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1997 Kentucky Tonight Archives

15 December 1997

School Safety

Guests:

  • Ross Julson, superintendent of Campbell County Schools
  • Bill Scott, director of student support services for the Kentucky School Boards Association
  • Tim Dedman, a teacher at Arlington Elementary in Lexington and a member of the Kentucky Education Association board of directors
  • Karen Jones, president of Kentucky PTA

8 December 1997

Ballot Initiatives and Referendums

Guests:

  • Alderman Steve Magre, president of the Louisville Board of Aldermen
  • Jeanette Lenczyk, state chair of the Reform Party of Kentucky
  • Bill Stone, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party
  • Landis Jones, a University of Louisville political science professor

1 December 1997

Home Schooling

Guests:

  • David Lanier, president of the Kentucky Home School Education Association
  • Rev. Joe Adams, chairman of Christian Home Educators of Kentucky
  • Woody Cheek, superintendent of Jenkins Independent Schools
  • Gene Wright, director of pupil personnel for Fayette County Public Schools

24 November 1997

Abortion

Guests:

  • Margie Montgomery, executive director of the Kentucky Right to Life Association
  • Ed Monahan, a member The Catholic Conference of Kentucky's pro-life committee
  • Elizabeth Strom, president of the Kentucky chapter of the National Organization for Women
  • Tom Stickler, a member of the board of directors of the Lexington Planned Parenthood Center

17 November 1997

Violent Crime

Guests:

  • Louisville Police Chief Doug Hamilton
  • Louisville's 9th Ward Alderman Denise Bentley
  • Rev. Louis Coleman, pastor of First Congregational Methodist Church in Louisville and director of the Justice Resource Center in Shelbyville
  • Shawn Schwaner, a University of Louisville sociology professor specializing in criminology and juvenile delinquency

10 November 1997

Same-Sex Marriage

Guests:

  • Martin Cothran, public policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky
  • Pat Monaghan, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice
  • Martha Barnette, an author and freelance journalist who has written about same-sex marriage
  • Sam Marcosson, a University of Louisville law professor specializing in constitutional, civil rights, and discrimination law

3 November 1997

Assisted Suicide

Guests:

  • Al Rosen, president of the Kentucky and Indiana chapters of The Hemlock Society
  • Dr. Michael Rie, an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician and University of Kentucky medical school professor
  • Sharon Branham, a registered nurse, CEO of a home health agency in Pikeville, and president of the Kentucky Association of Hospices
  • Dr. Terry Gutgsell, medical director of the hospice care center at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington

27 October 1997

Public School Desegregation

Guests:

  • Deanna Tinsley, director of elementary student assignment for Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Dottie Priddy, a Jefferson County school board member and a former state legislator
  • Blaine Hudson, an assistant professor of Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville
  • Debra Stallworth, a member of CEASE (Citizens for Equitable Assignment to School Environment)

20 October 1997

Violent Crime and Mental Illness

Guests:

  • Secretary Laura Douglas of the Kentucky Public Protection and Regulation Cabinet
  • Gretchen Brown, president and CEO of Hospice of the Bluegrass and a member of the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health / Mental Retardation Board
  • Don Meier, an assistant public defender in Jefferson County
  • Jane Thompson, a psychologist at the Kentucky State Reformatory at La Grange

13 October 1997

Campaign Finance Reform

Guests:

  • Everett Hoffman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
  • Richard Beliles, chair of Common Cause of Kentucky
  • Donald Gross, professor of political science at the University of Kentucky
  • Jocelyn Shadforth, professor of political science at the University of Louisville

29 September 1997

Horse Racing and Gambling

Guests:

  • William Greely, president and chief executive officer of the Keeneland Association
  • Alex Waldrop, senior vice president and general counsel for Churchill Downs
  • Richard Schnaars, executive vice president and general manager of Ellis Park
  • Mark Simon, editor of Thoroughbred Times, a weekly news magazine covering thoroughbred racing

22 September 1997

Proposed Tobacco Settlement

Guests:

  • Rod Kuegel, a Daviess County tobacco farmer and president of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association
  • Dr. Barbara Phillips, a professor of medicine in the pulmonary and critical care division at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and president of the American Lung Association of Kentucky
  • Bill Allison, a Louisville lawyer and member of Kentucky ACTION, a statewide coalition working for comprehensive tobacco prevention
  • Thomas McAdam, a Louisville lawyer and member of the National Smoker's Alliance

15 September 1997

Health Insurance

Guests:

  • Jerry Chapman, an independent insurance agent and president of the Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters
  • Leslie Bryant, Kentucky field director for the Health Insurance Association of America
  • Jeff Johnson, chief executive officer of Advantage Care and vice president of the HMO Association of Kentucky
  • Jane Chiles, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky and co-chair of Kentuckians for Health Care Reform

8 September 1997

Juvenile Crime

Guests:

  • Ralph Kelly, Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner
  • McKay Chauvin, assistant commonwealth's attorney in Jefferson County
  • Debra Miller, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

1 September 1997

Labor-Management Relations

Guests:

  • Ron Cyrus, executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky AFL-CIO
  • John Harston, vice president of employee relations for the Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville
  • Carrie Donald, associate professor and director of the Labor Management Center at the University of Louisville
  • Nancy Johnson, associate professor of management in the Gatton College of Business at the University of Kentucky

25 August 1997

Hog Farming

Guests:

  • Mike Ovesen, executive director of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association
  • Greg Higdon, a consultant and former deputy secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in Kentucky
  • Hank Graddy, Sierra Club attorney for the Feedlot Working Group, an environmental organization involved in farm-related issues
  • John Wilson, a Graves County farmer and member of the Kentucky Coalition for Family Farms

18 August 1997

KIRIS Testing

Guests:

  • Commissioner Wilmer Cody of the Kentucky Department of Education
  • Janet Carrico, president of the Kentucky Education Association
  • Karen Jones, president of the Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teachers
  • Martin Cothran, public policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky

11 August 1997

Health Insurance

Guests:

  • Jeff Johnson, chief executive officer of Advantage Care and vice president of the HMO Association of Kentucky
  • Bill Roby, an independent insurance agent and president of the Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters
  • Sheila Schuster, a clinical psychologist and co-chair of Kentuckians for Health Care Reform
  • Laurel True, chairman of the Kentucky legislative committee for the American Association of Retired Persons

4 August 1997

Industrial Hemp

Guests:

  • Andy Graves, president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association and president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau
  • Rob Moseley, vice president of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Association and owner of Kentucky Hemp Outfitters in Louisville
  • Scott Smith, chairman of the University of Kentucky Department of Agronomy
  • Kentucky State Police Commissioner Gary Rose

28 July 1997

Internet Pornography

Guests:

  • Mary Shadowen, editor of Louisville Computer News
  • Vince Heuser, a Louisville lawyer
  • Michael Tague, president of WinNet Communications, a Louisville Internet service provider
  • David Porter, a Lexington lawyer whose clients include the Lexington Public Library board

21 July 1997

Animal Control

Guests:

  • Jackie Gulbe, co-host of Pet Project, a Louisville television program
  • Aline Summe, director of the Kenton County Animal Shelter and president of the Kentucky Animal Control Association
  • Donna Herzig, legislative chairwoman for the Louisville Kennel Club

14 July 1997

Southern Baptist Disney Boycott

Guests:

  • Rev. Mike Routt, pastor of Rosehill Baptist Church in Ashland
  • Martin Cothran, public policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky
  • Rev. Cindy Weber, pastor of Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty in Louisville
  • Don Cross, a board member with the Louisville chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

7 July 1997

Flag Amendment

Guests:

  • Retired Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler
  • Carl Wedekind, president of the Louisville chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jessica Loving, a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Richard Parker, legal consultant to the Citizens Flag Alliance

30 June 1997

The Death Penalty

Guests:

  • Ray Larson, Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Allison Connelly, a University of Kentucky law professor and a former Kentucky Public Advocate
  • Rev. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Pat Delahanty, chair of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

23 June 1997

Corporate Mergers

Guests:

  • Nancy Wigand, an account executive with Robert Thomas Securities, Inc.
  • Mike Bosc, vice president of communications for the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership
  • Ron Cyrus, executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky AFL-CIO
  • Charles Haywood, a University of Kentucky finance professor

16 June 1997

Alcoholic Beverage Advertising

Guests:

  • Rev. Claude Witt, executive director of the Temperance League of Kentucky
  • Nicolette Jones, a chemical dependency specialist at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville
  • Phil Lynch, director of corporate communications for Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville
  • Gene McLean, executive director of the Kentucky Beer Wholesalers Association

9 June 1997

Tobacco Settlement Negotiations

Guests:

  • Rep. Scotty Baesler, (D) Kentucky's sixth district
  • Marshall Coyle, second vice president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
  • Dr. James Roach, executive chair of Kentucky ACTION (Alliance to Control Tobacco in Our Neighborhoods) and a family practice physician
  • Dr. Barbara Phillips, president of the American Lung Association of Kentucky and a professor of pulmonary medicine and critical care at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine

2 June 1997

"Religious Freedom" Amendment

Guests:

  • Everett Hoffman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
  • Pat Monaghan, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice
  • Rev. Jim Holladay, pastor of Clifton Baptist Church
  • Rev. Ben Mitchell, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

26 May 1997

Drunk Driving Laws

Guests:

  • Fayette County Attorney Margaret Kannensohn
  • Marcel Bush Radomile, a criminal defense attorney
  • John Hinkle, president of the Kentucky Retail Federation
  • Paula Freeman, Kentucky executive director of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

19 May 1997

Multiracial Identity

Guests:

  • Rev. Louis Coleman, director of the Justice Resource Center
  • Keith McKenzie, a member of Project RACE
  • Yvonne Jones, an associate professor of anthropology and chair of Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville

5 May 1997

Health Insurance

Guests:

  • Bill Roby, an independent insurance agent and president of the Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters
  • Vickie Yates Brown, a health care industry lawyer
  • Nancy Galvagni, vice president for health policy and finance with the Kentucky Hospital Association
  • Sheila Schuster, a psychologist and co-chair of Kentuckians for Health Care Reform

28 April 1997

Hatch-Kennedy Bill

Guests:

  • Marshall Coyle, second vice president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
  • Tom Little, executive director of the Council for Burley Tobacco
  • Dr. Tom Young, president-elect of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Todd Warnick, tobacco control coordinator for Kentucky

21 April 1997

Higher Education

Guests:

  • Tony Sholar, senior vice president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Sexton, executive director of the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Bill Francis, past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association
  • Bill Sprague, president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation

14 April 1997

Expansion of the Death Penalty

Guests:

  • Dave Stengel, Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Ernie Lewis, Kentucky Public Advocate
  • Jane Chiles, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky
  • Pat Byron, president of the Jefferson County chapter of Kentuckians' Voice for Crime Victims

7 April 1997

Child Abuse and Neglect

Guests:

  • Carol Jordan, director of the Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services
  • Allen Button, a lawyer and a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates board in Jefferson County
  • Martin Cothran, a policy analyst with The Family Foundation
  • David Lanier, a clinical psychologist

31 March 1997

The Stock Market and The Economy

Guests:

  • Nancy Wigand, an account executive with Robert Thomas Securities, Inc.
  • Thomas Kessinger, a financial consultant with Hilliard Lyons
  • Alan Winger, a former professor, a former employee of the Federal Reserve Bank, and author of "Risk: How To Deal With Personal Investment Risk"
  • Larry Lynch, a professor of economics at Transylvania University

24 March 1997

Higher Education

Guests:

  • Governor Paul Patton
  • Charles Wethington, president of the University of Kentucky
  • John Shumaker, president of the University of Louisville
  • Kern Alexander, president of Murray State University

24 February 1997

Race Relations

Guests:

  • Rochelle Riley, a columnist and associate editor for The Courier-Journal
  • Ninie O'Hara, publisher of The Southeast Outlook, a weekly newspaper of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, and a contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader
  • John Cumbler, a professor of history at the University of Louisville
  • Robert Douglas, an associate professor of Pan-African studies and art history at the University of Louisville

17 February 1997

Graduation Testing

Guests:

  • Roger Marcum, principal of South Laurel High School
  • George Cunningham, a professor of educational and counseling psychology at the University of Louisville
  • Debbie Grubb, an assistant professor of education at Morehead State University
  • Pat Hurt, the team leader for high school restructuring in the Kentucky Department of Education

10 February 1997

Medicare

Guests:

  • Dr. William Mitchell, president of the Kentucky Medical Association
  • Karen Hinkle, executive director of the Kentucky Home Health Association
  • Laurel True, Kentucky legislative committee chairman for the American Association of Retired Persons
  • Howard Bost, former deputy director of the Bureau of Health Insurance, the federal agency established to administer the original Medicare program

3 February 1997

Social Security

Guests:

  • Rand Paul, chairman of Kentucky Taxpayers United
  • Paul Paletti, president of the Kentucky Association for Older Persons
  • Jill Poznick, grassroots regional coordinator for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Chris Ostaszewski, actuarial program director at the University of Louisville

27 January 1997

Balanced Budget Amendment

Guests:

  • Marjorie Dufek, Kentucky coordinator for The Concord Coalition
  • Terry Busson, a public administration professor at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Tom Jensen, Kentucky Republican Party chairman

20 January 1997

Health Insurance

Guests:

  • Sheila Schuster, a psychologist and co-chair of Kentuckians for Health Care Reform
  • Ron Luft, an independent insurance agent and member of the Association of Health Underwriters
  • Vickie Yates Brown, a health care industry lawyer
  • Dr. Peter Hasselbacher, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville

13 January 1997

Campaign Finance Reform

Guests:

  • Richard Beliles, chairman of Common Cause of Kentucky
  • Everett Hoffman, executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky
  • Bob Gable, a former state Republican party chairman and a former candidate for governor
  • State Representative Tom Riner, a Louisville Democrat

6 January 1997

1997 Legislative Issues

Guests:

  • Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards (D), Bowling Green
  • Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader Dan Kelly (R), Springfield

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