Louisville, Ky – Kentucky's lung cancer death rate is 45% higher than the national average. Dr. Victor VanBurkle wants Kentuckians to understand the impact tobacco-related cancers are having on the state. He's a surgeon with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. He says while cancer treatments have come a long way in recent years, the lung cancer death rate is essentially flat. That's because when most patients discover they have the disease, it's too late to save them.
Bowling Green, Ky – A bill that would exempt certain Kentucky coal mines from the federal Clean Water Act has passed out of a committee, and is now being considered by the full House. The measure is sponsored by Webster County Democrat Jim Gooch, and it's sure to stir debate over the powers of state versus federal government. Kevin Willis spoke to University of Louisville law professor Russell Weaver about possible challenges to the bill if it were to become law.
Bowling Green, Ky – WKU has announced a new program designed to increase learning opportunities for engineering students. Through the support of Logan Aluminum, a new industrial partnership will offer co-ops and internships to students so they can get "real world" experience with area corporations. Dan Modlin reports.
Russellville's Charles Neblett was one of the founding members of The Freedom Singers, a vocal group that became a powerful force in the Civil Rights Movement (fellow member Dr. Bernice Reagon will perform Wednesday, February 16th as part of the WKU Cultural Enhancement Series).
WKU Folk Studies Graduate student Rachel Hopkin visited him to learn more about the group and his long-time involvement in Civil Rights.
Bowling Green – A Fort Knox unit of some 35 hundred soldiers is officially on the ground in Afghanistan after a series of deployments that began in December. The Third Brigade Combat Team replaced a unit from Fort Campbell. Lieutenant Colonel James Vizzard, a battalion commander, says their mission is more than fighting the insurgency, it's training the Afghan police and army, as well as nation building. He spoke with Lisa Autry.
Bowling Green, KY – Journalist Juan Williams says news consumers need to use their eyes and ears to support news talk programs that are civil. Speaking at Western Kentucky University, Williams said viewers, listeners, and readers are the ones who will ultimately decide what types of news information they will receive in the future. Dan Modlin talks with him.........
Bowling Green, KY – Denso Air Systems is a global automotive parts manufacturer which plans to invest more than four million dollars in a facility in Hopkinsville. The Kentucky Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Denso for tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment Program. Denso is a Japanese-owned company that builds hoses and pipes for car air conditioning systems.
Loretto, Ky – Maker's Mark is the highest-selling premium bourbon brand in the world. When you visit the distillery in tiny Loretto, Kentucky, you're struck by the humility of the employees, and their desire to carry on the tradition started in the early 1950s by Bill Samuels Sr. His son, Bill Jr., is stepping down as president of the distillery after 35 years. WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis visited the distillery to meet Bill and his son, Rob, who is set to become chief operating officer.
Bowling Green, KY – Civil War Historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glen LaFantasie say President Lincoln looked at the state of Kentucky as a key pivotal area as he tried to address slavery issues in the days leading up to the start of the Civil War. Lincoln considered Kentucky to be a key strategic location, in part because of its access to the Ohio River.Dan Modlin has more on the story.........