Tony McVeigh

Kentucky public colleges and universities are already compiling their capital project wish lists to get ready for next year’s legislative session.

A $33 million Engineering-Physics building tops the projects list at Murray State University, but President Randy Dunn says the school also badly needs a new $62 million library. And with online technology rapidly replacing books, Dunn knows the facility must be different from traditional libraries.

“It’s not what we think of a library when we went to school,” said Dunn. “It’s much more areas where, yes, books are stored. But you also have meeting rooms–electronic libraries that exist.”

At Kentucky State University, officials are lobbying for funds to build a $2 million pedestrian bridge, among other projects.

U.S. 60 slices right through the middle of the campus in Frankfort.  There’s a tunnel under the road, but Jack McNear, of KSU facility operations, says students don’t like to use it.

“It’s dark.  It’s lit, but it’s a 1969-style tunnel,” said McNear (photo, right).  “And so, they cross the street. Though the speed limit is 45 on U.S. 60, it does tend to be a hazard for our students.”

 The pedestrian bridge is KSU’s third priority, behind a new nursing building and a central boiler plant.  Lawmakers approved the nursing building in 2006, but then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher vetoed it.

The 2012 legislative session is still seven months away, but university officials are already letting lawmakers see their capital project needs.  In these tight budget times, public colleges may be lucky to get even one project funded through the general fund.  Bonded projects sometimes fare better, but even those need legislative approval.

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WFPL Receives Six Associated Press Awards

by Rick Howlett May 22, 2011

WFPL has been honored with six awards by the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters (KAPB), including two first place prizes for news coverage. The awards were presented Saturday night at a KAPB banquet in Louisville. WFPL is judged in the Radio Class 1 Division, covering the Louisville and Lexington markets. 1st Place, Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, Gabe […]

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Nothing Resolved In Marathon Price Gouging Lawsuit

by Tony McVeigh May 16, 2011

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and attorneys for Marathon Oil faced off in Franklin Circuit Court this morning.  Conway accuses Marathon of gasoline price gouging during a state of emergency. Attorney Sheryl Snyder, who represents Marathon, says the case appears to have more to do with price control than price gouging.  “They’re not even alleging that […]

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Disaster Spending Devours Surplus

by Tony McVeigh May 3, 2011

A quarterly financial report says Kentucky is headed for a budget surplus this fiscal year.  But expenditures on natural disasters may devour almost half of the projected surplus. With rain still soaking the already waterlogged commonwealth, Gov. Beshear has taken a second tour of Western Kentucky, where flooding is at record levels. The state has already surpassed the […]

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State of the News

by Laura Ellis September 2, 2010

There’s a new duo in the race for Kentucky Governor/Lt. Governor as of this week. Furloughs are happening even as state workers file challenges in court. There was another meeting of the bridges coalition this week and the economy still seems to be stalled. It’s a big news week so join us on Friday for State of News to catch-up.  Listen to the Show

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State of the News

by Laura Ellis August 5, 2010

Whew – it’s hot! And for some Kentucky politicians, it’s likely to get hotter this weekend as the annual Fancy Farm picnic gets underway. We’ll talk with Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh on his way to Fancy Farm about what is expected this year. Next we’ll switch to the Louisville mayor’s race and talk about the latest poll results and debate. We’ll finish up the hour with news from around the region. Join us Friday for this week’s edition of State of the News.

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State of the News

by Laura Ellis June 24, 2010

It’s Friday so it must be State of the News time. Money’s on everyone’s mind right now, so we’ll get an update on the Metro and Kentucky budgets. There’s always news about the bridges project and the arena. Finally we’ll check in with Tony McVeigh, our capitol reporter, to see what happening in Frankfort. Join us on Friday for State of the News.

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Kentucky GOP Senate Race Draws Attention

by Todd Mundt May 14, 2010

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio It’s rare for Kentucky politics to draw international attentlon, but the BBC is among news outlets covering the state’s U.S. Senate race. Last July, after struggling to raise money, U.S. Senator Jim Bunning ended speculation over his bid for a third term by withdrawing from the campaign. His departure […]

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State of the News

by rfisher February 19, 2010

SoA 2/19/10: State of the News Listen to the Show

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