Metropolis, IL – The southernmost counties of Illinois have been the some the hardest hit during the economic recession. The average unemployment rate for counties in the 59th Legislative District hover just over the state's average. All the while, officials have grappled with budgetary hardships and cuts this year. Lawmakers hope a bill they passed last week to create a river port on the Ohio in Massac County will spur job and economic growth there.
Kentucky – As part of what appears a national movement, a group of Kentucky legislators are working to pass a resolution supporting "state sovereignty" that counters what they see as an unconstitutional expansion of federal power. Todd Hatton speaks with the sponsor of Kentucky's resolution about where it came from - and the chair of the committee it was filed with about where it may be going.
Murray, KY – As the weather gets colder many turn their attention indoors, to good food, drink and a few good reads. This is not unlike the usual interests of famous fictional detective, Commissaire Maigret, the lead character in George Simenon's long-running series. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of one of his books.
Bowling Green, KY – A man who has spent much of his career exploring and writing about caves has written a historical novel about the life of mammoth cave guide Stephen Bishop. It's a unique book, written from the perspective of bishop's wife. Like her husband, Charlotte Bishop was a slave. Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Modlin has this report.
Pembroke, KY – Before prohibition, close to 200 small distilleries dotted the Kentucky landscape. These days, there are only 200 nationally. In Kentucky, big businesses control the spirit production market with signature names like Maker's Mark, Jim Beam, and Buffalo Trace. In Christian County, a new distillery is reviving old liquor making traditions. Angela Hatton has this story.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department has announced it has collected over $100,000 from tickets issued by the new red light cameras from July to September. The city nets roughly half of that, with the other going to the company that installed and operates the automated system. The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports the revenue will be used to buy new cameras and equipment for patrol cars, as well as help fund a proposed new walking park in the city.