Bowling Green, Ky – This is the time of year when many Americans make charitable contributions to their favorite causes. But charitable experts say in many cases, those who solicit funds for charities keep the vast majority of dollars given. Dan Modlin speaks with Sandra Miniutti of Charity Navigator, and Todd Leatherman with the Consumer Protection Division of the Kentucky Attorney General's office.
Frankfort, Ky – Tuesday was full of celebrations for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who took the oath of office as the Commonwealth's 61st governor. Among those who witnessed the historic day was Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – The government of Mexico is privatizing land previously held communally by some of the most poor, indigenous peoples of that country. Dr. David Keeling is head of the WKU Geography/Geology Department, and a member of the American Geographical Society. The AGS is creating some of the first-ever maps of these areas in an effort to empower those who might lose their land. Dr. Keeling spoke to WKU Public Radio about the effort.
Bowling Green, Ky – Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, has a reputation for outlandish behavior. After the recent embarrassment of losing a referendum that would have made him President-for-life, Chavez announced he was moving his country's clocks a half-hour behind neighboring nations. WKU Political Scientist John Petersen spoke to Dan Modlin about Chavez and his latest moves.
Frankfort, Ky – Steve Beshear has been officially sworn-in as Kentucky's 61st Governor. Tuesday saw the traditional inaugural parade in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was there, and sent us this report.
Bowling Green, Ky – Credit experts say the holiday season can be one of the most important times of year in managing debt effectively. John Stanford is the Assistant Vice-President for Asset Protection at Service One Credit Union. He spoke to our Dan Modlin about how to distinguish between "good debt" and "bad debt", and about the need to get help early when debt is becoming a burden.
Frankfort, Ky – Testimony from a legislative committee in Frankfort indicates Kentucky is making progress in the battle against meth production, but still faces challenges in cleaning up property contaminated by meth labs. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Paducah, Ky – Lisa Autry brings us part two of her series on the 10th anniversary of the Heath High School shootings in Paducah, Ky. Today's report focuses on how school security changed in the aftermath of this, and other shootings around the nation. We hear from current Heath principal Russ Tilford, who was a teacher at the school in 1997, and Jon Akers, with the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
Paducah, Ky – It's been ten years since the Heath High School shootings in Paducah, Ky. Missy Jenkins-Smith was paralyzed by bullets shot from the gun of Michael Carneal. Jenkins-Smith spoke to WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry about her life since the shooting spree that left three classmates dead. The 25-year-old is now a wife, mother, and school safety advocate. This is the first of a two-part series of reports on the anniversary of the Heath shootings.