Murray, KY – President elect Barack Obama's plan to aid the national economy includes $350 billion in spending on infrastructure from water systems to broadband networks. Cultural institutions aren't part of the package, but arts leaders in Kentucky and beyond are thinking more seriously about their infrastructure needs and their role in the economy. Kentucky Public Radio's Elizabeth Kramer reports.
Murray, KY – Moving into a new year can spur optimism; think of all the new-year's resolutions you've made over the years to stop this, or start that. Unfortunately, the economic concerns that started in 2008 haven't stopped. They continue to trouble Kentuckians. And according to Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson, many have come to the conclusion that they have too much debt.
Murray, KY – Love and passion can certainly change how we see other people. It can also keep us from knowing anything about them, and understanding even less. "The Reader," winner of a Golden Globe for actress Kate Winslet and recipient of several Oscar nominations, is a dramatic and poignant story of just how profound that ignorance can be. Todd Hatton spoke with Larry Thomas about the film, playing this week at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah.
Frankfort, KY – A federal study show Kentucky has the highest smoking-related death rate in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's study shows the death rate from smoking in the Commonwealth is about 371 for every 100 thousand adults age 35 and older. The national average is 263 per 100-thousand. The CDC also lists Tennessee as one of the top ten states with high death rates from smoking. The rates follow closely with adult smoking rates in each state- Kentucky also had the highest smoking rate in 2004.
Washington, D.C – The U-S House of Representatives voted 270 to 155 yesterday against spending the final $350 billon allocated through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP. TARP was introduced by the Bush administration and approved by Congress in October amid instability in the credit market. Kentucky's 1st district representative Ed Whitfield is one of the 270 who disapproves of TARP's handling.
Paducah, KY – Paducah Police say a murder-suicide was the cause of death for a local couple found earlier this week. Kristofer Habeck and Anna-Maria Shane were found dead in their home Tuesday. Upon investigation, police determined Habeck shot Shane as she slept and then shot himself. The couple had been arguing in the days prior to their deaths, and detectives say Habeck had threatened suicide. Both victims sustained single gunshot wounds to the head.