Bowling Green, Ky – A Warren County lawmaker believes more openness would make state government more efficient and hold legislators more accountable. Republican Jim DeCesare is sponsoring House Bill 105, known as the Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2008. It would create a website listing all state spending of $5,000 or more. Lisa Autry spoke to Rep. DeCesare and Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Policy Institute.
Bowling Green, Ky – A group of Louisville 8th graders are lobbying for a resolution that would create a curriculum on the Holocaust to be used in Kentucky classrooms. Fred Whittaker, the students' teacher at St. Francis of Assisi, spoke to WKU Public Radio about why he teaches a Holocaust/genocide component in his classes.
Frankfort, Ky – There's some debate in Frankfort over how much money casino gaming could generate for Kentucky, if voters eventually say yes to expanded gambling. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
Bowling Green, Ky – A husband-and-wife legal team is giving the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting a $250,000 gift to create new classes that will focus on First Amendment media freedoms. The Louisville couple didn't attend WKU, but say they wanted to contribute something powerful to their native state. Kevin Willis reports on how the gift will be used.
Frankfort, Ky – In Frankfort, there's more gloomy news about Kentucky's financial situation from a panel of economic experts that advises lawmakers and the governor. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Bowling Green, Ky – Arizona Senator John McCain has to settle for a 2nd place finish in the Michigan primaries. But the man who wrote a recent biography of the maverick Senator says we shouldn't count McCain out just yet. Bob Timberg spoke to WKU Public Radio about McCain's ability to move beyond the more than 5 years of torture he took as a POW in Vietnam. Timberg also says many people don't know what an outrageous sense of humor McCain has.
Bowling Green, Ky – A new economic impact study is further proof of the changes coming to Ft. Knox and surrounding counties. With the growth in jobs and personnel comes the need for infrastructure upgrades. Brad Richardson is director of One Knox, a group overseeing base realignment changes. He's hoping the General Assembly will be helpful to the area's needs, despite the lean budget times. Lisa Autry has this report on the transformations taking place in the Ft. Knox area.
Frankfort, Ky – In his first address to a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly last night, Governor Steve Beshear said the State of the Commonwealth is not acceptable. We get more from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky's tight budget situation, casino gambling and the possibility of linkage between the two dominated discussion during the first week of the 2008 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
Bowling Green, Ky – As President Bush wraps up his Middle East visit, citizens in the region appear skeptical that the efforts will pay off. WKU Political Science Professor Soleiman Kiasatpour says most observers aren't expecting any major breakthroughs. But the Middle East expert says new leadership in that region does offer some hope for the future. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Kiasatpour.