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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The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is helping students compete for some major, national scholarships. Its a highly competitive field, but University officials say WKU students were awarded more than 500 thousand dollars from such scholarships last year.

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Earlier this year Newsweek magazine named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU "America's Number One High School." On Monday, September 24th, a celebration will be held on the WKU campus, with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear scheduled to speak.

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Declaring it a successful effort, officials at WKU have announced that the "A New Century of Spirit" campaign raised more than $202 million. The announcement came at the President's Circle Gala and Campaign Celebration. Kathryn Costello, WKU Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, says a total of $202,305,534 was raised to support students, faculty, programs, and capital projects.


Friday night's gala on the WKU campus will include a celebration of the fund-raising campaign known as "A New Century of Spirit." During gala activities, the final figures for the campaign will be announced. University officials have been very pleased with progress on the campaign, particularly in light of unfavorable economic conditions that have been in effect for much of the five year project.

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The latest figures from the state reveal that Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate has increased again. Kentucky’s manufacturing sector lost 500 jobs in August, compared to the previous month,and the professional and business services sector lost 600 jobs last month. Employment in the educational and health services sector dropped by 800 jobs in August.

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One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, Confederate and Union soldiers met in one of the deadliest single day battles in history. Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU military historian Jack Thacker say President Lincoln considered the Battle of Antietam to be a victory and selected the aftermath of the battle as a good time to move ahead with plans to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. However, the WKU historians say the plan to free the slaves was less popular in the north than many people believe.

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Several replacement service medals have been presented to Warren County, Kentucky military veteran Karl Hopper. He was a radar operator in World War Two and served at the Battle of the Bulge. Hopper says he's humbled to receive the medals, and stresses that people from all walks of life contributed to the war effort in the 1940s.

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One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, Union and Confederate forces met for one of the deadliest single day battles in American history. The Battle of Antietam took place in Maryland, after Confederate commander Robert E. Lee decided to move north from Virginia. The battle is remembered for high casualty figures and graphic photographs that increased public awareness about the death and suffering caused by the fighting.

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University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Will Snell says a rise in commodity prices and increasing indemnity payments will result in higher net farm income than many would have expected this year. Speaking to the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture in Lexington, Snell pointed to USDA projections that net farm income this year will reach its highest level in 42 years.

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For the first month of the budget year, tax collections in Tennessee have fallen short of projections. Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes issued a release, stating that the weak revenues reflect a slow economic recovery on the national level.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation today that would curtail a controversial Department of Energy loan program that provided funding for the bankrupt Solyndra solar panel company. That $535 million loan by the Obama Administration led to the legislation being called the “No More Solyndras Act.” The measure passed Friday by a 245 to 161 margin.

The Hobby Lobby retail store company has gone to court to fight the controversial federal mandate on contraception. The craft and  hobby store chain, which operates several stores in Kentucky, is the latest in a series of organizations to challenge the Health and Human Services mandate.

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As the American people witness developments in this year's presidential campaign, the Dean of WKU's Potter College says its a good time to think about a hotly-contested campaign that took place one hundred years ago. Dr. David Lee says that election became a four-way race, with three of the candidates being individuals who had been-- or would become--President of the United States. Dr. Lee says 1912 may have marked the high water point for independent candidacies in the U.S.


The Associated Press is reporting that both of the nuclear power plants operated by TVA in Tennessee had unplanned reactor outages last month. The outage at each plant lasted two days, according to a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Tru-Check Incorporated has built a new national headquarters facility in Somerset, and is announcing  plans to create ten new jobs. The company, which provides meter services to gas, water, and electric utility firms, is investing about $1.2 million in the new facility.