Bowling Green, Ky – Ten years ago, Kentucky signed into law higher education reforms. One of the main goals was to increase the number of Kentuckians with bachelor's degrees by 2020 in order to meet the national average. To find out what progress the state has made towards that goal and others, Lisa Autry spoke with the outgoing head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Tom Layzell.
Bowling Green, Ky – City and county budgets in Kentucky are being strained by the mandatory funding of the County Employee Retirement System. Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker tells Western's Public Radio she and other city and county leaders in the state are pushing for ways to relieve the burden on local budgets. But any fix will have to pass the General Assembly, a move that may prove politically unpopular.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Beshear has released his 2006 federal and state income tax returns. The Dawson Springs Democrat had held back from releasing the information, until reporters pointed out that Beshear had demanded his political opponents do the same. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Frankfort, Ky – Governor Fletcher has set the official date of a special legislative session. On July 5th, lawmakers will return to Frankfort to discuss tax breaks for a coal conversion plant--and possibly millions of dollars in vetoed university projects.
Winston Salem, NC – A new study by a Wake Forest University researcher shows that two-thirds of US households with firearms don't store them properly away from children. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Robert Durant, whose study appears in the the June issue of "Pediatrics".
Frankfort, Ky – Governor Fletcher is changing his schedule so he can make an appearance before a joint meeting of the House and Senate's Appropriations and Revenue Committees. As Tony McVeigh reports, the Governor wants to talk about fuel and energy issues.
Bowling Green, Ky – A recent study ranked Kentucky first in the nation in deaths related to the use of ATVs. In rural parts of the Commonwealth, the vehicles are a popular way to navigate rocky terrain. In this special report, Lisa Autry speaks with an ATV dealer from Barren County, a Louisville nurse who has treated ATV-related injuries, and a Bowling Green mother whose son was hurt while riding an ATV.
Frankfort, Ky – In February 1812, a seven-point-nine magnitude earthquake caused the Mississippi River along Kentucky's western border to reverse course. Scientists believe we could be overdue for another one. If it occurs, the state plans to be ready. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – The world has watched Hamas rout their rival Fatah in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas victory has serious implications for the Palestinians, Israel, US, and Arab countries. Dr. Soleiman Kiasatpour is the Middle East expert with the WKU Political Science Department. He spoke to us about the fallout from the events in Gaza.