Emil Moffatt http://wkyufm.org en Head of Teacher's Association Pleased With Standards Meant To Replace Common Core in Indiana http://wkyufm.org/post/head-teachers-association-pleased-standards-meant-replace-common-core-indiana <p>Last month, Indiana became the first state in the nation to formally repeal the controversial Common Core education standards that were adopted in 2010. Monday, the Indiana Education Roundtable will vote on a new set of standards for the state’s public schools.<br /><br />Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teacher’s Association says the trouble with Common Core started before the standards were officially adopted. She says some districts had the resources to properly train and prepare teachers to deal with Common Core. But others, she says, chose not to devote their limited resources to training.<br /><br />Meredith says the new standards won’t be all that different from Common Core.</p><p>“There are some things that, no matter what you call the standards, you must teach in order for students to really be ready for whatever is coming at them down the road,” said Meredith. “For example, some very basic math and language arts skills: you can’t eliminate those just because there’s a ‘Common Core’ label on them or just because they’re from an old set of standards. They’re very important.”<br /> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46794 at http://wkyufm.org Head of Teacher's Association Pleased With Standards Meant To Replace Common Core in Indiana Local Music Stores Set To Celebrate 'Record Store Day' Saturday http://wkyufm.org/post/local-music-stores-set-celebrate-record-store-day-saturday <p>Saturday will be a holiday of sorts for music aficionados and fans of vinyl records, in particular.&nbsp; It’s the eighth annual Record Store Day, a nationwide event celebrating local brick-and-mortar record stores.&nbsp;<br /><br />Matt Pfefferkorn, who owns Mellow Matt’s Music &amp; More in Bowling Green, says the vinyl industry continues to make a strong comeback.<br /><br />“It’s never really gone away. It’s had its low points, but it’s been on a steady increase since 2007 or 2008. But I think people are finally coming off that MP3 ‘buzz’ that they had and finding out that actually vinyl does truly sound better and it’s a warmer sound.&nbsp; The people that enjoy music – that’s what they want,” said Pfefferkorn.<br /><br />According to numbers compiled by Nielsen Soundscan, vinyl record sales last year rose 32 percent, while CD sales continued to fall.&nbsp; &nbsp;Pfefferkorn says people who frequent record stores enjoy a sense of community they bring.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46732 at http://wkyufm.org Local Music Stores Set To Celebrate 'Record Store Day' Saturday Bowling Green Runner Expects 'Immensely Emotional' Return to Boston http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-runner-expects-immensely-emotional-return-boston <p>A year ago Tuesday, Cort Basham had just finished his third Boston Marathon and was looking for a place to eat with his mother, who was also on the trip, when he heard an explosion.<br /><br />“My mind immediately went to the worst, but even someone standing next to us said ‘that sounds like dynamite on a job site’.&nbsp; But it was within seconds that the second one happened,” Basham told WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis just days after last year’s race.&nbsp;<br /><br />“Just seconds later, people start pouring around the corner from Boylston – again we were one block from Boylston. Then you knew, even though we didn’t have line-of-sight, that something terrible was happening and we just tried to move away as quickly as we could,” said Basham.<br /><br />Three spectators died as a result of the bombings; hundreds were injured.<br /><br />Basham and his mother were uninjured.&nbsp; As he prepares to return to Boston, we caught up with Basham, a WKU instructor,&nbsp; to ask him about his training for this year’s race and inquire about what he expects the atmosphere to be like for the marathon.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46520 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green Runner Expects 'Immensely Emotional' Return to Boston Owensboro Native, Elizabethtown Resident Continues Making Waves in Opera World http://wkyufm.org/post/owensboro-native-elizabethtown-resident-continues-making-waves-opera-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rise to prominence in the opera world continues for an </span>Owensboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> native.</span></p><p>Last week, Anthony Clark Evans was&nbsp;named a winner of the Sarah Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music foundation. Evans is one of only five young opera singers nationwide to win the $5,000 award this year.&nbsp;The audition for the grant was by invitation only.<br /><br />“What it really means to me, is that I’m able to maybe make a few extra trips here and there and audition for more people because I’ll have a little bit of extra cash just sitting in the bank,” said Evans.&nbsp; “I’ll be able to maybe take a flight out to New York again to sing for somebody that’s important out there.”<br /><br />The&nbsp; 28-year-old baritone now resides in Elizabethtown but is currently studying at the Ryan Center of Lyric Opera in Chicago. He says he comes from a long line of singers.</p><p><br />“It really comes from my father. He was a trained singer and his father was a trained singer. I think it goes back four or five generations,” said Evans.</p><p>He studied voice at Murray State, but left school twice to save up more money to continue his education. The second time away, he got married and the couple settled in Elizabethtown where he took a job at a car dealership.&nbsp;<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46538 at http://wkyufm.org Owensboro Native, Elizabethtown Resident Continues Making Waves in Opera World New Hot Rods Season Ushers in Changes In and Around Bowling Green Ballpark http://wkyufm.org/post/new-hot-rods-season-ushers-changes-and-around-bowling-green-ballpark <p>A crowd of over 3,000 fans turned out for the Bowling Green Hot Rods season opener, a 5-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks Thursday night. The game marked the beginning of a new era for Bowling Green’s minor league baseball team and the area around its downtown ballpark.<br /><br />It’s the team’s sixth year at Bowling Green Ballpark, which now has a new neighbor:&nbsp; a multi-restaurant, parking garage and apartment building next door known as Hitcents Park Plaza.&nbsp; One of the restaurants named "6-4-3", after the scoring notation for a double play, features a distinct baseball feel.<br /><br />It was also the first game since the new ownership group, led by Stuart and Jerry Katzoff, took over in December.<br /> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:05:05 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46111 at http://wkyufm.org New Hot Rods Season Ushers in Changes In and Around Bowling Green Ballpark Everly Brothers 1960 Hit Included in National Recording Registry http://wkyufm.org/post/everly-brothers-1960-hit-included-national-recording-registry <p>The Library of Congress has unveiled the list of this year’s 25 additions to the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2014/14-052.html" target="_blank">National Recording Registry</a>.<br /><br />Among the recordings – the Everly Brothers 1960 hit “Cathy’s Clown”, which was recorded at the RCA “Studio B” in Nashville.<br /><br />Earlier this year, Muhlenberg County held a <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/central-city-remembers-phil-everlys-musical-talents-generosity">celebration of life</a> for Phil Everly, who died January 3<sup>rd</sup>.&nbsp; Everly and his brother Don held a series of charity concerts in their family’s hometown in Western Kentucky in the 1980s and 1990s.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:52:49 +0000 Emil Moffatt 46017 at http://wkyufm.org Everly Brothers 1960 Hit Included in National Recording Registry Glasgow Shelter Staff, Volunteers Team Up To Send Thousands of Dogs Up North http://wkyufm.org/post/glasgow-shelter-staff-volunteers-team-send-thousands-dogs-north <p>Over the last decade, thousands of dogs rescued in Barren County have found new homes, not only in South Central Kentucky, but also in other parts of the country. It’s thanks to a partnership between a Glasgow animal shelter and PetSmart Charities.<br /><br />A few minutes before five o’clock on a mild March morning in Glasgow, a large green van pulls into the parking lot of a one-story brick building.&nbsp; About a half-hour before, the lights of the animal shelter came on, an employee of the Barren River Animal Welfare Association took several shelter dogs out for a walk in preparation for the long road trip ahead.&nbsp; The destination for 24 dogs is a shelter in Dubuque, Iowa.<br /><br />Volunteers begin streaming into the shelter’s lobby more than an hour before sunrise. It’s all-hands-on-deck for the next few furious minutes as they prepare the dogs for the journey on PetSmart Charities’ “Rescue Waggin’”<br /><br />“Once they get here, we’re supposed to be able to load one dog every five minutes or three minutes," said Margie Patton, who runs the shelter in Glasgow.&nbsp; "Sometimes we can do that, sometimes we can’t.&nbsp; We have volunteers who will have dogs ready, so that when one goes out the door, the next one is ready to be checked by their vet tech." Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45950 at http://wkyufm.org Glasgow Shelter Staff, Volunteers Team Up To Send Thousands of Dogs Up North Senate Amendement Would Ban Undercover Videos on Kentucky Farms http://wkyufm.org/post/senate-amendement-would-ban-undercover-videos-kentucky-farms <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">An undercover video released in February by the Humane Society showed – what it described – as inhumane conditions at a hog farm in </span>Owensboro<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">.&nbsp; Under an amendment proposed by the Senate agriculture committee on Tuesday, taking secret videos like that would be against the law. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The amendment was added to the House bill that dealt with the ways animals could be euthanized.The amendment declares that any photographs or video taken without a farmer's permission would be considered a crime. &nbsp;<br /><br />Paul Shapiro with the Humane Society of the United States called it an attempt to silence the investigations they conduct.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;" /><br style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">“Animal cruelty exposés often rely on video and photographic evidence,” said Shapiro. &nbsp;“The meat industry’s response to our exposés is to try to criminalize the mere act of whistle blowing at their operations, which shows you just how much they have to hide.”</span><br style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;" /> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:54:42 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45641 at http://wkyufm.org Senate Amendement Would Ban Undercover Videos on Kentucky Farms WKU Grad Climbs To New Heights For 'Time' Magazine Cover http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-grad-climbs-new-heights-time-magazine-cover <p>A recent assignment for WKU alumnus Jonathan Woods took him to the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.&nbsp; Woods is a Senior Editor for Photo and Interactive for Time Magazine.&nbsp; He graduated from Western Kentucky’s award-winning photojournalism department in 2007.<br /><br />Woods says his interest in photographing the new One World Trade Center building began when he was working for NBC News’ website during the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Sept. 11<sup>th</sup> attacks in 2011. Then, he ventured on an eight-month process of negotiating with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow access to the 405-foot spire on top of the 1,776 foot tall building known as the Freedom Tower. &nbsp;<br /><br />He and a staff member from the GigaPan company climbed the ladder to take a series of photos that eventually make up a sweeping panoramic look at the Manhattan skyline.<br /><br />“We were putting a camera in a place that we couldn’t go scout.&nbsp; It was on top of a 405-foot tall spire, which had a 405-foot tall ladder that we were not allowed to climb until the day we went up there,” said Woods.&nbsp; “So we had to work off of blueprints to create something to put a camera in a place that didn’t exist.”<br /> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45433 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Grad Climbs To New Heights For 'Time' Magazine Cover Returning to Her Home State, Injury Will Keep Govan Sidelined For NCAA Tournament Game http://wkyufm.org/post/returning-her-home-state-injury-will-keep-govan-sidelined-ncaa-tournament-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>WKU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lady Toppers first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament since 2007-08 is made even more remarkable when you considered that it has happened without one of the team’s scoring leaders.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br />Junior guard Alexis Govan&nbsp; has been sidelined since December 21<sup>st</sup> with a stress fracture of the leg and likely won’t play until next season.&nbsp; Despite her injury, Govan remains upbeat. She’s been cheering on teammates from the bench and says she's looking forward to the team’s trip to Waco.<br /><br />“It’s going to be fun. Texas is a great place for Western to play and we’ve had some success there, so everybody knows that we have to be up and be positive. It’s a big game and a big opportunity,” said Govan.<br /><br />The trip to Texas will be a trip home for Govan, a San Antonio native. &nbsp;WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says the team misses her presence, and her 16 points per game, but the good news is Govan’s injury won’t likely require surgery.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45402 at http://wkyufm.org Returning to Her Home State, Injury Will Keep Govan Sidelined For NCAA Tournament Game