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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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The archives of the Kentucky Folklife Program is being merged with the existing WKU Folklife Archives. With the transition of the KFP from the Kentucky Historical Society to Western Kentucky University earlier this year, parallel plans were made for the KFP archives to be transferred to the Kentucky Museum at WKU.

A Western Kentucky University student attending the Glasgow campus was found dead at the campus early Friday afternoon. Glasgow Police, emergency medical personnel and the Barren County Coroner’s office responded and are on the scene. The cause of death is under investigation. The name of the student will be released by the coroner’s office pending notification of kin. Classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day at the Glasgow campus.

Centre College

WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry recently traveled to Centre College in Danville to learn more about preperations for next month's Vice-Presidential debate. The only meeting between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will take place October 11 at the small, liberal arts school in Boyle County.

Lisa spoke to debate organizers and Centre students about what it means to have the VP debate here in Kentucky. Our story will air Thursday morning on WKU Public Radio at 5:50 and 7:50am central time.

We'll also post an audio archive here at our website.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports a tractor trailer crash on Interstate 65 at the William H. Natcher Parkway interchange/Exit 20 has closed two ramps off the Natcher Parkway. This crash has not closed either direction of I-65.

An overturned tractor trailer in Robertston County, Tennessee is blocking northbound traffic on Interstate 65. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is estimating the blockage will be cleared by 3 p.m. An overturned tractor trailer in Robertston County is blocking the northbound left lanes on Interstate 65. Southbound traffic is affected with rubbernecking delays. The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. and should be cleared by 3 p.m.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue is spending Tuesday on the campus of her alma mater, WKU. The former Hilltopper swimmer brought home a gold medal from the London games as part of the women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team.

Kevin Willis

The WKU Class of 2016 will hear from Olympic gold medalist and former Hilltopper swimmer Claire Donahue at the annual Freshman Assembly Tuesday evening.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Diddle Arena.  

NPR and other news outlets are reporing that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice as running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

Official word of the choice, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

According to the National Weather Service, summer heat will continue through at least Wednesday, the Fourth of July. Temperatures will continue to climb near or well over 100 degress in many areas.

Late this afternoon and early evening, a broken line of storms is expected to develop across western Kentucky and southern Illinois.  This line is then expected to move across the region during the evening hours.  

WKU photo by Clinton Lewis

Folk Studies student Rachel Hopkin, a familiar voice to WKU Public Radio listeners, received the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student Friday.  She was also named the outstanding graduate student in Potter College of Arts & Letters.  Part of her graduate work included the production of radio features about tradition culture in our region.

 Exactly one year after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit. Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver an address aimed at Americans this evening at 6:30 CT/7:30 E.T. You can hear live NPR coverage on WKU Public Radio. We'll also have coverage afterwards during our top-of-the-hour newscasts and Wednesday on Morning Edition.

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WKU Public Radio received numerous awards at the recent Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters 2012 Awards banquet at the Galt House in Louisville.

Lisa Autry was named Best Radio Reporter for her body of work over the year. Lisa also received a First Place award for Best Public Affairs entry for her report on synthetic marijuana.

Assistant News Director Kevin Willis received the Best Sports Feature/Special for his report on Russell Athletics' uniform contract with WKU sports. 

The Kentucky Senate Thursday afternoon approved an ambitious road construction plan that will next head to the House for final passage. The package includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years. The Senate voted 37-0 in favor of the measure.

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