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The award-winning news team at WKU Public Radio consists of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Joe Corcoran.


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5:25 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Scattered Strong To Severe Thunderstorms Possible Tuesday Evening

Credit National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, with the strongest storms expected along the Ohio River. Some storms may produce quarter sized hail and isolated damaging wind gusts.

Very warm temperatures are expected Wednesday and Thursday, and another round of severe weather is possible Thursday night.

More from the National Weather Service.

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1:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Three Finalists Named for Superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools

Owensboro High School

Three finalists have been named for superintendent of Owensboro public schools. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the finalists are county school administrator Mark Owens, economic development leader Nick Brake, and Oldham County principal Rob Clayton.

The three were chosen from a pool of 16 applicants.

The new superintendent will be selected in early May to replace Larry Vick, who is retiring.

6:41 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jefferson County Democratic Party Official Says Liberal Group Made McConnell Recording

Update at 6:48am:

An attorney for Shawn Reilly, one of the members of the liberal group Progress Kentucky who was implicated in the McConnell office recording, says his client did nothing wrong when he and another member of the group went to the Senator's Louisville campaign office in early February.

Attorney Ted Shouse is quoted in the Courier-Journal as saying neither Reilly or Curtis Morrison, another member of Progress Kentucky, broke any laws.

Jefferson County Democratic Party official Jacob Conway told Kentucky Public Radio earlier this week that he overheard Reilly and Morrison bragging about recording a McConnell campaign re-election strategy meeting Feb. 2. According to Conway,  the two men said they were in a hallway outside the office when they made the secret recording, which they later turned over to Mother Jones.

Mother Jones has since published audio excerpts from the meeting. McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says the FBI spent an hour inside the Republican Senator's office Wednesday, investigating the possible source of the audio recording. Benton says the McConnell office wants those responsible prosecuted.

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2:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

FBI Investigates Source of Secret Audio Recording Made in Mitch McConnell's Office

The campaign manager for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says the FBI spent about an hour in the Senator’s Louisville office Wednesday, investigating a secret recording made of McConnell and staffers.

Audio from a re-election strategy meeting was published by the liberal news magazine Mother Jones.

The Herald-Leader reports campaign manager Jesse Benton says staffers have given pertinent information to the FBI, which has asked the campaign not to discuss details of its investigation. Benton told the paper that he thought the FBI had several leads in the case, and that he hoped whoever was responsible for making the recording would be prosecuted.

Kentucky allows individuals to record conversations to which they are a party without informing the other parties that they are doing so.

McConnell said the recording was an example of “Nixonian” tactics on the left, and that those behind the secret recording used “Watergate style tactics.”

Mother Jones says it received the recording from someone who requested anonymity. Mother Jones  published audio excerpts from the McConnell meeting, in which the Kentucky Republican is heard comparing the early stages of the Senate campaign to a game of “whac-a-mole”.

A staffer also discussed strategies the McConnell campaign would use against actress Ashley Judd, who was considering a challenge to McConnell, but who has since said she won’t run. In the recording, the staffer says the campaign would use Judd’s admissions of depression and suicidal thoughts against her, and would also make issue of Judd’s attitudes towards what the staffer called “traditional Christianity.”

1:12 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Report: Fewer Kentuckians, Hoosiers, Tennesseans Getting Health Insurance Through Workplace

A new report shows fewer workers in Kentucky and Indiana are getting health insurance through their jobs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says 59.5 percent of Kentuckians under the age of 65 received health insurance through their job or a family member’s job in 2011. That’s a drop of more than 9 percent from 2000.

In Indiana, 63 percent of those under 65 got health insurance through jobs in 2011, down nearly 15 percent from 2000.

Tennessee saw a 10 percent drop over that same time period.

Nationwide, the report found that 11.5 million fewer Americans get insurance through the workplace.

You can see the complete Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report here.

1:21 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Bill Would Allow Tennessee Teachers with Policing Background to Carry Guns in School

The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville

A bill is gaining steam in Tennessee that would allow teachers and other staff members with a background in policing to carry guns in schools. The Tennessean reports the measure is a compromise between those who want all teachers to be allowed to carry guns, and those who want to increase the number of armed security guards in Volunteer State schools.

The bill would allow school personnel who have worked as police officers to get certification allowing them to bring their weapons to work. Gov. Bill Haslam backs the plan, saying it strikes a good balance between cost considerations, school safety, and local control.

House Bill 6 is moving its way through legislative committees in Nashville and could reach the floors of the state House and Senate before the session adjourns next week.

8:14 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Chooses UK over WKU

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will play his college ball at UK. Madison Central point guard Dominique Hawkins announced Wednesday morning that he was committing to the Wildcats.

WKU had hoped to land Hawkins, but the star guard will play his college hoops at Rupp Arena—the same venue where he led Madison Central to this year’s Sweet 16 state championship.

8:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

WKU Athlete Arrested on Marijuana Possession Charges in Bowling Green

Western Kentucky senior basketball forward and football defensive end Kene Anyigbo has been arrested on marijuana possession charges.

The Warren County Regional Jail lists the 21-year-old Anyigbo as an inmate at the facility. Anyigbo also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps. His initial bond is set at $2,000. He was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday morning.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Anyigbo.

Western Kentucky Athletic Director Todd Stewart told The Daily News that school officials were aware of the charges.

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Station Events
3:44 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

WKU Public Radio Wins 'Best Newscast', Ten Other Awards in Kentucky AP Competition

WKU Public Radio took home four First Place awards at the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony in Louisville, including a win in the category of Best Newscast. The win represents the combined on-air work of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry and Joe Corcoran for 2012 in the non-commercial radio category.

Retired news director Dan Modlin also won first place for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for his report on how some Kentucky senior citizens are losing their prescriptions to theft. Modlin also received an Honorable Mention for Best Public Affairs reporting for a report on the impact of ovarian cancer on Kentucky families.

Lisa Autry won first place in the Public Affairs category for her report on older kids in foster care needing homes. Autry also won a Second Place award for Best Hard News Feature for her story on the recovery of a Tennessee newborn following a heart transplant, Second Place for Best Political Coverage throughout the year and an Honorable Mention award for Best Radio Reporter.

Joe Corcoran received the first place award for Best Sports Reporting for his series of reports following WKU swimmer Claire Donahue on her way to the Olympic gold medal. News Director Kevin Willis received an Honorable Mention in that category for his report on WKU's new head football coach Bobby Petrino and an Honorable Mention in the Best Special Series/Documentary category for his reports on the impact of meth in our area.

The news staff also received a Second Place award for Best Website.

All of the award-winning entries can be found on-line by clicking on the reporter's photo or name on our home page.

12:25 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Report: WKU Provost Candidate for Same Job at University of Alabama

WKU Provost Gordon Emslie
Credit WKU

The WKU Herald reports that WKU Provost Gordon Emslie is a candidate for the same position at the University of Alabama.

Emslie previously worked at the University of Alabama-Hunstville. Emslie took the WKU Provost position July 1, 2010.

The Herald report says Emslie refused to comment about his candidacy, but WKU President Gary Ransdell told the paper Emslie informed him of his interest in the Alabama job last week.