Bowling Green, Ky – The annual Fancy Farm gathering in western Kentucky featured the usual assortment of political speeches, heckling, and food. This year, the event featured two very distinct styles of campaigning by Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Bruce Lunsford. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry attended this year's Fancy Farm, and has this expanded look at the event.
Bowling Green, Ky – A new program is being introduced at WKU that will help soldiers who have sustained head injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. Brain injuries are among the most common types of injuries suffered in those wars. Dan Modlin spoke with Dr. Richard Dressler, Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program at WKU.
Bowling Green, Ky – Two years after a deadly plane crash in Lexington, a civil trial is expected to begin soon stemming from dozens of lawsuits. Regional airline Comair was carrying 50 people from Lexington's airport when it crashed immediately after takeoff. Only the co-pilot survived. Lisa Autry spoke with aviation attorney Steve Hixson of Bowling Green about the trial.
Nashville, TN – While many Americans are cutting back on their travel plans, foreign tourists are coming to the US with plenty of cash to spend. The Euro and British pound have recently traded at record highs against the dollar. WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry recently traveled to Tennessee to meet some of those foreign tourists, and find out how they're spending their money here in the US.
Bowling Green, Ky – Experts in the field of gambling addiction estimate that there are at least 25,000 problem gamblers in Kentucky. At the same time, the state has a serious shortage of counselors trained to deal with the issue. Dan Modlin spoke with Mike Stone, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.
Bowling Green, Ky – A group of WKU students and faculty leaves soon for a 14,000 mile trip across the globe. They're headed to the summer Olympics in China. Recreation Professor Fred Gibson spoke to our Lisa Autry.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky is clarifying the state's policy regarding the lowering of state and U-S flags in honor of military personnel killed in action in combat zones. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the latest.
Bowling Green, Ky – Members of Congress have been debating a proposed free trade agreement with Colombia, an issue raised during a recent geographic analysis trip to that South American country. Several WKU faculty and students were part of the trip. Dan Modlin reports.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky voter turnout may reach a record high in November, based on promising turnout from the May Kentucky presidential primary, according to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
In the May election, 32 percent of voters cast a ballot, compared to 14 percent in 2004. Franklin County had the highest voter turnout at nearly 55 percent.
Statewide, 43 percent of Democrats, almost 20 percent of Republicans, and 4 percent of independents turned out to vote in May.
Bowling Green, Ky – For the first time, WKU is now offering an online Master's degree in the field of elementary education. Dr. Tabitha Daniel is head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at WKU. She says students will find the online classes contain the same information that has long been available through traditional classes. She spoke to our Dan Modlin about the new program.