Bowling Green, Ky – Some school districts in Kentucky are closing their doors because of high absenteeism related to the flu. Lisa Autry speaks with Megan Broadbent of the Barren River District Health Department, and Kentucky Education Department spokeswoman Lisa Gross.
Bowling Green, Ky – Many suicide prevention specialists in the region are participating in the training program called "QPR". Dr. Karl Laves of the WKU Counseling and Testing Center says the program is designed for family members, friends, and members of the community. QPR stands for "question, persuade, and refer." Dan Modlin has this story.
Bowling Green, Ky – Although policy decisions regarding the war in Afghanistan have drawn more headlines recently, it's been a very deadly week for US troops in Iraq. The US military says 13 soldiers were killed in Baghdad in just three days. Dr. Jack Thacker studies military history in the WKU History Department. He says casualties sometimes increase as troop numbers are drawn down. He spoke to our Dan Modlin.
Louisville, Ky – Kentucky's most innovative HIV researcher says he's excited about the news concerning a recent clinical trial involving 16,000 adults in Thailand. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. He says many in the field of HIV prevention had given up hope that a vaccine was possible. The Thailand study showed those who took a combination of vaccines had a 31% decreased risk of contracting the virus that causes AIDS.
Bowling Green, Ky – A state lawmakers from Greenville wants the legislature to end a food service contract between Aramark and Kentucky prisons. Brent Yonts says the food being served by the company is substandard. However, Aramark spokeswoman Sarah Jarvis says the charges are baseless, and that the food served to prisoners is more than adequate. Dan Modlin reports.
Nashville, TN – One researcher who contributed to the 2009 Tennessee Women's Health Report Card says the results show the state is paying for unhealthy lifestyles. The first-of-its-kind effort in Tennessee gives the state failing or near-failing grades in categories such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We spoke with Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Director of Women's Health Research at Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Collins.
Frankfort, Ky – A couple of auctions of surplus state property are helping make a dent in Kentucky's ongoing deficit problem. Combined, the auctions raised more than $1.5 million for the commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh dropped by Tuesday's auction.