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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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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Government
12:22 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Army Announces Forced Reductions At Ft. Knox, Ft. Campbell Untouched

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The head Kentucky’s Commission on Military Affairs said the Army’s recently announced force reductions represent a good news, bad news scenario for the Commonwealth. 

Colonel David Thompson testified in Frankfort Thursday before the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.  He said the good news is that Fort Campbell is relatively unscathed by the cuts.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Senator Paul Shows Concern For 'FEMA-Purchased Drones'

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Kentucky’s junior senator said he’s concerned about grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency being used to purchase drones for surveillance.

Republican Rand Paul expressed that view at a hearing today of the Senate’s Homeland Security Subcommittee. He claimed FEMA’s fusion centers, which were created by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to promote the sharing of information, do not have a stellar record for defending civil liberties.

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Government
12:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KY Lawmaker Says Local Veterans Need More Mental Health Support

Representative John Tilley
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  A Kentucky legislator who lives near Fort Campbell says some soldiers returning from the War on Terror are experiencing mental health problems and are not asking for help. State Representative John Tilley says most believe doing so would end their military careers.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

McConnell Says Obama Must Come Closer to the Center

United States Senator Mitch McConnell says there’s likely to be more gridlock in Washington over the next three and a half years unless president Obama moderates his views. The Kentucky republican spoke Friday at the American enterprise institute in Washington and took questions from the audience.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mobile Homes Burned for Scrap Metal

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A state environmental official says some Kentuckians are turning to an unusual and illegal way to get money for scrap metal. John Gowins is the Environmental Control Supervisor for the Kentucky Division of Air Quality.

"One of the things that we are seeing, seems like more frequently, is the burning of mobile homes," Gowins said. "And people are trying to recover metal because scrap metal prices have gone up. But that is something that just cannot be done."

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Politics
1:14 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Beshear Says Redistricting Session Could Come in the Fall

Gov. Steve Beshear said a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to redraw legislative districts for the House and Senate is likely to happen this fall. He said details are still being worked out.

“I’m talking with legislative leaders in the House and Senate right now and I think everybody, if we can work it out, would probably like to do it in the fall,” Beshear said. “And let everybody have the summer while kids are out of school and they have some vacation time, and then wait until we get back in school before we have the special session.”

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