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Arts & Culture
1:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Tribute Concert To Honor Everly Brothers in Cleveland

The Everly Brothers

An all-star tribute concert featuring the music of the Everly Brothers is set for Saturday night in Cleveland.  Graham Nash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Allison Krause are among the artists set to perform.

Don Everly was born in Muhlenberg County and both brothers frequently returned to Kentucky during their childhoods and again for a series of homecoming concerts in the 1980s. 

This weekend’s concert is part of the Music Masters Series, put on in conjunction with the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Everly Brothers were members of the first induction class.

11:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops In All 120 Kentucky Counties; Lowest In Daviess, Warren

Daviess and Warren Counties each posted a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in September of this year.
Credit WKU Public Radio

For the second straight month, the unemployment rate dropped in all 120 Kentucky counties as compared to the same month last year.

The statewide unemployment rate fell to 6.0 with Daviess and Warren Counties leading the way with unemployment rates of 4.8 percent each.

Hardin County posted a 5.6 percent unemployment rate for September of this year, while Pulaski County stood at 6.6  percent as compared to over nine percent in the same month last year.

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10:57 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Distillers' Association, State Trumpet Rapid Growth of Kentucky Bourbon Industry

Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Kentucky’s bourbon industry keeps growing by leaps and bounds.  Highly-anticipated numbers released Tuesday morning show the industry nearly doubled the number of jobs it supports in Kentucky, from just under 8,700 in 2012 to 15,400 this year. 

The study was conducted by the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund and the Kentucky Distillers Association.

The study also shows the impact on the state’s agriculture industry. Bourbon makers buy 40 percent of the grain they use from Kentucky farmers, translating into 56 million in sales.  It also means 1,360 agriculture jobs are supported by the bourbon industry. 

The report also says Kentucky farmers have the capacity to provide up to 80 percent of the bourbon industry’s grains.

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7:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

McConnell Re-Takes Lead in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

 Two weeks until Election Day and Kentucky's hotly-contested U.S. Senate seat appears to remain up for grabs. 

Mitch McConnell re-took the lead in the latest Bluegrass Poll released Monday evening. The incumbent Republican Senator edged his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by one point, 44-43 percent.  It marks a turnaround from the previous Bluegrass Poll which showed Grimes with a slight advantage. 

Both leads fell within the poll's margin of error. 

Meantime, another poll released Monday by WKU's Social Science Research Center found McConnell leading the race by five points over Grimes.  That survey was take between Oct. 6 and Monday and surveyed 601 likely Kentucky voters. 

6:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Florida Atlantic Bests Toppers 45-38

Credit WKU

WKU's search for its first conference win of the season goes on. The Toppers fell to 0-3 in Conference USA play after a 45-38 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla.

A 61-yard touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Jacquez Johnson put FAU ahead with just 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Despite scoring at least 34 points for the eighth consecutive game, WKU lost its fourth game of the year to drop to 2-4.

WKU returns home Saturday for 3 p.m. matchup with Old Dominion at L.T. Smith Stadium.

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12:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Bill Clinton To Return To Kentucky Again In Support of Grimes

Former President Bill Clinton

For the third time this campaign season, former President Bill Clinton is coming to Kentucky to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.  Clinton will appear at “Get out the Vote” rallies in Owensboro and Paducah next week.  

Earlier this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Grimes at a fundraiser in Louisville.  Grimes is hoping to unseat five-time Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell November 4th.

Sen. McConnell is scheduled to embark on a bus tour through Kentucky's coal country next week.

12:34 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Restorations Planned For Lincoln Boyhood Site

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Saturday, Oct. 25th on renovation efforts at the Knob Creek boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln.
Credit National Park Service

A week from Saturday, the National Park Service will break ground on a restoration project at Knob Creek, the piece of parkland where Abraham Lincoln spent some of his boyhood days.

During a tour of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial last month, park superintendent Bill Justice spoke about the serene nature of the Knob Creek site, which is about 10 miles from the Birthplace Memorial.

“It’s a great place to be,” said Justice.  “It’s a great place to step back in to time.  As you do that and as you walk away from the road and from some of the more developed areas and so forth, you’re walking back into early 19th century Kentucky.”

Justice calls the Knob Creek site a special place and says it’s worth the drive to see it.

“At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a lot there. There’s a field and there’s woods up in the knobs.  But there’s an incredible plant and animal diversity there. Some of the most diverse plant and animal communities of any that you find amongst the parks here in Kentucky.”

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4:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans to Make Anti-Heroin Bill Major Priority in '15

The number of heroin deaths in Kentucky spiked in 2013.

Kentucky state Senate Republicans leaders say heroin legislation will rank among their top legislative priorities in 2015.

CN2 Pure Politics reports that GOP Senator Chris McDaniel will be the lead sponsor of the bill, which he says will target drug traffickers while also offering more treatment options to addicts.

Anti-heroin legislation introduced by a Republican lawmaker passed the Senate during this year’s General Assembly, but wasn’t passed by the Democratic-led House. Several lawmakers were concerned about the legality of a provision in the bill that would have charged dealers with murder if someone they sold to overdosed.

Read more stories related to heroin in the commonwealth here.

Heroin has been taking an increasing toll on the Bluegrass State, with the northern Kentucky region especially hard hit. A recent report from the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy shows that while the number of total overdoses remained steady in 2013, deaths caused by heroin increased by more than 12 percent.

5:15 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Four Arrested In Connection With Sexual Assault of Minor; Victim Still Hospitalized

Four people between the ages of 17-20 have been arrested in Christian County, in connection with the videotaped sexual assault of a minor Sunday morning. 

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says the victim remains hospitalized and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-year-old Dayton Ross Jones and 19-year-old Tyler R. Perry were in the Christian County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities say they both face multiple charges including first-degree sodomy.  

Two 17-year-olds, both of whom life in Hopkinsville, are also in custody. Their names are being withheld because they're minors.

One is charged with first-degree sodomy, the other is facing charges in connection with possessing the video of the incident.

11:18 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kentucky Horse Park Names New Executive Director

Jamie Link is the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park
Credit Kentucky Horse Park

Jamie Link has been chosen as the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Link is currently the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear.

Link was the C-E-O for the World Equestrian Games when they were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. The park welcomed more than 800,000 visitors last year and is an agency of the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. 

“I look forward to working with Jamie as we strive to make the Kentucky Horse Park an even better attraction for visitors to Kentucky,” said. Gov. Beshear.  “This is an outstanding selection by the commission, and I appreciate their hard work. The Kentucky Horse Park plays a vital role in tourism for the entire state.”