Bowling Green, Ky – Those in and around Bowling Green associate the term "Hilltopper" with the WKU athletics program. But back in the 1950, a singing group known as the "Hilltoppers" made it big in the world of music. Dan Modlin talks with Carlton Jackson, retired WKU History Professor, and author of a new book on the group.
Bowling Green, Ky – The expansion of casino gambling is expected to be a big issue in the upcoming general election for Kentucky Governor. Supporters say such an expansion would create much-needed revenue for the Commonwealth, while opponents say it will create more problem gamblers. Dan Modlin talked with Mike Stone, executive director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.
Bowling Green, Ky – Several new state laws are now in effect in Kentucky--but the new 70-mile-per-hour speed limit isn't one of them. In this report, Lisa Autry talks with State Senators Brett Guthrie and Roy Jones, Rep. JR Gray, Kentucky State Police officer Phil Crumpton, and WKU Economics Professor Bill Davis on the impact of the new laws on the books.
Frankfort, Ky – Sealed bids on hundreds of millions of dollars in state highway contracts were publicly opened at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The move comes as the Fletcher administration is trying to deflect corruption charges related to the bidding process. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has our story.
Bowling Green, Ky – Ten years ago, Kentucky signed into law higher education reforms. One of the main goals was to increase the number of Kentuckians with bachelor's degrees by 2020 in order to meet the national average. To find out what progress the state has made towards that goal and others, Lisa Autry spoke with the outgoing head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Tom Layzell.
Bowling Green, Ky – City and county budgets in Kentucky are being strained by the mandatory funding of the County Employee Retirement System. Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker tells Western's Public Radio she and other city and county leaders in the state are pushing for ways to relieve the burden on local budgets. But any fix will have to pass the General Assembly, a move that may prove politically unpopular.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Beshear has released his 2006 federal and state income tax returns. The Dawson Springs Democrat had held back from releasing the information, until reporters pointed out that Beshear had demanded his political opponents do the same. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Frankfort, Ky – Governor Fletcher has set the official date of a special legislative session. On July 5th, lawmakers will return to Frankfort to discuss tax breaks for a coal conversion plant--and possibly millions of dollars in vetoed university projects.
Winston Salem, NC – A new study by a Wake Forest University researcher shows that two-thirds of US households with firearms don't store them properly away from children. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Robert Durant, whose study appears in the the June issue of "Pediatrics".
Frankfort, Ky – Governor Fletcher is changing his schedule so he can make an appearance before a joint meeting of the House and Senate's Appropriations and Revenue Committees. As Tony McVeigh reports, the Governor wants to talk about fuel and energy issues.