Colin Jackson

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Colin Jackson joined the WKU Public Radio news team in October 2018 as Morning Edition Host and Reporter. Jackson comes to Kentucky from Michigan where he worked in the newsroom of NPR member station WDET in Detroit. He also has experience as a host and producer with Townsquare Media in Lansing, Michigan and Impact 89FM in East Lansing.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations & Policy and Spanish from Michigan State University. 

Colin Jackson

The Barren River runs through Bowling Green along the outskirts of a downtown district that's undergone several renewal projects since the late 1990s. RiverWalk Park, also known as Mitch McConnell Park, is along the water's downtown side.

Stone walls run the length of the park and globe lanterns that change colors light the space at night. It rests at the end of College Street, which runs from Western Kentucky University's campus to a footbridge over the water.

Master Sgt. Brian Hamilton

A woman is serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the Fort Knox-based U.S. Army Human Resources Command for the first time in the department’s 46 year history.

CSM Lynice D. Thorpe-Noel will advise the division's staff on issues related to enlisted personnel.

She said the position focuses on taking care of service members and their families, calling "people" the greatest asset.

"That's what we take care of here," Thorpe-Noel said. "From the services we provide on the installations and the programs that are out there to all the different programs and systems that we have to utitlize to support that effort to generate readiness."

Kentucky's two U.S Senators both have well-funded political action committees. But the two spend their PAC money in very different ways.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports Republican Mitch McConnell spent the majority of funds last year from his PAC, the Bluegrass Committee, on national, state and local campaigns.

About 80 percent of donations to the Bluegrass Committee came from other PACs, instead of individuals.

A three day celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kicks off Wednesday in Bowling Green with an event at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. A youth night on Sunday and series of gatherings on Monday will follow.

Bowling Green Martin Luther King Planning Committee chairperson Ryan Dearbone said the committee decided to expand from a one-day breakfast, march, and service in order to attract a wider audience. 

"Unless you just have the time, you're probably not going to get to come to all the events to hopefully you find an event within that week that you want to come to and that you're able to take part in," Dearbone said.

Rae Hodges

Sports gaming has been a hot topic since a Supreme Court decision last year allowed states to legalize gambling on sports such as football and basketball.

Now, Kentucky lawmakers are being asked to support legislation allowing regulated sports betting in the commonwealth.

Democratic State Senator Julian Carroll of Franklin County has pre-filed a bill to create a Kentucky Gaming Commission to oversee the new industry. Carroll says creating rules would allow the state to start collecting revenue which could go towards education and retirement funds.

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A Kentucky state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill for the 2019 legislative session that would require racial and ethnic impact statements when the commonwealth considers new criminal justice or safety laws.

Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal’s bill would require the Legislative Research Commission to compile reports to discover what unintended consequences a bill could have on the state’s minority communities.

The Louisville Democrat likened the idea of racial and ethnic impact statements to fiscal statements, which explore the financial impact of proposed laws.

Colin Jackson

Kayden is an energetic five year old—though he’ll tell you he’s actually five-and-a-half. He lives in Russellville with his sister, Kaleigh, their grandmother, and her husband.

Kayden and Kaleigh are just two of the estimated 96,000 Kentucky kids living with a non-parental relative or a close-family friend--known as “fictive kin”--in the last three years. The KIDS COUNT Data Center estimates nine percent of Kentucky children has been under kinship or fictive care since 2016.

The two went to live with their grandmother, Kim Guffy, four years ago after an emergency protective order violation.

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Western Kentucky University has found a new head football coach. Tyson Helton will take over the Hilltoppers program next season from ousted coach Mike Sanford. 

At a press conference announcing his hiring, Helton said the team's readiness is one of the main reasons why he chose to return to Bowling Green.

“I felt like Western is at a place where we could take it to new heights. We had been at a certain level but the opportunity to take it to a whole other level, get back to a championship mentality—that was special to me. And I wanted to take advantage of that opportunity,” Helton said. 

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education is recieving hundreds of thousands of dollars to help adult learners.

The $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant will help students follow certificate or associate programs. The initiative will focus on low-income and underrepresented adults with no previous higher education experience.

CPE president Aaron Thompson said in a news release that the commonwealth needs to engage its adult population to meet workforce and education goals.

Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU

A new Kentucky Educational Television documentary is centering on the life and career of famed local writer and poet, Robert Penn Warren.

The All the King’s Men author grew up in Todd County before leaving for Vanderbilt University and eventually helping found the Southern Review.

Celebrated in the literary world, Warren is the only person to ever win a Pulitzer in both poetry and fiction.