. One notable exception was the office of Agriculture Commissioner. In that race, Republican James Comer soundly defeated Democrat Bob Farmer.

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Education
12:40 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Does New Orleans Welcome Disabled Students?

Noah Fisher, 10, and his full-time aide, Daniel Thomas, at Lafayette Academy, a charter school housed in a former district school building in New Orleans.
Larry Abramson NPR

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 6:56 pm

New Orleans has become the center of an education revolution, where more than 70 percent of students attend a charter school.

The number of students taught in traditional district-run schools is shrinking fast. That's because parents in post-Hurricane Katrina can pick and choose from a smorgasbord of schools with different approaches and cultures.

By many measures, this educational marketplace has improved student achievement. But as this experiment moves ahead, it's led to questions about whether the district is truly open to the most challenging students.

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Regional
10:52 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Federal Judge to Assume "Senior Status"

The Federal Courthouse in Bowling Green where Judge Russell has heard some high-profile cases.

Bowling Green, KY – Chief U-S District Judge Thomas B. Russell will assume "Senior Status" on November 15th. That status means the Federal Judge may work only part-time and won't occupy a specific seat on the bench. The 65 year-old Russell was appointed in 1994 and is based in Paducah. According to the Paducah Sun, Judge Russell says he plans to continue with a full caseload. He has heard cases in Paducah, Louisville, and Bowling Green in the past. Judge Joseph H. McKinley will succeed him as Chief Judge.

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Regional
10:03 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Educators Seek Solutions to Student Retention Issue

Dr. Ransdell addresses faculty and staff
Clinton Lewis/WKU University Relations

Bowling Green, KY – Leaders in the field of higher education are taking a number of steps to encourage post-secondary students to return for their second year of classes. Although academic preparation is still a key, many believe socio-economic factors must also be considered. Dan Modlin has the second segment in the two part series, "Back for Another Year"........

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Regional
5:17 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Postsecondary Education Leaders Focus on Student Retention

Dr. Brian Meredith, Associate V-P of Enrollment Management

"Back for Another Year" part one

Bowling Green, KY – Leaders in the field of higher education say student retention will become an increasingly important factor in the years ahead. Nationwide, an alarming number of college freshmen don't return for their second year of study. Dan Modlin has the first segment in a two-part series, titled "Back for Another Year"......

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Regional
1:48 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Assistive Technology to be Displayed to Help Those Who Have Suffered Vision Loss

Bowling Green, Ky – The South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind will host a special meeting on November 8th, to display new technology that can help those with vision problems. Group President Dr. Ron Milliman says some significant advancements have occurred and some of them make use of mobile devices like iPhones. Dan Modlin talks with him....

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Around the Nation
10:52 am
Tue November 1, 2011

In Florida, Mentally Ill Suffer Abuse And Neglect

Officer Tom Merenda talks to John Fager, one of the dozens of residents living in an assisted-living facility in Cannon Point.
Kenny Malone for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 5:26 pm

As states have closed down mental hospitals, they've struggled to find housing for the mentally ill. In Florida, assisted-living facilities have become the de facto solution.

It takes just a high school diploma and 26 hours of training to run one of Florida's mental health assisted-living facilities — that's lower than the state requirements for becoming a beautician, a barber or even an auctioneer.

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