The Louisville Cardinals are atop the college basketball world, capturing the NCAA men's championship Monday night in Atlanta.
Luke Hancock scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and Louisville won its third national title by rallying for an 82-76 win over No. 4 Michigan. He was 13-for-18 from the field in the last two games to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan were mostly silent in the first half before helping the Cardinals outscore the Wolverines 45-38 in the second. Siva finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Behanan chipped in 15 points and 13 boards.
The Wolverines were ahead 35-23 late in the first half, but the Cardinals went on a 14-3 run and led by as many as 10 in the second half en route to their first championship since 1986.
Lee Stott's interview with Jace Wittig, Chanticleer's music director
The world-renowned choral ensemble Chanticleer is coming to Western Kentucky University Thursday evening as part of the school's Cultural Enhancement Series. The performance is at 7:30pm C.T. at Van Meter Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.
The group will perform a program called The Siren's Call. This program celebrates the sea with music from New Zealand, Hawaii and China complemented by Chanticleer's signature treatments of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance music.
WKU Public Radio's Lee Stott spoke with Jace Wittig, Chanticleer's Music Director, about the group and its April 11 performance in Bowling Green.
Kevin's interview with Michael Veach, author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage
It's a golden era for Kentucky's signature spirit. Bourbon has never been more popular in the U.S. or throughout the world. Bourbon's colorful history is shrouded in mystery, with a lot of tall tales and legends popping up throughout the years.
Michael Veach put bourbon under the microscope and put his skills as an historian to work in his new book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. Veach is the associate curator of special collections at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville.
He spoke to WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis about how the term "bourbon" first became applied to Kentucky whiskey, where the idea of charring barrels came from, and who we should thank for the current popularity of bourbon:
There are a lot of legends surrounding bourbon that you have to debunk as an historian looking into the origins of Kentucky’s famous whiskey. One of those legends is that bourbon is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky. What did you find out?
“You know, I would love to have been able to prove that bourbon was named after Bourbon County, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized I just couldn’t do that.”
Western Kentucky senior basketball forward and football defensive end Kene Anyigbo has been arrested on marijuana possession charges.
The Warren County Regional Jail lists the 21-year-old Anyigbo as an inmate at the facility. Anyigbo also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps. His initial bond is set at $2,000. He was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday morning.
Jail records did not list an attorney for Anyigbo.
Western Kentucky Athletic Director Todd Stewart told The Daily News that school officials were aware of the charges.
April 18th is National Tax Freedom Day, the point at which Americans will have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the local, state, and federal levels. Elizabeth Malm is an economist with the Washington-based Tax Foundation. She says Americans this year will work five days later than in 2012 to pay all their taxes.
WKU Public Radio took home four First Place awards at the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony in Louisville, including a win in the category of Best Newscast. The win represents the combined on-air work of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry and Joe Corcoran for 2012 in the non-commercial radio category.
Retired news director Dan Modlin also won first place for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for his report on how some Kentucky senior citizens are losing their prescriptions to theft. Modlin also received an Honorable Mention for Best Public Affairs reporting for a report on the impact of ovarian cancer on Kentucky families.
Lisa Autry won first place in the Public Affairs category for her report on older kids in foster care needing homes. Autry also won a Second Place award for Best Hard News Feature for her story on the recovery of a Tennessee newborn following a heart transplant, Second Place for Best Political Coverage throughout the year and an Honorable Mention award for Best Radio Reporter.
Joe Corcoran received the first place award for Best Sports Reporting for his series of reports following WKU swimmer Claire Donahue on her way to the Olympic gold medal. News Director Kevin Willis received an Honorable Mention in that category for his report on WKU's new head football coach Bobby Petrino and an Honorable Mention in the Best Special Series/Documentary category for his reports on the impact of meth in our area.
The news staff also received a Second Place award for Best Website.
All of the award-winning entries can be found on-line by clicking on the reporter's photo or name on our home page.
Kentucky manufacturers will benefit from a new partnership between universities, professionals, and state and federal partners.
The Advantage Kentucky Alliance was announced Friday at WKU's Center for Research and Development.
The aim is to move Kentucky from traditional manufacturing to advanced manufacturing. WKU President Gary Ransdell said it's important for universities to be involved in the economies they help create and sustain.
"Universities first and foremost have to be about economic development. The time has long since passed when our primary mission was to just educate students,"said Dr. Ransdell. "As I've said for many years, educating students is a means to a much more important end and that more important end is driving Kentucky's economy and improving the quality of like for people within the reach of our universities."
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and local chambers of commerce will help connect manufacturers to alliance members who can address their needs, such as finding new revenue streams, developing new products and services, and learning new processes to become more efficient.
Governor Steve Beshear is allowing a bill regulating hemp in Kentucky to become law without his signature.
Supporters of Senate Bill 50 were concerned that the Governor might veto the bill after he continuely expressed concerns that law enforcement groups had with the bill.
But those concerns apparently weren't enough to veto the bill, as the governor says he will let it become law.
The bill allows the Department of Agriculture and Industrial Hemp Commission to issue licenses to grow hemp if a federal ban is lifted. It also allows the Kentucky State Police to do background checks on license applications.