Bowling Green http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Executive Appointed to Hunger Commission http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-executive-appointed-hunger-commission <p>A Bowling Green business executive has been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Hunger. Spencer A. Coates was selected by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Coates is president of Houchens Industries, a diversified employee-owned company with roots in retail grocery and convenience stores.</p><p>The Commission is made up of ten people selected by Congressional leaders. The Commission will make recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture on how to modernize and improve federal food assistance programs.</p><p>McConnell says Coates is a great fit for the new commission. He says Coates has front-line experience dealing with how and where people use food assistance programs.</p><p>Coates also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Grocers' Associations. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:11 +0000 Associated Press 46558 at http://wkyufm.org Nearly Two Months Later, Final Corvette Pulled From Sinkhole http://wkyufm.org/post/nearly-two-months-later-final-corvette-pulled-sinkhole <p>The last Corvette remaining in the giant, 50-foot sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green has been removed.&nbsp;<br /><br />Crews pulled up the badly-crushed, &nbsp;2001 Mallett Hammer Z-06 using a crane Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>"You would think there would be tears of happiness to pull the last one out, but it's not even recognizable, so I think that created a somber mood among everybody," said the museum's Communications Director Katie Frassinelli.&nbsp; "You usually save the best for last, but in this case, it was definitely the worst."</p><p>The Mallett Hammer was one of two Corvettes that had not been seen since the February 12<sup>th</sup> sinkhole collapse.&nbsp;</p><p>The car was donated to the museum last December by a Florida couple who modified it into a racing car.&nbsp; The Mallett Hammer was supposed to be used at the new Motorsports Park.</p><p>All eight cars will be on display at the museum through early August. They will then be shipped to Michigan for restoration.&nbsp;<br /><br />It took nearly two months to unearth all eight vintage automobiles.&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:45:19 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 46353 at http://wkyufm.org Nearly Two Months Later, Final Corvette Pulled From Sinkhole Bowling Green Corvette Plant Workers Authorize Strike Over Safety Issues http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-corvette-plant-workers-authorize-strike-over-safety-issues <p></p><p>Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns. But a local union leader says he hopes the dispute can be resolved without a walkout.</p><p>Union members voted to give union leaders the green light to call a strike if necessary. About 800 union workers were eligible to cast ballots.</p><p>Eldon Renaud, president of United Auto Workers Local 2164, says the issues involved include safety and quality control.</p><p>He says there have been several "near misses" that could have led to serious injuries for assembly line workers at the Bowling Green plant.</p><p>Renaud says he hopes the strike-authorization vote leads to stepped up negotiations.</p><p>The plant says worker safety and quality of its products are at the forefront of every decision. It says it's confident management and the union can work together. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 46330 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green Corvette Plant Workers Authorize Strike Over Safety Issues 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 Fruit of the Loom To Shutter Jamestown Plant; 600 Layoffs Expected http://wkyufm.org/post/fruit-loom-shutter-jamestown-plant-600-layoffs-expected <p>Fruit of the Loom announced Thursday it will close the company's Jamestown, Ky. plant, laying off hundreds of workers.&nbsp;<br /><br />The clothing manufacturer says 600 employees will lose their jobs.&nbsp; The layoffs will begin in phases starting in June and the plant will be closed by the end of the year.&nbsp; Production at the Jamestown plant will transition to facilities in Honduras, according to a press release.</p><p>The company says global competition and cheaper production overseas forced the plant to close.&nbsp; State Representative Jeff Hoover of Jamestown <a href="https://twitter.com/KYHoover" target="_blank">posted on Twitter</a> that he is "devastated" by the news.&nbsp;<br /><br />Fruit of the Loom is the largest employer in Russell County. The company is headquartered in Bowling Green.<br /> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:14:50 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 46104 at http://wkyufm.org Fruit of the Loom To Shutter Jamestown Plant; 600 Layoffs Expected