Dan Conti

Assistant News Director

Dan Conti is a longtime broadcast journalist in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Conti was an instructor of broadcast journalism at his alma mater for 12 years. He also taught high school for two years, worked in public relations for the American Cancer Society and U.S. Employment and Training Agency and authored his first book in 2006. "POWs: Stories from America's Wars" is a collection of remembrances from veterans of World World II, Korea and Vietnam. Dan supervises the afternoon operations of the MSPR News Department.

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WMKY Feature Reports
10:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Feature: MCTC Student Veteran Center

Maysville Community and Technical College will soon be adding a new facility to serve those who have served their country. MSPR's Sam Steiert reports...

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Employment
3:08 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

KY Workers Comp Costs Decline

Kentucky’s insurance commissioner says workers compensation costs in the Commonwealth have declined for the 9th consecutive year. In fact, Sharon Clark says only eight other states have a lower rate for workers comp than Kentucky…

Clark says controlling workers compensation costs is a tremendous incentive for a company to locate in Kentucky.

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Employment
3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Governor Beshear on 'Right to Work'

Governor Beshear says it’s apparent that “right to work” states don’t have the drop on Kentucky when it comes to attracting foreign investment. Tennessee, which is a “right to work” state, competed with Kentucky to lure Kowa Incorporated to the U.S.

The Japanese firm that makes a surface treatment for automotive suppliers announced this week it would locate its first plant in Corbin, Kentucky.

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Employment
2:28 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Maysville Regional Job Fair To Be Held October 3rd

Organizers of the Maysville Regional Job Fair are expecting a big crowd for the October 3rd event at Mason County High School. It’s sponsored by the Kentucky Career Center and the Tenco Workforce Development Board and takes place between 1 and 6 p.m.

Jeremy Faulkner coordinates business services for the KCC. He thinks the turnout will be larger than other job fairs because all the companies participating are planning to hire employees…

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Employment
2:41 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

KAM Military to Manufacturing Event

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is sponsoring a workshop next month that focuses on helping ex members of the military transition to employment in the manufacturing sector. It’s taking place October 16th at the Gateway Community College in Florence.

Greg Higdon is a Vietnam veteran and now president of KAM. He says many of those who’ve served in the military have the skills manufacturers need today…

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Education
2:06 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Cross Kentucky Ride

Three women will participate in a 137-mile horseback and carriage ride from Greenup to Sadieville, Kentucky. It begins Thursday and joining the caravan are Edith Conyers of Mount Sterling, Ginny Grulke of Lexington and Anne Husted of Paris.

Their trip, which they’re calling the “Cross Kentucky Ride”, is a benefit for the non-profit organization Kentucky Back Country Horsemen. Conyers says it should take twelve days to complete the journey, which will follow small, rural roads through half a dozen counties.

She says part of the initiative is educational…

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Health
1:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Enterovirus in KY

The Kentucky Department of Public Health has confirmed that there’ve been several cases of a severe respiratory illness called “enterovirus D-68” in the Commonwealth. Dr. Kraig Humbaugh is deputy commissioner of the department.

He says the cases to date have been restricted to central Kentucky and were reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control…

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Environment
12:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Appalachians Protest in Washington

Mountaintop removal near Whitesburg, KY
Credit mountainroadshow.com

Several Appalachian organizations are in Washington to meet with members of Congress and representatives of federal regulatory agencies and demand an end to mountaintop removal mining. Teri Blanton is with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. She says the Obama Administration made a commitment to them in 2009 to protect their communities from water pollution resulting from coal mining. Blanton, who lives in Berea, says the results have been mixed…

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Health
3:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Governor Beshear Wants Smoke-free Law

Governor Beshear says the executive orders he issued Thursday that further restrict smoking at state-owned facilities are not enough. The Democrat thinks broader, legislative action is also required…

Still, the governor says there are some encouraging signs. He says youth smoking in Kentucky has dropped from just over 24% in 2011 to 17.9% last year.

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Area News
9:51 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Dog Complaint in Olive Hill

An Olive Hill man says his appeals to public officials to take action to stop a pack of dogs from roaming the city and causing thousands of dollars in property damage have failed to yield any results. Benjamin Tolle says he has complained about the dogs for nearly half a year, speaking with police, the mayor, Carter County’s animal control officer and the county judge executive.

Over the Labor Day weekend, he says, they moved onto his property and attacked two cats that were living on his porch…

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Area News
3:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Last Two Augusts Wettest Ever in Eastern Kentucky

According to the National Weather Service, last month and August, 2013 were the wettest Augusts ever in eastern Kentucky…At least, as long as records have been kept. John Jacobson is a meteorologist with the Jackson office. He says the region received eight and a half inches of rain last month, second only to the ten-plus inches that fell the previous August.

He says normal rainfall for the month in eastern Kentucky is about three and a half inches…

Jacobson says it’s anybody’s guess whether the unusual amount of precipitation will continue this month.

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Transportation
1:33 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

I-64 Sealing Work Underway

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has begun some preventative maintenance to Interstate 64 in Clark County. Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says the work is being done between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to minimize the impact on traffic…

Lacy says the work is likely to continue through September 3rd and could continue onto the exit ramps for Kentucky 627.

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Government/Politics
1:21 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

NAACP Chair Visits Ashland, Reflects on Ferguson

Roslyn M. Brock
Credit http://www.naacp.org/

The woman who chairs the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says a simple lesson emerges from the recent shooting death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. Roslyn Brock reflected on the incident yesterday during a visit to Ashland.

She says it’s clear that race still matters in America…

Brock says the NAACP is working with local officials in Ferguson, the U.S. Justice Department and the family of the victim in an effort to help the community heal.

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Area News
9:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Morehead Water & Sewer Rates

The Morehead Utility Plant Board is considering changing the way it bills customers for water and sewer service. General Manager Mike Nickell says indexing the rates may be a way to avoid huge, periodic increases…

Nickell says the idea is still in its early stages and it’ll be subject to a lot more analysis before any recommendation is brought before Morehead City Council. He says that could happen in October.

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Health
12:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ashland Cystic Fibrosis Walk

There’s a walk scheduled next month in the Ashland area to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Kentucky and West Virginia. Ruth Hans is development director of the organization that’s fighting the fatal disease affecting about 30,000 Americans.

She says more research is needed into the genetic disorder that causes lung infections but progress is being made…

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Employment
9:36 am
Wed August 27, 2014

MCTC Work Ready Workshops

Maysville Community and Technical College is teaming with the Kentucky Career Center to hold a series of workshops on resume writing, interviewing and developing a professional portfolio. Robert Boone is Workforce Transitions Coordinator for the MCTC.

He says the first session is Wednesday, September 3rd on the Maysville campus and begins at noon…

Boone says other workshops are scheduled for September 17th, October 1st and October 15th.

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Education
12:26 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

KEEC to Host Meeting at MSU

A state agency charged with improving environmental literacy in Kentucky is seeking input on a new, master plan for the Commonwealth when it holds a public forum tomorrow at Morehead State University. The Kentucky Environmental Education Council sets up shop at 5 p.m. in the Bert Combs Building.

Elizabeth Schmitz is executive director of the KEEC. She says the council is crafting a new, five-year plan…

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Area News
3:39 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Forum on Lewis County Creek

There’s a public forum in Vanceburg tonight (Tuesday) on how the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is responding to problems of increased sedimentation and bank erosion along Kinniconick Creek in Lewis County. Cabinet spokesman Brent Frazier says it starts at 6 o’clock in the Volunteer Fire House on Indian Road…

Frazier says grants totaling nearly $600,000 have been secured to study the problem and determine solutions.

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Health
12:44 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Morehead RAM Clinic Update

A Remote Area Medical Clinic planned in Morehead for October 25th and 26th will be held, though its location will have to be changed…That’s according to an official with RAM USA. Chris Hall is chief operating officer for the publicly-supported, all-volunteer program.

Morehead State University announced Thursday it has decided not to serve as community host of the event and the Rowan County School District will not make its middle school available for those two days. MSU and the Rowan schools say there were unresolved issues concerning liability insurance and scheduling.

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Government/Politics
1:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Army Cuts, Potential KY Impact

Credit www.campbell.army.mil

Reductions in force that the Army is considering at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox have a potential impact on Kentucky’s economy of six-billion dollars…That’s the word from the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

Colonel David Thompson says the Army is pondering the cuts as part of a nationwide plan to lower operational costs for military and civilian personnel…

Thompson says the Army is planning for its force structure changes to take place between 2015 and 2020. However, he says he wouldn’t be surprised if the timetable is accelerated.

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Government/Politics
10:34 am
Tue August 19, 2014

KY Minimum Wage Debate

Credit KET

More than 460,000 Kentuckians would benefit from increasing the state’s minimum wage to @10.10 an hour…So says the director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Jason Bailey.

He discussed the issue Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. Bailey says that breaks down to one in four Kentucky workers…and many of them are not​ high school students…

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Government/Politics
12:53 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Adkins on Burch Controversy

Credit www.rockyadkins.com

House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins of Morehead says there’s no need for Democratic State Representative Tom Burch to resign following controversial remarks the Louisville lawmaker made about the coal industry last Thursday. In a speech to the Louisville Forum, Burch said a lot of good would come to Kentucky “if we could get coal out of the way”.

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Area News
11:17 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ashland Stadium Rehabilitation

Credit www.ashland.kyschools.us

The finishing touches are being put on a five-million dollar renovation of Ashland’s historic Putnam Stadium and they’re not coming a moment too soon for City Commissioner Marty Gute.

He’s also a coach for the Ashland Blazer High School football team which opens its new season at home this Friday night…

Gute says a few projects won’t be done by game time but they’ll be completed soon and won’t affect the new season. He says some work is still needed on a concession stand that’s being built on top of the home locker room.

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Government/Politics
3:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Veterans Homes Underutilized

Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, Kentucky

A coalition of veterans groups believes Kentucky should permit the spouses of veterans to stay in the state’s three veterans’ nursing homes. Larry Arnett is co-chair of the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky. He made the appeal to a panel of state lawmakers in Frankfort Thursday. JECVO represents 23 different veterans’ organizations in the Commonwealth.

Arnett says the nursing homes have too many unoccupied beds…

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Area News
2:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Carillon Dedication at NE KY Veterans Cemetery

The carillon at the Northeast Kentucky Veterans Cemetery will be officially dedicated during a ceremony later this month…That’s according to Jeff Acob who manages the veterans burial grounds for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

Acob says the bell tower system that plays military music throughout the day at the cemetery near Greenup will be dedicated Friday morning August 29th…

Acob says all four of Kentucky’s veterans’ cemeteries have carillons but some federal facilities do not. The Northeast Kentucky Veterans Cemetery opened in October, 2010.

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Area News
12:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Morehead Community Center Repairs

Credit www.themoreheadnews.com

The heating and cooling system in Morehead’s Carl Perkins Center will be repaired. City council has authorized a contract for more than $42,000 with Service of Morehead to do the work.

Caroline Franzini is a member of council…

Service of Morehead is owned by Mayor David Perkins’ brother but Franzini says the firm was the only bidder for the project and the mayor has no financial interest in the company.

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Environment
11:43 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Lewis County Creek Study

Kinniconick Creek Lewis County KY

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is holding a public meeting in Vanceburg August 26th to talk about a study into erosion along Kinniconick Creek. It begins at 6 p.m. in the fire house on Indian Road.

Brian Frazier is a spokesman for the cabinet. He says grants totaling nearly $600,000 have been secured to determine what’s causing degradation and increased sedimentation in the creek…

Frazier says the study should take about a year to complete.

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Agriculture
11:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

KY Elk Management Plan

Nearly two decades after elk were introduced in eastern Kentucky, the state needs a new plan to contain and manage the herd…That’s what the Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources told a legislative committee in Frankfort last Thursday.

Greg Johnson says he held an “Elk Summit” on the issue last month to solicit ideas on a long range plan for controlling the herd…

Johnson says his department will produce a set of recommendations for managing Kentucky’s elk population over the next five to fifteen years.

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Area News
10:51 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Orienteering National Championship at Carter Caves

Carter Caves State Resort Park in March will play host to the national championship of an emerging sport. It’s called “Orienteering” and Kentucky Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker says it’s a race that involves using navigational skills and a map to go from one place to another.

She says there are six Kentucky parks that offer permanent “Orienteering” courses and the Grayson area facility is one of them…

The U.S. Individual Orienteering Championship is scheduled for March 27th through the 29th.

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Transportation
3:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Kentucky Gas Prices Declining

Credit Aamco

Gas prices in Kentucky are 9 cents lower than they were a week ago…that’s according to a website that tracks daily fuel prices in the Commonwealth. 

Kentuckygasprices.com reports that the average cost for regular, unleaded gas in Kentucky today is $3,41. The lowest price is in London, where it’s $3.13. The highest is in Louisville, at $3.99.

Around the region, gas is selling for $3.41 in Morehead, $3.43 in Ashland and $3.29 in Mount Sterling.

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