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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.  

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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.

A Fort Campbell soldier credited with saving the lives of two fellow soldiers during an attack in Afghanistan while wounded has been presented with the nation's second highest military honor. Sgt. Felipe Pereira of the 101st Airborne Division was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, during a ceremony Thursday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for tonight that includes the Somerset and Campbellsville areas, along with other eastern parts of our coverage area.  

Temperatures in the watch area could fall to (or below) freezing late tonight through early Wednesday morning. Similar conditions are forecast for late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

More from the National Weather Service.

We're happy to report that translator station W277AA (103.3 FM) is back on the air following major repairs.  This affected reception for many listeners in the Somerset area for several days.  Thanks for your patience while this work was completed, and thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman and site engineer Mike Graham for all their work.

WKU Public Radio is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry contest, co-sponsored by the Law Firm of Harned, Bachert & McGehee, PSC.

Area high school students are invited to enter by writing a poem inspired by one of two pieces of classical music we'll feature this month.  You can hear the excerpts on the air (Sundays at 8pm C.T./9pm E.T. in April) and here.

Winning poems will be published in our program guide Choice, and posted here. Winners will be announced in May.

 

The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area Friday afternoon produced an F1 tornado and knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well. The tornado struck about 13 miles southeast of downtown Louisville, and was on the ground for 2.5 miles.

Update at 2pm C.T. Thursday: translator station W277AA (103.3 FM) is back on the air following major repairs.  Thanks for your patience, and thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman and site engineer Mike Graham for all their work.

On March 14th the WDCL transmitter suffered a major equipment failure.  Following temporary repairs the signal was restored, but some key pieces of equipment had to be replaced. 

 

 

A Tennessee Amber Alert has been issued for three month-old Ada Mae Raleigh.  Ada is a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes.  She is twenty inches tall and weighs eight pounds.  Ada was removed from a residence located in Sevier County by a white female approximately five feet eight inches tall with waist-length blond hair, wearing dress clothes and black knee-high boots.  

Accumulating snow is possible through early Monday morning across southern Indiana and north-central Kentucky, including the Elizabethtown and Somerset areas. After an initial mix of rain and snow across southern Indiana, snow is expected to overspread north-central Kentucky and the Bluegrass region during the early morning hours. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible.

More from the National Weather Service.

 

 

 

 

Given the potential of unusually severe weather this afternoon, the WKU Main and South Campuses will close at 12:30 p.m. today.  The Glasgow campus will close at 1 p.m. Central, and the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox campuses at 1 p.m. Eastern. We are awaiting a possible announcement from the Director of the Owensboro campus. 

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