Regional
1:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Kentucky Budget Surplus Less Likely

State Budget Director Jane Driskell
Credit Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. State officials predicted Kentucky's revenues would grow 2.1 percent in the 2014 budget year that ends June 30. For that to happen, revenues must grow 3.9 percent in the next three months.

Driskell said she is confident the state will meet the estimate but said a surplus is becoming less likely.

Road fund revenues increased $22.8 million in March, an increase of 19.9 percent. Road fund collections must increase an additional 2.7 percent over the next three months in order to meet the estimate.

Spring Membership Campaign
11:50 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Are You a Member of WKU Public Radio? If Not, Join Us Today!

Kevin, Emil, and the entire WKU Public Radio staff are working hard this week to raise the financial support needed to pay for the programs!
Credit Abbey Oldham

As we near the finish of our spring membership campaign, I want to thank everybody who has offered your generous support over the phone, online, and through the mail!

Your contributions help this non-profit, commercial-free public broadcaster pay for the outstanding programs that we all count on hearing when we listen.

You can check out our great lineup of thank you gifts here. We have a wonderful new polo shirt available in men's and women's styles, as well as a new partnership with Spencer's Coffeehouse in Bowling Green.

You can pledge at any amount you're comfortable with when you call 1-800-599-9598. You can also give online by clicking here.

From everybody here at WKU Public Radio, thank you so much for your support!

Regional
11:10 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Construction May Cause Midday Traffic Headaches Thursday Afternoon

Warm, dry weather means plenty of road construction this afternoon.

In Hardin County, crews are repairing the KY583 bridge over the Bluegrass Parkway.  Eastbound lanes of the Bluegrass are expected to see intermittent closures until 4 p.m. eastern, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Meantime, in Bullitt County, the right lane of I-65 Northbound will be closed until 3 p.m. eastern between mile points 119 and 121.

Spring Membership Campaign
6:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Dollar-For-Dollar Match in Effect During Thursday's Morning Edition

We're nearing the end of our 2014 spring membership campaign!
Credit Abbey Oldham

If you didn’t take part in yesterday’s dollar-for-dollar match during Morning Edition, you have another chance to make your gift to WKU Public Radio count double!

Listeners who invest the first $1,000 in WKU Public Radio during Morning Edition Thursday will have their gift matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous offer by Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes, longtime listeners and supporters of WKU Public Radio.

Cheryl works with the WKU Office of Scholar Development, and Mike is a WKU Biology Professor.

They are offering $1,000 in a dollar-for-dollar match that’s in effect right now during Morning Edition—so if you’ve been meaning to call with your gift but haven’t gotten around to it, don’t put it off any longer! Your call right now ensures that your contribution is doubled thanks to our matching gift from Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes!

Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Spring Membership Campaign
4:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green Offer Dollar-For-Dollar Match Wednesday

Gifts from listeners keep WKU Public Radio on the air!
Credit Abbey Oldham

If you missed out on our dollar-for-dollar match Wednesday morning, you can still pledge your support this afternoon and have your gift doubled!

During Wednesday’s All Things Considered, WKU Public Radio listeners have the chance to take part in a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $1,000—thanks to our longtime friends and supporters Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green.

Dr. Charles and Susan have been generous supporters of WKU Public Radio for years and have offered these special incentive gifts during many of our membership campaigns.

They are willing to match dollar-for-dollar the first $1,000 offered during Wednesday’s All Things Considered. This means you have the chance to double your contribution if you take this opportunity to pledge your membership support to WKU Public Radio.

We don’t want to waste this opportunity to raise an important amount of the funding needed to pay for the great programs that we hear every day on WKU Public Radio.

You can take Dr. Charles and Susan Webb up on their offer and have your investment doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by pledging online.

Thanks!

Regional
3:45 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Nearly Two Months Later, Final Corvette Pulled From Sinkhole

The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 was one of two Corvettes that's whereabouts were initially unknown after the sinkhole occurred.
Credit National Corvette Museum

The last Corvette remaining in the giant, 50-foot sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green has been removed. 

Crews pulled up the badly-crushed,  2001 Mallett Hammer Z-06 using a crane Wednesday afternoon.

"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.  "You usually save the best for last, but in this case, it was definitely the worst."

The Mallett Hammer was one of two Corvettes that had not been seen since the February 12th sinkhole collapse. 

The car was donated to the museum last December by a Florida couple who modified it into a racing car.  The Mallett Hammer was supposed to be used at the new Motorsports Park.

All eight cars will be on display at the museum through early August. They will then be shipped to Michigan for restoration. 

It took nearly two months to unearth all eight vintage automobiles. 

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Environment
3:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Beshear Awards $100,000 State Grant to Glasgow Project Designed to Convert Methane into Energy

The city of Glasgow has taken another step toward limiting the impact of methane gas released from its landfill.

Governor Steve Beshear was in Barren County Wednesday to present Glasgow city leaders with a $100,000 grant from the state to pursue a landfill gas generation project.

Currently, methane emitted from garbage at local landfills is vented into the atmosphere. Under the new plan, methane would be piped into a generator and converted into electricity.

“This methane gas to electricity process is something we need to do more of in this country," Beshear said. "And to take refuge in a landfill, and take the methane gas off of that and turn it into electricity and put it on the grid so that people can use it--it saves us all money, it saves the environment.”

Glasgow mayor Rhonda Trautman says the city is acting now to avoid problems later.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ethics Bill Containing Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training For Lawmakers Clears Legislature

An amendment to the ethics bill made by Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville (right) would require sexual harassment training for lawmakers
Credit Kentucky LRC

Legislation that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers is on its way to the governor’s desk.

When formal ethics charges were filed against former Rep. John Arnold accusing him of sexually harassing three women working in the state legislature, lawmakers were up in arms about addressing the issue of workplace harassment in the Capitol.

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission found Arnold not guilty of the harassment charges this week, prompting critics to question if anything could be done.

But an amended bill filed by Greenville Rep. Brent Yonts would address those issues by making sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers. Currently, lawmakers do not have to take such training.

The bill currently awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.

Business
11:11 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor: City Finances Will Suffer Under Jamestown Plant Closure

The mayor of Jamestown says state officials have begun reaching out to the 600 Fruit of the Loom workers whose jobs will be lost later this year. 

The apparel company announced last week that it would move operations overseas and layoffs would occur in phases starting in June. 

Mayor Terry Lawless hopes another manufacturer will come to Jamestown.

"It would thrill me to death that when they leave that the doors open for someone else to be in there and revenue starts picking right up, but we have to be realistic too," acknowledged Lawless.  "That probably won't happen right away, but we've got our hopes it will eventually."

The city of Jamestown receives $200,000 a year in occupational taxes from plant employees.

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