YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal audit of the state's first Spanish-language radio station shows it misspent $59,000 in public funds, didn't file accurate financial reports and failed to adequately notify the public about board meetings.
Radio KDNA, founded in 1979, is a key source of information for the Latino community in the Yakima Valley. It relies on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for most of its revenue.
The agency's inspector general reviewed the Granger station's finances from October 2007 through December 2008.
Interim station manger Laura Contreras says she's taking aggressive steps to get finances in order and follow guidelines for public information and public meetings.
The station has been in upheaval since the longtime director retired in June 2008.