Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio http://weku.fm en Confidence Builds in 2013 Kentucky Kingdom Reopening http://weku.fm/post/confidence-builds-2013-kentucky-kingdom-reopening <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); line-height: 22px; ">The president of the Kentucky State Fair Board says negotiations with a prospective new operator of the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are going well. &nbsp;Harold Workman told a Kentucky Senate committee yesterday that he expects the talks with the owners of Indiana&rsquo;s Holiday World to lead to an agreement.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:12:50 +0000 & Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 21500 at http://weku.fm UK Professor Advocates for Mining Research Center http://weku.fm/post/uk-professor-advocates-mining-research-center <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.571em; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); line-height: 22px; ">A professor at the University of Kentucky is calling on state lawmakers to fund an advanced mining research center in the commonwealth. Dr. Braden Lusk teaches mining engineering at UK.&nbsp;Lusk says Kentucky is in dire need of additional research into improving the safety and productivity of coal extraction.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:19:10 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 17328 at http://weku.fm Bridge Bid Fails on Senate Floor http://weku.fm/post/bridge-bid-fails-senate-floor <p>Senator Rand Paul&rsquo;s bid to take money from highway beautification projects and use it to repair bridges and other transportation infrastructure has failed on the senate floor. The Kentucky Republican proposed eliminating money for landscaping projects like walking and bike paths and re-directing the funds for bridge work.</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:58:24 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 15451 at http://weku.fm New Emission Standards Could Lead to Green KY Jobs http://weku.fm/post/new-emission-standards-could-lead-green-ky-jobs <p>A new report says environmental controls on vehicles could help Kentucky&rsquo;s economy. The study, conducted by the United Autoworkers Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation, found that stronger fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks will help create thousands of clean energy jobs in Kentucky and around the country. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:18:47 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 10345 at http://weku.fm Bill Toughens Penalties for Assaulting ER Workers http://weku.fm/post/bill-toughens-penalties-assaulting-er-workers <p>Anyone who assaults a doctor or nurse in a hospital emergency room would be charged with a Class &ldquo;D&rdquo; felony under a bill proposed by Kentucky state Senator John Schickel. The Republican from Union spoke in support of his measure during a meeting today of a legislative panel. Schickel says the proposal has the support of the Kentucky Association of Emergency Room Nurses and the Kentucky Hospital Association. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 12:13:54 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 10102 at http://weku.fm Space Wanted between Funerals, Protests http://weku.fm/post/space-wanted-between-funerals-protests <p>An official with a coalition of Kentucky veterans groups has asked state lawmakers if something more can be done to keep protesters farther away from military funerals. Dave Jarrett made the appeal recently to a legislative Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs.&nbsp;Jarrett is chairman of the Joint Executive Council of Veterans. He says he realizes free speech must be protected, but the funeral of a soldier is a solemn occasion.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:18:57 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 8805 at http://weku.fm Start of Redistricting Debated by Lawmakers http://weku.fm/post/start-redistricting-debated-lawmakers <p>Members of the Kentucky General Assembly&rsquo;s Task Force on Elections are at odds over when to begin redrawing legislative districts based on the 2010 Census.&nbsp;It could either be done during a special session this year or during the regular session which begins in January.&nbsp;&ldquo;It can be done relatively easy in about a five day session if everybody comes prepared with their plans, vote them up or vote them down, amend them if we have to. I truly believe we ought to have one probably in September or October,&rdquo; says Senator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/s027.htm" style="text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(3, 97, 160); ">Walter Blevins</a>, an eastern Kentucky Democrat.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:48:25 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 8793 at http://weku.fm Deal to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom Near http://weku.fm/post/deal-reopen-kentucky-kingdom-near <p>Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman says he&rsquo;s still hopeful that Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened in 2012. Workman told a panel of state lawmakers recently that the board and Louisville Metro Government are close to finalizing an agreement to re-open Kentucky Kingdom next year. He says it will take a total investment of about $50 to bring the park back to life. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:10:31 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 7110 at http://weku.fm Kasper Not Enough Says Drug Czar http://weku.fm/post/kasper-not-enough-says-drug-czar <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s system for tracking prescription drug sales is &ldquo;forward leaning&rdquo; but it&rsquo;s not enough to curb abuse. That&rsquo;s according to U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske.Speaking to the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Kerlikowske said the system, known as KASPER, and similar initiatives in other states work well, but they need to work together. Wed, 25 May 2011 11:19:25 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 4653 at http://weku.fm