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
11:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Paul Says Clinton Should've Been Fired Over Benghazi Attacks

During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Congressional testimony Wednesday about the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi last year, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul questioned what he described as Clinton's negligence in the months preceding the attack.

The web site Mediaite quotes Paul as thanking Clinton for taking culpability for "the worst tragedy since 9/11" but noted that, if he had been President at the time and had learned that Clinton failed to read some key diplomatic cables before the attack, he would have "relieved her of her post."

Paul's opening statement prior to his questioning laid out his argument.

"One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 is that no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in the position of making these judgment calls," said Paul, a first term Senator from Bowling Green, Ky.

During her testimony, Clinton pointed out that Congress has failed to act on several State Department requests for increased funding for consulate and embassy security.

Business
9:25 am
Wed January 23, 2013

More Jobs On The Way To Owensboro

Unique Granite and Marble Inc. plans to expand their manufacturing operations in Owensboro, creating 25 new full-time jobs and investing $400,000 in the project.

Unique Granite and Marble has been manufacturing custom granite and quartz countertops in Owensboro since 2004 after transitioning from home building and remodeling. The company currently employs 28. With the expansion, the company plans to establish a new division to produce countertops for large commercial and multi-family units throughout a six state region.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $250,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Politics
7:25 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Yarmuth Applauds Obama's Speech

President Obama waved to the crowd Monday during his second inaugural address.

Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says President Obama delivered a very aspirational speech Monday after his second inauguration. He says he was most impressed with Obama saying the most important question to ask is the responsibility of the federal government.

Yarmuth says gun control, climate change and immigration are all issues that must be addressed and he's expecting more details in the State of the Union speech. Yarmuth said there was a lot of excitement in the crowd with history being made and the atmosphere was much more festive than it was four years ago.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement following the President's speech saying Obama's second term "represents a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day, especially the transcendent challenge of unsustainable federal spending and debt."

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Regional
6:55 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Frigid Temperatures Hit Listening Area

The coldest temperatures in two years have hit south central Kentucky, Indiana and parts of Tennessee and forecasters say they could stay for a couple of days.

Temperatures early Tuesday morning were in the low teens and a wind chill factor made them feel like low single digits.

Meteorologist Ted Funk with the National Weather Service says the area hasn't seen temperatures this low since February 10, 2011. There's also a chance of what Funk calls "wintry precipitation" later this week with a mixture of rain and snow.

Education
5:57 am
Mon January 21, 2013

WKU Students Witnessing History in Washington D.C.

A group of WKU political science students will see history made before their eyes Monday. The group is in Washington, DC for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Since 1989, political science department chair Dr. Saundra Ardrey has been leading trips to the Capitol every four years for the students to witness a presidential inauguration for themselves. While they're there, Ardrey says they also attend Senate hearings and confirmation hearings, meet with members of Kentucky's Congressional delegation and students have the opportunity to interview for jobs or internships.

The students will return from Washington Wednesday.

WKU Public Radio is carrying live coverage from NPR throughout the morning and afternoon Monday of President Obama's inauguration. Click here to see a schedule of our coverage.

Agriculture
8:35 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Comer Sees Progress on Hemp Legalization in Kentucky

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says an increasing number of state legislators are lining up in support of legalizing the growing of hemp as a cash crop for Kentucky farmers.

Bills have been filed in both the Kentucky House and Senate to allow the growing of industrial hemp after licensing through the agriculture department.

Speaking before the Kentucky Commodities Conference in Bowling Green Friday, Comer told WKU Public Radio hemp is a crop with potential uses for industry, clothing, paper and more. The biggest problem, he said, is overcoming the opposition of law enforcement agencies that fear growing hemp could lead to an increase in marijuana growing. The two plants are almost identical and police say hemp would serve as a cover for marijuana plots.

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Regional
8:08 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Second Bank Robbery Hits Bowling Green This Month

Service One Credit Union surveillance photo

Bowling Green police are investigating after an unidentified man robbed Service One Credit Union on the 31-W Bypass in the city Friday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the man waited in line behind at least one other customer. When he got to the teller window, he implied he had a gun, demanded money and walked out of the credit union with the cash just before 3 p.m.

He was last seen on foot running south on the bypass.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s, unshaven and wearing a gray pullover hooded sweatshirt, a blue knit cap and black sunglasses. Police say they do not have any suspects at this time.

This is the second bank robbery this month in Bowling Green. The First Security Bank on Chestnut Street was robbed January 3rd. No arrest has been made in that case.

Politics
4:33 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Kentucky Congressmen Respond to Gun Control Measures

Kentucky second district Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie says he thinks preventing other tragedies like the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut can best be accomplished by focusing on mental health issues. The Bowling Green Republican favors that approach instead of what he calls "infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."

Guthrie's House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be looking into school safety and he says he plans to get input from Kentucky education officials.

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, on the other hand, says he fully supports all of President Obama's proposals to end gun violence. The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional delegation is co-sponsoring a bill to ban high capacity gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

Regional
9:38 am
Wed January 16, 2013

More Area Roads Closed Due To High Water

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet lists the following routes closed due to water over the road:

Butler County:

KY 403/Woodbury Loop closed between MM 4-5.

Reed's Ferry (KY 269) and the Rochester Ferry (KY 369) closed due to high water. Both ferries are located in western Butler County.

Edmonson County:

KY 655/Segal Road was closed between MM 3-4. It is now open.

Logan County:

KY 1153/Beechland Road closed between MM 4-5.

Monroe County:

KY 678/Stringtown Road was closed between MM 8-9. It is now open.

Motorists should never attempt to drive through high water. The fast currents of flooding water can easily carry a vehicle off the road. Motorists who encounter a flooded highway should report it to local law enforcement.

Statewide traffic and weather information is available at www.511.ky.gov.

Regional
8:18 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Update: Road Closings, Reopenings Following Weekend Rain

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued this updated road closing report. Several roadways in our listening area have been closed due to the high water brought on by weekend rain. Here is the latest, as of Monday at 10:30 am.

Allen County:

KY 585/Old Franklin Road closed between MM 6-7.

KY 1533/Meador Post Oliver Road closed between MM 0-1.

Breckinridge County - KY 261, between 15-16MP - Closed

NOW OPEN - Breckinridge County - KY 2779, between 3-4MP

NOW OPEN - LaRue County - KY 583, between 1-2MP

Butler County:

KY 2713/Dexterville Road closed between MM 0-1.

KY 1153/Dallam Creek Bridge Road closed between MM 5-6.

Reed's Ferry (KY 269) and the Rochester Ferry (KY 369) closed due to high water.

Edmonson County:

KY 655/Segal Road closed between MM 3-4.

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