Emil Moffatt

ATC Host/Reporter

Emil Moffat joined the WKU Public Radio news team in August, 2013, after working as a news anchor and feature reporter at WBAP radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

Emil is our local voice during All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio, anchoring our local newscasts and breaks, and producing feature stories that will air during ATC and Morning Edition. He also contributes to our online and social media efforts.

In addition to his work on the air and online, Emil is the go-to expert for baseball knowledge at WKU Public Radio. Before taking the job at WBAP, Emil was the play-by-play broadcaster for the minor-league Ft. Worth Cats baseball team.

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Business
6:12 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky's Business-Friendly Climate Ranking Drops Slightly

Credit Tax Foundation

Kentucky continues to rank in the middle-of-the-pack when it comes to having a business-friendly tax climate.  The 2014 study, released Wednesday by the non-partisan Tax Foundation in Washington takes into account the corporate tax rate, individual income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax and property tax rate. 

Kentucky’s ranking dropped from 24th in the nation last year to 27th this year.  The study finds Kentucky’s tax code didn’t change that much, but the ranking reflects changes in states with similar numbers. 

Meantime, Indiana ranked 10th in the nation for best business tax climate – earning high marks for low property taxes.  Tennessee ranked 15th thanks in part of a low individual income tax.

Click here to read the full report.

Regional
4:53 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

AT&T Restores Wireless Service

Credit AT&T

Update 9:40 p.m.
AT&T reports that it has restored service after an interruption Tuesday afternoon. 

In a statement released by the company, AT&T said "a cable cut earlier today impacted service for some AT&T customers. Technicians rerouted wireless traffic and service is currently running normally. We know customers count on their wireless services, and we apologize for this inconvenience." 

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Regional
7:30 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Extra Funds Bolster Rural Health Institute's Effort To Serve Area

The Institute For Rural Health's Mobile Health Units
Credit Emil Moffatt

At first glance, they look like RVs. But a closer look at the two giant trucks reveals the words “Mobile Health Unit” emblazoned on the side.

“The units that we have are basically a clinic-on-wheels. Each mobile unit we have two ‘clinic’ rooms that are just basically like a doctor’s office that you’d go to in a stationary clinic,” said Matthew Hunt, director of WKU’s Institute for Rural Health.  “Regardless of location, we can see the patient and that’s a nice thing. We reduce barriers of transportation and take the services directly to the patient.”

The program recently received a $50,000 gift from the Good Samaritan Foundation to be used for supplies and an $8,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Public Health to continue a program that brings free dental care to hundreds of school children in Allen County.

“It’s very expensive to offer these services to the community.  These funding sources will help us purchase much-needed medical supplies such as gloves, flu vaccines and new portable equipment,” said Hunt.

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Business
8:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bilstein Group To Open Production Plant in Bowling Green

Municipal leaders, company executives and area business leaders toast the arrival of The Bilstein Group in Bowling Green
Credit Emil Moffatt

 A German company plans to invest $120 million dollars to bring a production plant to Bowling Green.
 
The Bilstein Group says the plant will  bring 90 new, full-time jobs to the area.  Governor Steve Beshear was on hand for the announcement Wednesday at Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Beshear, who just returned from a trip to Europe said he met with Bilstein executives on a previous trip. 

The company makes cold-rolled strip steel products for the auto industry.  It will be the Bilstein Group’s second facility in North America.  

“At the end of a long and thorough decision making process," said Bilstein CEO Marc Oehler. "I can say we are absolutely certain that Bowling Green is the perfect spot for our new [facility] being both sufficiently close to our customers and suppliers as well as within reach from Europe and any place in North America.”

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Regional
2:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Shutdown Would Close Mammoth Cave National Park

Trails at Mammoth Cave National Park would be closed in the event of a federal government shutdown
Credit Emil Moffatt

In the event of a government shutdown, national parks across the country would shut down.  This includes Mammoth Cave National Park.  Vickie Carson at Mammoth Cave says everyone at the park, with the exception of security staff, would be furloughed.

“We would close all park facilities like the visitor center and the offices and picnic area,” said Carson.  “We would initiate closure of park trails and roads, but some roads that are considered ‘through roads’ would remain open.”  

If lawmakers can’t work out a deal to avert a shutdown, Carson says Mammoth Cave will wait for official word from the National Park Service before beginning the process of shutting down the park. Campers and those staying at hotel at Mammoth Cave would be given 48 hours to leave.

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Education
9:42 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

WKU Hosts Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes

Madame Xu Lin
Credit Emil Moffatt

The four-day joint meeting of the U.S. Confucius Institutes concludes on Monday in Bowling Green. Representatives from over 90 universities have attended the meetings, hosted by WKU.  More than 260 delegates are attending the conference.

Madame Xu Lin is director general of the Chinese Education Ministry of Hanban.  She says it’s important for Americans to learn about Chinese culture and vice-versa. 

“Parents, students and teachers realize the two countries need to be hand-in-hand and we need to know each other, especially [in terms of] culture and for the younger generations [for their] careers,” said Xu who was in Bowling Green for the meetings.  
 
W-K-U established its Confucius Institute in 2010 and sends students and staff every year to visit China. Xu says experiencing another culture first hand is invaluable.

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Education
8:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

WKU Freshman Wins National Military Youth Award, Meets President Obama

RaShaan Allen (second from left) meets President Barack Obama inside the Oval Office
United States Army/Fort Knox

WKU freshman RaShaan Allen discusses his recent visit to Washington, D.C.

September has been a whirlwind month for Western Kentucky freshman RaShaan Allen.

He’s a redshirt freshman on the WKU football team and just just re-joined the team after spending time in the nation’s capital.

“It was actually my second time there, but I’ve never seen Washington like that. I got to do so many things. I got to meet the president.  I got a tour of the Pentagon and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I got to do community service activities at the VA hospital. It was just an amazing experience and I couldn’t let it pass me by.”

Allen, the son of Army Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Singer,  was honored in Washington after he was named the Boys and Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year and he received a 20-thousand dollar scholarship.  But the 18-year-old's journey hasn't always been easy. 

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Sedaka To Share Decades of Music With Bowling Green Audience

Neil Sedaka comes to Bowling Green this Saturday to preform with Orchestra Kentucky
Credit Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka talks his songs, his career and his upcoming trip to Bowling Green

To say Neil Sedaka’s musical career got off to a fast start would be an understatement.

“I started writing at 13 years old and had hit records by LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter and Connie Francis,” said Sedaka. “And then when I was 19, I decided, rather than give away the songs to other singers, I auditioned for RCA Victor as a singer-songwriter and they signed me to a contract.”

But as quickly as his star rose, it fizzled in the 1960s, a decade of upheaval and cultural shifts.

“I was out of work for 12 years.  You know, the music business is very trendy and fickle.  I had the opportunity to meet Elton John when I was living in England and he was starting a record company and signed me. The first single, after 12 years, was ‘Laughter in the Rain’ and it went to No. 1 on the charts here in America,” he said.

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Regional
1:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

On A Historical Note: New Lincoln Artifact on Display at WKU

Abraham Lincoln's statue outside the Kentucky Museum
Credit Emil Moffatt

The head of WKU's Special Collections, Timothy Mullin talks about the Abraham Lincoln note


A new piece of American history is now on display at the Kentucky Museum, but if you don’t look closely, you might miss it.

The handwritten note from 1864 measures only three inches by three inches, but comes with enormous historical significance. It was written by Abraham Lincoln.

“If it were in anyone else’s hand, it would be insignificant,” said Timothy Mullin, head of the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU.  “But because it is Lincoln, and because it refers to the oath and it really is the essence of how he wanted the war to end.”

The note is dated March 31, 1864 and is written on behalf of a Confederate prisoner of war. It indicates that he’s taken an oath of allegiance to the Union and is to be set free.

The Kentucky Museum has several Lincoln artifacts, but Mullin notes, this one is special.

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Education
3:56 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Former Texas Gas Facility in Owensboro To Become Learning Center

Former Texas Gas facility in Owensboro
Credit Owensboro Public Schools

The Owensboro Public School District is planning to turn a shuttered facility into a regional career and technical education center.  The district has purchased the former Texas Gas property, which includes a 160,000 square foot building.

Superintendent Nick Brake says it’s a facility that’s badly needed in Owensboro.

“We’d like everything to be aligned to the local workforce and economic needs of our community," said Dr. Brake.   "We feel like it’s an ideal location for that type of activity because of its central location off the bypass and it’s accessible to all the local high schools.”

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