Dan Conti (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Dan Conti is a longtime broadcast journalist in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Conti was an instructor of broadcast journalism at his alma mater for 12 years. He also taught high school for two years, worked in public relations for the American Cancer Society and U.S. Employment and Training Agency and authored his first book in 2006. "POWs:Stories from America's Wars" is a collection of remembrances from veterans of World World II, Korea and Vietnam. Dan supervises the afternoon operations of the MSPR News Department.

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Government
5:09 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Beshear Announces New Ky. Auto Industry Group

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the creation of a new group to promote and expand the auto industry in the state.

The 12-member Kentucky Auto Industry Association will be chaired by the Secretary of the Economic Development Cabinet, Larry Hayes. The panel will be made up of industry representatives and public officials.

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Government
12:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

KY State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
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State Senate Majority Leader Republican Damon Thayer says more Kentuckians would cast ballots for governor, attorney general and the Commonwealth’s other constitutional offices if those elections were held in even-numbered years. Thayer says low-voter turnout for such elections ought to give pause to every Commonwealth resident.

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Utilities
1:21 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Kentucky Utilities Provides Heating Assistance To Low-Income Customers

In an effort to help its’ most economically-disadvantaged customers pay their heating bills this winter, Kentucky Utilities Company has announced that it will match $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers to Wintercare. That’s the utility heating assistance program.

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Religion
2:42 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Paul Claims War on Christianity

Kentucky’s junior senator told a conference of social conservatives in Washington Friday there’s a worldwide war on Christianity.

Republican Rand Paul was speaking to the Value Voters Summit hosted by the Family Research Council. He said the war is being waged by a fanatical element of Islam.

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Energy
2:49 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Kentucky Energy Secretary: We Need A Blend Of Energy Sources

The Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said he’s a strong supporter of natural gas development as a source of energy in Kentucky and elsewhere. However, Len Peters said the country will be a lot better off with a blend of options.

“If all we do is move coal-dominated electricity generation to a natural gas electricity generation is not a good way to go," said Peters. "There’s no diversification in that. We have to be able to build coal. We have to be able to build natural gas. Nobody wants to build nuclear these days so we’re moving away from a more balanced set of opportunities.”

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Politics
3:25 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It'

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor is chiding Congressional Republicans for their efforts to defund or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear spoke in Washington Thursday at a health care forum sponsored by the National Journal and the American Medical Association. Beshear said Republicans attempting to stop or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act are hurting people who need health insurance. 

“Look, the Affordable Care Act was proposed by the president, approved by Congress, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court," said Beshear. "It is the law of the land. So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky’s families, I have a simple message for them: Get over it, and get out of the way so I can help my people.

"Back home in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day, or another life.”

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Politics
11:28 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Yarmuth Says Boehner Needs To Rely On Democratic Votes To Avoid Debt Default

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Kentucky's 3rd District U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth believes House Speaker John Boehner  could bring a quick end to the partial government shutdown that began Tuesday. The Jefferson County Democrat appeared Thursday on Insight Cable’s Pure Politics.

“There’s only one way that this impasse can be avoided and that’s if Speaker Boehner decides that he can rely on democratic votes and combined with republican votes to get the government functioning again and also to defaulting on our debts as a nation which will happen in a couple of weeks if we don’t act," said Yarmuth.

Yarmuth said the continuing resolutions House Republicans have been approving to fund parts of the government are a waste of time.

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Government
12:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Current Funding Sources Are Unsustainable, Says Kentucky Transporation Secretary

Kentucky’s top transportation official said the state and federal governments are going to have to come up with new ways to pay for road and bridge repairs. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said taxing motorists on the miles per gallon they drive is not a sustainable funding source. Besides that, migration patterns are changing.

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Government
8:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Beshear Open to Dialogue On Nuclear Power

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he supports a dialogue on the construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky.

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Government
12:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Kentucky Senator Expresses Concern Over Fracking Waste Dumping

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A Kentucky lawmaker thinks the legislature should consider some regulations on the disposal of wastes generated by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

State Senator Robin Webb said she’s especially concerned about the potential impact on groundwater.  Webb said Kentucky doesn’t have any rules regarding the disposal of such wastes and companies involved in fracking are considering the Commonwealth to locate dump sites.

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