Owensboro, Ky – As newspapers throughout the country struggle with the issue of making their online operations profitable, a publisher in Owensboro says papers have to stop giving away their product for free. Bob Morris is group publisher for the company that produces several papers in Kentucky, including the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Morris says not charging for online content gives the impression the product has no value. We also hear from Jeff Jobe, a publisher based in Glasgow.
Bowling Green, Ky – Volunteer fire departments across Kentucky and the nation are facing a crisis. They've often been short of money and personnel in the past, but now fewer young people are stepping in to fill the ranks. In this report we hear from several volunteer firefighters, including Mike Braun, Assistant Chief of the Austin-Tracy Volunteer Fire Department in Barren County.
Bowling Green, Ky – Kentucky health officials say the flu season is well underway. So far, it appears the H1N1 virus seems to be having an impact which is comparable to the traditional, seasonal flu. Dan Modlin reports on regional plans to deal with the H1N1 strain.
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.