Dan Modlin


Dan Modlin served as News Director at WKU Public Radio for 23 years, and retired in early 2013. He's a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family.  A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national  and state  awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting. 

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A University of Louisville student accused of shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter is learning that authorities take the matter seriously. Louisville police say 19-year-old Jeffry Ledington is charged with two wanton endangerment counts.

WKU Public Radio

Although the weather in Kentucky in recent days seems far removed from the snow and ice of winter, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for the weather that's expected to arrive in upcoming months. This year they'll be utilizing some new computer technology to help them treat the roads in an effective manner.

Two Assistant US Attorneys have been appointed to serve as District Election Officers for the upcoming November 6th Election. The appointments are part of the Justice Department’s nationwide “Election Day Program.”

Mayo Clinic

Specialists in the field say ovarian cancer can be very deadly, in part because it can be difficult to detect in its early stages. Researchers are hoping to find some more effective ways to diagnose and treat the disease, and Dr. Michael Milam of the Norton Cancer Center in Louisville says he is hopeful that better detection can lead to improved treatment in the future.

After months of warnings to expect lackluster scores from Kentucky's new public school assessments, the state has announced the numbers will be released early next month. A news release from the state Department of Education says the scores will be available to the public November 2nd.

Centers for Disease Control

Ovarian cancer can be very deadly, in part because it is difficult to detect in its early stages. Cancer specialists in Kentucky say the disease has frequently progressed to stage 3 or stage 4 by the time it is found. Dr. Daniel Metzinger of the Brown Cancer Center in Louisville says the disease can spread relatively quickly. He's one of the interview guests in our special two part report on ovarian cancer.

Anyone wanting to file as a write-in candidate for the November 6th election in Kentucky must do so by Friday of this week. Under Kentucky law, write-in candidates for any office are required to file a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate, and they must pay a filing fee prescribed by statute. Write-in candidates for President and Vice-President must also file a list of presidential electors pledged to the candidates.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ordered the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services to pay $20,000 to two newspapers, in a fight over child abuse records. The appeals court ruled Friday that Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd correctly ordered the state to cover the legal fees for the Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader in October of 2010.

A manufacturing firm based in Glasgow, Kentucky will create 25 new jobs through a plan to expand its operations. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced the $3.8 million SpanTech expansion project, which will include purchasing new equipment and leasing an additional 55,500 square feet.


Federal Emergency Management officials want people in the region to participate in "Drop, Cover, and Hold-on"drills Thursday, as part of a nationwide earthquake preparedness effort. They're calling the project the "Great Shakeout."

Creative Commons

Louisville police have arrested a man who is accused of obtaining prescriptions for painkillers from 28 dentists in just a five month period. The Courier Journal reports that 42 year old Michael A. Osswald of Louisville is charged with 22 counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to rule against the federal government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements. The companies contend the messages amount to "forced public confessions."However, the Justice Department argues that the statements need to be strong enough to protect the public from future false statements made by the tobacco industry.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning to take advantage of favorable temperatures this weekend to perform pavement repairs to a busy section of Interstate 65 near downtown Louisville. This section of road didn't receive improvements during summer construction and was last paved in 2006.

Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association

The Barren River District Health Department is helping to coordinate a Food Day Celebration that will be held at the WKU Agriculture Expo Center on October 24th. Crissy Rowland, the Branch Manager for Health Information with the Health Department, says the program is designed to encourage the production and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Valley Truck LLC is investing more than $600,000 in improvements at its facility in Utica, Kentucky. The firm will expand its workforce by a dozen jobs,  as part of the investment.