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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Society
2:30 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kentucky Food Prices Increase Following Last Summer’s Drought

Average retail food prices in Kentucky supermarkets increased a little over half a percent during the first quarter of this year according to the latest Market Basket survey from the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Dan Smaldone, the Bureau’s director of public relations, said the Farm Bureau totaled the cost of forty basic grocery items and the price came to $116.27. He says that’s 74 cents more than the previous quarter.

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Society
7:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boone County Runner Recalls Boston Marathon Bombings

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A Boone County man who is back home in Kentucky after competing in the Boston Marathon said there was a strange silence immediately after the first bomb went off Monday.

Kevin Dobson of Hebron said he finished the race about 90 minutes before the initial explosion. He was about two blocks away from the site where the blast occurred.

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Roads & Highways
7:56 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Gas Tax Revenue Enough for Two Years of Maintenance

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Kentucky may have to come up with new ways to pay for road construction and maintenance in the future, but revenues should be sufficient for now. At least that’s the view of the chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional office in Flemingsburg.

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Politics
11:23 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Yarmuth: sequester hurts business

An 1837 political cartoon about unemployment in the United States.
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Kentucky U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth says the 85-billion dollars in cuts that have been imposed as a result of the federal budget sequester will hurt private business. The Jefferson County Democrat says seven of the nine largest employers in his district rely to a significant extent on business from the federal government. Yarmuth spoke Thursday during a meeting of the house budget committee. The acting director of the White House office of Management and Budget told the panel the sequester is likely to cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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Politics
11:19 am
Fri April 12, 2013

McConnell on proposed gun control bill

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says a gun control proposal from New York Democrat Charles Schumer takes the wrong approach. The Kentucky Republican says Schumer wants to make it a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, for a person not to report a lost or stolen gun within 24 hours. McConnell calls Schumer’s bill a “clear overreach” that will punish law-abiding friends, neighbors and families.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Says Office Was Bugged

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has asked the FBI to find out who placed a recording device in his Louisville campaign office and recorded a private meeting held on February 2nd.   That recording was of Republican McConnell and his aides strategizing about potential democratic opponents in next year’s election. A transcript of the discussion was published today in Mother Jones magazine and the senator’s aides are heard talking about research into actress Ashley Judd’s religion and mental health. At the time, Judd was considering a challenge to McConnell.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Massie Builds Support For National Hemp Bill

Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie says legislation he has introduced in congress to legalize hemp is picking up support. The Fourth District Republican says more lawmakers are seeing his industrial hemp farming act as a way to help the economy.

Massie concedes that hemp is not big enough to assist more than two or three states. However, he claims if Kentucky is first in the game, that’s where most of the processing facilities will be located.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Former Ag Commissioner Charged with 42 Ethics Violations

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has been charged with 42 ethics violations by the executive branch of the Kentucky Ethics Commission.

The panel’s executive director John Steffen says the charges are for alleged misuse of state funds and state employees during Farmer’s two terms in office. He also says number of violation is the highest ever issued by the Commission.

“I believe 16 was the prior high number of counts containing an executive order, an initiating order,” Steffen said. “We have not seen misuse of office at this level in the nearly 9 years I’ve been with the commission I’ve not seen anything that compares to this abuse of public trust and abuse of public office.”

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Government
2:53 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Coyote Hunting Bill Approved by State Senate Committee

  Legislation that would allow Kentuckians to hunt coyotes has been approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. 

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Society
8:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

KY Teen Driving Deaths On The Rise

Teen driving deaths in Kentucky doubled last year, according to new research released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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