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1996 Kentucky Tonight Archives

16 December 1996

The Death Penalty


  • David Sexton, director of the criminal appellate division in the Kentucky Attorney General's office
  • Edward Monahan, deputy director of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
  • Roberta Harding, an associate professor of law at the University of Kentucky
  • Jo Ann Phillips, executive director of the group Kentuckians' Voice for Crime Victims

9 December 1996

Logging Regulations


  • Jane Harrod, statewide chairwoman of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
  • Don Girton, chairman of the Kentucky Woodland Landowners Association
  • Grant Curry, a Trus Joist MacMillan forester
  • Bob Bauer, executive director of the Kentucky Forest Industry Association

2 December 1996

Workers' Compensation


  • Tony Sholar, senior vice president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • David Gooch, president of Coal Operators and Associates, Incorporated
  • Jerry Rhoads, chairman of the workers' comp committee of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Morgan Bayless, director of the committee on political education for the Kentucky AFL-CIO

18 November 1996

Casino Gambling


  • Richard Schnaars, executive vice president and general manager of Ellis Park in Henderson
  • Larry Townsend, chairman and chief executive officer of Riverboat Development, Inc.
  • John Ward, a Lexington horse breeder and trainer
  • Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches

11 November 1996

Concealed Weapons Law


  • State Representative Robert Damron of Nicholasville
  • Craig Palmer, president of Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed
  • Ruby D. Fenton, a Louisville lawyer
  • Jane Chiles, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky

4 November 1996

1996 Election


  • Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Bob Babbage
  • Kentucky Republican Party Chairman Tom Jensen
  • Kentucky Reform Party Chairman John Longmire

28 October 1996

American Morality


  • Patricia Smith, a University of Kentucky philosophy professor and the author of "Omissions: Legal, Moral and Conceptual Analysis"
  • Rev. Thomas Peoples, pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Lexington
  • Rev. Peter Bartuska, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church PCA in Danville

21 October 1996

Political Campaigning


  • State Senator Elizabeth Tori of Radcliff
  • Virginia Woodward, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women
  • Susan Stokes, a former state legislator and former candidate for congress
  • Landis Jones, a professor of political science at the University of Louisville, a city commissioner in Robinswood, and a former candidate for congress

14 October 1996



  • U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, Kentucky chairman for the Dole-Kemp Campaign
  • Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Kentucky chairman for the Clinton-Gore Campaign
  • Bill Hoyt, an economics professor at the University of Kentucky
  • Larry Lynch, an economics professor at Transylvania University

30 September 1996

Higher Education


  • Secretary Roy Peterson of the Kentucky Education, Arts, and Humanities Cabinet
  • Mary Smith, president of Kentucky State University and chairwoman of the Kentucky Commission on Higher Education Institutional Efficiency and Cooperation
  • Ben Carr, chancellor of the University of Kentucky Community College System
  • Jack Thomas, school director of the Kentucky Advanced Technology Institute in Bowling Green

23 September 1996

Evolution and Creationism


  • Gary Parker, the author of Creation: Facts of Life, and a seminar speaker for Answers in Genesis, a non-profit evangelistic organization based in Florence
  • Rev. Mendle Adams, pastor of High Point United Church of Christ in Union
  • Christopher Toumey, an instructor of cultural anthropology at the University of Kentucky, and the author of God's Own Scientists: Creationists in a Secular World
  • Edwin Kagin of Maysville, a lawyer, writer, and member of the Free Inquiry Group, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies

16 September 1996

Assisted Suicide


  • Al Rosen, president of the Kentucky and Indiana Chapters of The Hemlock Society
  • Margie Montgomery, executive director of the Kentucky Right to Life Association
  • Mary Johnson, editor of The Ragged Edge, a Louisville-based publication about disability-related issues
  • Osborne Wiggins, a University of Louisville philosophy professor who teaches a course in medical ethics

9 September 1996

Tobacco and the FDA


  • Bill Sprague, a Union County farmer and president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Dr. Barbara Phillips, a Lexington physician who specializes in pulmonary and critical care
  • Don Cox, a Louisville lawyer
  • Steve Watkins, a Louisville lawyer

2 September 1996

Local Taxes


  • Mayor Bert May of Mount Sterling, President of the Kentucky League of Cities
  • Sylvia Lovely, Executive Director and CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities
  • John Hinkle, President of the Kentucky Retail Federation
  • Bruce Cotton, Senior Vice President/Public Affairs for Long John Silver's

19 August 1996



  • Secretary Viola Miller of the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children
  • Senator Dan Kelly of Springfield, Minority Floor Leader in the Kentucky Senate
  • Martin Cothran, Public Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky
  • Debra Miller, Deputy Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

5 August 1996



  • Secretary Ann Latta of the Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet, a former mayor of Prestonsburg
  • Kimra McAnelly, vice president of tourism development for the Louisville and Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Judy Austin, owner and operator of Kentucky Down Under in Horse Cave
  • Ben Jent, developer and owner of Venture River Water Park in Eddyville, and co-owner of West Kentucky Factory Outlets mall

29 July 1996



  • Andy Graves of Fayette County, a farmer and president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association
  • Lynn Chaney of Fleming County, a farmer, agribusinesswoman, and member of the Community Farm Alliance
  • Scott County Sheriff and farmer Bobby Hammons
  • Lt. Shelby Lawson, Kentucky State Police coordinator for the Governor's Marijuana Strike Force

22 July 1996

Gender Equity in School Athletics


  • Teresa Isaac, a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association board and vice mayor of Lexington
  • Louis Stout, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
  • Margaret Simmons, assistant athletics director at Murray State University
  • Keith Kappes, vice president for university advancement at Morehead State University

8 July 1996

Decency in Cyberspace


  • Jon Fleischaker, Louisville lawyer
  • Michael Hirsh, New Haven lawyer
  • Gail McGowan Mellor, owner of WM Inc. in Louisville, a division of which specializes in Internet services
  • Maryam Kubasek, communications director for the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, based in Cincinnati

1 July 1996



  • Alvin La Rue, a Tuskegee Airman during World War II
  • Don Pratt, a Vietnam War draft resister
  • Vince Heuser, a lawyer who was Kentucky coordinator of Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's 1992 campaign
  • Suzy Post, board member of the ACLU of Kentucky, and director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition

24 June 1996

Year-Round School


  • Robert Smotherman, superintendent of the Bardstown schools
  • Iona Adams, a teacher at Mt. Washington Elementary School
  • Theresa Jensen, principal of Engelhard Elementary School in Louisville
  • Reba Rye, a Frankfort parent

17 June 1996

Teen Curfews


  • Sylvia Lovely, executive director of the Kentucky League of Cities
  • Scot Duvall, a Louisville lawyer
  • Ulysses Berry, assistant chief of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Division of Police

10 June 1996

Gay Marriage


  • Republican state senator Tim Philpot, a Lexington lawyer
  • Everett Hoffman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
  • Martin Cothran, public-policy analyst for The Family Foundation
  • Marie Jenkins, a founder of the Louisville chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

3 June 1996

Dangers of Driving


  • Sgt. Steve O'Daniel, commander of the Kentucky State Police highway safety office
  • Colleen Swartz, chief flight nurse and trauma coordinator at the University of Kentucky Hospital
  • State Senator Dan Seum of Louisville
  • Dr. Barbara Kennedy, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville

27 May 1996

1996 Election


  • Bob Babbage, Kentucky Democratic Party chairman
  • Tom Jensen, Kentucky Republican Party chairman
  • Chad Carlton, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Al Cross, political writer for The Courier-Journal

20 May 1996

Planning and Development


  • Ann Latta, Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet secretary and former mayor of Prestonsburg
  • Adrian Freund, director of the Jefferson County Department of Planning and Environmental Management
  • Bill Lear, Lexington lawyer and former state representative
  • Hank Graddy, Versailles lawyer

13 May 1996

College Graduates Entering The Workforce


  • Mary Ellen Slone, chief executive officer of Meridian Communications in Lexington
  • Rob Saxton, vice president for human resources at Louisville-based KFC Corp.
  • David Lee, dean of the Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Western Kentucky University
  • Diane Kohler, senior associate director of the University Career Center at the University of Kentucky

22 April 1996

Horse Racing and Gaming Industries


  • Alex Waldrop, general counsel and senior vice president of Churchill Downs
  • Richard Schnaars, general manager and executive vice president of Ellis Park
  • David Switzer, executive director of both the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Inc.
  • Jacalyn Carfagno, business writer with the Lexington Herald-Leader

15 April 1996

Smoking and Tobacco


  • Ellen Hahn, a member of Kentucky ACTION, a coalition working to prevent smoking by teenagers, and a member of the University of Kentucky nursing faculty
  • Danny McKinney, chief executive officer of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative
  • Todd Warnick, tobacco control coordinator for Kentucky
  • Bill Althaus, chairman of the board of advisors of the National Smokers Alliance

8 April 1996

1996 General Assembly


  • Sen. David Karem (D-Louisville), the Senate Majority Floor Leader
  • Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield), the Senate Minority Floor Leader
  • Rep. Harry Moberly (D-Richmond), Chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee
  • Rep. Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon), the House Minority Floor Leader

25 March 1996

Illegal Drugs


  • Kentucky State Police Lt. Shelby Lawson, who, for the past five years, was KSP coordinator of the Governor's Marijuana Strike Force
  • District Judge Henry Weber, who presides over drug court in Jefferson County
  • Fayette County Attorney Margaret Kannensohn
  • Lexington lawyer Gatewood Galbraith, a longtime advocate for the legalization and regulation of marijuana

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