Emil Moffatt

Station Manager

Emil Moffatt returns to WKU Public Radio as station manager. Moffatt was previously at the station from 2013-2014 as local host of All Things Considered. His new duties also include overseeing operations for WKU’s student station, WWHR 91.7.

Moffatt’s news experience includes a year at Nashville Public Radio and three years at WBAP radio in Dallas. Prior to that, Emil was a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer in Fort Worth, Texas and a producer for Dallas Stars radio broadcasts.  

Moffatt holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an avid runner and enjoys movies and live music. 

Crews have spent the weekend cleaning up the Metcalfe County Courthouse as they try to rid the building of black mold. 

The courthouse is over 150 years old and Judge-Executive Greg Wilson says the black mold isn’t the only problem. He says he’s been trying to convince the county to purchase a nearby building that went on sale four months ago.

“We already know we’ve got asbestos and lead paint. So I’ve been trying to negotiate and get something worked out to buy this building where we can move the courthouse.  But I haven’t had any luck with that.”  

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.

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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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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 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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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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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.

United States Army/Fort Knox

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. 

Neil Sedaka

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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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.

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.”

Orchestra Kentucky

An iconic musician is coming to Bowling Green for a night of firsts with Orchestra Kentucky.

In the 1970s, Keith Emerson was part of the band Emerson Lake and Palmer, a group that often combined classical music and progressive rock , catching the ear of a young Jeff Reed.

“I was a teenager and because I loved classical music and rock music, I thought it was great to hear the combination of the two styles. I think they did a lot for classical music,” said Reed.  “They took it out of the concert hall and put it through vinyl and onto young people’s turntables.  They made it a little cooler and a little bit more accessible and I’m all for that.”

Flash forward to 2013 and Reed is now musical director of Orchestra Kentucky. On Monday at SKyPAC in Bowling Green, Reed's orchestra will take the stage with Emerson.

The next time you listen to a baseball game on the radio, notice how many times the weather is referenced.

"The weather is certainly one part of trying to convey to the listener the scene of what's happening and the setting for the game and what might turn out to be an important component that affects the way the game turns out,” said Stu Foster, WKU professor, Kentucky state climatologist and part-time color commentator for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

"Whether it's a clear, deep blue sky that might be a problem for outfielders, whether there's a strong breeze blowing in or out,” said Foster.  “We had a game recently where there was a heavy dew that came on the field as the game went on that could've come on to affect the game."

Foster said a few conversations last winter led to the opportunity to sit in on a dozen games as color commentator for the Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He says his weather expertise wasn’t the only part of his “day job” that helped ease his transition into the broadcast booth.

He says in both broadcasting and being a professor, the goal is the same: communicate a message with a large audience. 

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems

A German-based auto parts manufacturer is investing $29 million dollars in Russell County – meaning more than 150 jobs are coming to the Russell Springs area. Representatives for  Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems took part in a special welcoming ceremony in Russell Springs. 

The event was attended by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson says the company will be moving into the Hitachi Cable plant that closed down in 2007.

“That plant is pretty much work-ready,” said Robertson.  They are having to do a few renovations to some flooring, but [the plant] was already available.”

Robertson says the new operation will provide jobs for those already in Russell County and bring in new residents.

College football season begins this weekend and Kentucky’s Department of  Alcoholic Beverage Control says investigators will be out in force, looking for underage people drinking alcohol before and after games.
 
Director Mike Razor says the tailgating scene provides a different kind of challenge for investigators.

“In a controlled environment in licensed premises it’s easier because the licensee is our friend and they want to make sure they’re not serving underage kids,” said Razor.  “But in a tailgating scenario, you’ve got a whole lot of people out there and there’s no one really in control.”

He says those caught providing alcohol to minors could face jail time.  Investigators will be patrolling tailgate parties and stores near college campuses where football games are being played.

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