Joe Corcoran

Morning Edition host; Reporter/Producer

Joe Corcoran has been WKU Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” host and news anchor since 2003. Joe’s received numerous awards for his on-air work including the Associated Press’s “Best Radio News Anchor in Kentucky” twice. Several of his stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Joe spent most of his career in television journalism both on-air and in management at stations in North Carolina, Iowa and Illinois.

In Bowling Green, Joe is active in his church as well as with the Bowling Green Area of Commerce. He is on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Associated Press.

He and his wife Patricia are the proud parents of three children and the “extremely” proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Claire and Vivian.

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Politics
9:54 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Paul Considering Presidential and Senate Run in 2016

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he'll wait until next year to decide whether to run for President, but he says he believes voters are ready for a Libertarian Republican candidate. And, even though he's up for re-election to his Senate seat in 2016, the same year as the Presidential election, he says there's "probably a way that could be done, but we haven't finalized any plans."

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Paul said, "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win."

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Education
5:55 am
Thu February 14, 2013

WKU, Vol State to Sign Dual Admissions Agreement

The WKU campus
Credit Kevin Willis

Students at Volunteer State Community College will be able to easily transfer to WKU under the new agreement. Leaders from both schools are scheduled to sign off on the deal later today at the community college campus in Gallatin.

Students who earn a two-year degree at Volunteer State can enroll at WKU to pursue a bachelor's degree and are advised by counselors at both schools to create an easy transition. The program ensures that students' credits will transfer to WKU and can save students time and money.

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Regional
5:28 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Henderson Man Charged in Multiple Bank Robberies

A federal grand jury in Bowling Green charged 54-year-old James Allen Morris with six counts of bank robbery.

According to the federal indictment, Morris, by force, violence and intimidation robbed the Henderson County banks between July 23, 2010 and January 17, 2013. The banks include the Green River Credit Union on both January 17 and last July,  Independence Bank, the Bank of Henderson, U.S. Bank and Integra Bank.

Morris faces a sentence of 20 years in prison for each count and a $250,000 fine for each of the six counts. He'll be back in court February 28 for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Owensboro.

Politics
6:41 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Guthrie Says President Didn't Address Problems

Second District Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie says he was hopeful President Obama would outline his plan to try to work with the House and Senate to address national problems in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead, the Bowling Green Republican says, all he heard was a laundry list of priorities that, "not only cost billions of dollars in new spending, but do not address our country's core ailments."

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Politics
5:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Paul: America Doesn't Need Robin Hood

In his Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul said there actually is plenty of bi-partisanship between Democrats and Republicans in Washington saying, "both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everybody up here wins, but every taxpayers loses."

Paul at times spoke as though he was an outsider instead of an elected member of the Senate, even using the word "they" when referring to other Senators.

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Business
3:49 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Alpla, Inc. to Bring 72 New Jobs to Bowling Green

The Austrian-based plastic packaging company Alpla, Inc. has announced it plans a $22.4 million dollar investment to establish manufacturing operations at the Kentucky Transpark.

Alpla will locate its operations in Building IV at the Transpark. The building was constructed specutatively by the Bowling Green Area Economic Development Authority, and was on the market for less than a year since its completion. It's the fourth spec building project at the Transpark for the BGAEDA, and Spec Building V is already in the planning stages.

Alpla products include packaging for everyday items such as beverages, motor oils, and cleaning supplies.

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Education
4:24 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Warren Co. School Superintendent Announces Retirement

Superintendent Tim Murley announced his retirement, effective February 28th, at Monday night's meeting of the Warren County school board.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Murley cited personal reasons for stepping down saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He's been with the district for more than 30 years.

Board President Kerry Young said after the meeting that the school board will name an interim superintendent and will decide whether to form a search committee or to hire a company to conduct a superintendent search.

Regional
12:06 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Sudden Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI Stuns Many Catholics, Including Owensboro Bishop

Diocese of Owensboro Bishop William Medley

After only eight years as the leader of the world's billions of Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI cited his advanced age and declining strength as he became only the second Pope in the last 600 years to resign. He made the announcement Monday morning at the Vatican.

Joe Corcoran spoke with Bishop William Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro about Benedict's legacy, his time at the Vatican and what happens next.

Business
12:14 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Laurel Co. Company Establishes Headquarters, Adds Jobs

SERVPRO of Pulaski and Laurel Counties will establish its headquarters in London, create ten new, full-time jobs and invest $666,500 in the area.

The company specializes in in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO, in London since 2005, has constructed a 15,000 square foot facility to serve as its regional headquarters.

To encourage the investment and job creation in London, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved tax incentives for the company of up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Business
12:04 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Kentucky House Bill Would Help Local Airports

South-Central Kentucky area House members from both sides of the aisle are teaming up to push legislation that could send millions of dollars to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport over the next five years to expand flights and services.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the bill's sponsors include Democratic Representatives Jody Richards of Bowling Green and Wilson Stone of Scottsville, and Republican Bowling Green Representative Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green.

Yet to be determined is which airline route, either to Chicago or Atlanta, would best serve the airport's business customers if a commercial service is landed. Also under consideration is a less than daily flight with a leisure carrier.

If approved, the bill would direct $2 million for each of the next five fiscal years to communities that already have federal Small Community Service Grants. Bowling Green has received a $500,000 grant in that category.

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