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Mar 30, 2012

There’s an old chestnut about how to get to Carnegie Hall, but for an Elizabethtown car salesman, making it to the Metropolitan Opera stage is no joke.  He’s done it, and this is why.  We’ll find out how he made his dream happen, today on Front Page P.M. from WKMS News.

(1.) COLSTON ON THE CAPITOL –- This week, Kentucky’s legislature did something it hasn’t done in quite some time. That’s agreeing to a state budget without the need of a special session.   Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort.

(2.) GMO IN BOURBON -- Nearly 90 percent of the corn in this country is genetically-modified. And as using genetically-modified—or GM—corn becomes increasingly popular in everyday foods, more people are becoming concerned about potential ill effects on human health and the environment.  As KPR’s Erica Peterson reports, besides being used in food, that corn is also finding its way into Kentucky’s signature spirit: bourbon.

(3.) UK/UL FINAL FOUR MATCH-UP -- The University of Louisville/University of Kentucky rivalry will reach new heights Saturday night when the Cards and the Cats clash in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett discovers that some are calling it the biggest sporting event in the commonwealth’s history.

(4.) UNHEALTHY EATING WITH ACTIVE KIDS -- The average adult American is ballooning in weight. This isn’t breaking news. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky possessed a 31 percent obesity rate in 2010, one of the highest in the nation. Naturally, kids are following suit. The nation needs a diet. However, when families strategize ways in which to fight the obesity epidemic, is more activity a key or a curse? Casey Northcutt reports. 

(5.) OPERA STAR CAR SALESMAN- Many Kentuckians are laser focused on March Madness, but last weekend while UK and UofL were advancing to the final four, another major national competition took place in New York City where a Kentucky car salesman made a name for himself in the highly selective Opera scene. Anthony Clark Evans is one of five 2012 National Council Audition winners. Rebecca Feldhaus has more.