Arthur Hartfield is a Bluegrass banjo player and maker from Rocky Hill, KY. Hatfield started off in a traveling Bluegrass band, but decided he preferred to stay home and became a cabinet maker while playing in local bands. When he retired from cabinet making he decided to start professionally making banjos. This is the latest in an ongoing series of features produced for WKU Public Radio by WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin.
Bowling Green, Ky – State Mining Officials say 23 year old Richard Coots, Jr. was killed about two o'clock this morning while he repaired a conveyor chain that had broken. The state says Coots had crawled under a mobile bridge that fell, pinning him underneath. Investigators are interviewing others who were working in the Letcher County mine at the time of the accident. Coots was an electrician/repairman for Owlco Energy. Kentucky officials say this is the fourth mining-related fatality in the Commonwealth in 2011.
Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville has indicted 41 year old Pedro "Peter" Bello of Miami on a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Bello is accused of failing to pay more than two million dollars in cigarette taxes in the Commonwealth. Bello ran GT Northeast, a tobacco wholesaler that has also drawn the attention of investigators in New York City and the state of Indiana in the past. His arraignment is scheduled for October 18th in Louisville.
Bowling Green, Ky – A growing number of special needs students are using iPads in the classroom. Video can improve social skills, audio helps students with writing difficulties, and the touch screen makes use easy for children with dexterity problems. Lisa Autry visited Rockfield Elementary to see how the technology is aiding students and their teachers.
Louisville, Ky – Jefferson County's method of determining where students go to school has long generated controversy, and now it looks like the state Supreme Court will have the final say. Kevin Willis has our story.
Bowling Green, KY – The Governors of Indiana and Kentucky say it will cost about twenty million dollars to repair the Sherman-Minton Bridge. The structure has been closed for the past three weeks, after some weld defects were found.Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels held a news conference today in New Albany, Indiana, to reveal that the bridge will be closed for repairs for about six months. The bridge carries Interstate 64 traffic over the Ohio River.
Bowling Green, Ky – Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is happy with a New York judge's ruling that a lawsuit against the maker of the painkiller oxycontin will be heard in the Commonwealth. Kevin Willis has more.