Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:13 pm
After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.
Frankfort, KY – Despite heavy lobbying from Governor Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear, a bill to raise Kentucky's drop out age from 16 to 18 is still languishing in the Kentucky senate during their special session.
Bowling Green, KY – Dr. Richard Harknett of the University of Cincinnati will speak on the WKU campus tonight, as part of the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Program. Dr. Harknett says the emergence of nuclear technology and information technology have had a significant impact on international security in recent years. Dan Modlin spoke with him.... (The lecture will be held at seven pm in the auditorium of the Gary Ransdell building.)
Bowling Green, KY – School officials from across Kentucky will attend a two-day conference this week in Bowling Green, examing ways to incorporate energy-efficiency in new school buildings. The session starts Tuesday at the Sloan Convention Center. Dan Modlin has this report....
Bowling Green, KY – WKU hosted a national conference on "fair trade" this past weekend, and University President Gary Ransdell declared WKU a "Fair Trade University." Charlie Harris, an organizer with United Students for Fair Trade says its unusual that a national meeting of this type would be held in a location that isn't a major population center.
Owensboro, Ky – The Riverpark Center in Owensboro has a unique opportunity before it: if the performing arts center can raise $1 million by the end of August, the city of Owensboro and Daviess County Fiscal Court will kick in the necessary funds to retire Riverpark's building debt. Kevin Willis recently visited Owensboro to learn how Riverpark plans to hold up its end of the bargain.
Bowling Green,KY – State Officials say the jobless rate in Kentucky increased to 10.4 percent in the latest report on January employment. But Kim Saylor Brannock of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the unemployment rate increased,in part, because more people were trying to find jobs. She says that could be an indication that more people believe the economy is starting to recover. The state actually added about four thousand jobs for the month. Dan Modlin has more on the story......
Bowling Green, Ky – Speculation has been swirling about the job security of WKU men's basketball coach Ken McDonald. The Hilltoppers had a disappointing season and have missed making a postseason tournament for the second straight year. Kevin Willis has more about McDonald's job status.
Elizabethtown, Ky – While there is evidence of a slow economic recovery in parts of the country, there is still a huge number of Kentuckians who need help getting enough food. Tami Delaney is Development Director with the Elizabethtown-based Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland, which serves 42 southern, central, and western Kentucky counties. She spoke to WKU Public Radio about efforts to get food aid to the needy.