Bowling Green, KY – Parents should be concerned about the disturbing rates of prescription drug abuse among Kentucky teens. That's the assessment of Drew Wollin, a prevention specialist with the Warren County based Lifeskills organization. Part of the problem, according to Wollin, is the number of TV commericials kids see about drug products.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky House and Senate leaders have tried--but failed--to find a way to end an ongoing dispute over legislative pay for the governor's special session. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Washington DC – America's relations with Iran have been strained lately, to say the least. The US has accused Tehran of aiding terrorists in Iraq and trying to create a nuclear weapons program. Despite the hard feelings, a new poll shows a majority of the Iranian public favors normalized diplomatic relations with the US. Also, the same polls show most Iranians disfavor their theocratic form of government. Kevin Willis speaks with the president of the group that conducted the rare survey.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards won't have to fly to St. Louis to see the head of Peabody Energy. It turns out Peabody is coming to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
Bowling Green, Ky – The fiscal year that ended in June saw more fundraising records broken at WKU. Cash gifts given to the University increased by 21% over the previous year. WKU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Hiles recently spoke to us about why so many people are contributing gifts to the school.
Bowling Green, Ky – Many volunteer organizations in the region--and nation--are facing what some call a "gender gap." Statistics show many more women are willing to volunteer their time than men. For a group like Big Brothers Big Sisters, that presents serious challenges. Kevin Willis recently spoke to Brian Becker, program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southcentral Kentucky. The agency covers Warren, Barren, and Allen counties.
Lexington, Ky – An innovative program in Lexington is taking a new approach to reaching at-risk kids--many of whom come from inner cities. The Mustang Troop at the Kentucky Horse Park teaches the kids how to care for wild mustangs. Lisa Autry visited the camp to learn why the program has been such a success.
Frankfort, Ky – Friday's sudden resignation of Barbara Erwin, Kentucky's new education commissioner, has the state school board scrambling to find a replacement. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the latest from Frankfort.
Frankfort, Ky – For the fourth consecutive time, Kentucky has ended another fiscal year with a state budget surplus. But the chairman of the House budget committee says the surplus isn't real when you take into account state pension fund deficits and other long-term fiscal needs.