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
9:37 am
Tue February 19, 2013

KFB Leaders To Visit Washington D.C.

Credit kyagr.com

Kentucky Farm Bureau leaders are heading to the nation’s capitol to discuss agricultural issues. They’ll be meeting with representatives of the American Farm Bureau Federation February 26th and will then speak with the Commonwealth’s congressional delegation the following day.

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Government
8:53 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Tax Amnesty Program Nets $57 Million

Last fall’s 61-day Kentucky tax amnesty program last fall netted the commonwealth almost $57 million. That’s according to figures supplied by the Finance and Administration Cabinet spokeswoman Pamela Trautner.  She says more than 27,000 delinquent taxpayers from all 120 Kentucky counties applied for program.

“Now as far as the ones who filed through this tax amnesty, the department will monitor those taxpayers for the next three years to make sure they continue to comply and to pay their taxes because if they don’t there is a clawback provision and all of the interest and fees and penalties can be added back to that taxpayer,” Trautner says.

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Politics
12:06 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

McConnell On 2014 Campaign: 'We're Ready'

Republican US Senator Mitch McConnell has opened his Louisville campaign office early because he says democrats have made defeating him a priority next year. The Kentucky lawmaker is seeking a sixth term in 2014 and says his race will be the only one of any national significance.

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Government
2:55 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Hopkinsville Rep. Tilley Says New Penal Reforms are Working

A new law that allows alternative sentencing for non-violent misdemeanor offenses to ease jail overcrowding in Kentucky is beginning to show positive results. That’s according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Education
11:28 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Lawmaker Says Kentucky Schools Are Not Safe Enough

State Representative Richard Henderson says security needs to be stepped up in all Kentucky schools. The Mount Sterling democrat says much has been done to improve child nutrition and learning inside the buildings but not enough attention has been paid to keeping kids safe.

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Government
12:40 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

KLC Plans to Recommend Simplifying City Classification System

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Kentucky’s system for classifying its cities is antiquated, illogical and should be changed. That’s the recommendation of a Kentucky League of Cities task force that’s been looking into the issue for the past two years. Midway mayor Tom Bozarth chairs the panel. He says the current structure of six classifications is like a caste system that restricts home rule in many cities.

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Business
3:47 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Broadcasters Renew Call For Cell Phone Radio Receivers

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is joining other industry-related groups in urging cell phone companies to install radio receivers in all their phones.

"Everybody has a cell phone, let’s face it. And the need for such a service on these phones becomes very noticeable, especially in the event of severe weather," said KBA President Gary White.

"You know, we had some tornadoes back earlier this year. We’ve got all of the activity that’s happened up on the east coast now. Let’s face it, we’re going to get more and more severe weather as we move on."

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Government
11:10 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Pension Reform Task Force Hopes to Make Recommendations Soon

Mike Cherry
Credit LRC Public Information

The Kentucky General Assembly’s pension task force hopes to come up with a plan in less than a month to reduce more than $30 billion in unfunded liability in the state’s retirement system. State Representative Mike Cherry co-chairs the panel which has been conducting public hearings and collecting information on the issue for months.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mammoth Cave Powered Entirely with Alternative Fuel

Mammoth Cave Tour
Daniel Schwen (Wikimedia Commons)

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky has become the first national park to be powered entirely with alternative fuel. That’s what the executive director of the Kentucky clean fuels coalition told state lawmakers in Frankfort Wednesday. 

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Government
8:29 am
Tue October 16, 2012

State Rep. Makes Suggestions for Tax Reform

When the Kentucky general assembly tackles tax reform next year, State Representative John Will Stacy says lawmakers might want to take a look at companies that do a lot of business in the state but don’t have much of a presence here. The Democrat says there are many of them. He says,

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