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Hundreds of people gathered in Scottsville’s square Sunday evening for a silent candlelight vigil for Gabriella Doolin.

Kentucky State Police say the death of that 7-year-old girl whose body was found in an Allen County creek is being handled as a homicide.

In a statement, state police said Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School.

Authorities say police found Doolin's body at 8:05 p.m. in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school.

Seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, led by Louisville Public Media, have been awarded a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration.

The Ohio River Network will produce hard-hitting, high-quality multimedia journalism that examines the region’s economy, energy, environment, agriculture, infrastructure, and health. The CPB grant will support the hiring of eight journalists at the seven partner media outlets for two years; with station support continuing in outlying years.

“CPB is pleased to support this historic collaboration among public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia,” said Bruce Theriault, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “By working together, these stations can ensure that important stories from this underreported area are told locally, regionally, and nationally. The sum is indeed greater than the parts.”

Louisville Public Media will lead the news operation and house the project’s managing editor and data journalist. Partner radio and television stations are WEKU in Richmond and Lexington, Ky. (radio), WKU in Bowling Green, Ky. (radio and TV), WMMT/Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky. (radio and multimedia), WKMS in Murray, Ky. (radio), West Virginia Public Broadcasting (radio and TV), and WOUB in Athens, Ohio (radio and TV). 

“Enhanced coverage of this type is essential for the changing media landscape,” said David Brinkley, director of public broadcasting, WKU.  “This collective effort will lead to content that will enhance the lives of our audiences and strengthen our understanding of how this region contributes to a global economy.”

Our fall fundraising campaign is underway, and we're counting on you to help us reach our goals!

Every program you hear on the station is paid for by the generous financial contributions of listeners like you.

The WKU Owensboro campus has experienced a major network and phone system outage due to a fiber cut in the area.  All Wednesday night classes are canceled.

WKU Public Radio is proud to announce that our recent Rally For Radio was a huge success!

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners, we were able to wrap things up Friday evening with the money needed to reach our fiscal year fundraising goal.

The staff at WKU Public Radio wants to say a sincere “thanks” to every listener who is a member of this station. Your gifts make the programs possible, and ensure that we qualify for important matching grants.

Thank you so much for your support!

Four Roses

A Kentucky bourbon distillery is planning a $55 million expansion at two different locations.

Four Roses plans to invest $34 million to add production capacity at its Lawrenceburg distillery. A separate $21 million investment will add new warehouses at its Bullitt County property.

The projects will receive over $1 million in state tax incentives.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this springs that Four Roses was expanding its Bullitt County bottling plant that will include a high-speed production line and a separate line producing a single-barrel version of the bourbon.

Bowling Green High School principal Gary Fields has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Bowling Green city school district. The city’s board of education chose Fields last night from among four candidates to replace the retiring Joe Tinius. Fields starts July first.

Fields has been principal at Bowling Green High since 2002. Before that he was the principal of Potter Gray elementary school and a teacher at the high school.

He did his undergraduate work at Centre College, received his Master’s from U-K and his Rank One and Principal Certification from WKU.

The Board hopes to have a new principal at Bowling Green High by June 30th.

WKU Public Radio was awarded three First Place plaques as well as nine other Certificates of Excellence at the 2015 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters awards Saturday night in Lexington.

The Staff was given top honors for Best Long Newscast, Lisa Autry won first place for Best Short Serious News Feature for her report on a Muhlenberg County town coming together to remember family members killed in a house fire, and Morning Edition host Joe Corcoran won first place for Best Long Light News Feature for his report on Bowling Green's TopCrops program.

Autry was also awarded Certificates of Excellence in the categories of Best Short Serious News Feature, Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Spot News and Best Continuing Coverage. Emil Moffatt won Certificates for Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Radio Reporter, Best Long Sports Feature and Best Long Light News Feature. The staff also won a certificate of recognition in the category of Best Radio Website.

In their comments for Best Long Newscast, the judges wrote "You are 'telling' me the news as opposed to 'announcing' the news at me. Great conversational style. Well organized, good tempo and good use of quality sound bites."

Lisa Autry was commended for her "descriptive story telling of the good, the bad and the ugly that's come of a town's tragedy."

WKU Public Radio is counting on you to help us pay for the wonderful programs that make public radio a valued community asset!

During this week of spring fundraising, we're asking you to take time to reflect on how public radio impacts your life. The NPR news magazines, local newscasts and features, great music shows, and weekend entertainment programs are only possible because of listener contributions.

Without your generous gifts, we can't bring you shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Barren River Breakdown, and On Point.

Please renew your membership, or become a brand new member today, by calling 1-800-599-9598. Or you can give online here.

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Morning Edition listeners have another opportunity to take advantage of a matching gift! An anonymous donor from Owensboro has agreed to match the first $1,000 pledged during Thursday’s Morning Edition.

This generous supporter of WKU Public Radio told us he is making his matching gift in honor of “all public broadcasting services.” Here’s the really amazing thing: normally we solicit these matching gifts from individual supporters ahead of our membership campaigns. In this instance, our Owensboro supporter contacted US with his $1,000 matching gift, without even having to be asked.

As our spring fundraising week comes to a close, we need to finish strong. Let’s take advantage of this $1,000 matching gift from our anonymous Daviess County donor. Have your contribution doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by giving online.