A group of Fort Campbell Soldiers preparing for a potential deployment to Afghanistan are taking extra time to learn Afghan customs to help them build rapport with key leaders in villages preyed upon by insurgents. On this week's Front Page PM, we go through the training to hear from the Afghan Role Players and the soldiers.
(1.) COLSTON ON THE CAPITOL –- It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Lawmakers may have reached an agreement on regulating pseudoephedrine, Kentucky Amish might have a new option to a reflective triangle for their buggies and support is waning for University of Pikeville’s bid to become a public university. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett for some perspective on what’s happening in Frankfort.
(2.) BILL CALL 2-WAY -- As severe weather struck our region this week many of you might have had weather radios alerting you of warnings to your county or the loud outdoor sirens you might be used to. This week, though as a Tornado Warning was issued for northern Calloway County residents in the storm’s path heard no out-door sirens, because there aren’t any. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin speaks with Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call to find out why.
(3.) JOURNEY STORY: DONNIE HOLLAND -- A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution called “Journey Stories” is at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum through March 10th. To mark the event, we asked our listeners for their “Journey Stories,” and we received this one describing the forced exodus of residents of Land Between the Lakes.
(4.) EGGNER’S FERRY HISTORY-- When the cargo ship Delta Mariner collided with the Eggner’s Ferry bridge this past January, news reports of the incident made headlines around the world. What those reports didn’t contain was how the bridge got its name. As it happens, there was an actual ferry at the site without which we’d know the modern-day crossing simply as the “US 68/KY 80” bridge. Casey Northcutt took a look into the history of the ferry, its rough-hewn owner, and the 31 variations of the name “Egner” and brings us this story.
(5.) FORT CAMPBELL TRAINING -- At Fort Campbell, troops from the 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, are in intensive training for a potential deployment to Afghanistan this winter. Among their training missions is what’s called a Soldier Leader Engagement, where the soldiers practice building relationships with the people in that country. Chad Lampe spent the day at Fort Campbell and learned that relationship building there isn’t as easy as a smile and a handshake.