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. 


Consumer Protection
6:32 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Utility Bail Out Scheme Drawing Concerns

Business and government leaders say some utility customers in Kentucky have been contacted regarding a phony scheme designed to steal the Social Security numbers of those who participate. Attorney General Jack Conway says victims are told that a new federal bail-out program will pay their utility bills for them, but no such program exists. Conway says the people behind the fraudulent activity are giving out false bank routing numbers in an attempt to get personal information from their victims.

8:09 am
Sun July 15, 2012

School Nutrition Programs Receive Six Million Dollar Grant

Nutrition Education

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says a grant from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service will be used to fund a nutrition education program for students in the state. The SNAP-Ed nutrition program is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and to prevent or postpone the on-set of diet-related chronic diseases.

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3:42 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Unclaimed Property Checks Top $726,000 in Kentucky

Kentucky Treasury

More than one thousand Kentuckians are receiving checks this week from the Unclaimed Property Division of the Kentucky Treasury. State officials say the checks range in value from four cents to $43,000.

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6:42 am
Thu July 12, 2012

New Study to be Conducted on Private Water Wells

With the help of an EPA grant, the Kentucky Division of Water plans to study about two hundred private water wells in the Commonwealth.  The study will focus on how domestic water wells are impacted by events of nature and by human-influenced pollution.

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12:13 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Utility Bill "Bail Out" Scheme Reported in Region

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Headquarters

Some utility companies in the region are warning consumers to beware of a new scam that has emerged in Kentucky and Tennessee. Marketing Manager Miles McDaniel of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities says some customers have been contacted by scam artists, who claim that a new federal bail-out program will cover their utility bills.

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8:38 am
Tue July 10, 2012

State Agencies Offer Training on Tobacco Law Changes

Some changes in tobacco laws governing underage sales are prompting some new training sessions in the Commonwealth. Some local health departments and regional prevention centers are offering the training free of charge.

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5:45 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kentucky Law Enforcement Gears Up for Marijuana Season

Kentucky State Police Searching for Marijuana Plants
Kentucky State Police

Kentucky marijuana suppression teams eradicated about 400,000 outdoor pot plants last year, and they expect another busy summer this year. Personnel have been participating in training sessions that include aerial spotting, booby trap awareness, and GPS land navigation.

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Interstate Ramp Construction
9:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Exit Ramps in Louisville Won't Reopen Today

I-65 Construction Continues

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising motorists that the exit ramps for northbound I-65 to eastbound I-64/northbound I-71 and westbound I-64 in downtown Louisville will not be reopening today.  A July 9th target date had been publicized earlier for completing the work,  but the contractor has more time left  to complete the ramp work, under the current contract.

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9:49 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Louisville Firefighter to be Arraigned

A Louisville firefighter arrested last week after police say they found guns, cash, drug paraphernalia, and 31 pounds of marijuana in his home will be arraigned Tuesday in Jefferson District Court.  According to the Associated Press, officers served a search warrant on the home of 45 year old Sgt. Willie McBride Jr. on July 3rd.

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9:23 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Federal Appeals Court will Hear Shooting Case

The Associated Press reports that a Federal Appeals Court will take up the case of a Kentucky mother who is suing the U.S. government over her son's shooting death at Fort Bliss.  The U.S 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has scheduled an oral argument date for July 17th in the lawsuit brought by Renee Richardson of Louisville.

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