Florida’s Primary, California’s Meth Problem, Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on January 31, 2012

1:06pm: The polls are open in Florida for a primary that Mitt Romney hopes will give him a stronger hand in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney is heavily favored in Florida, and it’s a pivotal contest, in a month of high-stakes elections.

1:12pm: Meth is a serious problem here in Kentucky. It’s also become the single biggest drug threat in the Central Valley of California. Out there, isolated tracts of farmland are an ideal place to hide meth labs from authorities. And from 2009 to 2010, meth busts in the Central Valley more than tripled. We’ll assess the severity of the problem there.

1:35pm: The Kentucky Distiller’s Association has appointed its first-ever Bourbon Trail Manager to improve the experience of trail visitors. The trail includes six distilleries and has seen a surge in popularity over the last decade; the popularity coincides with a national increase in the production—and consumption—of bourbon. To adapt, the trail has introduced new ways to connect visitors with the history and spectacle of distilling. And that will also be the job of the new manager, Adam Johnson. WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Johnson, who says he’ll help develop ways to expand interest in this Kentucky staple.

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