Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky's economic woes continue. The current state budget deficit could be larger than anticipated and there may be even more red ink ahead. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh assesses the state's grim financial picture.
Bowling Green, Ky – Properly-trained canines are providing some much needed services for children with autism. In this report, Dan Modlin speaks with Dr. Jennifer Butler-Modaff. She believes her son would benefit greatly from an autism service dog.
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.