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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

SKyPac Announces New Leader

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
Credit Emil Moffatt

A new executive director has been hired for the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.  Jan Allan Zarr comes from the Topeka Performing Arts Center where he served as director. 

Zarr is actually returning to Skypac, having helped open the Bowling Green facility from 2011-2012.

Zarr replaces Tom Tomlinson, who resigned last month.

2:34 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Crews Pull '62 Corvette From Sinkhole

A 1962 Corvette was pulled from the sinkhole on Tuesday at the National Corvette Museum
Credit National Corvette Museum

The oldest Corvette that fell into the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green last month has been recovered.  The museum says a black, 1962 Corvette was pulled out by crane today. 

On Monday, two others – a 1993 model and one from 2009 were brought back to the surface.

Five more cars remain in the 50-foot sinkhole. The museum says the cars will be put on display at the museum before being shipped to Michigan for repair.

10:23 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kentucky to Use Outside Counsel in Gay-Marriage Case

Attorney General Jack Conway

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge's decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries.

Beshear's announcement on Tuesday came moments after Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not ask a higher court to review the decision.  Both are Democrats.

WKU Associate History Professor Dr. Patricia Minter called Gov. Beshear's decision "odd"

“The governor may feel that he’s compelled to defend this in some way in order to get a definitive answer. That’s one possibility," said Dr. Minter. "Of course there are all kinds of political explanations that are possible as well. But, it is unlikely that outside counsel is going to prevail in this case."

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9:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

WKU-Bowling Green Closed Tuesday

WKU’s Bowling Green campuses will remain closed today, March 4, to give facilities crews more time to clear snow and ice.

WKU-Owensboro will close at noon and all classes there are canceled.

E-town and Ft. Knox will remain as announced and Glasgow will remain closed.

3:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

First Corvettes Pulled from Museum Sinkhole

After weeks of preparation, the ZR-1, weighing about 3,500 pounds was hoisted above the sinkhole in seconds.
Lisa Autry

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green put on quite a show Monday.  Construction crews began the slow, methodical process of removing eight cars that fell into a 50-foot sinkhole last month in the Skydome exhibit area. 

Crews did a few test runs over the weekend, but the moment of truth came at 10:35a.m. when first out of the depths of the hole was a blue 2009 ZR-1.

As a crane safely lifted to the surface the 3,500-pound car known as the ‘Blue Devil,’ Museum Director Wendell Strode smiled and gave a thumbs up. 

“It was a wonderful feeling and something we have been building for ever since the first day when this all happened," commented Strode.  “The pride, you could just see it.  We’re happy for everyone who has had a hand in it to this point and certainly all the supporters worldwide.  It’s a great feeling and we’re thrilled to share it with so many others."

Strode was amazed at the car’s good condition.

“The pictures we had seen previously looked as though it had been delicately placed on top of the soil, but when it was coming out, it looked like it could be started right up and driven off," he added. "It’s a great tribute to the engineering and everything that goes into the Corvette.”

Besides some fiberglass damage, an oil leak, and some scrapes, the ‘Blue Devil’ defied the odds.  Cheers erupted when the car cranked up and drove a few feet.  Construction Manager Mike Murphy was shocked.

“I could not believe it fired up and they could drive it out the door.  After taking a 40-foot fall, that’s amazing," said Murphy.

The ‘Blue Devil’ was loaded onto a flatbed trailer and moved to the museum’s exhibit area where all eight cars as they are recovered, will be on display through August 3.

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7:52 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Snow, Ice Leads to Several Monday Closures

Credit Mammoth Cave National Park

Update: 9:36 a.m.

Legislators in Frankfort also have the day off Monday.  The Kentucky House and Senate will not convene because of the inclement weather.  They're set to meet again Tuesday afternoon.

Original Post:

Several local school districts along with all WKU campuses are closed Monday because of the snow and ice that moved into the area on Sunday.  

Also, Mammoth Cave National Park says all roads and facilities are closed Monday. The park tweeted this photo taken by one of its park rangers. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews put down salt and calcium on Sunday afternoon and crews continue efforts to clear roadways today with snow plows. 

Warren County officials say they've responded to several accidents this morning. 

Stay with WKU Public Radio, on air and online throughout the day for the latest weather updates. 

8:13 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

All WKU Campuses Closed Monday Due to Winter Weather

WKU released the following statement Sunday:

ALL WKU campuses will be closed Monday, March 3. Essential dining and facilities personnel should report to work, but all other operations will be closed. If you must travel, please use caution. Follow the latest updates on www.wku.edu and on official social media platforms.

9:47 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Winter Storm Moving Into Kentucky Sunday, Bringing Snow, Ice, and Sleet

Much of our region is under a winter storm warning from Sunday afternoon through Monday at noon.
Credit NWS

The winter storm moving into and through Kentucky Sunday is expected to bring rain, sleet, and ice.

A winter storm warning in effect for much of the region, lasting from 3 pm central Sunday through noon Monday.

One to three inches of snow is predicted by the National Weather Service, along with four tenths to three quarters of an inch of ice accumulation. Travel could became dangerous at times, with tree damage and power outages likely.

The Kentucky State Police issued the following advisory to motorists on Sunday:

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2:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

WKU Goes for Win #20 Saturday Against UT-Arlington

WKU's leading scorer is T.J. Price, who is averaging 15.5 points a game.
Credit WKU Athletics Media Relations

The WKU men’s basketball team heads into the weekend on the verge of another 20-win season.

The Hilltoppers are traveling to the Lone Star State in search of another Sun Belt conference victory. WKU will enter Saturday night’s game against UT-Arlington with a 19-9 record, with 11 wins and four losses in the Sun Belt Conference.

You can read more about the UT-Arlington game at WKU Sports.

The Hilltoppers are in second place in the Sun Belt, behind only Georgia State.

WKU hopes to continue the momentum from Thursday's win over Texas State, which saw the Tops rally from a 12 point deficit and win by one. The team's final home game is next Thursday against Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Lafayette.

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2:46 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

KSP Says Kentucky Speedway Owes Thousands for Security Detail

The Kentucky Speedway allegedly owes the KSP nearly $300,000.
Credit Kentucky Speedway

The State Police has a message for a speedway in northern Kentucky: pay up.

KSP officials say the Kentucky Speedway owes nearly $300,000 for security provided at several major races

Records obtained through a Kentucky Open Records Act by the Courier-Journal show that—since at least summer--the KSP has been sending the speedway emails and letters requesting reimbursement. A letter sent in late December stated that the Kentucky Speedway owed a little over $299,000, and requested payment by mid-January.

KSP commander Rodney Brewer told the paper there hasn’t been any response to the letters or recent phone calls that were placed to the speedway. Brewer says he’s never before been in a position where someone with a contractual obligation with state police refused to pay.

The KSP commander says the money is owed under agreements the agency has with the speedway to provide uniformed troopers for security at events on speedway property.