Bowling Green, Ky – Members of Congress have been debating a proposed free trade agreement with Colombia, an issue raised during a recent geographic analysis trip to that South American country. Several WKU faculty and students were part of the trip. Dan Modlin reports.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky voter turnout may reach a record high in November, based on promising turnout from the May Kentucky presidential primary, according to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
In the May election, 32 percent of voters cast a ballot, compared to 14 percent in 2004. Franklin County had the highest voter turnout at nearly 55 percent.
Statewide, 43 percent of Democrats, almost 20 percent of Republicans, and 4 percent of independents turned out to vote in May.
Bowling Green, Ky – For the first time, WKU is now offering an online Master's degree in the field of elementary education. Dr. Tabitha Daniel is head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at WKU. She says students will find the online classes contain the same information that has long been available through traditional classes. She spoke to our Dan Modlin about the new program.
Bowling Green, Ky – A forensic pathologist from Pennsylvania is raising questions about the extent of brain injuries suffered by professional football players. Dr. Bennett Omalu has conducted autopsies on some former pro players and believes concussions are taking a heavier toll on players than many people realize. He spoke with our Dan Modlin.
Bowling Green, Ky – Kentuckians being squeezed by higher energy costs are getting hit in the supermarket, as well. According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau, consumers are paying 12% more than a year ago for things like eggs, milk, and bread. Lisa Autry reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – An engineering study says Kentucky will need to get creative to finance a new bridge over the Ohio River. The proposed bridge would link I-69 between Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana. The study finds that tolls alone won't be able to fund such a project. Lisa Autry spoke with Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Bowling Green, Ky – If you hear or read news about relations between Iran and the US, chances are it's bleak. But WKU Political Science Professor Sol Kiasatpour says there are some small--but very meaningful--thaws taking place between the two countries. He spoke to WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis.
Bowling Green, Ky – Despite the weak US economy, unemployment nationwide is historically low. The 5.5% jobless rate is running about average according to Dr. Bill Davis, head of the WKU Economics Department. However, he says many Americans have been unemployed for longer periods of time recently. He spoke to our Lisa Autry.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky lawmakers are questioning the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars for contract nurses at state mental health facilities. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – Law enforcement officials in Kentucky say there has been a significant increase in fraudulent gas and oil investment schemes that are prompted, in part, by the rising cost of fuel. In the conclusion to our special two part series, Dan Modlin speaks with a man who spent time in federal prison for his involvement in such schemes.