Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky officials said they were "outraged" about an effigy of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama that was found on campus on Wednesday. UK President Lee Todd sent a campus-wide email confirming the situation.
A second email pertaining to the effigy reached across the university from the provost Wednesday afternoon. Kumble R. Subbaswamy notified students, faculty and staff that a campus forum would be held to address the racial and cultural issues brought on by the incident.
Richmond, KY – Leaders at the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and the state of Kentucky quickly condemned a hanging effigy of Barrack Obama as racist. But a quick look at online blogs show some people defending the effigy as legitimate political protest.
Louisville, KY – Two years ago, the race for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District seat was a tight one, with Democrat John Yarmuth unseating Republican incumbent Anne Northup. As was the case in 2006, their rematch this year is dominated by local concerns about national policies. Kentucky Public Radio's Stephanie Sanders reports from partner-station WFPL in Louisville.
Bowling Green, Ky – With environmental issues gaining more attention nationwide, the state of Kentucky has landed a federal grant designed to lessen the impact of school bus diesel fumes. New research shows the fumes disproportionately affect young children. Dan Modlin speaks with Elizabeth Robb Schmitz, an environmental education specialist with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.
Frankfort, Ky – With Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicting long lines for Tuesday's election, the spotlight in Frankfort is shining on legislation allowing early voting in future state elections. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
Fort Knox, Ky – Revelations of poor health care for veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital have led to 35 new Warrior Transition Units nationwide. Lisa Autry visited the WTU at Ft. Knox, and saw how the program's holistic approach tries to help soldiers mend physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Frankfort, Ky – Improper demolition of a tobacco warehouse in Horse Cave, Kentucky, has state environmental officials concerned about potential asbestos contamination. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.
Frankfort, KY – There are 3,550 precincts in Kentucky, with 2,800 polling locations. On Election Day, almost 15,000 poll workers will staff them. Secretary of State Trey Grayson is expecting long lines.
"If you're in line at 6:00 p.m., you can vote no matter how long that takes. We have seen in the past couple of years, those lines have been an hour to an hour-and-a-half, to two hours long, with that many people standing in line at 6:00 p.m.," Grayson said.
Kentucky Dam Village, KY – In the days leading up to the election, the economy has been the dominant issue in the race between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford. Another issue that is also drawing considerable conversation is energy. In fact, energy issues were discussed at some length during the candidates' final debate last week in western Kentucky.