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. 


4:01 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Troopers Graduate from State Police Academy

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer

Forty new troopers received diplomas today at ceremonies held in Frankfort, Kentucky. The new troopers are part of the third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program.  They bring the agency's total strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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11:34 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Water Shortage Watch Issued

State officials in Kentucky have issued a Water Shortage Watch for 27 counties. Environmental Scientist Bill Caldwell says residents should be paying attention to possible calls for water conservation.

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7:31 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Thirty-Seven Thousand Kentucky Businesses Failed to Meet Filing Deadline

Secretary of State Grimes
Ky Sec. of State's Office

State officials in Kentucky say more than 150,000 businesses in the state met the July 2nd deadline for filing annual report information with the Secretary of State's office. However, 37,000 didn't meet the deadline and are now listed as no longer "in good standing."  Those who failed to file in time still have sixty days to take care of the report.

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Markets for Pork Products
6:12 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Pork Exports to Mexico on the Rise, Benefiting Kentucky

Pork on the grill
U.S. Meat Export Federation

Per capita pork consumption in Mexico currently runs considerably lower than in the United States. However, pork producers in Kentucky and other states are investing in programs designed to help boost pork exports to that country.

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7:35 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Better Business Bureau Questions "Soldier Relief Fund"

The Better Business Bureau says an organization identifying itself as the "Soldier Relief Fund" has been contacting some local businesses, asking for donations to sponsor a soldier for a one hundred dollar phone card. The consumer protection group says the founder  of the fund was charged with fraud last year in connection with a charity scam in Indiana.

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8:44 am
Tue July 3, 2012

U.S. 41 Re-opened after Oil Well Tank Fire

Kentucky Transportation Officials say lightning struck an oil well tank in Webster County late last night, igniting a fire that led to the temporary closure of U.S. 41. The state's Transportation Cabinet says the lid from one of the tanks was blown onto the nearby highway. No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident, which started shortly after 10 pm.

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12:42 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Auto Industry Incentive Bill Signed

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed a bill into law that’s designed to spur investments in the state’s automotive and parts manufacturing facilities. The bill amends the 2007 Kentucky Jobs Retention Act to allow manufacturers involved in the auto industry to request incentives, regardless of their location in the state.

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Impact of Drought
6:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

State Climatologist Says Kentucky Conditions are Some of the Worst in Years

Dr. Stuart Foster of WKU checks the conditions of a field.
Tommy Newton WKU University Relations

State Climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster of the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU has been checking the dry conditions in several parts of Kentucky. He says the drought this year is somewhat similar to one that occurred in 2007, but it could eventually be compared to worse droughts if the dry weather continues.

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Civil War Series
9:23 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Historians Say Peninsula Campaign Helped Robert E. Lee Establish Reputation

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Union forces hoped to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond. In fighting that became known as the "Peninsula Campaign," Robert E. Lee kept his promise that the city would be defended.

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6:35 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Hot, Dry Weather Taking a Toll on Kentucky Pastures

round hay bales
UK Cooperative Extension Service

As temperatures this week head into the triple digit range, pastures in the state are suffering. University of Kentucky Extension Forage Specialist, Dr. Garry Lacefield, says farmers are faced with a tough situation.

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