Comment on Kentucky
Journalists from around the state discuss news of the week with host Bill Bryant, including President Donald Trump's visit to Kentucky on March 20. Scheduled guests: Miranda Combs from WKYT-TV in Lexington; Tom Loftus from the Louisville Courier-Journal; and Lawrence Smith from WDRB-TV in Louisville.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee's guests are Secretary Hal Heiner, head of Kentucky's Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. They discuss felon reentry efforts such as job training while behind bars, Kentucky's workforce shortage, apprenticeship and Work Ready programs, and education policy changes possible impact on the state's future workforce.
Harry Caudill wrote "Night Comes to the Cumberlands" in 1963, drawing national attention to poverty in Appalachia. This film explores his life and career as a writer, a state representative, and a champion for the people of Eastern Kentucky. It features a rare interview with his widow, Anne Frye Caudill.
Renee Shaw and her guests discuss major legislative issues from the 2017 General Assembly as it nears conclusion. Scheduled guests: Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester; Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown; Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville; and Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out. Black Rock educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.
Comment on Kentucky
Bill Bryant and a panel of journalists discuss the week's news from the commonwealth, including debate in the legislature over a public charter school bill and other happenings from Frankfort. Guests: Ryland Barton from Kentucky Public Radio; Jack Brammer from the Lexington Herald-Leader; and Morgan Watkins from the Louisville Courier-Journal.
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-5) and Gov. Matt Bevin – co-chairs of SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) – welcome U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) of Silicon Valley; Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission; as well as leaders in education, business, and economic development to an event with Interapt in Paintsville, Ky. The event focused on connecting Silicon Valley with 'Silicon Holler' and helping revitalize the economy in Eastern Kentucky. Panel moderated by KET’s Renee Shaw.
Kentucky is on track to become the 44th state to legalize charter schools. Tensions and tempers flare on the last legislative work day before a 10-day recess for the governor to consider vetoes.
State lawmakers pass a number of bills on Day 27 of the 30-day session, including measures on performance funding for higher education, an increase in campaign contribution limits, civics education in public schools, smoking cessation, and mine safety.